Lancashire Automobile Club – Dinner Dance 2024

Wow what an evening. The Lancashire Automobile Club Dinner Dance proved to be a great success with the Mitton Fold Hotel really looking out for us with a wonderful setting and a great meal.

The evening continues a 122 year tradition, minus a few years due to two world wars, of kicking the season off in style and presnting  few awards to Club members for their efforts in supporting the Club.

The pictures from top left to bottom right show Adrian Dean with the Wood Trophy presnted for all his work in getting the Club involved in the Tree V initiative to absorb the carbon generated by our road events.

Next is Anthony Taylor getting the Attwater Trophy for services to the club in getting our monthlu Noggin and Natters back on the calendar and ensuring their success.

Then, top right, we have Jeff Chambers who has taken over Entries Secretary and created the wonderful Videos of Club events which we have been sharing with you recieving the RW Clarke Memorial Trophy.

To the left of the second row is David Barnes who is a regular entrant in his immaculate E Type recieving his ‘Leaper’ which was donated by Jaguar Cars to the Club for organising the Sir William Lyons Cetenary road runs.

Centre is Alan Wilson recieving a Special Award from the Club for his support in designing, organising and making the replicas of the original commemorative medals from the first Kendal 100 in 1904 is silver given to participents in the Kendal 100 last year.

The premier award went to Tom Hardman who has been a leading vintage and historic car racer with mounts including including Maserati 6CM, Bugatti Type 35B and ERA. He is globally respected and internationally renowned for expert product knowledge.

Finaly we came to the Presidents award which was presnted to our Master of Ceremonies, Chris Lee for 55 years of service to the Club.

With the formal bit out of the way the Disco took over with dancing to midnight.

A really great way to kick off the season.

LAC March Noggin and Natter

We continue with our monthly Noggin and Natters at the Mytton Fold, Whalley Rd, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8AB on the first Thursday of the month the 7th March.

Starting from 07.00pm Anthony and Carolyn will be there to welcome you to this informal eveninig for Lancashire Automobile Club members and other motoring enthusiasts to get together and discuss their cars as well as the coming season.

All welcome

Entries now open for our Coast to Coast Classic Car Run on Saturday 13th July

The Lancashire Automobile Club’s Coast to Coast is on Saturday 13th July. As normal we will be starting from The Midland Hotel in Morecambe and finishing at Dusley Hall just north of Whitby.

We have taken in some new roads as well as some old favourites as we follw a 170 mile route. We have a coffee halt at The Helwith Birdge Inn and a lunch stop at The Inn at South Stainley along the way.

The event is a non competitive Touring Assembly with a Concours at Dunsley open to Vintage, Classic and Cherished cars of any age.

Please click on link below for regulations and entry (please read the updated regs).

https://lancsautoclub.com/enter-event/?action=show&event=8569

See you in Morecambe.

Motorsport Supper Evening – WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH, 2024

Lancashire Automobile Club is delighted to announce a Motorsport Supper Evening LAC Patron, Mike Wood will introduce our 2024 Film Show

BBC Films of 1990 & 1991 PIRELLI CLASSIC MARATHONS

Commentary by Murray Walker

Mike Wood and Geoff Breakell competed in the Rallies alongside some of the greats, including Stirling Moss, Bobby Unser, Paddy Hopkirk, Timo Makinen & Roger Clark

WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH, 2024  7pm for 7.15pm Start

Whalley Golf Club, BB7 9DR

Tickets £12          Potato Pie Supper Included

Contact Eileen Dyson for tickets Tel 01282 771488

Email Eileen.dyson@btinternet.com

Payment by cheque, made out to Lancashire Automobile Club Ltd, to Eileen Dyson, 3 Lamb Row, Sabden, Clitheroe BB7 9DX

Bank details for BACS payment Acc No – 32326025 Sort Code – 60-12-30 please email payment receipt to Eileen.

Payments on line quote MSPIR & Surname

Please download the application form and send to Eileen please

 

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

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………….

Simply click on link below or copy and paste into your browser.

Short Video of LAC’s Tholt y Will Hillclimb from the 1960’s

Thanks to Mike Wood and Jeff Chambers we have put ogether a short video of the famous Tholt-y-Will Hillclimb in the Isle of Man. This hillclimb was amongest the longest speed events staged in the British Isles.
Contrary to some reports it did not use any part of the Isle of Man TT Course but ran south in the A14 to climd Tholt-y-Will Glen towards the summit of Snaefell.
It formed part of the European Championship on a couple of occaisions so attarcted a high qulaity entry.
Enjoy.
Simply click on link below or copy and paste it into your browser.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boSgy86cZkg
Tholt Y Will Hillclimb - IOM; Lancashire Automobile Club

Video of the Scottish Highlands Classic Car 3 Day Tour by Lancashire Automobile Club

With Mike Raven currently working on a Highland 3 Day Event for 2024 we thought you might like to see this the latest episode of the LAC history series where we look back at the 3 Day Highland tour from 2007 & 2009. The Highland 3 Day has been a highly successful event and normally lasted 4 rather than 3 days! The event toured the Highlands of Scotland travelling from one venue to another for overnight stays. Averaging close on 200 miles per day the event attracted a loyal band of regulars over the years. Fancy dress with a Highland theme was popular amongst the entrants.

AS normal click on link below or copy and paste into your browser.