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- Martin Holmes 1940 -2020
It is with great sadness that we record the passing of one of our longest standing members, Rally Journalist, and brilliant photographer Martin Holmes.
Martin became a member of Sutton & Cheam Motor Club in the early 1960’s and simply fell in love with the sport of rallying. Always inquisitive with a brilliant writing style, he quickly became involved in the day to day running of the club, writing, and eventually editing the Club’s magazine, Spotlight.
Although he is almost certainly best known for his talents as a freelance rally reporter, Martin was also a keen co-driver alongside Andy Dawson, Pentti Airikkala, Ove Andersson and Jean Ragnotti, and even competed at WRC level.
One of his proudest achievements was his Pirelli Books of World Rallying, a meticulously researched and compiled annual bible for the sport which recorded the minute detail of events ranging from the Safari to our own Tempest.
He attended over 500 World Championship Rallies all around the world and although recently he had become more Pyrford-based, he marvelled at the technology which allowed him to know stage times and get incident reports almost as fast as the Team Management.
He had become a regular attendee at our Down the Pub nights when they were local to his house that he shared with wife and PA Sally, who sadly died a few years ago. He was elected to Life Membership 3 years ago and spoke eloquently at the clubs 60th Anniversary Dinner at the RAC Club.
Martin was always be the font of all motor sport knowledge and his encouraging yet wise advice was always welcomed. His understanding of the sport was endless, and his friendship was always sought and enjoyed by everyone who knew him.
Martin Holmes was a one-off and we will never see his like again: Professional, thorough, talented and above all else, a real gentleman.
RIP Mr Holmes, it has been a pleasure to have known you.
- Event Update – 29th May 2020
Abingdon Long Course Sprint
Following negotiations with the venue management, we are pleased to advise that we now have an agreed provisional date of Saturday 15th August for running of the postponed Abingdon Long Course Sprint.
We must stress that this is subject to both Government and MoD Guidelines over the coming weeks.
Detailed on the event page are amended supplementary regulation and entry form applicable to the revised date together with a list of entries which reflects those held over from the previous date. It should be noted that therefore there are only a limited number of places available.
For further information regarding The Abingdon Motorsport CAR-nival (scheduled for 26th 27th September) please visit www.abingdoncarnival.com
- February Competitor Of The Month – Rob Dennis
SCMC were well represented at Goodwood in early February for the annual stage event run by Southsea & Bognor Regis motor clubs. In favourable weather conditions Rob Dennis came out as the lead SCMC member finishing 3rd o/all in his superbly turned out Impreza.
Photo courtesy of Nick Adams
- January Competitor Of The Month – Angelica Fuentes
Still recovering from the awards dinner, Angelica was at Brooklands Museum the next day to take part in the New Year Driving Tests organised by the VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club). Driving a 1928 Peugeot Lockhart special, Angelica finished an excellent 3rd in class, don’t mention the lack of brakes !
- AWARDS DINNER
Declan takes top honours…
Declan Dear was awarded the coveted Competitor of the Year Award at the recent Annual Awards Dinner held at the sumptuous Tyrells Wood Golf Club.
In an evening designed to thank, honour and applaud both the Competitors and the Officials of the club, the Awards Dinner is one of the highlights of the social calendar and a ‘bloody good reason’ to get dressed up’.
The evening included a ‘Behind the Scenes’ interview with McLaren F1 Race Operations Director and long-time club member Mark Norris who chatted freely about the resurgence of the Woking-based Team along with recollections of both his best and worst days at the pinnacle for world motor sport.
After the interview a number of club members were honoured with Dave Woods receiving elevation to life membership after over 40 years of service.
This years Bazza Awards were presented to both Club President Chris Phillips and Club Chairman Ian Brooks for individual acts of stupidity during the course of last year whilst Pam Guess collected the Cosgrove Trophy, awarded for her behind the scenes activities at Abingdon
Paul Hopkins was awarded Sporting Driver of the Year whilst Rob Dennis was named Rally Driver of the Year after a successful outing on a number of events in 2019.
Sue Fielding picked up the Club Official of the Year whilst Kirsten Stutchbury was rewarded with the Mark II Motorsport Trophy for her work on behalf of the clubs competitors.
The Greville Award went to Dale Huxford for his superb ‘Sutton & Cheam Motor Club’ YouTube Channel, broadcasting live pictures and sound from the clubs events.
The most popular award however was the Competitor of the Year Trophy (along with a £200 cheque) with ace co-driver Declan Dear recounting what had been a busy 2019 Season.
In all, Declan took part in events in 4 different countries, with 4 different drivers and in 5 different cars.
The highlight was however emerging as Welsh Rally Champions in the Mitsubishi Evo.
We send our congratulations to all our winners who make us proud to be one of the premier motor clubs in the United Kingdom.
IMAGES OF THE EVENING…