Graham Maxwell.

Do you think Prodrive will miss this one?

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Graham Maxwell on Sunday 18th March 2018 after a short illness. Graham had been diagnosed with Cancer just eight weeks prior to his death.

He gave so much of his time and himself to supporting local motor sport clubs at grass roots level as an organiser and marshal. In 1997 he won the Knutsfords Scatter championship in a 4×4 Sierra as Navigator and was the driving force in setting up the Tour of Cheshire.

Graham enjoyed to compete in autotests and autosolos. In recent years he was a regular Clerk of Course on the CSMA Lymm events. In the last 18 months he organised factory tours for club members; to Prodrive, M –Sport, Bentley and Brigg Automotive Company as well as running a six car stand at the Footman James Classic Car Show last September.

Our thoughts go out to his wife Rita and all the family at this sad time.

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2CV Dolly at the Accrington MSC February 2018 Event.

Our event on 18th February attracted an entry from Accrington  member Ian Seabrook who travelled all the way from deepest Wales, in his prized 2CV Dolly, to join us at Blackburn.

Ian has produced a video of his exploits https://youtu.be/jw3eaQfQv3g and a blog about what an Autotest is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhYIZd5R3HY. 

Grab a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy.

 

If you have any picture you’d like to share, please get in touch.

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2018 AGM Friday 23rd March.

Thank you to everyone for renewing their membership for 2018. Your continued support is very much appreciated.
The Accrington Motor Sports Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 23 March 2018 at Accrington Cricket Club, Thorneyholme Road, Accrington.
The programme for the evening is as follows:
7pm open committee meeting.
7.30pm AGM start
8.30pm pie and peas supper – meat and potato or cheese and onion, followed by an open forum/social event.
All members/prospective members welcome – why not bring along a friend ?
The meeting will be a joint meeting with the Under17MC (NW) and Boundless by CSMA.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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Awards Success for Accrington Marshals

Accrington Marshals receive their awards.

Accrington marshals celebrated their success at the ANWCC Awards.

4 marshals from Accrington took top 10 places in the 2017 ANWCC marshals championship.

Amanda Jane Baron took 1st place and received a decanter and trophy. Tracey Smith was runner-up.

Alexander Baron took top junior award and finished in the top 10. He received his prize at our February event at Blackburn.

 

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Accrington MSC 18th February 2018 Event Regulations

There are just a few places left for our next event on Sunday 18th February.  Supplementary Regulations are available for our Nat B AutoSOLO & Clubmans AutoSOLO, Autotest and Production Car Autotest to take place at Blackburn Services Services, J4 M65 on Sunday 18th February 2018. The regs and entry forms can be downloaded at www.sd34msg.org.uk (event regs section) and at www.anwcc.org.

The events are rounds of the ANWCC and SD34 championships.  We look forward to receiving your entry.

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AMSC Autosolo, Autotest Sunday 3rd December – M65 Services, J4, Blackburn

Accrington Motor Sport Club is delighted to announce that we have a full entry for our next autotest/autosolo at Blackburn Services on Sunday 3rd December 2017. If you’d like to come along and spectate or marshal on the day, the marshals briefing is at 10.30 and first car due to start at 11am.

Membership subscriptions for the Accrington Motor Sport Club are also due.  Please complete an application form if you wish to join the club or renew your membership for 2018 or come and see us at Blackburn Services on the day.

Thank you for your continued support.  See you all soon.

 

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Supporting Local Clubs.

Marshals from Accrington MSC were out again in November supporting local car club events. IMG_0532

Pictured here, our marshals are running the stop control at the Neil Howard Trophy at Oulton Park on 4th November for Bolton-le-Moors Car Club. Marshals also ran ATC at the Hall Trophy for Clitheroe and District Motor Club on 25th November.

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Making History at Wales Rally GB

Accrington Elfyn stage 8_1 (2)marshals were out all weekend to support Wales Rally GB. The team helped set up the National Service Park at Deeside on Thursday and then headed out to the remote mountains above Bala to the Aberhirnant stage for the 2 stages on Saturday; one to be run at night.
Just before the running of the night stage the weather turned and with windy conditions the light rain turned to fog.

“We were in the middle of nowhere, in the fog, the night and the mud. I thought it was game over,”

“We were in the middle of nowhere, in the fog, the night and the mud. I thought it was game over,”

The team saw World Champion Sebastian Ogier arrive at their stop control with a punctured front left tyre and damaged brakes. The remote location meant he was out of radio contact with his M-Sport team. “I was trying my best to try to fix this car which was quite bad. The front left was missing the discs, the pads, everything. In a very short time we had to find a solution to find some brakes but we drove the last stage and we made it.

The rally leader is through stage 15 safely increasing his lead to 49.8s. "It's totally mad. Just totally mad."

The rally leader is through stage 15 safely increasing his lead to 49.8s. “It’s totally mad. Just totally mad.”

Sunday took the marshals out to the Brenig stage and the car wash at Abergele.

Elfyn Evans with local lad Daniel Barritt navigating won Wales Rally GB-their first WRC victory. Elfyn is the first British winner of the event since Richard Burns in 2000. M-Sport also took the constructors title for the first time since 2007. Congratulations!

 

 

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A Day of Firsts

Sunday 8th October 2017 was notable for a number of reasons. New marshal Amanda (AMSC member) experienced her first event at Wigan Three Sisters; the Adgespeed Stages. Amanda helped to run the Main Time Control, the first time control of the day.

A Renault Zoe has made history after becoming the first electric car to take part in a competitive car rally. Welsh ex-junior rally champion and current Junior BRC driver Cameron Davies and navigator Scottish Junior rally driver, Andrew Blackwood made Rallying History.

Passage Control for the Renault Zoe

Passage Control for the Renault Zoe

Marshals received a comprehensive safety briefing about the new Renault Zoe.

Marshals received a comprehensive safety briefing about the new Renault Zoe.

14 year old Owain Hughes from North Wales was navigating in his first event for uncle Chris Phillips in the blue Peugeot 106. Proud mum Sarah was on hand and saw the pair finish 20th overall. And of course, first place went to John and Alex Stone in the Fiesta. Enjoy the in car footage from Stage 12.

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Pendragon Stages, Warcop-27th August 2017

PendragonAccrington MSC members were out in force over the August Bank Holiday weekend at the Pendragon Stages near Penrith, Cumbria. The club provided marshals to cover radio and time controls.

Another 2 club members competing in the event managed to bring home the Trophy Rally award, but only after a dramatic morning and urgent repairs to the car.

You can read the full story in the September edition of Spotlight magazine.

Photograph courtesy of Phil James at Pro-Rally.co.uk

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