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- October Competitors Of The Month – Angelica Fuentes, Rob Swann & Rob Dennis
SCMC competitors gave the committee a difficult job to select a competitor of the month for October, with club members producing fantastic results across the globe. Given the excellent results achieved it was decided that we’d have three winners of COTM for October.
Angelica’s annual trip to the weeklong La Carrera Panamericana produced 3rd o/all with Gabriel Perez in the Studebaker. The crew encountered a couple of mechanical issues along the way which restricted their opportunity to challenge for the win this year.
Following his HammerTime 20 Rally win in August, Rob returned to Barbados to compete on the SOL Rally Of Barbados with the view of continuing his winning streak on the island. Leading on the Saturday night, Rob made a couple of minor mistakes on Sunday that let Ken Block through into the lead with his brand new M-Sport Fiesta but 2nd o/all against this competition was still a fantastic result.
A mention should also be made of fellow SCMC members Chris Surman & Zowie Boiston who also made the trip to Barbados with their Subaru, unfortunately a fuel leak restricted their pace but they still finished 29th o/all, 1st in class.
Back in the UK, Rob Dennis was the outright winner of the Cotswold Stages, held at Down Ampney Airfield in Gloucestershire at the end of October. Conditions were very challenging during the day, with very heavy rain in the morning making driving conditions more difficult but Rob managed them better than the rest of the entry setting a number of fastest stage times during the day.
- September Competitor Of The Month – John Stone & Steve McNulty
On his first trip down from Lancashire for the CAR-nival, John was 9th fastest, 1st in class on Saturdays sprint and then followed that up 4th o/all with Steve McNulty alongside on the rally. John’s R5 Fiesta was in good company on the event run under Motorsport UK Covid-19 restrictions with many teams having their first opportunity to compete again in 2020.
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- August Competitor Of The Month – Will Nicholls & Rob Swann
With motorsport activities restarting under Covid restrictions this has allowed some SCMC members to dust off their cars and start competing again which has given use some results to review for competitor of the month.
For August we’ve got joint COTM winners. Firstly, for Will Nicholls who took FTD at the Long Course sprint. The 4 wheel drive Subaru certainly suited the damp conditions but beating some of the more specialist sprint cars was an excellent result for Will.
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Rob Swann choose sunny conditions for his win, Barbados in fact. In preparation for the Rally Of Barbados later in the year, Rob won the HammerTime 20 Rally in his Fiesta R5.
- Abingdon Long Course Sprint – Back on Course
We are pleased to be able to run the Abingdon Long Course Sprint, an 120 car speed event postponed from April.
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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.