Mike is famous for his exploits in the works Mini Coopers and Datsun 240Z accompanying Tony Fall but his rallying history is much broader than that.
In the 1969 San Remo Mike was in the hot seat alongside Hannu Mikkola in a works Escort Twin Cam. Their event ended with an accident but Mike pictures of the event are well worth watching.
As an aside Jan and I were on holiday in Italy this summer and we stayed in the Hotel Londres in San Remo. As you walk down a long corridor to the main dining room there is a large display cabinet. In it, although in need of a good polish, are trophies from the San Remo Rally. Whilst we were looking a member of the hotel staff came up and started to talk about the rally. I mentioned Mike. ‘Oh yes’ he said ‘he was Tony Fall’s navigator in a Lancia Fulvia.’ Apparently the man was working there since the late 1960’s.
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Back in the 1960’s several Lancashire Automobile Club members including Billy Turner and Ted Heath helped organise the Castles Run which finished at Clitheroe Castle. This video was taken as the cars approached the Nick o’ Pendle climibimng from Sabden.
Many of the cars were regulars on the Manchester to Blackpool Cars Runs of the day. I wonder jusy how many still reside in Lancashire?
Continuing with our series of videos – looking back to 2007 this time.
Jeff Chambers has put together this short video of pictures from the 2007 Coast to Coast. That year was one of the rare occasions we didn’t actually start right on the coast. Instead the Clerk of Course, Ronn Middleton, opted for the beautiful village of Wrea Green which gave him some more options to use some ‘new’ roads as we traversed the country to the Yorkshire Coast and finishing at a rather damp Ox Pasture Hotel just outside Scarborough.
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Just a word of thanks to all those members, friends and guests who have joined the LAC at Mytton Fold Hotel for the Noggins.
There has been lots of nattering – and everyone says it is great to know there is somewhere to go on a Thursday night to meet people you know, or even don’t, but to chat about cars and whatever. Nobody seems to go pubbing anymore!
We will be back – the first Tuesday in February at Mytton Fold Hotel. Look forward to seeing everyone.
Another in our series of motor sport related videos and this one’s a gem.
This time Mike Wood has provided access to his film vault to provide us with his memories of the 1969 Monte Carlo Rally.
By then the BMC Works Team had been wound up and Mike was a member of the Ford Works Team for 1969 and should have been alongside Hannu Mikkola on this event, but due to a damaged knee they put Roger Clarke’s regular Co-driver Jim Porter with him and Mike did ice notes for the team with Roger, hence he was able to take all the film shots.
Jeff Chambers has done his magic converting the film into a video we can all enjoy.
So sit back, relax and enjoy.
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LAC Dinner Dance Friday 23rd February 2024, at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. As in recent years we are at the Mitton Hall Hotel, near Whalley.
Start the season with a bang and come along to our annual get together. Enjoy a great food, good wine, great company and a great Venue Complimentary Glass of Fizz on Arrival. meal with good company followed by a short prize presentation and dancing.
Tickets are only £45.00 per person
Carolyn Taylor has once again organised this enjoyable curtain raiser to our season and Martin Wylie will be happy to accept your booking call him on 07719 362591 or emil firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodation is available if you wish to stay over; please contact the hotel directly on 01254 82654 if you require accommodation, stating LAC event.
Our annual Christmas Get Together at the Brown Cow in Chatburn will be on Wednesday 13th December organised by Eileen Dyson as always. The price is £28.00 and there is a two course menu with a choice of four Mains and four desserts to cover most tastes.
The meal is open to all and we welcome fellow enthusiasts to come along enjoy the mean and the friendly atmosphere.
To book ring Eileen to confirm your choice from the menu, below, and ring her 01282 771488
Lancashire Automobile Club
Christmas Get Together 2023
Brown Cow Chatburn BB7 4AW
13th December 2023
Cheese and Onion Pie Chips and Peas
Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas
Gammon Egg/Pineapple Chips and Peas
Home Made Steak Pudding Chips and Peas
Christmas Pudding with Rum/Brandy Sauce
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Ice Cream
Winter Mess/Lemon Mess
Jam Roly Poly with Custard
£28.00 per Person
Contact Eileen Dyson to select from Menu and arrange payment.
Jeff Chambers has created this great video of our 2009 Coast to Coast. It’s one of a series of videos he has produced. I did try sending them but the list was corrupted so you may not have recieved the emails.
Taking in some great countryside the event took the scenic route from The Midland Hotel in Morecambe to a park just above Peasholme Park in Scarborough overlooking the North Bay.
Thew entrants then made thir way to onwe of our regular finishes at The East Ayton Lodge for a buffet.
Great event please enjoy.
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Jeff Chambers has been hard at work preparing this short video of cars on our own Manchester to Blackpool Car Run throughout the 70’s. There are some great cars which may stir memories of this classic event.
Well worth a watch you may see yor car or even your good self on one of the shots.
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