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

Saturday, 18 April 2020

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Paul Loveridge



Thursday, 26 March 2020

Volunteers needed for the COVID-19 public effort

To all club members, stay safe during this uncertain time and please adhere to the government guidelines.

Wednesday 25th March 

The Government has launched an urgent appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS in the battle against Coronavirus.
Volunteers can support in a number of roles including;
  • Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.
  • Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back into their home.
  • NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.
  • Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.
If members of the Motorsport UK community feel fit and well and are able to assist, you can register as an NHS Volunteer Responder through the following link:
For the latest updates and advice from Motorsport UK on COVID-19 please visit this page: