3 days ago
Entries are filling up nicely for the Northern Dales Trophy on July 14th.
Regs & electronic entry form are available on Hexham & District Motor Club website.
Entry fee only £89, where else can you have this much fun in a car for that price.......... ...
1 week ago
After competing on of our 12 cars, Motorsport UK Chairman David Richards was good enough to answer a few questions prepared by Luke Tait.
There has been a lot of buzz about the head of Motorsport UK coming to do a small 12 car ran by Hexham DMC. How did it all come about and why pick the Hexham event?
Ali Procter and I have competed against each other each year on the Flying Scotsman Rally. During the banter in the bar afterwards I mentioned that I had not taken part in a 12 Car rally for many years and it was Ali who extended an invitation for me to participate in the Hexham Motor Club event.
What did you think of the event?
I was most impressed by the standard of the event as I’m sure the original 12 Cars I took part in in North Wales all those years ago were never as detailed or so well run. It’s pleasing to see that they’re oversubscribed and the enthusiasm with which everyone takes part.
Why do you think it’s important for you in your position to take part in these sort of events?
One of the key objectives for Hugh Chambers, the CEO, and myself is to support grassroots motorsport. The MSA was very good at looking after the top end of the sport but our view is that club level activities, and especially attracting younger people to participate in affordable motorsport, is something that’s been missing for a number of years and this is our priority. It’s also the reason why we try and get out and about as much as possible to take part in events like the Hexham 12 Car.
What do you think can be done to make smaller, grass roots events flourish?
I believe there’s a general lack of awareness from young people as to how relatively easy it is to participate in grassroots motorsport. We need more events that you can enter with standard road cars from 12 Car rallies to driving tests to car trials etc. We have to break down the perception that to enter your local motor club event you need to have a special car and lots of preparation. We need to encourage more people just to turn up and take part, perhaps with a mentoring system whereby club members are encouraged to introduce new participants.
Do you have any plans to do other types of events?
I’ve got a very busy list of events that I’m taking part in throughout the summer as Motorsport UK covers a very wide range of disciplines. I’ll be taking part in a hillclimb, a classic car rally, at least two race meetings and I’d like to know a little bit more about drag racing!
We at Hexham DMC are always trying to keep up to date by using social media and the internet etc. What else do you think can be done to keep clubs active?
The effective use of social media is key to attracting young people and keeping club members in touch with all that’s going on. We’re looking at ways of assisting clubs to be more effective in this respect and provide training and the tools to do this. From what I’ve seen in my brief exposure to your motor club you are already doing an excellent job.
A big thank you to David Richards for taking the time and to Ali Procter for facilitating the interview.
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Now the dust has settled & I don’t just mean from Dave Richards helicopter we’re into the summer break for the 12 car series so it time to think about the Eastgate PCA.
The regs are now on the Hexham motor club website along with the electronic entry system & filling up already!! ...
A great report from Lynsey Procter about last weekends Berwick Classic!
In the Procter household, May bank holiday weekend has for many years been synonymous with the Berwick Classic rally and this year I got to take part myself for the first time. I was very excited to be joining Thomas Robinson in his immaculately presented, original 1966 mini cooper. We have been practicing together on the Hexham 12 cars since meeting on last year’s Borders mini rally where we finished as first novice crew. The 12 cars have been an excellent introduction to map reading and navigating in a friendly and supportive group on some fabulous roads. I feel very fortunate, as a beginner, to have these events ran monthly to allow me to practice and learn from those who have been doing it far longer. My husband, Ali Procter, has been teaching me about regularity rallying and the Berwick Classic was to be an opportunity to put that into practice. I had previously done regularity sections on the Hero Challenge in March with Graeme Cornthwaite but this was to be Thomas’ first attempt at it. To his credit, he did very well. The first regularity section ran over a windfarm and was given as a marked map on a 1:15000 scale. This was to prove trickier than I first expected for 2 reasons. The change in scale threw me and I lost our position on the map leading to a wrong slot and secondly, the road was too rough to be pushing the mini on and so we decided to go as fast as we could without breaking the car. This we managed and the car survived to be put through its paces on some fun tests. It was amazing to see the local support for the event in terms of people watching at the side of the road as we drove past and also the land owners who kindly provided the various 19 test venues over the weekend. Our mini was never going to be the quickest on the tests, but we made sure we went the right way, avoided any cone penalties and got the code boards. I have yet to see the detailed penalties for Sunday, but I believe we did well on regularity 3 and kept up our pace on the tests leading us to finish in a respectable 25th. In conclusion, the Berwick classic was everything I had hoped it would be and more. A great event, ran by an enthusiastic team with a friendly atmosphere as well as some challenging but fun tests. A huge congratulations to the winners on the historic event, Dan Willan and Martyn Taylor in the Volvo PV544 and the winners of the Targa in the mighty Alto, Andy Pullan and Nicki Staniforth. Proving that there is never a clear winner at the start and that there is a wide range of vehicles capable of entering such an event and doing well. I look forward to next year already and might just book the hotel rooms in anticipation! My next event is the Tynemouth 12 car with Mick Davison next week and then hopefully the Shaw trophy with Graeme Cornthwaite, pending the return of his mini engine.
Well the Berwick classic isn’t going well for two of our crews!
Derek Belbin and Kev Monaghan we’re out on the first test with and incurable missfire.
Liam Charlton and Geoff fletcher are also out after the pumas cooling fan broke and the car overheated.
Hopefully The other crews will have better luck! ...