The next meeting of Owen Motoring Club will be on 9th January 2019 at a new venue, Calderfields Golf & Country Club, Aldridge Road, Walsall, WS4 2JS
Plenty of entries still available for this AutoSOLO. Only £20 for Owen MC members of £25 for other club members. Run with a passenger or solo.
Three tests run three times. Start 10 ish finish by about 1.00 pm.
Enter online or by post. Payment can be made online.
Marshals and helpers needed. Anyone who can turn up at Curborough at 07.15 to help set up will get a free breakfast voucher.
We are pleased to say that the issues with PayPal have been resolved and payment for entries for the Slithering Santa AutoSolo can be made by card or PayPal via PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account to pay by card.
If you’ve entered and not payed yet get in touch if you want to pay with your PayPal account.
We still need entries before the closing date even if you pay on the day. No new entries on the day.
A provisional route has now been finalised using 100 miles of classic roads in Shropshire around Church Stretton and Ludlow.
The start will be at Dobbies Garden Centre on the A5 on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, followed by two halts, before finishing at a venue in the Ludlow area with a two course meal. The event will be a qualifying round of the HRCR Classic Scenic Run series and should therefore attract an entry of about 60 cars.
Make sure you put in your entry early as soon as regs are available, hopefully available in April or May. This run should not be missed (make a note of the date in your diaries) as it will include spectacular Shropshire scenery along with a couple of fords thrown in for good measure.
Bob Cotterell has selected the “best” roads available to make the event one to remember.
Further updates will follow in the New Year.
The latest classics newsletter is here.
Our end of year bash. Get out of the house after Christmas for some motor sport fun and have a go at this event. Suitable for beginners as well as experience drivers this event gives you the chance to run your standard road car.
Three tests are planned each to be run three times. We should have finished by about 1.00 pm so you’ll be back home for a late lunch.
Even better use the online entry form below and save posting. Afterwards pay by PayPal, cheque or cash. Just make sure you let us know how you are going to pay.
Just in case you’re wondering we have a new website. The emphasis is on news and what’s happening in the club.
We will be fine tuning it over the next few weeks and adding things from the old site that have been missed.
You’ll find that it is mobile friendly so you should be able to view the site from pc, tablet or ‘phone.
Hope you like it.
THE BRIGHT SPARKS PCA AUTOTEST
SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER 2018 – CURBOROUGH
A moderate 33 entries took part in this quality event, down on the previous year.
This PCA has a really good reputation of providing fast, exciting and flowing tests. As usual, there were plenty of smiling faces all day long.
This year Melvyn Cox acted as Clerk of the Course and he did a fine job.
There were pre-event worries concerning the numbers of marshals but fortunately the troops rallied. Special thanks goes to Will Barnes for acting as Scrutineer and to Cannock Car Club for allowing us to use their cones.
The quality line up included last year’s winner Tom Bishop (Micra), Kevin Hardwick (MX5), Phil Lawson (Peugeot 205), and the ever improving Ashley Pearce ( Micra) immaculately prepared by his father Steve.
Great to see many Owen crews along with crews from Redditch, Shenstone, Cannock and Loughborough.
The weather was very kind to us throughout the day with plenty of sunshine.
Starting at 10.15am, as usual, there were 2 large tests each taking approximately 11/4 mins to complete.
Each test consisted of 3 runs with the worst score being dropped. A second car was started when the first was about ¾ way distance to reduce queueing time.
Initially some crews had difficulty following the test diagrams resulting in wrong tests, but eventually seemed to get it right.
By the lunch break Tom Bishop had led from the start but Ashley Pearce and Clive Woodhouse were not that far behind.
The afternoon session started at 1.30pm with a few minor course alterations.
As the afternoon progressed Tom started to pull further away. The drive of the day came from Ashley Pearce. He improves with each event and maybe will obtain an FTD in the not too distant future. Charlotte Woodhouse performed extremely well in a Peugeot 206 and managed an excellent 6th overall.
The whole proceedings ran very smoothly controlled by very efficient marshals.
Special thanks goes to Clare Bird who marshalled, looked after the signing on, entries and other secretarial duties. Also to Dave Allitt (results) and David Allman who in the end managed to obtain a good number of marshals, including Nick Pollitt, Derrick Wallbank, Mark Barnes, Paul Langford, Sue Walmsley, James Nicholls, and Simon Whittick. Anton Bird kindly acted as Steward.
Many thanks to Barri Wilmot for helping Melvyn and myself on the Saturday.
At the finish 11 seconds separated Tom Bishop from Ashley Pearce to win the Bright Sparks trophy for the third year running.
Final Top ten positions:-
1.Tom Bishop (MIcra) – 650 (FTD)
2.Ashley Pearce (Micra) – 661 (1st Class A)
- Grant Victory (Saxo) – 680
- Phil Lawson (Peugeot 205) – 682
- Giles Gregory (Peugeot 205) – 683
- Charlotte Woodhouse ( Peugeot 206) – 687
- Kevin Hardwick (MX5) – 689 (1st Class C)
8=. Clive Woodhouse (Peugeot 206)/Barry Mansell (Micra) (1st Class B) – 691
- Craig Tock (MG ZR) – 696
Phil Peer (Escort) (1st Class D/E)
Ashley Pearce – Best Owen
Owain Thomas (Peugeot 206) – Best Junior
Craig Tock – Best Novice
Charlotte Woodhouse – Best Lady
Thank you to the Owen members who helped run Curborough on Saturday morning for the RAC Rally of the Tests. An early start but everything went smoothly with some great cars and comitted driving on display. Preview of the official video is here-