Tuesday, 21 January 2020


Dixes Challenge Rally 2020 

Organiser meetings start Wednesday 21st January at the Tredegar Arms in Shirenewton 8pm if you want to get involved with the event or if you just want to help on the day or day before let the club know - fodmotorclub@gmail.com

Forest of Dean Motor Club - Members Renewal Evening 

Thursday 23rd Jan 8pm at the Orepool Inn GL16 8DL

There will be a Committee only meeting prior to this so if you have any questions that you would like raised please email them in or make contact with a committee member - fodmotorclub@gmail.com 

Monday, 13 January 2020

The 12th annual Historic Rally Car Register Open Day goes back to the beginning

Many acknowledge that the 1960 RAC rally saw the first real loose surface special stage in the UK. At Monument Hill in Scotland, the RAC organisers hinted at a new direction, away from the public road navigational challenges of old. The two-mile test of rough, loose track set the pattern for future events, and Erik Carlsson and Stuart Turner showed the world how they should be driven.
60 years on from that pivotal event, historic rallying is now a multidisciplinary sport, with much to offer. From road rallying with its regularity challenges and driving tests, to flat-out forest and tarmac stages, and from bucolic scenic tours to the intensity of sprint and hillclimb speed events, the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) celebrates this diversity.
So, for the 2020 HRCR Open Day, visitors will be encouraged to explore three distinct halls; ‘Speed’, ‘Stage’, and ‘Road and Tour’.  Each dedicated area will be packed with event organisers and equipment suppliers offering advice and help, and each will have dedicated HRCR expertise on hand to guide visitors to the HRCR Championship that’s right for them.
Preparation is, of course, essential to success. Throughout the day a series of short forums will explore car and personal preparation, together with advice and tips for those new to each discipline. Each forum will be supported by examples of genuine cars competing today, so visitors can really see what’s involved.
Forest of Dean members attend Gaydon HRCR Open Day

Thursday, 2 January 2020

2020 Rally Calender

Have a great 2020 in Motorsport, here is a link for monthly rally events to get your diaries sorted to marshal or compete.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Friday, 15 November 2019

HRCR Skittles Meeting

The next meeting of the HRCR Dean & Marches is on :-
Monday 18th November at 7:30pm.

This will be the annual skittles meeting at Parkend Social Club - GL15 4JE

A finger buffet will be available afterwards. 

Forest of Dean Motor Club members are welcome to attend.

Paul Loveridge  
Chairman FODMC

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Wyedean Stages Competitor Feedback

Hi Caroline

please give my congratulations to all the team involved as you all did an excellent
job and should all be -
proud of your achievements as it takes a load of work to organise  

thanks for a memorable day

Paul S


Hi. Caroline

Could you please thank everyone for a great rally we had a fantastic time just bad luck we had a problem with the electrics
If you could do me a favour the lads that pulled us out of in a land rover could you please get there details as I would like to drop them some chocolates off as they pulled us to the trailer park which save us some time

Once again great rally we are coming back next year

Regards. Andy 



Please relay our thanks to the team for organising a great rally. Format great especially for short winter days, low road miles and loads of spectators which might be a problem. Very well done.


Ken D


Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages 2019

Last weekends Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages Rally in association with KGD Services provided a real challenge for the competitors, but local crews dominated the top 10 overall and class awards on a thoroughly tough day in the classic forests of Speech House, Serridge and Maliscot. 

Rain, sleet, and the autumn leaves left the gravel roads extremely slippery for the 85 starters who left the Vantage Point start in Mitcheldean on Saturday morning for the 42 miles of competition. 

But it was former Welsh champion Alex Allingham and Ross Weir first time out in a brand new Dave Jenkins Motorsport built Escort RS1800 who finished  top local crew with a superb 2nd overall, just 60 seconds off top spot in the Weir rallying, Weotec, Weir Laundry Equipment backed car, after a fantastic 3 way battle with the similar cars of Nick Elliott and Welsh youngster Tom Llewellin, but after Elliott retired on stage 5,it was left to Allingham to pull away from Llewellin who finished 3rd overall.

"It's been a very good day for us, the car hasn't missed a beat which is credit to Dave and the team, thanks to everyone involved today, its not been pleasant out there for those marshal's in the forests, we do appreciate what you do." said a delighted Ross Weir. 

Just behind this was another intriguing battle with another 4 local crews going at it hammer and tongs, but it was the Griffiths Engineering Escort of Mark Griffiths and Matt Rogers who emerged to take a superb 4th overall & 1st in class, despite a spin and a trip to the scenery in Maliscot, Ben Friend and Cliffy Simmons finally ended there disastrous run of retirements with 5th and 1st in class in the Allglass Escort RS1800, using the event to gear themselves up for the 5 day RAC Rally at the end of the month.

"I can honestly say that was one of the most slippery Wyedean's I've ever done, there was zero grip most of the time but great fun, great event ." said Cliffy

Just behind them were Tim Freeman and Paul Williams who took 6th in the TL Freeman backed Escort RS1800, just 15 seconds in 7th were another local crew that of Jason Gardner and Mike Jode in the Brecon View Plumbing Escort RS1800, despite the starter motor failing after stage 1, needing to bump start the car, but this was soon sorted, also a change on to more suitable tyres in the afternoon helped secure a top 10 finish.

Steve Black and Paul Morris continued there run of success with a easy class win and 13th overall in the SBG Group Suzuki Swift, despite an off and a puncture on the final stage. 

Roger Matthews had a late change of co-driver with Ryan Taylor steeping into the seat, Taylor better known as a driver for being one of front runners in HRCR Mini Cup, Matthews was another who was using the event as a RAC shakedown, finished 23rd & 4th in class in the RJ Matthews Transport RS1600.

Keith Bounds and Kevin Watkins had a very good run in only there second event in the Subaru Impreza to finish 29th overall & 4th in class.

Wyedean veterans Eric Davis with Russ Joseph on the notes, lit up the stages yet again in the Dennis Motorsport Mini GT, the Drybrook resident so very nearly didn't make the start after engine issues saw some very late nights, but the ever popular Davis finished 32nd and 6th in class.

Husband and wife duo James and Kelly Dunkley in the Dunkley Auto Services Vauxhall Corsa didn't get off to the best of starts with a big moment in Speech House after clobbering a bank, but Kelly then got a swishy stick and made James behave, and they were rewarded with 34th overall and 1st in class.

Just 12 seconds behind in 35th were Lee Trueman and Sam Hughes in the ME Damsell backed Subaru, this being Sam, s first ever rally.

Cinderford duo Paul Simmonds and Mark Wheeler finished 38th and 8th in class in the Signs by Samurai Mk 1 Escort on there first event for over 12 months just 8 seconds behind were Tim Truman with Dave Troughton calling the notes they took 40th overall and 5th in class in the Focus ST.

The ever smiling Ken Davis with Alan Jones on the notes, in the beautiful KGD Services Volvo Amazon were another crew to escape a brush with the undergrowth in stage one, but survived to finish 48th and 3rd in class. 

Top lady driver on her first ever rally was Beth Harris with Matt Nicholas alongside in her Peugeot 1.6 GTI, she put in a superb drive to finish 51st & 4th in class.

Mark Christopher and Ryan Gibson were one place behind Harris in 52nd & 5th in class in the Forest Auto Salvage Citroen C2.

On his first gravel rally young Luke Watts walked away with 1st in class ablely guided by the experienced Colin Jenkins the NJ Auto Repairs /Ian Watts & Son, Sally, s Florists, Forest of Dean Tyres, backed 1.0 Toyota Yaris, the car never missed a beat to finish 53rd.

"That was daunting but great fun, by Maliscot I was running first car on the road so I was the one finding the bad bits, very well pleased with the result, a big thank you to my sponsors, Colin for sitting next to me, to Nigel Jenkins for the hours he spent getting the car ready, to Dave Jenkins Motorsport for looking after the car, to Martyn Walby, Liam Smith, and Paul Mainwaring for looking after us and to everyone involved in the rally a massive thank you. ". Said Luke

The Escort RS of Mike Truman and Martha Howells took 56th & 4th in class in another ME Damsell backed car, this being Martha's first ever event and despite the slippery conditions the duo enjoyed themselves.

A further 8 seconds back were another pair of rally debutants Dan Troughton and Jonathan Griffiths in the 1200 Hyundai i20 these two survived the tricky conditions to finish 57th and 2nd in class

After breaking a shaft less than a mile into stage 1,husband and wife duo Nigel and Karen Jenkins, returned via the super rally rule for the final 3 tests, to set some impressive times in the NJ Auto Repairs/ME Damsell backed Nova, the car now armed with a rebuilt engine and sequential gearbox so mileage was important but they finished 59th and 2nd in class.. 

Those not fortunate to finish included Nigel Drew and Pauline Nash in the NPD Plant /Calico Interiors Subaru Impreza, these two had a storming run to lie 6th overall after the morning loop, but a heavy roll in on stage 4 in Speech House, ended there rally, both swiftly received medical attention and were taken to hospital to be checked over but both released on Saturday evening. 

Pauline  said". We would like to thank everyone who came to our aid so rapidly and the competitors who stopped to help, despite a few bumps and bruises were both OK. "

Gary and Tom Bollards were another crew to retire early on in the GB Motorservices Subaru Estate 

Charles Hopkinson with Gavin Haycock alongside retired there Escort RS1800 with rear axle problems.

The overall event winners were Matthew Hirst and Declan Dear in the Lancer Evo 9 the duo were also crowned Welsh National Rally champions for 2019. 

The first 3 cars overall were all run by local preparation expert Dave Jenkins Motorsport an exceptional feat in motorsport circles. 

But the event was a credit to the new team of organisers, but importantly the Wyedean is back on the British rallying calendar and hopefully here to stay for many more years yet.

Paul Willetts Motorsport Media