Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Graham Cox - Funeral at Friday 16th October 1:30pm

Members of the motor club will stand 'informally' outside the Forest of Dean Crematorium on Friday 16th October at 1.30 to pay their respects to Graham Cox as he makes his last journey.

If you would like to come along please observe social distancing and the latest government guidelines to funerals.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Graham Cox

The local motorsports community lost one of its own two weeks ago with the passing of the well known and much respected co driver Graham Cox, who died after a short illness aged 66.

For many years he lived in Sling before moving to Milkwall. 

A quiet, likeable, unassuming character he was very well organised, his unflappable nature made him ideal for the co-drivers seat a job he made look very easy, but was always available to impart his knowledge to others. 

Graham’s motorsport interest started back in the 1970’s, he then joined the Forest of Dean motor club in 1973 and was a member for nearly 47 years. 

His co-driving career started back in 1975 when he teamed with local police officer Kim Butcher in Saab 96 V4, one of the best results was finishing a very respectable 17th overall on the Moonraker Road rally a round of the Motoring News championship, more road rallies followed as he honed his excellent map reading skills, winning the Forest of Dean motor club’s BJ Price Trophy Rally with Kim, the event staring at Raglan Services. 

He then teamed up with more local drivers for road events with the likes of John Cole, Mike Furnival, and Mike Wheeler. 

It was with Mike on the Gremlin road rally one night that they took a trip into the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, hence to say that was the end of their rally. 

The Nicolet Stages in 1981 which ran in the Forest of Dean saw Graham team up with local haulier Barry Brandon and finished 45th. 

In 1981 he teamed up for the first time with Dave Jenkins, this was the start of a partnership that lasted 35 years, with many highlights, finishing 2nd in the highly competitive  BTRDA championship1600 class in 1985, they finished 9th on the 87 Wyedean, followed up with 6th in 1990, 4th in 1992 all in Escort RS1800. 

But in 1996 the duo won the Wyedean, only the second ever local crew to win their local event. 

They followed this up with 4th in 97,8th in 2009. 

They teamed up once more for the 40th Wyedean in 2015 finishing 26th and 2nd Historic. 

Graham also did some rallies with Nigel Jenkins and Adrian Williams, but in the later years he had a lot of success co-driving for Jason Gardner. 

But his longstanding partnership with Dave Jenkins brought many successes and Dave never really gelled with other co-drivers, such was their trust in one another, Graham had this very laid back calm nature with exceptional map and pace note reading skills and has a team they worked very well. 

"We started out together on road rallies, before moving to stage events, but Graham was always on top of his game and we had a lot of success together and fun with his dry sense of humour, there isn't many partnerships that lasted as long as ours, he wasn't only a great co-driver but a great friend and I will miss him dearly. "

But it wasn't only his co-driving skills which made him the well respected likeable character, he was always happy to help with any event, he was the Wyedean safety officer in 1983, when the motor club ran the Rally Time Trial’s and Dixies Challenge events in recent years he ran the ‘Service In Control’ role all by himself, such was his organisational skills.

But there was more to Graham than just motorsport, for many years he was involved with the scouts, a season ticket holder at Gloucester Rugby and family man. 

One of the best stories was when he co-drove Nigel Jenkins on the Wyedean, and they lost the bumper on the Peugeot 309 GTi, Graham organised a Scouts trip out into the forest to look for Nigel's bumper. 

Former Forest of Dean motor club chairman Paul Willetts said. "I knew Graham for many years not only from competing on events, but motor club activities and functions, he was always someone who was a voice of sense, always happy to lend a hand, and someone who if you gave him a job to do he just did it, no fuss no drama, it's a really sad news to hear of his passing he will be sorely missed. "

To his wife Margaret daughters Debbie and Joanne family and his many friends the Forest of Dean Motor Club offers its sincere condolences. 

Paul Willetts

Forest of Dean Motor Club 

Friday, 18 September 2020

Newsletter Sept 2020

Dear Members

There is a consultation from Forestry England that is slightly worrying. It is asking for the public’s view regarding the use of forestry for motorsport activities.

The contact web address is as follows.

Motorsport U/K are I am told on the case, however the more replies there are, the better. I understand there have been around 1000 responses so far but mostly they talk about rallying experiences and are not addressing benefits that rallying brings to the local economies. There needs to be mention of how the sport will look to be more sustainable in the future. It is a hard one to tackle given the short time scale and the gathering of information.
The Wyedean stages has a financial impact figure for the event, this includes competitors, service crew, officials etc and the amount of money that the event brings into the Forest. There is also the amount of money raised for local charities regarding car parks as well.
I find it annoying when the public moan about motorsport in the forest, a lot of them think we get the use of the roads for nothing.! At any weekend in the forest there are thousands of mountain bikers using the tracks for nothing.
National Resources Wales are also not issuing permits until next year. Let’s all hope that things will return to some normality in 2021 although I fear that we will not start stage rallying until well into the year.
The situation is not helped by the different rules in each country.  It is a great shame in my mind that the different countries and political parties could not all work together instead of trying to score points.!

There has been concern recently regarding the use of Down Ampney as a single venue motorsport venue. I am pleased to report that an agreement has been reached for the venue to carry on being used. It appears that Emcos, Cirencester and Cheltenham MC are organising a stage event there at the end of October.

There unfortunately has not been anything to celebrate regarding loose surface stage rallying of late. It is very much a wait and see situation at present.
As you know the Wyedean stages rally had to be cancelled due to Forestry England withdrawing any permit application for motorsport events on their land. My thanks to all those who had pledged their support to the event, it will be back next year.!

The HRCR are hoping to run a test day at the Prescott Hillclimb course on Saturday 31st  October. The day will include up to six runs up the hill if anyone is interested please contact Clive King on 07938236461.


Whilst on the subject of the HRCR, FODMC members are invited to a Snack, chat and drink evening at the Bespoke brewery Tap room in the Mews, Mitcheldean. The meeting will start at 7:30pm. Tables will be limited to a maximum of six people, there are other tables for smaller numbers. As always Covid 19 social distancing will still apply, however more importantly common sense will be required.!

Club members.

Jason Gardner had an unfortunate incident recently whilst testing in Walter arena recently. The resulting damage to the Escort was quite extensive, A new shell has been acquired, hopefully it will return.

Whilst on the subjects of Jasons, I hear that Jason Morgan is currently working on an entirely new venture. That’s the spirit.???

Dave Jenkins has been hard at work on various customers rally cars. He has been working on a Triumph TR7 V8 for a change. The car has been painted black and looks stunning.
I will forever remember the growl of a flying TR7 through Sallow Vallets driven by Graham Elsmore years ago. His speed was something to behold, straight lining everything.!

It is a shame that Sallow Vallets has been lost to rallying, to many mountain bikers. I still consider it to be one of the best stages in the Dean.?





Thursday, 13 August 2020

The Wyedean Stages 2020 Cancelled

The Forest of Dean Motor club are sad to announce that the 2020 Wyedean Stages Rally has had to be cancelled.

The decision was made after Forestry England advised the Club that no motorsport would be permitted on their land in 2020.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the organising team and competitors who were supportive of the event running.

The event will be back next year on Saturday 16th October 2021.

Paul Loveridge Chairman & The Wyedean Organising Team 

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

AGM 2020

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 Forest of Dean Motor Club AGM has been postponed for 3 months – below is the agenda in preparation – any updates to date, time, venue will be communicated as restrictions are lifted 


Notice of the 51st Annual General Meeting

of the Forest of Dean Motor Club Ltd

To be held on Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 7.30pm, Cinderford Rugby Club



  1. Apologies for absence.
  1. Minutes of the 50th AGM of the Forest of Dean Motor Club Ltd – Held at Cinderford RFC on the 7th August 2019.
  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 2018 – October 31st 2019 - Given by the Treasurer.

  1. Election of directors of the council. 
  1. Appoint auditors for this financial year November 1st 2019 to October 31st 2020.
  1. Any other business.
  1. Date of next AGM – Provisionally 23rd June 2021.
Registration Number: 969557

Bonnets Up Monday 20th July 7pm

Updated : 15/07/20

The recent governments announcement has given a better perspective on future activities and restrictions regarding Covid 19.!

In view of this and the big desire to get out we have decided to organise a bonnets up meeting on Monday 20th July.

The meeting will start at 7pm, the location will be Winner Garage Cinderford GL14 2YE
All are welcome !

Obviously the social distancing and other related requirements will be adhered to. 
Vehicles on display will be parked as directed.

We look forward to seeing you all, it will be good to catch up.!

Old and new 1, 2, 3 ,4 and more wheeled vehicles are welcome.

In the meantime, stay safe.!

Most importantly let’s all make it happen!!!


Regards Forest of Dean Motor Club Committee 

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Letter from the Chairman


Wyedean Stages Saturday 17th October

Plans for the Wyedean Stages Rally are going well. 
The event will adopt its usual popular three stages run twice with minimum road mileage. The organising team are fully committed for this year’s event to run. However the final decision will be out of our hands.

FODMC chairman’s view on loose surface Stage Rallying 


The big decider regarding the future of rallying is the governments social distancing rule.
This obviously will have a real effect as there are two people in the rally car.

Time trials are permitted as there is only one person in the car.

The final decision regarding stage rallying will be with government and future announcement’s regarding social distancing, gatherings etc.

There may also be local restrictions from councils, venues etc.

Motorsport U/K have stated that they will not be issuing any permits until the 30th June.


A number of tarmac championships have already been cancelled for the 2020 season.

The WAMC road rally championship has been cancelled for 2020.

The Rallynuts stages rally whilst trying to re-schedule have now decided to cancel the event.

It is a very difficult decision for event organiser’s to decide what they do with their event following it having to be cancelled/postponed during the lock down.

Unfortunately, as another event gets cancelled this leaves less point scoring opportunities for championship contenders.

There does however need to be a sensible number of events to decide a worthy champion.?

Paul Loveridge