NEWS and POSTS
The Club have been invited to attend the Midsummer Festival in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham on Saturday 6th July from 10:00 to 17:00.
The organisers would like us to once again join up with the Cotswold Classic Car club and put on a static display of the things we do at CMC.
Let us know if you have a car you would like to display, standard or modified and/or have some time to help promote the Club. Thanks Kev Smith, Club Chairman
Cheltenham Motor Club is sad to report the death of Penguin Pete.
Most of you will know him from the talks he did at the Club. Pete was a highly experienced polar explorer, mountaineer, survival specialist, writer, photographer, professional speaker and responsible for putting Cheltenham Motor Club stickers on the snowmobiles at the south pole.
For more of an insight into his life see the bio on his website. http://antarcticaafterdinner.co.uk/biopage.html
Pete lived life to the full and the stories of his travels were always interesting to listen to, whether talking to him at the bar or while attending one of his talks. He was an all round nice bloke and will be sadly missed.
12 Car Series Round 6
Friday 29th March
Maps 150 & 163
Signing-on at Club 18:45
Org Jon Smith
Next Friday evening you can escape the hustle and bustle of Cheltenham Races and enter our 12 car event.
Using some fantastic lanes around the Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire border area you are guaranteed fun.
We have to add that none of the route being used compromises the route of the Three Shires Stages to be held six months today.
Bring your maps 149 and 150 along (any recent versions) and you are guaranteed to use lanes you’ve never been down before.
Starting from Redmarley Village Hall at 8pm prompt – you are welcome to join us there from 6.30pm onwards.
Time control marshals are also required so please let us know if you are willing to help out that way.
The results will be back at the Hall where soup and fine ale etc will also be available – though this isn’t the Final TC point!
Look forward to seeing your names on that entry list!
Jeff & Josh Wheeler
Three Shires Stages
Saturday 7th September 2019
The Organising Committee are now pleased to announce that, after 13 months of hard work and determination, we have now been issued an organising permit by Motorsport UK.
The rally will be based at the Eastnor Deer Park near to the town of Ledbury with special stages spread across the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. There will be three loops of six different special stages, 18 stages all together, totalling approximately 47 stage miles and 80 liaison miles.
We are pleased that the response from both the public and councils on the route has been nothing but positive. We are now committed to ensuring this event is a huge success.
Entries will open around Mid-June and Marshals Registration will open in the next few days/weeks.
For more information see our website: https://www.threeshiresstages.co.uk/
A MISSPENT LIFE IN MOTORSPORT
“An insight into my life of motorsport”
At Cheltenham Motor Club on 4th March 2019 8:pm
Stuart co-drove in factory cars for Austin Healey, Auto Union, Alfa Romeo, ect. Won the 1960 RAC Rally with Erik Carlsson in a Saab.
He became Sports Editor of ‘Motoring News’.
Competitions Manager at BMC during the glory days of the Mini Coopers and at Ford when the Escort was supreme.
Stuart was awarded an Autosport Award in 1990 and the Prince Michael Award of Merit in 2009.
He is the author of over 20 books on business and motorsport, written a Haynes Manual – not on Minis or Escorts but on retirement, although he shows little signs of doing so himself.
He is the winner of a Benedictine After Dinner Speaker of the Year Award
A collection for Sir Jackie Stewart’s charity “Race Against Dementia” will be made in the interval
Saturday 6th April
Entries Open – Early February
Firstly a big thank you to all the Marshals that turned out in unpleasant weather Tim, Rich C and Paul, Phil and Liz, Gaff and Dave and Doreen (who also spent all afternoon putting out code boards and working around road closures).
Thanks also to all who entered. We were a little worried when the heavy snow started on the first section but fortunately the weather improved as the evening wore on.
We had some last minute route changes due to 3 road closures but all went OK in the end, We hope you enjoyed it. We needed to be tight on lateness and strict on OTL to get to the results venue before closing time.
Congratulations to Martin and Adam who only missed 3 code boards despite all those LWT’s. Congratulations also to Kev and Rich and Dave and Emily for a well fought event. We know that Kamila was disappointed at the finish, but guys you put up a tremendous result on Novice instructions on only your third event and judging by the conversation between Wictor and Martin at the finish, Wictor will learn a lot from this event and undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Well done also to Josh and Ollie on the finish and sticking with it on this their first event.
Commiserations to Phil and Nick and especially to Andrew and Hilary who retired just a few miles before the finish control. I hope you’re feeling better today Hilary take some Stugeron 15 next time out!
The next round is on Friday 15th February organised by Jon Smith details to follow.
Martin and Dave (Cirencester Car Club)
Round 3 of the Winter Series is just over a week away on Friday 18th January. It is being run on our behalf by Cirencecter Car Club and is also a round of their Winter Series. Please sign on at the Cheltenham Clubhouse from 18:45. The route is approximately 60 miles on Map 163 with a very short section on 162 for which a print of the area will be supplied so no need to bring 162 if you haven’t got one. The finish will be just outside Cirencester with refreshments at the Thames Head Inn afterwards. Please indicate your intention to enter via www.Cheltmc.com on the 12 Car Navigational page. There are currently 6 cars listed so places are limited to another 6. If you are a beginner planning work from a marked Map please arrive in good time to sign on and copy the route as there is a 15 minute run out to the start with first car away at 20:01.
Many thanks to all the entries in last nights Christmas Cracker, fantastic turnout of 11 crews. Hope you all enjoyed the route, in the unseasonably mild and dry conditions. Also thanks to Rich Burdett for donating the prizes and Alan & Wendy Wiggett for judging the artistic talents of the teams.
The link below is to the teams attempts at a hand drawn picture of a Reindeer (Names with-held). I can’t really comment, as my own artistic ability is almost zero.
For those of you wishing to walk off the Christmas excesses, the Walking Cracker is online, a 6 mile circular walk around Cheltenham, divided into 3 equal sections, the route is available to download:
(from the online form there’s also a link to a printer friendly version)
Happy New Year
Here are a couple of direct links to give you an idea:-
We have extensive paper archives dating back almost 100 years, including information regarding events, regs, results, photos, newspaper cuttings, newsletters etc. We intend someday to upload onto the web, but it is a very laborious task. If you happen to have anything from our history, we would be happy to put it on the system. If possible send it to us as a PDF file, then it’s dead easy to upload. Also if anyone, with plenty of time on their hands, would like a nice little project to upload the information (even if it’s only a little bit)?