Following the recent tragedy at the 2018 Loco Two Stages, Sutton & Cheam Motor Club and Team Tempest are hosting an ‘Open Club Night’ on Friday 12th January 2018 at Southwood Golf Club, Ively Road, Cove, Farnborough GU14 0LJ from 7:30pm.
This is a totally informal evening and is open to everyone who were at the event or affected by the sad incident (including any friends and family). There will be a bar and small buffet for those travelling straight from work.
Although it is not essential, if you are attending it would assist us if you could please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. or click on the event page.
We hope you can join us there.
Directions: The Golf Club can be found off J4a of the M3 and by following the small aeroplane signs to Farnborough. The club car park is approx 200 mts after the Premier Inn and in rally tradition, it will be arrowed ...
Sutton & Cheam Motor Club are delighted that former World Rally Championship Co-Driver Fred Gallagher will be presenting the Awards at the club’s Annual Awards Dinner at the Royal Automobile Club, Epsom on Saturday 27th January.
In addition to his co-driving exploits alongside the likes of Tony Pond, Ari Vatanen, Thomas Rådström, Juha Kankkunen and Petter Solberg, Fred has latterly acted as Clerk of the Course for Wales Rally GB.
Nowadays Fred travels the world organising various outrageous events for the Endurance Rally Association, the latest being the 10-day Safari Challenge from Toledo to Marrakesh.
This prestigious event is open to club members and there guests and for more information contact Barry Guess via email@example.com ...
The ACSMC invites all rally marshals to join them at its Training Day at Brooklands Museum on Sunday 4th February. With signing-on starting at 09.45, the day will feature sessions on timekeeping, stage layout and communications. There will be some classroom based activities during the day, but we will also be using sections of the famous Members Banking and the Finishing Straight for some of them.
Lunch and tea and coffee will be provided during the day for all attendees.
If you wish to take part, and obtain a few more training signatures, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.
See you there?
A few weeks ago I finally got my first drive in a BDG escort on the Killarney Historic Rally .. it was quite a baptism as I only got to drive the car for the first time out in Killarney just before the rally, but it certainly felt good .. unfortunately Declan Dear couldn't make this one due to big work commitments at McLaren, so in top gear style we found an Irish Declan in the form of local co driver Declan Casey ..
The car was built and prepared by Dave Jenkins Motorsport to his usual very high standards using a Sherwood BDG engine with a Martin Jones 5 speed ZF gearbox and all the other top class components you'd expect to see in a car of this quality. So for me it was quite a lot to get used to especially with new co driver Declan Casey, and it was straight into the first world famous Molls Gap stage.
Despite struggling with the brake set up and tyres, and getting confused with the gears a few times in the generally extremely slippy conditions we put in a competitive time up the Gap managing 8th fastest. At times it was all I could do to keep the car going straight.
After a few adjustments on the road with the brakes and tyre pressures we went into the second stage feeling more confident. The stage was going well until we slid off the road on a left hand corner and became stuck fast. Sadly we had to wait for the entire field to pass through before we could get a pull out. We drove the car back to service and got things sorted and waited to rejoin after missing a leg of the rally. Unfortunately the penalties incurred put us completely last, but there were still 3 great stages to complete with one in the dark, and more seat time in the car to be had.
A more cautious approach saw us get through the next 2 stages with a couple of spins on the penultimate stage while exploring the grip levels. We then went out for the night stage where we were more than pleased to set 5th fastest time amongst some top class competition. So we crossed the finish ramp and brought the car home which was a big consolation.
So next up it's the SCMC Loco 2 Stages where Steve Dear will be in the co Drivers seat, and which sees us back in our familiar ride in the faithful pinto escort Bessie. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.