COMMITTEE & OFFICERS
Ian Brooks – Chairman
Club Chairman, Ian (Brooksie) Brooks, is a seasoned competitor in both rallycross and latterly Tarmac Stage Rallying at International and National level. Ian still owns his Peugeot 106GTi but claims to be ‘far to busy to really enjoy his motorsport’ although you will have seen him acting as Clerk of the Course at Longmoor Loco, and as a Deputy Clerk on the Tempest Rally. Ian is always available to offer advice and guidance and has been instrumental in launching the motor sporting careers of many new members over the years. By trade, Ian was an accountant at PCW in the City but don”t let the pinstripe suit fool you as he was never happier then when he was shifting sodden truck tyres or loading road cones onto a trailer!
Dave Whyman – Secretary
Club Secretary Dave Whyman also acts as the Championship Co-Ordinator of the Hamilton Classic ACSMC Sprint and Hillclimb Championship so he”s the man if you have any queries related to speed events. A former IT Project Manager (now retired) Dave is often found relaxing (ha, ha) at his house in France so he is also a good guy to talk to about competing abroad. Dave started his motorsport career during the 70”s and 80”s as a Rally Navigator alongside his brother on many National and local rallies so he knows a bit about the ”Black Art” of Co-Driving as well!
Barry Guess – Membership and Vice Chairman
Vice Chairman, Competition Secretary and part-time Membership Secretary Barry Guess is a bit of an all-rounder. An International Rally Clerk of the Course, Speed Clerk of the Course and experienced MS-UK Steward with Barry it’s definitely a case of ‘Been there – Done that’. He currently masterminds the clubs competitive events whilst also taking on unusual roles at high-profile events such as Race of Champions at Wembley and the Olympic Stadium and The London-t0-Brighton Veteran Car Run. He is often seen at Santa Pod overseeing the European Top Fuellers or alongside the BARC or BRSCC as a MS-UK Steward at Brands, Silverstone, Thruxton and Donnington where he specialises in Truck Racing etc.
Events-wise, Barry heads up the Teams which create and organise the clubs events including our co-promoted Abingdon Motorsport Long Course Sprint, Abingdon Motorsport CAR-nival (of which he is Event Director) as well as the Mini Tempest Rushmoor. The latter is an easy-fit as he was the Clerk of the Course and Rally Manager of the South of England Tempest Rally, a one-time round of the British Rally Championship.
Recently retired from his role as Chairman of the Association of Central Motor Clubs (ACSMC) and when “he’s got a few minutes spare”, he acts as a Forestry Commission and Longcross Liaison Officer.
Norman Phillips – Treasurer
Our Treasurer Norman Phillips, is truly the Finance Man of the Club, controlling all the checks and balances, keeping the club on a level footing so that is can organise and promote its events with sound financial confidence. Norm prides himself on not having any motorsport competition background as it allows him to remain neutral having never experienced any ”Red Mist”. Norm is a former Metropolitan Policeman who ran both the Met Police and Biggin Hill Flying Clubs, as well as being the Financial Controller of Reigate & Redhill Rugby and Squash Clubs. A lot of his time is now taken up overseeing sailing”s National Speedweek in Weymouth although Norm ”relaxes” by acting as Facilities Manager on all Sutton & Cheam events, making sure all the kit is in good order and available in the right place at the right time.
Nigel Griffiths – Social and General Committee
Nigel is the ubiquitous quiet Welshman with an extraordinary knowledge of motor sport from all angles. Nigel looks after the Competitor of the Year element of the club and always has his finger on the pulse of what is going on with the competitive element of Sutton & Cheam Motor Club.
Martin Pickles – General Committee
Martin is more better known as the man behind the wheel of the ‘Green Meanie’ his diminutive but powerful Jedi which he campaigns around the UK on the British Sprint Championship. A quiet man by nature until he drops his visor and the red mists descends.
Gavin Cross – General Committee
Gavin is probably best described as a Serial Volunteer who travels the length and breadth of the country acting as a Marshal, Stage Commander and even part of a rally recovery team. Annually, Gavin looks after the staffing of the Rally Stage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as well as the South Downs Stages at Goodwood Circuit.
Tony Perrett – General Committee
Tony is probably best known for his competition car preparation and repair business although he has been known to fiddle with the odd Dalek at charity events. Tony has competed in rallies and sprints for over 4 decades and apart from campaigning his recently completed Mini Rally Car, he also hold a Speed National Clerks licence.
Sue Fielding – General Committee
Sue acts as the voice of the club, generally from the comfort of her car on a hillside somewhere so that she can act as our event Communications Manager, overseeing the Safety Radio Network. Sue has around 50 years of motor sporting knowledge although she freely admits that nowadays everything needs to be written down in big typeface. Sue brings with her the skills and knowledge of the remaining membership of the NatWest Motor Club who amalgamated with Sutton & Cheam in 2016,