Monday, 23 September 2019

FoD Motor Club Invite

If you fancy a social night out, our Chairman has invited club members to join in with :-

The next meeting of the HRCR Dean & Marchs will be on Monday 23rd September  starting at 7.30 pm.

The venue is Hopewell Colliery Museum Café in the Forest of Dean. HR9 7EL.

The evening will consist of a talk on mining in the Forest of Dean.

The café is opening up specially for us, there will be food available after the meeting at 8:30pm.

Please make use of this facility, a number of sensibly priced menu options will be available.

Regards Paul Loveridge 

Friday, 13 September 2019

General Meeting - The Belfry Tuesday 17th Sept 7:30pm

Forest of Dean Motor Club.

General members meeting. Tuesday 17th September.  Start time 7:30.

Venue. Belfry Hotel, Broad Street, Littledean. Glos.  GL14 3JS.

Meeting Agenda.

.     Welcome

.     Apologies received.

.     Minutes of AGM

.     Matters arising from minutes.

.     Competition report. Past events.

.     Competition report. Future events.

.    Wyedean rally progress and update.

.     Social section.

.     Organised coach trip to top preparation/restoration company.

Tarmac Autotest. - Saturday 26th October. Venue to be confirmed

1.  Tuesday 26th November.
Evening walking treasure hunt. Ross on Wye. Start in Clock tower. 7:30pm     
Simple clue finding (No torch required) incorporating visits to public houses along  the way.

2.   Future plans and activities. Suggestions from floor.

3.   Correspondence and  A O B.

4.    Next meeting Monday 7th October

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Event Signs Woodpecker Stages

Cinderford duo Jason Gardner and Ade Williams continued there good run with 29th overall & 3rd overall Historic and 3rd in class H3 and first local crew home on last weekends Event Signs Woodpecker Stages based at the picturesque Ludlow Racecourse. 

The event attracted a very high quality entry of 142 cars for the penultimate rounds of both BTRDA and Welsh Championships, this included a number of top historic crews looking at Radnor ahead of the RAC Rally later in the year, just 5 tests made up the 44 miles of action, with 2 runs each of Haye Park and Radnor Forest plus the tricky little Hopton test, adding to the mix.

For Gardner it was a trouble free day and continue his recent good run in the Brecon View Plumbing Escort RS1800. 

"The stages were so fast in Radnor, but Jase was a good boy and did has he was told, and we are well pleased, given the level of top historic crews out today " smiled Williams.

Just a few seconds behind Gardner in 31st place & 5th in class B11 was Mark Griffiths with Ross motor clubs Matt Rogers on the notes in the Griffiths Engineering Escort RS1800, this being the duo's first event since a big accident on last year's rally, despite early morning drama with a misfire before the rally got underway, they too had a trouble free day.

"I just couldn't believe how rusty i was, it took me a few stages to get into it again, but after this mornings drama,the car ran perfectly, so we can look forward to the Wyedean now." said Mark.

In the 1400 series it was a good day for Steve Black and his Ross based co driver Paul Morris finishing 2nd overall 1400 and 37th overall in the SBG Group Suzuki Swift, making it a SBG 1 & 2 with Steve, s son Callum taking the 1400 honours and the championship in his Rover ZR. 

"That's the best Steve's driven so far this year, the car ran faultlessly again, great team result congratulations to Callum on winning the series. " said Morris 

Newent farmer Geoff Phelps with Pete Wilson back on the notes in the Dave Jenkins Motorsport run Escort RS1800, they took 41st and 7th in class. 

Martyn Wyles had Jamie Vaughan calling the notes in the Jones Rally Hire Escort RS and were 74th and 10th in B11 class. 

Charles Hopkinson and Gavin Haycock in another Dave Jenkins run car finished 81st and 10th in class H3 just behind in 83rd and taking home some silverware were Graham Waite and Gill Cotton in the Opel Ascona with 3rd in class H1&2, there only problem of the day, was when the start of ss2 was delayed, and rain came they were on the totally wrong tyres which caused a few heart stopping moments.

Tim Phelps with Elwyn Manuel alongside finished 91st & 12th in class B12 in there 2.4 litre Escort, one place behind was first time pairing David Goose and Simon Cox in another Escort also taking 7th in class H1&2.

It wasn't a particularly good day for the Dunkley family with James co-driven by Colin Jenkins, in the Dunkley Auto Services 1400 Corsa breaking a diff on stage 4 and wife Kelly co driving for Joseph Keen in a MG ZR rolling out of the event on stage 2, thankfully with no injuries to ether party. 

Overall event winners were Ollie Mellors and Ian Windress in a new upgraded version of the Proton Iziz R5 by a comfortable 33 seconds.

Paul Willetts

Monday, 2 September 2019

Wyedean Stages 2019

Wyedean Stages 2019

Saturday November 9th 

Regs & Entries now live


Thursday, 8 August 2019

50th AGM update

It was good to see many new faces at the 50th Annual general meeting of the Forest of Dean Motor Club, thank you to all that attended.

With some new additions and changes to the committee we will hopefully see  new format to social gatherings and some fresh ideas going forward.

The Wyedean stages are progressing well and much of the behind the scenes organisation is complete.

Adrian Williams

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Forest of Dean Motor Club AGM 2019


Notice of the 50th Annual General Meeting

of the Forest of Dean Motor Club Ltd

To be held on Wednesday 7th August 2019 at 7.30pm, Cinderford Rugby Club


  1. Apologies for absence.
  1. Minutes of the 49th AGM of the Forest of Dean Motor Club Ltd – Held at Cinderford RFC on the 27th June 2018.
  1. Correspondence received.
  1. To receive the report from the Chairman of the Council of the Forest of Dean Motor Club Ltd.
  1. To receive a report from the Membership Secretary. 
  1. To receive and consider the financial statement of the Forest of Dean Motor Club Ltd, for the period November 1st 2017 – October 31st 2018 - Given by the Treasurer
  1. Election of directors of the council.
  1. Appoint auditors for this financial year November 1st 2017 to October 31st 2019
  1. Any other business.
  1. Date of next meeting – Provisionally 1st July 2020.

Registration Number: 969557                acc link 

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Architexture Ltd Dixies Challenge Rally Sunday 5th May 2019 by Paul Willetts

Rally Update Achitexture Challenge & Corinium Stages by Paul Willetts 

Local co-driver Jamie Vaughan had a weekend to remember with overall victory on Saturdays Corinium Stages at Down Ampney, and followed it up with 3rd overall on last Sundays Architexture Architects Dixies Challenge, the event organised by both Forest of Dean Motor Club and Forresters Car Club.

45 miles over 10 tests were on offer on the Epynt military ranges for the maximum entry of 80 cars, the event was a round of the HRCR Stage Masters series and Minisport Mini Cup. 

For veteran Tony Rees with Jamie Vaughan alongside in the Darrian GTR, got off to a good start with fastest on stage 1 by a second, but by stage 4 had dropped back to 3rd but it was all very tight at the front all day, and a spin on stage 9 was there only issue and finished a very creditable 3rd overall complete a memorable weekend for the Monmouthshire co driver. 

Jason Gardner with Will Rogers calling the notes in the Brecon View Plumbing Escort RS1800 were another local crew in the awards with a fine run to 12th overall & 2nd in class. 

Ian Skipp had Kevin Lane calling the notes the Astra GSI and took 22nd overall & 4th in class 

Ryan Taylor and Hollie Churchill had a very good day, finishing 31st overall, 2nd in class and 3rd Mini home.

Ryan's father Paul had his daughter, the ever smiling Jemma in the hot seat in his Mini Cooper, they finished 54th & 7th in class, making a good day in the Taylor household. 

Those not fortunate to see the finish were Alan Marriage and Colin Jenkins who rolled there Escort RS1800 on stage 3 when the car snapped under heavy braking for a chicane, the car suffered minimal damage and the crew ok.  

Matt Davis and Abi Haycock in there Cooper S retired on stage 4 with head gasket failure, but not before leading the Mini Cup contenders after stage 3. 

Matt's father Eric with Russ Joseph on the notes in the Dennis Motorsport Mini, retired on stage 3,after sustaining a double puncture.  

The overall event winners were Damian Cole and Paul Spooner in the Get Connected Ford Focus WRC. 

Saturdays  Cirencester Car Clubs Corinium Stages held at the former WW11 airfield, saw Jamie Vaughan take his first ever outright win alongside Josh Payton in his 2.5 Escort RS by just 5 seconds, after a titanic battle with two 4wd cars in the shape of Tim Self, s Fiesta R5 and Lee Kedwards Evo 3,with Payton holding an immediate lead after stage 4, but this was washed away, with a persistent misfire on stages 5,6,&7, which was traced to a wire from the fuel injection system, with just 1 stage left they held 3rd place, 7 seconds behind leader Self, but with the car now 100 %, the duo attacked to take 12 seconds from the Fiesta driver to win by just seconds after 50 miles of competition. 

"Its been a great weekend for me, to win my first event Saturday, and now 3rd here today on Epynt, both rallies went down to the final stage, but really enjoyed today, it's been a very well organised event, and good stages." said Vaughan.