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AUTUMN 2013 The Mid-Derbyshire MC event at Twyford was cancelled due to lack of entries, and Eastwood & DMC have moved the Harold Palin Memorial Rally to Fulbeck. Is this another venue lost to rallying? After the AGM your committee will have a lot of new faces. (Some might say that will be for the better, but I couldn’t possibly comment.) If you have any ideas of what you would like to see in this publication, please contact the EDITOR. The club website is updated regularly; check it out for further information and news.

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CHAIRMAN’S CHAT What time of year is it? Lots of dry weather, blue sky and sunshine would suggest it’s still summertime, but on the other hand, go into some shops or garden centres, (not my favourite activity at the best of times but sometimes you don’t have a choice in these matters), and Christmas is just around the corner: (how can you sell Christmas food with a sell-by date of the end of October 2013 for goodness sake?). The movement of the sun tells the truth. It’s dark in the mornings when I get up, and the evenings are getting shorter. Autumn is with us again. In motorsport and rallying terms, this is normally good news. It’s still OK weather for marshalling or spectating, and there are plenty of good events about. In olden days, when road rallying was king, the longer nights used to herald the return of some major events; Bolton Midnight in September, Tour of Mull in October. Then everything else would stop in November for the Lombard RAC, followed by the Hall Trophy in December, which nowadays is a minor stage event at Blyton, but used to be a major Championship round in the Yorkshire and Lancashire Dales in December, when the scenery was often very white (ask Tony Cope if you don’t believe me!) Some of these events still exist, of course. The Tour of Mull still continues (thank goodness!) as the Mull Rally. The Lombard has shrunk to some small event in Wales, but the spirit is kept alive by the R.A.C, running this year in early November. Some of our members had a good time on this event last year, and I there are plans to organise a Border contingent to go marshalling again this year. Also in the Newsletter, there should be something to say I will be stepping down from Committee at the AGM, and my posts as Chairman and Treasurer. The pressures of a new job and regular commuting, (not helped by getting older), all mean that I don’t have enough time and energy to do either jobs as well as I would like. When I mentioned this at the last Committee meeting, no-one could actually remember how long I had been Chairman for; a sure sign I have been there too long, and it’s time for someone else to have a go! So come to the AGM on 6th November and you can choose a new Chairman, and give him your full support. This also means that this will be my last Chairman’s Chat. Many thanks to you all for allowing me to have a regular mutter (and occasional rant) about things, without ever complaining. I still think Border is the best and friendliest motor club in the area. The joy and thrill of being involved in motor sport has been with me for many years, and a large part has been enjoyed with my friends in Border, who may have changed from time to time, but have always been there. Bit like the seasons really.


NEWS Future Club Events November 6th AGM – All club members welcome. See next article for further information. December 4th – Christmas meal at Cross Keys, Grasby. Contact Jonathan Healy direct to book your places and choice of food. £5 per person deposit to Jonathan as well, no deposit, no meal. Menu on next page. January 8th 2014 – Committee meeting 8:00pm prompt. April 6th 2014 – Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Rally

Club Officials / Committee At the AGM in November the following positions need filling:The roles of each position are taken from the MSA Motor Club Manual, though it does not necessarily encompass all duties and activities each role carry out. 1. Chairman This is a key position in the club, equivalent to the Managing Director of a company, with the prime function of co-coordinating all the activities of the club and leading and guiding the other officials in carrying out their duties. The chairman is the keystone on which the success or otherwise of a club depends. 2. Treasurer Responsible for keeping the club’s accounts in proper order and for planning the club’s finances. Preparing budgets and statements of account for presentation at committee meetings. Preparing the annual accounts for presentation at the annual general meeting. Providing all necessary information required by the Auditors. It can be a big advantage it the person chosen as Treasurer has experience in the field of finance such as banking, accountancy, etc. 3. Secretary. Responsible for dealing with all non-specialist matters and correspondence and diverting to the correct official any matters requiring specialist attention Keeping the minutes of all meetings and circulating these to the members. Sending out notices of all meetings. This also means that a new Secretary of the Event for the 2014 Alan Healy Memorial Rally is required. This person can be different to the Club Secretary if somebody wants to take on just this role. The present position holder will assist the newcomer(s) in each role to ease the change over.

VOSA modified vehicles information Where a vehicle has been extensively modified or converted, certain Reasons for Rejection, such as for components ‘missing where fitted as standard’ should not be applied, for example: A car converted for rally use (i.e. rear seats removed and fitted with a roll cage and full harness seat belts etc.) may have been converted so as not to require a brake servo, power steering or airbags Further details http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosa/repository/SN%2001%202013%20V1.0.pdf

Classic Car Owners From April 2014 any car manufactured before January 1 1974 will be exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) There are however no plans to introduce a rolling system (as there had been in the past) instead the dates governing exemption from paying VED will be set by the Chancellor on an annual basis.


MSA Motor Sports Council decisions - September 2013 The following regulation changes were approved with effect from 1 January 2014. Further details will be made available in the next edition of MSA magazine. Stage Rallying: A. Seats: All stage rally cars must be equipped with seats that have a current in-date FIA homologation. This was first communicated to the sport in October 2007, after an overhaul of the regulations governing stage rally vehicles (Referred to at the time by its then regulation number: K37). When brought into the Blue Book the following year, competitors were given until 1st January 2012 to comply with the new requirements. During 2011, the MSA introduced Regulation (R)48.10.6.1 which allowed dispensation for all cars during first 2012 and then 2013, in order to complete further investigative work on the subject. This week’s decision follows detailed consideration by the Council of this specific research project that had been undertaken on behalf of the Motor Sports Association to assess the issue of lifing. The full report can be found on the MSA website. The decision will bring the MSA in line with FIA regulations and the vast majority of National Sporting Authorities who have adopted the requirement in their domestic rally championships. From 1st January 2014, all stage rally cars will therefore have to comply with Regulation (R)48.10.6 which states: “[Cars must] Be fitted with front seats that are currently FIA homologated complying with K2.2, with appropriate seat mountings and Section K Appendix 2 Drawing number 32.” MSA Chief Executive Nick Bunting commented: “This has been a matter of concern for a number of years; competitors have been understandably reluctant to discard what they considered to be ‘perfectly good seats’, so we delayed introducing this regulation for two years in order to allow us to complete further investigations. The MSA’s technical team has undertaken extensive research to assess the likely structural integrity of a stage rally seat after five years and the findings are conclusive. When faced with such overwhelming evidence the Motor Sports Council felt that the correct course of action is now to implement the regulation as originally agreed back in 2009. There is no doubt that lifing is an imperfect approach, but having considered all the options to monitor usage rather than time, we have not found a solution that offers a compelling reason to go in a different direction to the rest of the world. Now that we have the full information to hand, it would be indefensible for us not to act and pass that knowledge on to the competitor. We recognise that this may cause significant expense to those rally competitors who must now change their seats, but the governing body’s role is to make tough decisions for the right reasons, even if they might not be popular.” B. Tyres: i. The MSA is working closely with the tyre manufacturers and will shortly finalise the creation of Tyre List 6. From January 2015 only tyres from the new Tyre List 6 will be permitted for use on unsealed surface stage rallies. ii. Cars using wheels of 12” diameter or less will be exempt from Tyre List 6. iii. Hand-cutting of tyres will not be allowed on unsealed surface stage rallies, but will still be permitted for other stage rallies. iv. Where conditions dictate, the Clerk of the Course with the agreement of the Stewards of the Meeting, may declare the event to be of “Winter Conditions” and suspend the requirement to comply with Tyre List 6.


C. Route Liaison Officers (RLO) must be consulted by organisers of ALL rallies, whether or not the events use the public highway and the RLO may require the Clerk of the Course to order additional technical restrictions on vehicles as appropriate in their area. D. Fuel: Where authority is given by the MSA for events not to use Pump Fuel, fuel in compliance with FIA Appendix J Article 252, Article 9 must be used. This allows a maximum RON level of 102 Octane. At its previous meeting in June, the Motor Sports Council had requested the MSA to remind competitors of their obligation to use the correct fuel as laid down in the regulations. In support of these revised fuel regulations, the MSA confirmed that it will be providing clear guidance and further training to all scrutineers and officials in the coming months. It will also clarify the responsibility of event organisers to ensure that illegal fuel is not made available to competitors. In addition, the MSA would like to draw the attention of all competitors to an extensive programme of random fuel testing that will begin in 2014. The governing body is committed to ensuring a level playing field and a safe environment for the greater enjoyment of all and urges competitors to abide by the regulations and not to risk exclusion from their events.

Marshals required MEM Malton Forest Rally - 3rd November Marshals, Time keepers and Radio Marshals. ATC’s, Start lines, in stage, FF and Stop lines. Please contact the stage commanders, Radio control or Malton MC. Stage commanders Karen Spencer (Langdale SS1 09.22 & SS4 12.35) karens@silkrallyradio.com 07714 122194 Mark Williams (Cropton SS2 10.47 & SS6 14.33) claudieboy1412@aol.com 07507 680539 Ian Parkin (Gale Rigg SS3 11.03 & SS5 14.10) ian.parkin.breck@googlemail.com 07836 296384 Chrys Worboys (Radio Control) chrysworboys@hotmail.com 07808 596092 You can also contact Graham Harper marshals@maltonmc.co.uk 07711 695429 Roger Albert Clark Rally – 8th – 10th November Dalby - Friday 8th A group of Border members are going to marshal on this event. Please contact Jonathan Healy direct for further details. Kershope - Sun 10th Sheffield and Hallamshire Motor Club have been asked to run this stage, which will be the first one in the morning and last stage of the event, run in the opposite direction in the afternoon. First car will be at 0834 so signing on will probably be around 0630 – 0700 at the stage start, I will confirm these details and send out map references etc. before the event. All the usual goodies will be available, crisps, chocolate and drinks and we may have a best snowman competition in the break between stages. I’m looking for radio marshals, in stage marshals and timing crews (ATC, start, flying finish and stop) to help me run the stage. Please let me know ASAP if you can help, either by email or phone. If you have any questions please get in touch. Tony Jones Commander Kershope tonyjones28@btopenworld.com 07792 375371 P.S. If anyone wants to help with setup on the Saturday you will be fed and watered. www.rogeralbertclarkrally.org


Ricks Ramblings Hello folks, not having written anything for the club newsletter for ages, I thought I would have another go. I will start with saying what a fantastic job Jonathan Healy, and all the cycling team, did recently in raising loads of cash for Lindsey Lodge Hospice. I reckon Alan would have been really proud of you Jonathan and all those who helped. Has anybody been watching the F1 on the TV? I know I know, its roundy roundy racing, that’s to say you end up where you started, but this season so far has been good I think; the commentary team could do with some improvements though. David Coulthard (DC) keeps having a dig at Rally driving; I reckon he’s a bit of a snob with this, and see’s it as a lower form of motorsport. How little some of these so called experts know! Kimi Raikkonen (ex rally driver) is still one of my favourites, he seems to just drive the wheels off the car, and he really gets stuck in. Now what has happened to the motor club competitors? I guess it must be the poor economic situation kicking in. Nobody seems to be doing events at the moment. The yellow peril has gone to the Isle of Man, and I see that it now has blue stripes. That leaves a big gap as Mel and Roy always seemed to be out on local events. Blair has had some really bad luck with the Cosworth, on the Help for Heroes event, and I haven’t seen Paul Moran entered recently. I think John Savage and Paul Rhodes are out on an event soon, but I can’t remember which one it is! It looks like there will be some big changes on the motor club committee this next year; we need a Chairman, a treasurer and a secretary! Come on folks, let’s have some volunteers. I have served on the committee a couple of times in my 35 years of membership (yes I am a grumpy old man,) and I have enjoyed it. If my home circumstances were different, I would still be on the committee. Don’t think that it is too hard to be a committee member, if I can do it anybody can. Besides there is a lot of expertise in the club, so you will always get some help. I am already looking forward to next years AHMR event at Cadwell park, all being well I should be there to help out on the day. Let’s hope we get a good entry, and a nice battle at the front of the field would be great. I felt a little cheated on this year’s event as Roger Duckworth had some electrical gremlins in the Subaru WRC, leading to him not having a good fight with Dave Turnbull in a similar machine, but I still thought it was a good day. The only trouble I have is getting around to say hello to everybody from the club, as I tend to get involved and try to keep the event running smoothly. The way I see it is, that I can’t help out much with the organisation, so I do my best to help on the day. Also on this year’s event, it was nice to see some Mk 2 escorts out as well. It’s strange how things have gone, with top national competitors going back to these old machines. Of course these days they are much modified, with Power steering and sequential gearboxes. It was interesting to see them and in the end they proved to be very competitive against the WRC cars. Well that’s it for now, I hope to see you all soon.

Rick Judd.

Mallory Park After a court case Mallory Park (Motorsport) Limited (MPML) was fined £2,500 with £23,000 costs for breaching permitted noise levels. Following this MPML immediately implemented the highly restrictive conditions of the 1985 notice, thus effectively reducing the circuit activity to two days per week, which meant a substantial reduction in income. Various options were being discussed but with no agreement reached, Mallory Park (Motorsport) Limited entered administration on 30th September. MPML’s parent company British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) said it had developed a recovery plan for the track by working with the council but that depended on the owners of the land, Titan Properties Ltd, reducing the rent. Ian Robert, a partner at Kingston Smith & Partners LLP, has been appointed Administrator and will be working with all the stakeholders to ensure that Mallory Park will see racing again. The circuit is temporarily closed but hopes to reopen quickly. www.mallorypark.co.uk

Circuit diagram by Will Pittenger (Own work)


ANCC Stage championship Coordinator required for 2014 Anyone interested in taking over the role can either contact Paul Slingsby on paulslingsby@ymail.com or Chris Woodcock on pdschris@aol.com for further information. It would be good if his replacement could work with Paul for a few months to get a grasp of things. www.ancc.co.uk

12 Car Rally Championship 2013 - 2014 Due to the poor turnout on Border 12 Car Rallies in the past two years, the committee has decided to alter the format to allow those club members who would still like to compete of these events to be able to do so. The rules have been amended as below and will be placed on the website. 1. GENERAL    

The championship is open to all fully paid up members of Border Motor Club (Lincs.) Competitors can nominate any 12 Car Rally they compete on to count as a round from the 1st October 2013 to the 31st March 2014; their best 4 scores will then count. Both drivers and navigators would score points based on their finishing position on any nominated event. Each rally entered must be organised within the general rules of the RAC MSA, as outlined in the MSA Yearbook

2. SCORES 1st - 15 points 2nd - 13 points 3rd - 12 points 4th - 11 points and so on down to 12th - 2 points Non–finish on an event - 1 point It is the competitor’s responsibility to make sure that the 12 car co-ordinator receives a copy the results within 2 weeks of the event running. Email results to webmaster@bordermotorclub.co.uk

Beverly & District Motor Club have invited Border MC to take part in their 12 Car Events. Further information can be found on the Club’s website.

Lincoln MC & CC 2013/2014 known dates are: WEDNESDAY 9th OCTOBER - THE HAIGH BOWL Clerks of the course FRANK ASH and JOHN BARBER Car 1 Starts at 19.31 from Branston Playing Field 121/028672 and the event is all on map 121 Lincoln To enter or offer to marshal please contact Frank direct on 01522 791774 or email him at sueandfrankash@tiscali.co.uk WEDNESDAY 13th NOVEMBER - THE COUNTY CUP Clerk of the Course - Cliff Doe - event details to be advised nearer the time WEDNESDAY 11th DECEMBER - THE SILLS TROPHY C of C - Mark Johnson from Border MC - event details to be advised nearer the time Competitors are reminded that they must produce a valid club card of their choice at the start of an event to meet MSA regulations and comply with insurance conditions.


Stage Rally Championship 2013


EVENT REPORTS Rally of the Midlands, MIRA, 22nd June – Paul Moran, Barry Sawyer 40th O/A, 12th in class. Due to problems getting locations to run a multi-venue, used MIRA to host a multi-use event to offer the crews more than 60 competitive miles on sealed surfaces. Jane Cowling Memorial Phoenix Stages Rally 4th August - Sean Bailey/Gawaine Clark7th O/A, 7th in class. A good entry for this event, which used a different service location due to having to leave access to the kart circuit all day. The organising team also opened up some new mileage.

Photograph by kind permission of Rob Spence - Find more from this event and many others that Rob had covered on facebook at Opposite Lock photography

Rainworth Skoda Centenary Stages, RAF Barkston Heath, 18th August – Charlie & Paul Stephens 49th O/A, 5th in class. Dave Campling/ James Ducker 13th O/A,6th in class Such was the popularity of this event that even after opening up the entries to 100 crews there was still some reserves, though being a round of 6 championships must have helped. Charlie & Paul were hampered in their quest to match their class win at the previous event held there, when the 1300 engine failed, and a one litre had to be fitted. James was pleased to finish given the retirements on the last couple of events.


Photographs by kind permission of Rob Spence - Find more from this event and many others that Rob had covered on facebook at Opposite Lock photography


Rally Marshalling – Roy Bell Jane Cowling Memorial Phoenix Stages Rally 4th August For the first time manned the flying finish, and had a great day. For this event, due to the layout, had to be at the right hand side of the stage for the morning runs, so no lounging about in the car, and as the FF was just after a right hand bend, kept on my feet just in case. Not wanting to cock up did the check sheet for the first 2 stages, and then had a go on inputting data on the automatic recording system clock. Now apparently all you have to do is enter the car number on the keypad, and press enter, so what could go wrong! Well you get a number of cars close together, dust off the last corner, showered with debris from errant cars, and spurious readings on the clock as the debris thrown up also records on the system and you have to work out which was the car/cars, and which was not! Then you spectators walking up from the service area who had to be asked ‘Not to walk through the beam’, and ‘Mind the cables’, and then to cap it all somebody wipes out the LH part of the beam, and you have to manually input the finish time.

Spot the timing beam in a hay bale competition. It’s in there somewhere!

Calmed down a bit in the afternoon as a change of location meant no spectators to worry about, and had mended the beam mount so it could be used again. The fun still continued though as the 90 left to the finish was slippery, and the beam, this time on the RHS was struck again (Dead this time), and so had to input manually again. One car came to the 90 left with a broken LHS track control arm, and couldn’t make the corner. After various attempts drove past the bale, reversed through, spun round and completed the stage. Had to think about that for a bit, but not actually WD on stage, so fine. Trivia: The reason for not wanting the beams continually broken is that there is a max number of 600 times that can be recorded, so you can soon get close to that with a really good entry, course cars, breakdown trucks and spurious readings. The back up clock is used for the afternoon stages.

Rainworth Skoda Centenary Stages, RAF Barkston Heath, 18th August Solo on ATC all day for this event, massive entry, and a sunny weather meant a tired boy at the end.

Helped out at Blyton Park on a couple of sprints run by the MDA.


ANEMMC & EMAMC EVENTS 2013 ANEMMC [AM]

SS [Multi Use Sealed] - Best 4 from 6 MF/SF [Multi/Single Forest] - Best 4 from 5 SM [Multi-use Mixed] - Best 4 from 6 Scores from Sealed & Mixed Multi-use events count into combined Overall Multi-Use Championship - Best 8 from 12

EMAMC

[EM]

3-Feb

SUN

Eastwood Stages CANCELLED

Mallory Park

SS/S

AM/EM

17-Mar

SUN

Flying Fortress Stages Rally

Grafton Underwood.

SM/S

AM/EM

7-Apr

SUN

Alan Healy Memorial Rally

Cadwell Park

13-Apr

SAT

Horiba d'Isis Stages

MIRA Proving Ground,

14-Apr

SUN

Lookout Rally

Melbourne Airfield

5-May

SUN

Hallamshire Stages

RAF Barkston Heath

12-May

SUN

John Overend Memorial Rally

Melbourne Airfield

22-Jun

SAT

Bill Cammack Rally CANCELLED

Twyford Wood

20-Jul

SAT

Opposite Lock Stages CANCELLED

Manby

4-Aug

SUN

Jane Cowling Phoenix Stages

Fulbeck Airfield

SM/S

AM/EM

18-Aug

SUN

Centenary Stages

RAF Barkston Heath

SS/S

AM/EM

7-Sep

SAT

Twyford Wood

S

5-Oct

SAT

Twyford Wood Stages CANCELLED Harold Palin Memorial Stages

Twyford Wood

SM/S

AM/EM

20-Oct

SUN

Lynn Charity Stages CANCELLED

Sculthorpe

SS/S

AM/EM

7-Dec

SAT

Lincoln Green Stages Rally

Blyton Park

SS/S

AM/EM

17-Feb

SUN

Riponian Stages Rally

Yorkshire Forests

MF

AM/EM

28-Apr

SUN

SG Petch Tour of Hamsterley Rally

Hamsterley Forest.

MF

EM

18-May

SAT

Plains Rally

Welshpool

MF

EM

8-Jun

SAT

Dukeries Rally

Sherwood Forest, Notts

MF

AM/EM

13-Jul

SAT

Nicky Grist Stages

Epynt Ranges & Others

MF

EM

28-Sep

SAT

Trackrod Rally Yorkshire

Yorkshire Forests

MF

AM/EM

3-Nov

SUN

MEM Malton Forest Rally

N. York Forest.

MF

AM/EM

24-Nov

SUN

Premier & Premier Historic Rally

Sherwood Pines, Notts

SF

AM/EM

S Multi Use - Best 6 from 12

MF/SF [Multi/Single Forest] - Best 5 from 7

SS

AM

S

EM

SM

AM

SS/S SM SM/S S

AM/EM AM AM/EM EM

EM

NOTES:  The dates and venues above may be subject to change. Any revised details will be placed onto Border’s website.  No EMAMC forest event details known for 2013, the ones listed are those from the 2013 provisional dates calendar on their website, and are rallies used in 2012 championship.  Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Rally has been accepted into the ANCC championship for 2013, but other events not available at time of publication of this magazine

Useful websites for events are: www.itsmymotorsport.co.uk/rally-events-by-month www.ianhardy.net/british_rally_calendar.php www.silkrallyradio.biz/calendar.htm

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