Friday, 11 June 2021

Cotswold Historic Rally – 1st August 2021

A REQUEST FOR MARSHALS

Tavern Motor Club are organising the above event on Sunday 1st August.  

The event starts and finishes at Cotswold Edge Golf Club, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7PT with the first car starting at 8.30am.  

The morning will comprise of three Regularities and half of the Tests before lunch and another three Regularities and the remainder of the Tests in the afternoon.  The event is scheduled with the first car finishing around 5pm.

The majority of the 6 Regularities and the 3 Test venues are contained in an area between Stroud, Cirencester, Royal Wootton Basset and Chipping Sodbury, with one Regularity around Cirencester. 

The Regularities, which use the public highway, require 13-16 crews of two people each. Each crew could, if they wanted to, ‘man’ a control on a morning Regularity and another at a different location on an afternoon Regularity, or could do one Regularity control earlier and marshal on a Test later, or vice versa.

Marshals can also ‘man’ a Test venue for the day, and we will need many marshal crews to cover the 3 venues.

If you are interested in marshalling on the event could you please contact myself at denise@desbois.co.uk or on 01761 233510 before 9pm please.   

You are probably aware by now that marshals have to register online their availability to marshal due to the current COVID restrictions.  Please register at https://mtc1.uk/Marshals/CotswoldHistoric21/MarshalForm.php   

If registering online is not possible please contact me on the above contact details.

The entries opened on the 7th June and I’m delighted to say that we have 69 entries within 24 hours!!  Total entry 75 cars so we are very hopeful that we will have a full entry on the day.

Many thanks in advance

Denise Desbois – Chief Marshal

Keith Emery – Deputy Chief Marshal

denise@desbois.co.uk

01761 233510 before 9pm please

Monday, 17 May 2021

Membership Secretary

We are currently seeking a new Membership Secretary. 

If you have good IT skills and able to spend a small amount of time with this important part of the clubs structure please reply below. 

Assistance with the handover of role will be given.

Contact - fodmotorclub@gmail.com 

Thursday, 4 March 2021

 


Press Release: 2021 Architexture Architects Dixies Challenge


Whilst there is growing positive news on COVID-19 restrictions relaxing in the coming months, Forresters Car Club and Forest of Dean Motor Club have taken the decision to not progress with the planning for the Architexture Architects Dixies Challenge Rally, which was due to be held on the 2nd May 2021.

Until the Welsh Government give a clear indication of what their outdoor gathering rules will be, when they will apply from, and form an agreement with Motorsport UK about principles within which we can operate, sadly the majority of motorsport in Wales will still be on pause.  Time has now simply run out for us to consider putting on an event less than 10 weeks away.

 

Consideration was made to finding a new date later in the year, but with other events planned which are still hoping to happen which both clubs are involved in, being rallies at Caerwent and the Wyedean Rally; and also considering what is already a congested calendar with the other planned Epynt events and not wanting to interfere with them; we have decided that that is not a realistic option.

Forresters Car Club and Forest of Dean Motor Club would like to thank you for your support and we hope to see you at one of our other events, or what we can only hope is a more normal 2022.

 

The Organising Committee

Forest of Dean Motor Club & Forresters Car Club



Saturday, 16 January 2021

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Ken Davies by Paul Loveridge

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Ken Davies.

Ken was a stalwart of historic motorsport, always smiling and enjoying every minute of his rallying exploits.

These ranged from all over the U/K to New Zealand on the Silver Fern Rally and twice competed on the Midnight Sun rally in Sweden.

He also took part on scenic tour events always up for the crack and good humoured banter.

Ken was always keen to help others, financially or plain from the heart advice.

He will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts are with his family in these difficult times.

Paul Loveridge 

Ken Davies - by Paul Willetts

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Ken Davies, Ken was the MD of Hereford based KGD Services.

He was a great supporter of the Wyedean and Forest of Dean Motor Club, when we brought the event back to the Forest of Dean he approached me to say he would like to help with some sponsorship so he became an associate sponsor in recent years.

 He was a loveable jovial character who was always smiling and you could count on Ken for a story at the end of a special stage, as he drove either the Volvo Amazon or Ford Cortina with gusto on events together with long time co driver Alan Jones these two were extremely popular with everyone they met. 

His actual rallying started back in 2013  after a meeting with Alan, his debut was the Motor Clubs Rally Time Trial at Sweet Lamb, with a very slow Volvo, which Alan described, as very slow uphill, bloody scary downhill, but Ken was always looking for ways to develop and improve the Amazon, together with Quick Motorsport they finally got it to 162 bhp. 

Ken loved the Wyedean and his first experience of forestry was Sallowvallets and spectators would have been safer stood in the road, as Ken decided to attack the banks and undergrowth making them scatter in all directions, but in typical Ken style he found it funny. 

2016 he under went a kidney transplant, but was soon back behind the wheel. 

He made the trip to New Zealand in 2018 for the Silver Fern using a mk1 Escort plus a few outings on Wales Rally GB which always proved popular with spectators, but his favorite event was Sweden, s Midnight Sun Rally where he finished 2nd in class in the Cortina. 

His Motorsport career started way back as a mechanic for an F2 competitor, but his love of bikes wasn't too far away with Motorcross, Speedway and Trials where he also sponsored a lot of people, he raced karts against the likes of Nigel Mansell, he built and raced Honda Pilot buggies winning 2 championships, but built a buggy for engineering guru Keith Duckworth of Cosworth fame, a man Ken held in very high regard. 

But after a huge end over end accident, he decided to go rallying. 

He really did enjoy his rallying but there was more to Ken than just rallying he was a very successful businessman he helped others with some sponsorship, but he was so enthusiastic about rallying and spoke with a lot of sense of where rallying needs to go to keep it clubman based and costs in check.

There aren't many competitors today who give back to the sport, but Ken was one, a true gentleman who always had a word and a smile, to say he will be greatly missed by us all here in the Forest of Dean is an understatement, Ken you are gone but won't be forgotten, it was a pleasure to know you.

The last word go, s to his co-driver Alan Jones. "In 48 years of motorsport my most enjoyable times were spent with Ken."

Finally to Ken's family his many many friends the Forest of Dean Motor Club offers its sincerest Condolences. 

Paul Willetts

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.