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 

Message from car 22 - Wyedean Stages 2019

Nigel Drew and myself would sincerely like to thank the organisers of the Wyedean Rally,  all the marshals, medics, volunteers and spectators.

Unfortunately on Saturday at the Wyedean we had a big off on stage 4. It’s sincere apologies to the crews that then missed stage 4.

However how completely fantastic the reaction was to safety.  We are completely overwhelmed by the speed efficiency and professionalism of every person who came to our aid.  Including the fantastic young lads who sprang into action, car 36 who responded to the SOS board, Paul Willets who took the call and the stage Marshall who stopped the stage and the professionalism of the recovery and medics who tended us.

It’s totally reassuring to every crew out there to know the safety procedures that surround the rally are completely magnificent when needed.

We sincerely thank you all.  
Pauline xx

Pauline Nash
Calico Interiors

Thank you Pauline  speedy recovery - see you soon


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

For Immediate Release

With entries coming in rapidly for the Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Rally, the Forest of Dean Motor Club organised event looks set to provide a fitting climax to what has been a highly competitive season in the Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship. A few of the crews still in contention, however, have yet to enter the event.
Both front running crews in the fight for the overall title, Russ Thompson/Andy Murphy and Matthew Hirst/Declan Dear are entered for the rally.
Away from the Main title battle, however, there are whole range of class honours still to be decided.
Tom Llewellin may have clinched the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for drivers but 2nd and 3rd places and the prize fund that go with them could go to any over four drivers. It’s Andy Fox who currently holds second place ahead of Josh Taylor but Hywel Davies and Perry Gardener still remain in contention.
In the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge for co-drivers, it’s Tom Murphy who has sewn up top honours but any of the next eight co-drivers in the standings could end up in the top three.
Tom Llewellin has also claimed overall Two Wheel Drive honours but both front and rear wheel drive titles remain to be decided. Chris Powell, Andrew Fox, Hywel Davies and Andrew Davison could all still take the rear wheel drive crown while in front wheel drive the battle is between Perry Gardener, Callum Black, Tony Simpson, Steve Black and Dan Evans.
Any of the top three rear wheel drive co-drivers could still take that category with the battle similarly open among the front wheel drive co-drivers.
In class 4 for cars up to 1400cc, the fight is between the top 4 drivers and co-drivers while in Class 4, Martin Walters and Steve Deeley are battling it out for the title with the top 4 co-drivers in contention.
Hywel Morgan and Simon Jones have secured the titles in Class 5 but Escort driver Ron Morgan or Volvo man Ken Davies, whose company KGD Industrial Services is supporting the Wyedean could still finish as second placed driver.
Class 6 is the most open class in the Championship with any of the top 7 drivers and the top 9 co-drivers while in Class 7 the fight is between the top 8 drivers and top 7 co-drivers.
In Class 13, matters are complicated by the destination of the overall title. Josh Taylor leads the way but he is just a single point clear of Matthew Hirst but if Hirst takes the overall drivers’ title he will not be eligible for a class award. Keith Gapper, meanwhile, in his second season in the Championship could secure a second trip to the end of season awards evening.
Declan Dear appears favourite to secure class 13 co-drivers’ honours but could still be pipped at the post by Heather Merrison.
Finally, in class N3, Russ Thompson and Wug Utting are tied on points and, with drivers counting only their six best scores from the season’s eight championship rounds the mathematical permutations are many and varied.
Crews who have not yet entered the event have until Wednesday November 6th to do so.
The Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages Rally takes place on Saturday November 9th
More information about the event is available on the official website,, and about the Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship at, on the Championship

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