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NOVEMBER 2021

WDMC VISIT M SPORT

On Thursday 11/11/21 a number of club members, who regularly attend the club meeting nights, arranged a visit to M-sport at Cockermouth in Cumbria. The tour commenced at 5.30pm for a duration of 2 hours. On arrival at Dovenby Hall, the home of M-Sport, our party was greeted by Roger our guide for the evening. We were welcomed into one of the rooms, for refreshments, which was decked out with memorabilia from their 2006/2007 successful WRC year (we should have started in the Boardroom but “Mr M Wilson” was holding a meeting at the start of our tour). Following this the 11 members of the tour were given a guided tour of the facilities which included the engineering workshop, engine build and car assembly areas. The latter being where we managed to get a small glimpse of the new Ford Puma hybrid car for the coming season. Having spent quite some time in these areas we were then taken to the new state of the art Evaluation Centre and test track, which cost £25 million to build. This building will eventually be shared by M-Sport and some of the car manufacturers to evaluate performance of new road going cars as well as a shake down facility for the rally cars. M sport will also move their car assembly facility to this building so they can expand the engineering and engine build areas in the existing building, this being a requirement as they’ve won the tender to build the 2022 TOCA BTCC engines.

The new building also houses a showroom which is home to some of the cars M-sport have built and some of Malcolm Wilson’s personal collection. (See pictures below).

Finally we were taken back to the boardroom which had now been vacated by “Mr M Wilson” and we could have a look at the trophies M-Sport have won and helped to win over the years.

Our tour guide, Roger, had a wealth of knowledge having worked there for 16 years which made it a very interesting evening.

  

      

 

  

A new car is Born

By Stuart Deeley

Well before the first lockdown, Warner (of Warner Lewis RallySport – he who is founder of rallying history) suggested I might like to build a Celica 165 rally car based on a shell which used to be Ove Anderson’s road car.

A simple project which turned into a rather larger project – one day I will learn Rally car build and cheap do not go together.

However from a bare shell Warner (with very little help from me, but lots of help from my bank account) has created something which looks quite good.

Why a 165? I hear you cry. Being originally built before 1990 it fits into historic Class 4b ( one of the few 4 wheel drive cars that does). Compared with the 205 which has now been sold to fund the project, it is lighter ,smaller and more nimble yet has a similar engine spec. Hopefully it will feel like a Mark two Escort but with four wheel drive and a turbo. With an uprated (within regulations) engine, I expect it to fly (sort of).

There are several decal options, – Securicor , driven by David Llewellen, Bastos and Toyota Red driven by Carlos Saint. This Fina one is a Mark Duez style which will fit in when we do the Trasmeira rally in 2022. That’s unless I can find the money to go to Barbados again

The more observant of you will spot the Rallying History Festival door plate, this demo rally will take place in June next year in Telford around the Weston Park stages from the 1980’s. Worth going to watch as there will be Group B cars at full speed.

So, I almost have a car which is completely rebuilt but I’m looking potentialy for a navigator to do some of the ANWCC stages. It’s ten years since I last won the championship and I fancy having another crack. Unlike the Lotus 62, I doubt that I will get overall honours but a collection of good placings might be sufficient.

Anybody who is interested in sitting in please let me know; I would be looking for someone who could give more than just 60kg of ballast, but not necessarily hard cash.

Hopefully the car wil be finished by the new year (only 12 months late but that’s Covid for you) and I will bring it to a club night when they return. Course car at the Questmead perhaps? Or maybe a competitor?

Cheers for now and stay safe

Stuart

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Warrington & District Motor Club runs a Rally track day / navigator training course

On Wednesday 9/9/20 Steve Ellison arranged a one off Rally track day at Three Sisters Circuit. This included a pacenote training course which proved really useful along with the much needed use of the circuit for people to blow the cobwebs off their rally cars. The event was well received. Here are a few images from the day

Warrington & District MC organised Marshals Training Weekend at Wern Ddu Quarry

The Weekend proved a great success despite storm Dennis  trying to ruin the party. Here are some images from the weekend

 

Warrington & District Motor Club 2019 Prizegiving

 

January 2020

Warrington Motor Club’s Dave Read Wins Prestigious award from Motorsport UK

https://www.motorsportuk.org/motorsport-uk-and-jlt-announce-club-and-volunteer-of-the-year-2019/?fbclid=IwAR0ZqYht9t-n7YrAbgnCgmGPhjmM8AuLia03VHSD_b-Y_3Q5Wv2UGkT_ZU0

Dave Read was nominated by Motor Sport (North West) Ltd and awarded the Volunteer of the Year title for his work and tireless dedication organising the North West Stages rally.

Since 1995 Dave has been the ongoing inspiration and driving force behind the successful and popular event. Holding the role of Rally Director his dogged determination and enthusiasm to manage the event has not waned in almost 25 years. He has the knowledge, talent, energy, and resourcefulness to engage support from others and has built an experienced rally management team around him.

Each year Dave has supported other team members in securing new venues suitable for stage rallying in the North West, including stately homes, army camps, water treatment works, disused chemical works and docklands. Most recently, Dave has worked to bring rallying to the public through the use of closed-road stages along New Brighton Promenade, Blackpool Promenade and Fleetwood Waterfront.

Dave said: “I am shocked but honoured to be awarded the Motorsport UK Volunteer of the year Award. Getting recognised for the work I have put in to organising rallies over the last 40 years is very much appreciated. In recent years the workload required to put on a stage rally has increased dramatically, so although the award may be getting presented to me I would like to thank all those who have worked with me to achieve our goal of Closed Road Rallying in Lancashire, you should all feel a part of this recognition.”

Oct 2019

Victory for WDMC Club members at Three Sisters

A bumper entry of Warrington club members turned up for a very wet Adgespeed Stages Rally

Adam Williams & Rachael Atherton  were on the pace throughout the day  in their Williams Haulage Imprezza and managed the tricky conditions superbly awarding them with an outright win. a first for a WDMC member for some years.

Another excellent result came from Greg Williams and Richard Edwards also in a Williams Haulage Subaru Imprezza finishing 4th overall and 3rd in class

Jonny Kennedy navigating for Dave Roberts in another Imprezza came home in the top ten with 8th overall.

Steve Ellison & Sophie Landen in the Buildbase Escort finished just outside the top ten. No mean feat for a 2wd car.

Erdinc Degirmencloglu & Barry Armer in their recently recommissioned Mk1 Escort finished 23rd overall

Craig & Marcus Kennedy overcame a major oil leak in their first outing with the 1400cc Vauxhall Corsa to finish 44th overall

Finally, Craig & Danny Fairhurst overcame major misfire issues on their Ford Focus to finish 47th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY 2019

WERN DDU CREATES NEXT GENERATION RALLY DRIVERS

Following successful events at Wern Ddu with Warrington Motor Clubs Gravel Autotests several members took up the opportunity to do their Rally BARS test at the quarry in July 2019. All completed their tests successfully and are now eligible to compete on Motorsport UK Stage Rallies.

Well done to all who made the step up to Nat B rallying

 

 

OCTOBER 2019

WARRINGTON CREWS TACKLE WALES RALLY GB NATIONAL EVENT

Matthew Steadman & Stephen Landen went out in the icon of RAC Rallies, The Lancia Delta Intergrale. After extensive test over the summer the team set out from Llandudno on the route following the World Rally championship cars. A steady run in typical Rally GB conditions saw them arrive back after the first day gaining in confidence in the car and the stages.

Saturday was typically wet with the crews heading towards mid Wales around classic stages such as Myherin, Dyfi & Sweet Lamb. Sadly a seal in clutch assembly gave way in the Myherin stage forcing them into retirement.

However undeterred, they plan to be back on the event in 2020

 

 

In addition, Andy Williams & Andrew Darlington were out in the Subaru Imprezza and were going very well but retired during the last day with mechanical issues

 

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