If the Governments road to recovery goes to plan the Club will be opening the beer door and garden (not quite botanical more like plastic flower in a mug) on 12th April at 6 o’clock, I hope to see some of you there.
Please remember to bring your membership card with you and we continue to be card payment only, no cash!
Now some notes about our forthcoming car rally:
“Get it Sideways” rally that the Club runs, entries opened on the morning of 3rd April at 09:00 and was full (70 entries) within 9 minutes, which is just incredible and shows the desire for competitors desperate to get back racing their cars.
The rally will take place on the 17th April at Down Ampney near Cirencester, and as always we need as many people as possible to help set up and take down the course equipment.
This is what one of the non-motorsport members said about the event he has helped with for many years now.
It’s Not All About Driving …
Motor Sport, in common with all sports, relies heavily on an army of volunteers to be able to organise and stage events. The Cheltenham Motor Club rallies are no exception, on the day of the events there is understandably a requirement for some professional services; vehicle recovery teams, medical crews, communications providers and such like. However, these are the exceptions rather than the rule.
CMC rally days themselves, are the tip of the iceberg for volunteer organisers of the event. Many hours of ‘groundwork’ will have gone into reaching this point. For much of this planning etc. a level of rally knowledge is required. Course design, rulebook understanding and requirement, to name just a couple of examples. However, there are also other numerous tasks that don’t require this knowledge. Perhaps none more so than the venue set up. This is where someone like myself (or anyone else) can get involved.
Traditionally, venue ‘set-up’ begins a couple of days prior to the event. Equipment, needed on the day, will have been identified and will require collection and delivery to the venue – van drivers and van loaders/unloaders needed. During the following days this equipment has to be set out. Tents erected, barriers sited, signage established, and the course stages lay out. It is the ‘humping and bumping’ phase. In the main physical work, necessitating little or no knowledge of rallying or even a driving license … except for the van drivers of course!
On event day itself there is still a requirement for volunteer helpers. Competitors have to be directed to the parking and services areas, changes to the course have to be made between stages, repairs to sections ‘taken out’ by competitors completed and general event management tasks undertaken. And at the end of the day what has been set up has to be dismantled, this starts the moment the final car passes the finish line.
Is it hard work? General yes. Is it, at times, dirty work? Same answer. Will I be tired and ache at the end of each day? Almost certainly. But, despite this will I enjoy it? Yes definitely. Alongside the physical work there is comradery, laughs and even ‘renumeration’ in the form of free food and a beer or two at the post event ‘wash-up’ meeting! Metaphorically a million miles from televised rallying or the glamour of F1 but to me at least more rewarding.
Why not give it a go?
Like Dave others have been giving it a try and keep coming back to be part of a team. A winning team at that.
I would like some helpers on;
Thursday 15th April 10:00 at Andy Gwynne Rally School Latton GL7 5QF.
Friday 16th April 10:00 at Down Ampney Airfield GL7 5PL.
Saturday 17th April 07:00 or 16:00 at Down Ampney Airfield.
If you have some spare time to help out all or some of the time please contact me.
Email email@example.com or call 07831419985
Club opening hours from 12th April
Mon, Tue 18:00 – 23:00
Wed 18:00 – 00:00
Thu, Fri 17:00 – 00:00
Sat 12:00 – 00:00
Sun 12:00 – 23:00
MOTORSPORT: All MSUK event permits have now been suspended. Motorsport UK COVID regulations.
THE CLUBHOUSE: As a result of yesterdays announcement the beer takeaway service has been suspended & Clubhouse bar is now closed
All committee meetings have been postponed.
Please be extra patient with the bar staff and other members.
We will continue to monitor developments. The health, safety & well being of all Club members, Event officials & competitors is paramount.
Cheltenham Motor Club member Bruce Bynorth is once again Fundraising for the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice in memory of “Penguin” Pete Milner who passed away last year.
After raising £4000 in the April 2.6 challenge, by rowing 26.2 miles on a rowing machine, then doing 26 sets of burpees 26 times. Bruce’s latest challenge is running 26.2 miles of the Cotswold Way with a 20kg pack on his back.
In memory of Peter Milner ‘A Coy The Glosters Regiment’, British Antarctic Survey & Mountaineer who passed away at the Leckhampton Hospice last year. We would like to thanks the hospice for the incredible work which supports individuals, family’s and friends. The dedication and support by the staff and volunteers ensured Peter’s remaining days were passed with the upmost care and compassion.
I would like to help support the Leckhampton Hospice by raising money through The London Marathon, since the main event been cancelled, this Sunday, 4th October, I will be running the same distance for the virtual London Marathon along the Cotswold Way. I’ll be starting in Chipping Campden and finishing in Cheltenham.
Peter was an previously a member of the The Gloucestershire Regiment so attempting to complete the marathon in military kit/boots carrying a rucksack with weight 20kg.
Thanks for any support.
The health, safety & well being of all Club members, Event officials & competitors is paramount.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Motorsport UK event permits were suspended until 30th June. But things have now changed, the suspension has been lifted for some single occupancy events. We have an autotest planned for Friday 17th July, Entries open Weds 1st July. The event will be subject to the latest MSUK COVID regulations. Please click the button below for the latest Motorsport UK updates.
We will continue to run the series of virtual events & raising money in aid of the NHS Charities COVID-19 appeal, as of early July we have raised over £1200. See our Table Top Rally page for details.
SOCIAL & CLUBHOUSE
The Clubhouse will re-open at Midday on Saturday 4th July. Obviously there are some restrictions, which are basic common sense and something we’ve all been getting used to over the past few months.
Here are a few of the things we have put in place.
MEMBERS ONLY, no guests they can join for £4 until the end of 2020 follow this link: 2020 membership
Membership cards must be shown to the bar staff, the number & name will be noted to assist in ‘test & trace’.
Payment by card only, NO CASH.
We will encourage you all to be outside in the car park where there will be some shelter and restricted car parking. Note Cheltenham Borough Council state no drinking outside after 10:30pm.
We will provide hand sanitiser at various places in the club house.
If it gets too busy then we reserve the right to lock the doors and refuse entry to anyone.
Please be extra patient with the bar staff and other members.
All meetings will remain postponed for now.
As the situation is still fluid, we will continue monitoring developments.
Many thanks to all who took part in the last nights annual Christmas Cracker Treasure Hunt, especially those who travelled from Durlsey, Ledbury and California! I hope you all had fun and enjoyed the route and even some of the devious clues and anagrams. Every question was answered by at least one Team, so the route must have been about right, I can assure you there was no fog last week when we set the route out.
You did well finding the treasures, but I’m not sure how some of your Jokes scored 4 out of 5, Neil’s standards are low..!!!
Special thanks to Rich C for helping organise the route, clues, results and drinking beer with me whilst you were all out enjoying yourselves, a tough job.
Congratulations Dave & Emily, scoring the same points as Chris & Fran, but beating them by 130,000 on the Tie Break question.
The Tie Break question was “According to www.ukpopulations.com what is the estimated population of Cheltenham in 2019. Have a guess yourself then check the link above
Hope to see you all soon, Quiz of the Year tonight at the Club and the 12-Car series resumes on Fri 17th Jan
Jon S & Rich C
PS – “What did Santa do when he went speed dating”
“He pulled a cracker”
4 out of 5 ?
Cheltenham Motor Club
It is very sad to announce the passing of Cheltenham Motor Club’s President, Dave Cooper.
Our condolences go out to his wife Kathy, sons Jeremy, Jonathan and Grandchildren.
Dave first became a member of CMC in 1971 and from the beginning played a big part in club activities. He was always organising and competing on motoring events far and wide, was an excellent rally navigator and sometime driver in his self-built ‘Gecko’. He became a senior steward for the national motor sports organisation Motorsport UK, was on CMC’s management committee for many years and became President in 2001. He was ever knowledgeable and helpful to new members and will be sadly missed by CMC’s committee and many others.
For those that knew him well and often saw him wearing shorts, even on the coolest of days, he suggested that you might also like to wear shorts if attending his funeral and celebration of his life, details below.
Cambray Baptist Church
Thursday 3rd October 2:30pm