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Pacenotes - January 2010

Forthcoming Events:
January 27th SALE, bring all of your unwanted stuff to sell to be auctioned by Peter Metcalfe.
Hexham 12 car rally on same night
Sunday 31st. Johnston Trophy,multi venue test event in Borders starting at Purdy Lodge AI around 9a.m.- marshals required, apply to Dave Alexander.
February 3rd Club exchange visit to Durham Automobile Club, Willington County Durham.
Sunday 14th Riponian stage Rally, forest rally in North Yorkshire.
20th February Saturday night, Buglass night navigation rally, Borders again, around 90 miles.
Wed.24th. Hexham 12 car.

Well since the Christmas break we have had 2 rallies at Croft Autodrome, the first the Christmas stages on 2nd January was held after a lot of snow and ice was cleared from the circuit and proved to be a bit of a lottery for most, Malcolm Holdsworth and son Richard got round at a steady rate with a few spins on the way, unavoidable in the horrendous conditions, Paul Hughes was to make his driving debut in a Mitsubishi EVO6 but as it was at the car preparers garage in Weardale it did not happen, Peter Gibson did not enter as his UTS Nova is up for sale, Michael Glendinning and Andrew Roughead took an early exit after giving up the unequal struggle on the ice. Jack Morton sat in with Drew Gibson in the 1400 Nova for a decent result (28th.) on his co-driving debut.Neil Ayre with Kevin Garthwaite co-driving was 50th. After booking in early at a control and receiving a 2 minute penalty.Peter Grant in with Steve Doherty in the smart Escort 2 litre Pinto was 11th overall, very good effort.


Last Sunday saw the second rally at Croft this year with the running of the Jack Frost event, I was there doing radio and could not believe the difference in the weather, snow gone, sun shining and nice damp roads for the crews, without full results available to me I will give a run down on how club members fared. Michael Glendinning/Andrew Roughead were 8th.Paul Hughes with Jimmy Knox alongside was in the high twenties after an altercation with a bale and the loss of a headlight and some body damage. Peter Grant and Steve Doherty suffered a blown engine on lap 2, and Kevin Garthwaite and Neil Ayre lost time due to doing an extra lap. Jack Morton was 4th with a guy in a lotus.

It was apparent in the recent snowy weather that there is a whole generation of drivers in the country who have never encountered snow at all, that and the type of wide low profile tyres fitted to modern cars did not help either. The local authorities reluctance to clear any snow or grit side roads must have left a lot of people using public transport, staying at home or even worse falling on the paths and breaking bones, not good. Club member Paul May has spent the last few months building a beautiful MK1 Escort Mexico historic stage rally car, he and son Dan gave it an outing late in the year and it went well, good luck to them in the historic championship this season.

Karl Knox has his Hillman Imp up for sale in preparation for buying a Micra or similar for stage rallying in the future, it is a good little tax free car to use for someone looking for something different. .

Mac Cliff

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