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.
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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
Entries open at 9:00AM tomorrow (3rd April). NOTE: The Entry form will be locked until this time
For Regs & the entry system: http://cheltmc.com/get-it-sideways-stages-rally/
For an up to date list of the unseeded entries: https://www.rallies.info/webentry/2021/ … php?type=u
Marshals, Radios & Officials who have pre-registered at “Another Day In Orange” will be sent a password to access the relevant documents & information: https://anotherdayinorange.co.uk/?page_id=9
Entry to venue will be limited to wristband holders only, these will be issued to competitors, marshals, radios & officials prior to the event.
Strictly no spectators
The regulations have now been published for the:
Cheltenham Motor Club
Get it Sideways Stages Rally
on Saturday 17th April
at The Old Airfield, Down Ampney
Entries open at 9:00am on Saturday 3rd April (the entry system will not be enabled until then)
Marshals, Radios & Officials must pre register at “Another Day In Orange” : https://anotherdayinorange.co.uk/?page_id=9
Entry to venue will be limited to pass holders only, these will be issued to competitors, marshals, radios & officials prior to the event.
Strictly no spectators
Unfortunately we have been advised by Motorsport UK that all motor sport events scheduled for areas in Tier 4 have been cancelled, which means that the 12 car organised by Cirencester Car Club for Friday 15th January as a round of the CMC Dave Cooper Winter Series has been postponed until further notice. As organisers we are as disappointed as you are to have to postpone but everyone must do everything that they can to combat this terrible virus.
So stay safe everyone and here’s to getting back to normal as soon as possible.
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.
Cheltenham Motor Club, Cirencester Car Club and EMCOS are pleased to announce the Cotswold Stages that will take place at the Old Airfield, Down Ampney, Nr Cirencester GL7 5PL on Saturday 31st October 2020.
This event will be co-promoted by the three clubs, working closely together to ensure that the event complies to the latest Motorsport UK Covid-19 rules for which everyone will need to strictly abide to.
Once entries open, they will be accepted strictly in receipt order with full completed entry forms, we don’t recognise “TBA” as a person, full payment and fully completed pre event signing on forms, so here is your early notice to get everything thing in place before entries open early in October.
More details will follow shortly on social media and via the three clubs web sites.
All three Clubs would like to thank Martin Saunders (Chairman – Cotswold Motor Sport Group and Down Ampney Venue Liaison Officer) that after nearly 5 months of negotiations we are now pleased to announce that dates for 2021 have been secured.
Cheltenham Motor Club Get it Sideways Stages Saturday 10th April 2021
Cirencester Car Club Corinium Stages Saturday 1st May 2021
EMCOS Red Dragon IT Stages Saturday 29th May 2021
Kevin C Smith
Clerk of the Course
The health, safety & well being of all Club members, Event officials & competitors is paramount.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, from 17th March 2020 all Motorsport UK event permits have been suspended, initially until 30th April. But in this highly dynamic situation things are changing daily. Please click the button below for the latest Motorsport UK updates.
It is with regret that the Get it Sideways Stages Rally due to take place on 4th April 2020 has been cancelled. Full refunds will be given to all the competitors. Due to venue restrictions and the possible over suppl