Kendal 100 The Return – Regulations now available

The Kendal 100 recreates a reliability trial staged by our predessessor club, the North East Lancashire Automobile Club, in 1903/4.

The original run was 100miles from Whalley to Kendal and back non stop other than a comfort break in Kendal and for the replenishment of fluids and the repair of punctures.

In 2023 we ran the outward leg of the reliability trail and returned via The Trough of Bowland; this year we use the return leg of the reliability trial and go to Kendal via Jeffy Hill, Dolphinholme and a cffee stop at Tewitfield. This enables us to use even more of the original route.

The event is a touring assembly and Concours d’Elegance with a prize presentation for the concours at the finish.

If you have any queries regarding your entry, please contact the Entries Secretary, Jeff Chambers – Email jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com

Regulations and entry form now available Click on Regulations and Enter below

https://lancsautoclub.com/enter-event/?action=show&event=8568

Video of the Rally of the Bridges

Remember the lockdown when nothing happened?

Well the LAC managed to run a COVID compliant event in the midst of all the restrictions. We were event checked out by the local council and given the thumbs up.

The event was based on an earlier event from the early 1950’s when the Lancashire Automobile Club organised a number of 12 car rallies and navigational events. One event known as the Rally of the Bridges was organised by Bill Turner (later President of the LAC).

Thanks to the long memory of Mike Wood and other inputs we recreated the Rally of the bridges which essentially required the entrants to navigate their way over most of the canal bridges between Preston and Lancaster in both directions.

Current regulations did not allow this as ‘double’ road usage is not permitted. The route therefore replicated the original in that it crossed most of the canal bridges but in order to have a return route incorporated as many rail, motorway and river bridges as possible on the return leg, we hope enjoy this bit of LAC history.

Many thanks to Jeff for putting together this video and to Mike Wood for providing many of the photos.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOTaWTVBpzE

Regulations now available for our St Georges Day Run Sunday 21st April

Our annual St Georges Day Tour starts from Cafe Lazio at Huntley’s, Samlesbury and sets out in a new direction to the Helwith Bridge Inn for a comfort break before finishing with a light buffet at Blackburn Northern Sports, Pleckgate Drive, Blackburn. The entry fee is £29.00 per car for non members and £24.00 per car for full members of Lancashire Automobile Club.

The event is open to cars of all age, Vintage, Classic and Cherished. Navigation is by a simple Tulip Style Road Book which incorporates Written directions. Whilst the event is non-competitive and untimed, the route has been devised so it can easily be completed at an average speed of 24mph making it suitable for cars of most ages and capabilities.

The event is part of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) annual national event. Once again the LAC will be adopting the FBHVC ‘Tree-V’ environmental initiative that captures carbon dioxide generated by the entrants by contributing to the planting of trees in the UK. This will help to demonstrate the Club’s environmental commitment to potential sponsors and local authorities.

The route is just under 100miles and along the way we take in some great roads and beautiful scenery. The event is open to members of the Lancashire Automobile Club and fellow enthusiasts. There are no age constraints on entry, we welcome Vintage, Classic and cherished cars of all ages.

For regulations and entry please click on this link https://lancsautoclub.com/events-calendar/ the click on MORE next to St Georges Day.

Fellsman Regulations now available

Regulations are now available for The Fellsman Classic Tour on Saturday 18th May. 

The event is open to all interesting, domestic, sports and classic cars of all ages, and will offer a choice of route instructions from a simple tulip-type route book, to the time-honoured established format of plotting onto OS maps.

Starting from Café Ambio at Junction 36 on the M6, the route explores Southern Cumbria via numerous exciting lanes with outstanding views, weather permitting. The route will run south of Lakes Windermere and Coniston and continue west, close to Duddon Sands, before heading east on more exciting lanes, to return to Café Ambio for a lunch halt. The morning mileage will be approximately 70 miles

The Afternoon section from Café Ambio will take in some of the areas finest touring roads, many familiar to LAC members, to finish at Knowle Green, near Longridge, where a hot meal will be served. The afternoon mileage will be similar to that of the morning route.

For regulations and entry form please click on https://lancsautoclub.com/events-calendar/  and then MORE next to The Fellsman.

If you have any queries regarding your entry, please contact the Entries Secretary, Jeff Chambers – Email jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com

Queries regarding the event in general can be sent to Andrew Ogden – Email fellsman@lancsautoclub.com

1969 Coupe Des Alps Rally Video – The Mike Wood Rally Years

Welcome to the next instalment in the LAC’s very own Mike Wood – his life in rallying this time Mike looks back at The Alpine Rally, also known by its official name Coupe des Alpes, a rally competition based in Marseille and held from 1932 to 1971. In the 1950s and the 1960s, it was among the most prestigious rallies in the world and featured an international route, consisting of famous mountain passes in Europe.

These videos were films taken by Mike mainly during the reccee and during free time on the event. Obviously whilst out on the event itself Mike’s attention would have been elsewhere co-driving the car.

It wasn’t the most succesful of events for the Ford Team with Roger Clark, Jean-Francois, Ove Andersson and Mike and Hannu all retiring. In all of the 61 starters 41 were to retire.

Worth mentioning that Mike has just celebrated his 90th birthday – many happy returns Mike.

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Video of the Fellsman Classic Car Tour 2007 – Lancashire Automobile Club.

Many of you may have entered this event and thanks to Mike Wood and ChrisLee, who took the photos, together with Jeff Chambers, who produced this video, you have a chance to relive memories.

Others may now be the proud owners of some of these fantastic cars.

Many thanks for watching!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rfoYbH1abY

First Noggin and Natter of 2024

Back by popular demand we will be holding our first Noggin and Natter of 2024 at the Mytton Fold Hotel, Whalley Rd, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8AB on Thursday 1st February.

As usual Carolyn and Anthony will be there to welcome you from 7.00pm and food and drinks will be available for you to purchase.

We have a full programme of events both social and motoring for you to enjoy in 2024.

So come along and meet fellow LAC Members and other motoring enthusiasts for a noggin and natter.

Legend Fires North West Stages 22/23 March 2024 Marshalling

Lancashire Automobile Club will be assirting with the running of this year’s Legend Fires North West Stages Rally on the 23rd March by marshalling on the Long Knotts Stage in the Hodder valley. If you would like to get involved and be close to the action you are welcome to come an join us as a marshal. See details below but if you have any questions please email ChrisLee, our Chief Marshal, chrislee1274@aol.com

Aside from actually competing, the best way to get involved in any form of motor sport is probably as a safety marshal. Why? Well for one thing it’s easy and for another it’s cheap but more importantly think of the fun you’ll have!

But what do Marshals do?

Well the simple answer is lots of things! Without Marshals rallies, and in fact almost any other form of motor sport event, wouldn’t run. They are responsible for a whole range of duties starting with the setting up of the stage. Once that’s done they play a major role in the operation of stage start and finish controls, managing service halts and ensuring safe spectator control.

There’s no requirement for any formal qualifications but once you get started there’s the opportunity to learn a whole range of skills such as vehicle recovery, first-aid or fire fighting. If the administration side of things appeals then there’s always lots of roles at rally headquarters that need filling.

Whatever you choose, your presence will be welcomed and appreciated. As a marshal, you will join a band of enthusiasts who enjoy their motor sport and, through several active marshalling clubs, an interesting and enjoyable social life.

There is a serious side to marshalling as we all know that motor sport is dangerous and unfortunately but inevitably accidents do happen. By being in the right place at the right time and having had the right training you could save someone’s life.

Some people join a motor club specifically to go marshalling and have no inclination to compete but motor sport would be poorer without them. If any of this appeals then the best way to become a part of the action is to join your local motor club without delay and get involved!

For the Legend Fires North West Stages to be successful it needs a LOT of people-power, your help will be greatly appreciated. All motorsport events, from Formula 1 grands prix to club-level rallies, need volunteers to help run them safely and effectively. From pits and paddock to trackside, they do everything from essential administrative work to providing life-saving safety cover.

It doesn’t matter whether you have masses of experience of marshaling, or virtually none, we will welcome you and help you find a suitable role.

Minimum Requirements
In general terms, there are none. Volunteers are welcome at any age, although the duties of young people may be limited in certain situations. Those aged between their 11th and 16th birthdays qualify as cadet marshals and though are unable to perform trackside duties can get involved in a host of other interesting roles.

Motor sport offers ‘equal opportunities’ at all levels, although there are a few legal exemptions, including certain competitor disabilities and minimum ages for both competing and officiating.

If you already have special skills – technical, mechanical, rescue, vehicle recovery, medical, first aid or administration – you may wish to use them as a volunteer in motor sport.

Safety is paramount on any motorsport event now, and as such the Motorsport UK requires all marshals to be registered and for them to have undertaken a short online training course. This online training course takes less than 45 minutes to complete, and once complete you can then register, for free, as a marshal with the Motorsport UK. The online training can be accessed via the following link: https://members.motorsportuk.org/imissite/login/default.asp

If you do wish to marshal on the event you will need to be a Motorsport UK (MUK) Registered marshal and have undertaken the Motorsport UK’s on-line accreditation modules found HERE. These are great learning and/or refresher modules covering three topics:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a marshal
  • Spectator management
  • Incident management

If you haven’t already done them it’ll take you between 20 – 45 minutes to run through the learning elements and either learn something new or refresh your memory. There is a small assessment at the end of each module so you can check your learning. More details can be found on https://www.msauk.org/MSA-launches-online-marshals-training-and-accreditation.

In the meantime, you can still enrol to marshal on the event but you must have completed your on-line modules and become a registered marshal before the Legend Fires North West Stages takes place.

1969 Acropolis Rally – Mike Wood Rally Years -Lancashire Automobile Club

In this the latest instalment of the LAC’s very own Mike Wood’s Rallying Years we have the privilege of looking back at Mike’s film of the 1969 Acropolis Rally one of the toughest rallies at the time, unfortunately Mike & Hannu Mikkola had to retire with driveshaft failure , sit back & enjoy a slice of history………….

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