Friday, 28 September 2018

Wyedean Stages Rally 2018

Press Release:

Friday 28th September 201818.30hrs 

It is with huge regret that after a great effort on the clubs part, that Forest of Dean Motor Club has no choice but to cancel the 2018 Winner Garage SKODA Wyedean Stages Rally. The reasons for the cancellation are many, far too many to be overcome in the short time left before the event was due to run.  We can assure you this decision was not taken lightly, but rather than run an event which would have been below our usual high standard, the decision has been made to cancel the 2018 event. We apologise unreservedly to the many competitors who have already entered for this year and for any inconvenience we may have caused. Full refunds will be made as soon as possible to those competitors who have paid their entry fee. The club would also like to apologise to the championship organisers, competitors and marshals for the situation we and they now find ourselves in.

Bob Morgan Chairman FODMC


Saturday, 8 September 2018

MSA to optimise cost of safety equipment for competitors

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has committed to an in-depth review of competitor safety equipment over the next two years. This will explore a raft of initiatives, including strategies to reduce the burden on competitors of the unnecessary replacement of seats and harnesses, while ensuring suitably high standards of safety are maintained in the sport.

A cornerstone of this new initiative will be to provide greater education for competitors in respect of their own safety and to place more responsibility on the competitor to maintain a level of safety equipment, above a defined MSA minimum standard.

As a first step, the MSA will recognise an extended life for certain FIA-homologated seats and harnesses in the UK. The MSA Board has approved the following Motor Sports Council recommendations with immediate effect:

  • In stage rallying, seats homologated to the FIA 8855-1999 standard are granted a two-year extension at the end of their initial five-year life
  • Across disciplines requiring a homologated harness, the MSA will recognise a ten-year life for harnesses homologated to the latest FIA 8853-2016 standard. This homologation is for six-point harnesses as a minimum, and is tested with higher loadings than the previous standard.

These regulation changes are detailed in a document on the MSA website.

The MSA will be publishing new guidance on installing seats and harnesses, while giving scrutineers further training in this area. The governing body will also be reiterating scrutineers’ powers to retain or invalidate homologated equipment if they have serious concerns regarding its condition or know it has been involved in a major accident.

Looking ahead, the MSA is investigating new ways of tracking homologated components as well as evaluating more cost-effective accident data recorders (ADRs) for wider use.

David Richards CBE, MSA Chairman, said: “As the governing body, one of our principal roles is to grow motorsport at grassroots level while promoting safety within the sport at a realistic cost for competitors. I firmly believe the time has come for a wholesale review of our approach to safety across the entire motorsport landscape and this review will be delivered by 2020. It’s therefore appropriate to allow our competitors to continue using their recently purchased seats at least until then, when the outcome of this review will be published.”

Editor’s notes:

The MSA is the sole national governing body for four-wheel motor sport in the UK, as recognised by the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The MSA is a not-for-profit organisation (limited by guarantee) comprising around 750 affiliated motor clubs, which are represented by 13 Regional Associations nationwide. The MSA represents approximately 30,000 competition licence holders, 10,000 volunteer marshals and 3200 officials, and issues around 5,000 event permits every year.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Event Signs Woodpecker Stages 2018 by Paul Willetts

Last weekends Event Signs Woodpecker Stages saw a very mixed bag of results for local crews.

The event based at the beautiful Ludlow racecourse attracted a quality entry of 135 cars mainly due to the new MSA directive of running 2wd cars first on the road, offered 45 miles of Radnor, Haye Park and Wigmore.

Once again both BTRDA and Welsh championships came together to provide a competitive day of competition in all classes. One of the drives of the event came from husband and wife team Nigel & Karen Jenkins in the NJ Autos 16v 1400 Nova  up against a strong local BTRDA 1400 line up they soon settled into a strong 3rd place behind locals Neil Weaver and Dave Brick, but on the penultimate test in Radnor forest disaster struck when the duo clipped a bale at a chicane and burst the radiator and brought instant retirement and to rub salt into the wound, 1400 leader Weaver retired on the final stage, which meant a certain 2nd place was on the cards.

"We are gutted, Nigel just out braked himself and clipped the bale but it was enough for the radiator to go "said Karen "I am thinking of getting him a bale for the garden he seems to like them, its the second one he's hit this year" she laughed. So it was Ross on Wye based Geoff Phelps/ Pete Wilson who took the local honours in the Dave Jenkins Motorsport run Escort RS1800 finishing 30th overall & 5th in class. 

Jason Gardner & Graham Cox in the Brecon View Plumbing Escort RS1800   took 33rd overall & 6th in class. 

Scott Partridge & Chris Ridge were 70th & 14th in class in the Belfry Inn Subaru Impreza Charles Hopkinson & Gavin Haycock finished 73rd & 11th in class in there Escort RS But amongst the high number of retirements were Bob Morgan / Ade Williams in the Winner Garage Skoda holding 14th overall after stage 2, but fuel pressure problems led to there retirement on the next test Ross on Wye's Tim Phelps with Elwyn Manuel on the notes, had a very short event with a split fuel pipe brought the 2.2 Escort to a halt on the opening stage. Rich Cole and Abi Haycock had the engine let go on stage 4 in the Cole Contracting 1400 Escort Steve Black reunited with Paul Morris in SBG 1400 Suzuki Swift retired with alternator failure on stage 3 James Dunkley & Colin Jenkins retired on stage 6 with a broken shaft in the Dunkley Autos Vauxhall Corsa.

Keith and Joshua Bounds were out in a hired VW Lupo and with results showing them 85th and 1st in class at the end but they were sadly OTL.   

Yet again it was Matt Edwards & Darron Garrod who took another victory and with it wrapped up the BTRDA title in the Swift Group Fiesta R5.

Paul Willetts Motorsport Media

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon

Sunday 30th September see's the next Rotary Half Marathon in the Forest of Dean. 
Once again the Motor Club will be assisting with radio check points along the route.

If you can assist and would like to get involved please contact either:-

Nick Biddle on 07875 787681 or 
Phil Turley on 07530 366114

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages 2018 Marshal Request

The Winner Garage SKODA Wyedean Stages Rally will take place on Saturday 10th November 2018, and The Forest of Dean Motor Club is seeking assistance to put together a Radio and Stage Marshal Team. The proposed format of three stages, each run twice, will require coverage equal to, if not over and above,
that of last year.
The 2018 Wyedean will be a qualifying round of:
WAMC National Championship, WAMC Historic Championship, WAMC Junior Challenge, Restruct Ltd & Jelf Welsh Mixed Surface Rally Championship,  
MSA English Rally Championship, HRCR Stage Masters, FMP Rally Challenge
ASWMC Stage Rally Championship, and ANWCC Forest Stage Championship.

Forest of Dean Motor Club have also recently announced the launch of The David Stokes Historic Challenge, which will pay tribute to one of stage rallyings’ most respected competitors.
I am sure that the 43rd Wyedean will attract a quality and entertaining entry, and with the experience and skills that MSA registered volunteer marshals possess we will ensure the safe running of the rally.

Please contact me and confirm any Marshals travelling with you, your callsign (If applicable), MSA Reg No, Mobile No, Red Flag Y/N, 4 x 4 Y/N.

MSA Registration is not essential, but it is recommended that the qualification is acquired. ( )

Be assured that information provided will be used to satisfy requirements of the Safety Plan, and will not be shared outside of the rally.

Best regards,
Neil “H” Henderson

Mobile: 07777 658369

Woodpecker Stages 2018 Marshals Request

It is that time of year again and we are looking for marshals for the event 

We appreciate that some of you may well be volunteering through Stage Commanders already, if you could also respond to me as well that would be great as it helps with allocation and numbers.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks

Jeremy Hancock Woodpecker Rally

Woodpecker Stages Marshalls Link 

David Stokes Historic Challenge on the Wyedean Rally 2018

This years Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages will see the Forest of Dean Motor Club pay tribute to the late David Stokes, with the Calico Interiors/Ashmores David Stokes Historic Challenge.
The former Dursley baker passed away in February 2016 after a short illness, after a rallying career spanning over 45 years, he was BTRDA National Rally Champion in 1975, in fact he finished second overall to Graham Elsmore on the very first Wyedean in October 75 his best ever Wyedean finish, other than winning the historic section in 2010, he was then crowned Castrol Autosport Champion in 76 and was a Ford supported driver from then on he formed part of the famous Team Avon Tyres with Graham Elsmore and the late Gordon Batchelor, he was then a strong title contender each year in the Autosport series, until a huge accident on the Gwynedd Rally in 1980 which saw him sustain horrific injuries, he then took a sabbatical to build up his bakery business returning only sporadically for the odd event, until 2002 when his brother Andy persuaded him to return, but it will be the 4 British Historic titles he will be fondly remembered as well has his enthusiasm for the sport he loved.

"David and I were friends for many years, he was one of the old school who rallied in the golden era first time around, but he will never be forgotten and even when he wasn't competing he'd be down to watch the Wyedean with friends, so when we started our Wyedean press days not only would he bring his car to give people rides, but supply all the rolls, bread, cakes for everyone, he was a very good friend to the Motor Club over the years". Said Paul Willetts  

"But there was so much more to David he had so much enthusiasm for rallying and he was the first big name to return to the historic's and raised the bar to make the championship what it is today, his passing left a huge hole that will never ever be filled, so I went to the Wyedean committee with the idea they were fully supportive, so here we are, the idea is to get has many historic crews old and new out as possible to really celebrate David's career in rallying, he loved the whole historic thing, his fellow competitors, organisers marshals, and the spectators loved him with his never say die attitude and sideways driving style,
I would like to thank David's long time co-driver Guy Weaver and Pauline & Brian Nash from Calico for sponsoring the challenge, also  Christophe Jacob, Malcolm Wilson Steve Harkness and Peter Wood for donating items for the draw.
The word legend is easily thrown around today, but David Stokes is a worthy recipient of that accolade ,so we hope to do him proud on November 10th and it would be nice to see his old rivals Graham Elsmore, Terry Brown and Jimmy McRae out on the event as well".
The Challenge will be open to all categories of Historic cars including FIA and every entrant in the challenge will be entered into a prize draw, for a free entry to one of the best tarmac events in Europe, 2019 Salamandre Rally in Belgium, Harkness Competition Tyres offers 2 tyres ,M Sport a trip for 2 to Dovenby Hall, Michelin Tyres team clothing.

Clerk of the course Martyn Walby stated "When Paul come to me with the idea, it was an easy yes let's do it, I got to know David over the years and his enthusiasm for the sport knew no bounds he'd do a rally every day of the week if he could have, and always willing to give advice to others, so we hope his fellow competitors will come and support it".
Stokes former co-driver Guy Weaver said" I had the best years of my rallying career with David, and its a fantastic gesture by the Forest of Dean Motor Club to honour him, he loved the event and guys down there, he had a lot of respect for them, and was always happy to help Paul and Martyn anyway he could."
His former mechanic Wayne "Eric" Ball said" A shining light went out on historic rallying when David died, and this is a wonderful thing to celebrate him, he'd be really chuffed by this and credit to Paul and the club for doing it".
Reigning Historic champion Jason Pritchard said" David was a great character who is very much sadly missed by the whole rallying community, he was a fierce competitor, but great fun and always made you feel welcome".

David's famous championship winning Escort RS1600,is now back in hands of brother Andrew and will be out on the event.
Regulations for the event will be available soon, which will again follow the popular format of the previous two years, but with the route mixed up again with old and new roads introduced.
For all details go to