News Archive - MGOC Championship

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5th June 2018

I've always regarded Donington as a jewel in the crown in the MGOC season. After getting a good entry of 22 cars at Snetterton I was expecting at least the same and possibly a few more for Donington.  Sadly it wasn't to be with five late withdrawals leaving us with a disappointingly small grid.  I know that everyone has their own reason for not entering and I fully understand and respect those reasons and honestly don't want to appear to be "having a pop" at those of you who didn't enter, you are all good regular supporters of the championship so please don't take it personally.  However, the fact remains that with 40 registered drivers it was hugely disappointing to have just 16 cars turn up for a big meeting in June on one of the best circuits on the calendar.

We all want to race at the best circuits and with the only income to BARC coming from competitor's entry fees it doesn't take much to realise that they have to give the premier circuit dates to the championships with the best grid levels. Some championships with consistently low entry levels are likely to be dropped for 2019, MGOC do not fall into that category but we can't ignore the warning signs. Maybe I'm guilty of worrying too much about these things but the one thing that makes all the behind the scenes effort worthwhile is to see good grids of MG's on the best circuits, this actually means more to me than competing and winning races !!. Despite the small entry, we put on some excellent racing, the battles at the front of the field in both races were spectacular, there will be some impressive in-car footage below:

 

Class Z saw two tremendous battles between Steve McDermid and Steve Darbey with each taking their first MGOC wins. Well done guys and welcome to the winners club. Simon Kendrick had a weekend to forget with two DNF's leaving Martin to celebrate his 50th birthday by taking an overall and Class F win in Race 1. It was shaping to up to be another similar battle in Race 2 before Simon posted another DNF and Martin dropped back after losing 3rd gear leaving Stuart to take the race lead. Stuart eventually finished 3rd overall and took the Class F win, his first since 2013. I managed another two wins in Classic Class although Dave Amphlett showed a welcome return to form and pushed me hard in race 2.  Sarah took both Class B wins after Matt Gozalves retired his ZR in Race 1 and didn't make the grid in Race 2. New lap records were set by Jim Baynam in the Classic Class and Matt Gozalves in Class B

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Steve Darbey and Steve McDermid for taking a win a piece in Class Z.  Steve M took the win in the Race 1 by 1.1 seconds with Steve D taking Race 2 by 0.65 seconds after starting 12th on the grid.

Donington Snippets

Jonathan Palmer has made some notable improvements since taking control of the circuit. The paddock is now fully tarmaced and the paddock restaurant has been relocated, all very costly works but JP has never been backwards in spending money to improve the infrastructure around the circuit. The meeting wasn't without a few Class Z dramas.  Stuart Philps did an overnight engine change and Steve Darbey had to change a clutch.  Marcus Holland arrived without his ignition keys and thanks go to Dave Amphlett for supplying a new push button starter switch and to Kev for sorting out the wiring to make it all work.  It was good to see Steve Williams around the paddock. Steve is enjoying his time in Renault Clio's but oh how we miss him on the MGOC grid. Chris Pollard also came up for the meeting and, as is his way, was underneath a car sorting out someone's problems within minutes of arriving.  Chris is preparing a TF for 2018 but I'm placing money on him dusting down his rapid MGB for a couple of races this season. Our former Class A champion Malcolm Hill was also at the meeting, he is in the final stages of building an MGBGT and is looking forward to getting back on track later this season for the first time since 2010.

Jimmy Wilson-Petch came along to the meeting. Jimmy has been involved in various levels of motorsport for many years and is in the final stages of preparing an MGF and plans to be on track later this season


Philip Espinasse

Philip has now returned home and continues to make a steady recovery.  It was his birthday on Saturday and a card was passed around the paddock and signed by everyone present wishing him a happy birthday and a speedy recovery. I've just received an email from Philip, he's asked me to pass on his thanks to everyone who signed the card.


Thruxton

We now look forward to our next meeting at Thruxton.  This is a Truck meeting and there will be a big crowd and, if Donington and Snetterton are anything to go by, we'll give them some great entertainment.  I know I keep repeating the same point but it's really important that we get a good grid for this meeting so please do your very best to support it.

Awards Dinner

Please note that this year's Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday 24th November at the usual venue in Buckingham, please put this date in your diary.

 

 

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10th May 2018


Well after the arctic conditions of Oulton Park it was the complete opposite at Snetterton with temperatures in the 80's making it a pretty tough for the cars and the drivers (particularly the aged overweight ones !!) but it was a great day to be racing and the pit garages did give some respite from the sun.  The grid of 22 cars wasn't bad although I thought we'd get a few more on a one day meeting at Snetterton on a Bank Holiday Monday.

It was good to see the return to MGOC of Will Sharpe; he quickly proved that in his capable hands his much loved Midget is a real force to be reckoned with by taking the Classic Class pole by just eleven thousandths of a second.  Sadly he had problems in both races leaving Jim Baynam to take two slightly fortunate wins. It was also good to see Ashley Barnes back on the grid in his stunning orange 1275 Midget. Sadly he withdrew from both races with overheating problems. Dean Sullivan was a welcome entry in Class Z. This was his first race for seven years and he performed really well to take two hard fought 3rd places. Simon Kendrick initially led both Class F races but he was passed by Martin Wills who went on to take two wins after a couple of hard fought races. Dave Mellor put in two stirring drives to take two overall and Class Z wins with Steve Darbey putting in two really impressive drives to take a couple of 2nd places ahead of Dean. Gordon Jeakins was a late withdrawal leaving Sarah the only entrant in Class B, she duly went on to take two wins and gain more valuable track time.


Jim Baynam took two Classic Class wins, the first of which was my 150th race win.  Will was unlucky when a wire fell off his fuel pump in Race 2 when he was looking for a way past.  Clearly it won't be long before he is winning races.

New lap records were set by Jim Baynam in Classic Class and Stuart Plotnek in Class F.

Driving Standards


The battle for the lead in Race 2 was just incredible with Dave, Simon, Martin and Steve Darbey covered by a few lengths and swapping places for most of the race.  It was an incredibly close race but all cars finished without any significant damage. We've managed three meetings without any (other than self inflicted!!) damage, let's hope it continues.

Star Drives


The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Steve Darbey for two really impressive drives to 2nd place both races and to Will Sharpe for taking pole position in a time comfortably under the lap record and putting in two typically full-on drives on his return to the championship.

Class Letters


The introduction of Class B ZR160's lead to me put a clause in the Class B and Z regs for Class letter stickers to be fitted in the place normally occupied by the number plates.  For a number of reasons this didn't happen but it was talked about at Snetterton and we need to resurrect the idea.
After talking to a few people the original plan to fit the stickers in the place normally occupied by the number plate has changed and we have a few options available to us:
  1.  Letters should be fitted to the top left hand (passenger side) corner of the front windscreen.  I would see these as being either a simple B or Z maybe 6" high in Day-Glo yellow.
  2. A "Class B" or "Class Z" sticker in the top corner of the windscreen in 4" high letters.
  3. A Class letter next to the race number on the front and sides of the cars.
  4. Should we adopt this across all four Classes?

 

Whatever we decide on, the stickers would be provided by MGOC.

We would appreciate your thoughts and comments on this matter.

Paddock Security


Most of you who were at Snetterton will be aware that Dean Sullivan had £140 cash stolen from his jeans and Ralf Togneri had his wallet and cards stolen while they were out on track.  In all my years of racing the Paddock has always been a safe place to leave possessions and tools etc. around but things are obviously changing as similar thefts have also happened at Donington and Castle Combe where friends of mine had a lap top, cash and some valuable tools stolen while they were out on track. 
Please be careful.

Philip Espinasse


You're all aware that since Christmas Philip has had some serious health problems. He returned home for a few days before being readmitted with a serious chest infection. We exchanged emails yesterday and he says that he's over the worst of his problems and is hoping to return home soon. Despite his period in inactivity, Philip retains a strong interest in all that is going on in the championship. If any of you would like to wish him well please contact Jim for his email address.

Donington


We now look forward to our next meeting at Donington.  I understand that since taking over the circuit, Jonathan Palmer has made a lot of general improvements and the Paddock is now fully tarmaced. BARC have confirmed that the races will be held on the full GP circuit ie. Including the Melbourne Loop. The timetable for the meeting is on the BARC website. Go to www.barc.net and click on "Events".

 

17th April 2018

ALL,

I've never been a great fan of Rockingham but last weekend's visit made me realise that the infield section is very technical and challenging.  Given that the industrial wastelands of Corby isn't perhaps the most appealing venue, the final entry of 21 cars was pretty good. It was good that BARC gave us use of the pit garages, this does make it all rather more appealing.

The weather forecast was for a bit of sunshine with light rain coming in during the afternoon, they got it absolutely right with the damp track in Race 2 a real challenge to everyone !!.

It was good to see Lee Sullivan making a return to the championship in a newly built ZR and Sarah Sullivan making her race debut in a Class a B ZR160. Shelby Wilsher was a welcome addition to the Classic Class grid. Congratulations to Lee for two wins in Class Z, Simon Kendrick and Martin Wills for a win each in Class F, Gordon for two wins in Class B. I took two wins in the Classic Class. No new lap records were set.

We put on two fantastic races for the watching masses (fifty people and a few dogs in a grandstand for 30,000) and we should be rightly proud of where we are and, perhaps more importantly, where we're heading. 

Russ Davison and Alan Forster came along to watch. Russ is building a Class Z 160 and is hoping to have it finished in time to enter Snetterton next month. Alan is backing off racing a bit this year but having seen some tremendous racing in Class Z he seemed to be considering a return to the fray.

Ben Palmer, Andy Rogerson and Steve Williams were out in the Renault Clio championship and it was good to see them around the MGOC pit garages chatting to everyone and offering their support. Ben is continuing where he left off last year and took another two impressive wins and remains the man to beat in a Clio.

Trophies

It's always a bit of a job getting everyone together soon after our final race to distribute the trophies but thanks to Pat and Mel's efforts we always seem to manage it. I wasn't feeling quite at my immaculate best after Race 2 and the trophy session was perhaps even more chaotic than normal.  Apologies for that, it was a very long and tiring day for an old bloke like me. 

Star Drives


The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Dave Mellor for two tremendous drives and some very close but clean racing against Lee. The other Star Drive trophy went to Steve Darby who has had a difficult start to the season and qualified 8th but drove really well in very difficult conditions in Race 2 to finish 5th overall and 3rd in Class Z.

Driving Standards

I'm always quick to criticise when we have on track contact and damaged cars but on what isn't an easy track and in very difficult conditions for Race 2 we got through both races without contact or body damage. Well done to you all, long may it continue. 

Scrutineering

Those of you who were at Rockingham will be aware that Mark Stacey of Kmaps was in attendance to carry out unannounced spot checks on the ECU's on all ZR's in Class B and Class Z. I'm pleased to advise that all ECU's were checked and all were found to be entirely in accordance with the relevant Class regulations

In addition to checking the eligibility of ECU's, Mark was able to interrogate the ECU's and in several cases advised drivers of operational problems they didn't know they had. It was really worthwhile on all fronts and will be making similar unannounced checks at some future meetings.

The Class Z drivers are well aware that MGOC own a championship assigned ECU and for the past two years this has been randomly swapped between cars at every meeting.  We now have a championship assigned ECU for the Class B ZR's, this will be similarly swapped between cars at forthcoming races.


Philip Espinasse

Most of you are now aware that Philip was admitted to intensive care a few weeks ago with serious breathing problems.  I have spoken to Philip's wife Jane who tells me that after a very difficult time his condition has improved and he's now been moved to a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat hospital in Frimley. It's been a very worrying time but he's a tough old bugger and appears to have got over the worst of the troubles and hopes to be going home in the next 7 - 10 days.  I will of course keep you updated with any further news. In the meantime I know you will all join me in wishing Philip the very best for his continued recovery.


Anyone Interested ?

Is anyone out there interested in what is the basis for a 1500 Midget Class A race car ?.

It is a complete car that was running until a couple of years ago, it has since been under a cover but is very rusty. It has plenty of valuable bits including a set of good condition Minilite wheels and a hardtop. Also available are a number of brand new and never fitted parts including lowered leaf springs and U bolts, a full set of polyurethane suspension bushes, uprated and lowered coil springs, uprated front and rear dampers, fuel tank and new inner/outer cills plus various other parts.  It also comes with a spare set of twin SU carbs in excellent condition and a spare (ex-Chris Pollard) gearbox. 

The shell is probably beyond economic repair but there are so many useful and valuable bits it really only needs a decent 1500 bodyshell to form the basis of a good race car.

The car is based in Staines/Ashford area just ten minutes off Junction 13 of the M25.  It's on sale at ridiculously low money as it has to be moved within the next three weeks !!. If you're interested, please contact Jim Baynam for further information.

 

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20th March 2018

ALL,

It's always a pleasure to go to Oulton but what a day it turned out to be.

The final entry of 22 cars was excellent considering that most (OK not all !!) of our drivers live south of Watford and it means taking Friday off work for the long trip up the M6.  All of this in mid-March when the forecast was for freezing conditions and some snow.  I know that many of you have had a lot of expense over the winter buying new extinguishers and/or belts but you managed to get the cash together to enter the meeting. It was a great effort by you all and I'd like to say a personal thank you for all of you hardy souls who made the journey and supported the championship. 

It's fair enough for the drivers but let's not forget the ladies/wives/partners who supported you on a day when it would have been much more comfortable to stay at home. A special mention must go to Marcia who spent a couple of hours out in the freezing wilderness taking photos on our behalf.   There were some tales of breakdowns on motorways with both Bob Fisher and Matt Gozalves spending several hours on the hard shoulder waiting to be recovered. In Matt's case he arrived at Oulton at 3am on race day morning. The biggest hard luck story of the weekend was poor Adam Jackson who was a welcome addition to the MGOC grid.  He received his licence from MSA but (like most people !!) didn't check it and when he went to sign-on it was found to be a non-Race licence.  The MSA Steward was sympathetic but simply couldn't let Adam race.  It was really tough on Adam but it was good to see him and he plans to enter a couple of MGOC events during the season.  Adrian Wray came along with Adam, I'm pleased to say that he has fully recovered from his huge accident at Oulton last season and was on good form.

It was certainly the coldest day I've ever raced on.  The weather was really odd, blue sky and wintry sun then within minutes it would cloud over and dry powdery snow fall for maybe ten minutes then the sun would come out again.  It never got above 2°C all day but the stiff breeze made it feel a lot colder.

The first race started in bright and dry conditions but by lap three the snow was so heavy that the race was red flagged because the marshall's couldn't see the next marshall's post.  After a wait of no more than ten minutes the race was re-started in blue sky and sunshine.  All really strange.

We managed to get through the Race 2 but it started snowing on the slowing down lap.  By the time a pal of mine went out in the next race in his Caterham it was snowing really hard. Serves him right for running an open car !!.

Congratulations to Dave Mellor, Stuart Philps, Simon Kendrick and Martin Wills for a win each in Classes Z and F respectively and to Gordon Jeakins for two wins in his Class B ZR160.  I took two wins in the Classic Class.

There were some notable performances in difficult conditions.  James Pryor did really well to finish 2nd in both Classic Class races with Bob van Vuuren taking the point for fastest lap in Race 2.  Stuart took advantage of Dave Mellor's shock absorber failure to take the win in Class Z.  Stuart Plotnek showed an encouraging return to form with two second placed in his MGF.

The only lap record to be broken was by Simon in Class F.

Trophies

It was my intention to give out the trophies straight after Race 2 but the snow was falling and I think we'd all had enough and just wanted to warm up and get on the road home. I will of course present the trophies at Rockingham.

Star Drives

There were some worthy contenders but two names stand out and the Star Drive trophies go to James Pryor for two excellent 2nd places in a high quality Classic Class field and Stuart Plotnek for two excellent 2nd places in Class F.

Rockingham

The provisional timetable can be reached from this link to the BARC website: https://barc.blob.core.windows.net/barcnet/2018-hq03-rk-v2-q2nuu.pdf This timetable is unlikely to change but I must stress that, at this stage, it is still provisional.

As you can see, our qualifying session and both races are on Sunday 15th April.  Past experience suggests that this suits many of you and I hope it will encourage another good entry.

 

9th February 2018

 

ALL,

Registrations for the 2018 season have been coming in albeit rather slowly.

 

BARC Race Entry System

Like most organizing clubs, BARC operate an on-line race entry system.  When your 2018 registration form is received at MGOC, they immediately forward it on to BARC who log you on their system. BARC will then email you a Password and PIN number to access your own personal race entry website. It really is pretty straightforward to use and allows you to enter and, if necessary, cancel race entries very easily. BARC will only send out your Password and PIN number if you have current BARC Racing membership.  If you've sent your form off to MGOC but haven't received an email from BARC with your Password and PIN number it almost certainly means that you don't have current BARC membership.  You can pay for BARC Racing membership on-line or call Dave Wheadon on 01264 882209.

Fire Extinguishers

For as long as I've been racing the servicing of extinguishers has only ever been a "recommendation" but from previous Newsletters you are all now aware of the new MSA requirement that extinguishers must now be serviced at intervals not exceeding 24 months.Given that it has previously only been a "recommendation" it is unlikely that any of you extinguishers have ever been tested. You must therefore note the following:
  1. Lifeline will not service an extinguisher if it has missed more than one 24 monthly service ie. it must not be more than four years since it was new or its last service.
  2. If your extinguisher over 10 years old (the date is on the label) it cannot be re-tested and you have to buy a new one.
  3. You can continue to use you current MSA extinguisher until the end of the 2021 season. From 1st January 2022 you must change to the new FIA approved type.
I have a copy of a Scrutineers Bulletin issued by MSA which effectively accepts that current MSA approved extinguishers (typically Lifeline FireMarshal AFFF)  can be serviced by a suitably qualified bona-fide extinguisher company ie. you do not have to use Lifeline or one of their appointed agents.  If you take this route you must of course satisfy yourself that the company you use is competent and can affix a suitable tamperproof service date label.

Lifeline have a network of agent any of who will service a Lifeline extinguisher - I can recommend Competition Supplies at Silverstone – contact Sean Kukula on 01327 857991. I've written enough on this subject and, apart from a final reminder a week before the first race, will not mention it again but do drop me an email if you have any questions.

K Series ECU's

For the avoidance of any doubt can I remind you all that Race ZR's cars running in Class Z and MGF/TF with MEMS 3 must use an ECU programmed by Kmaps as defined in the Class F and Z regulations. Road ZR's running in Class B must run the ECU as defined in the Class B regs, these are a different specification to the ECU's used in Classes F and Z. Mark Stacey of Kmaps will be coming to a couple of our race meetings this year and, in addition to offering help and advice, will be checking ECU's.

Sponsors Stickers

The requirements for stickers on our cars is well established and as stated in the regs.  If you need any more stickers please contact MGOC on 01954 231125 and they will send them out to you.We are planning to have additional stickers on the ZR's running in Classes B and Z.  You will be required to fix these on the passenger side of the front windscreen.  I'll give more details on these when we've decided exactly what we'll be doing.

 

 

5th February 2018

2018 Lancaster Insurance/MGOC Championship

Spring is fast approaching, the 2018 race regulations have been approved by the MSA and preparations for the new season are well under way with the drivers looking forward to the 38th year of the championship.

The double header race dates are :

March 17th 
Oulton Park
April 14/15th    Rockingham
May 6/7th     Snetterton
June 2/3rd  Donington
July 7/8th    Thruxton
August 27th Castle Combe
September 8/9th   Cadwell Park
October 6/7th Silverstone (International)
The format of the Championship remains unchanged, but we have expanded the list of eligible cars to include the following:

MG TF160

These will race in Class F alongside the long established MGF VVC.

Standard MGZR160

In addition to the upgraded ZR160's currently running in Class Z we have introduced a new lower specification ZR160 (Road) to run in our existing Class B. These cars will have to run to a near standard specification are seen as a low cost, entry level car designed to give new and drivers an opportunity to get on the motorsport ladder with a relatively standard road going car.  The cars can easily be upgraded to the higher specification cars in Class Z.

For more information on the Race Championship and to review the 2018 classes and regulations click www.mgoc-championship.co.uk


 

26th January 2018

ALL,

Clause K3 (page 164) of the 2018 MSA Year Book states confirms that it is now a requirement that "extinguishers must be serviced in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines or every 24 months whichever is the sooner".  This is effective from 1st January 2018 not 1st January 2019 as stated in the current MSA Year Book.

I am aware that many drivers have their extinguishers serviced by companies other than the original manufacturer but it isn't for me to say a) if this is an acceptable process or b) what are the "manufacturers guideline".  I copied my initial email to Nigel Thorne for information, he has come back to me and advised:

Looking at this from an official's point of view, we will be looking at extinguishers to see if a label with the last service date or next due service date is present. It will need to be a proper label with the servicing agent's details. I can't, and I suspect most other scrutineer's are the same, tell if it has been done as per manufacturer's instructions and have no way to check. If the label is Chubb Fire or similar and we think it is a proper servicing company we will have to take it on face value, as having been serviced. Our only check is remove the extinguisher from the car and check that its weight is in accordance with the labels.

I have forwarded Nigel's commendably sensible email to Ian Watson of BARC who is satisfied that Nigel's approach is correct and that I can advise our drivers accordingly.

All of this means that it is apparently acceptable to have your extinguisher serviced by someone other than the original manufacturer (eg. Lifeline) but whoever you use they clearly must be a bone-fide fire extinguisher servicing company who are approved and certificated to service AFFF extinguishers.

 

Labels by, for example, Disney Pyromaniac Services Inc. and signed by M Mouse will be rejected. If your extinguisher is more than two years old and hasn't been tested then it must be tested to get through scrutineering this season.  I have recently approached a well established local fire extinguisher company, they didn't know anything about motorsport extinguishers but as far as they are concerned they are not really different to any other AFFF extinguisher.  They have full and formal approval to carry out servicing on AFFF extinguishers and have sent me a copy of their statement on this. They offer two types of service:

 

Annual

In a commercial premises they will carry out a visual inspection and check that the weight of the extinguisher is in accordance with original manufacturers weight as shown on the label.


Five Yearly

Every five years they de-pressurise the extinguisher, check/replace the internal seals, pressure test it, re-charge with AFFF and record the service date and weight on a tamperproof label fixed to the extinguisher body. Given that it's never been a mandatory MSA requirement I suspect that the majority of Club racers extinguishers have never been tested. If this is the case with your extinguisher and you elect to use a local company I strongly recommend that you instruct them to carry out the full five yearly "de-pressure and re-charge" test as the AFFF foam does apparently degrade and the older it gets the less efficient it is. In the event that you're upside down and the car is on fire the last thing you want is an inefficient fire extinguisher. All of this is good but do remember that if your existing extinguisher is more than 10 years old (the date of manufacture is on the label) then it cannot be serviced and you have no option but to replace it. You have two options:
  1. Buy an FIA compliant system from any of the usual suppliers. This will see you through to and beyond 2022.
  2. Some motorsport suppliers may still hold stocks of the Lifeline 2.25 litre FireMarshal AFFF extinguisher. It seems perfectly OK to buy one of these as it will remain MSA compliant until the end of the 2021 season. The best deal on the market at the moment is with JJC (they are owned by Demon Tweeks) who are selling them for £99.95 + VAT.  See:

https://www.jjcraceandrally.com/race/plumbed-in-systems/jjc-2-25ltr-msa-compliant-plumbed-in-mechanical-fire-extinguisher-system

 

 

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8th January 2018

Hi Everybody,

Christmas seems a long time ago and I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful, prosperous and, above all, a safe 2018.

We had a healthy number of new drivers join us in 2017 and I hope we can keep that positive momentum going and recruit a few more for the 2018 season. We ended last season with close to 50 registered drivers, all we need is for a few more newcomers and for some of you to enter a few more races and the Championship will continue to move forward. Big grids really are the best advertisement we can make for our championship.

Race Dates

These remain as previously advised:

March 17th          Oulton Park

Apr 14/15th         Rockingham

May 6/7th            Snetterton

Jun 2/3rd              Donington

Jul 7/8th               Thruxton

Aug 27th              Castle Combe

Sept 8/9th            Cadwell Park

Oct 6/7th             Silverstone (Int)

These dates are still "provisional" but I spoke to Ian Watson this morning and he does not expect any changes from the dates shown. 

Most of our meetings are shown as being over two days.  It's too early to say at the moment if our races will be one the Saturday or the Sunday or a bit of both.  I realise that knowing what dates(s) we'll be racing on is important for many of you and as soon as I know what the timetables are going to be I'll let you know. The one thing for certain is that the opening meeting at Oulton 17th March is definitely a one day meeting with quali and both races on Saturday.

2018 Championship Registrations

You are all well aware that to race with MGOC you must first register for the championship using the registration form which is the final page of the 2018 regulations.  The problem is that the registration form requires you to sign that "you have read the current regulations and confirm that your cars complies with the relevant technical regulations" but of course you can't make this confirmation until you've seen the MSA approved version of the regs !!.   In recent years MSA have been painfully slow to sign-off the regs and issue a championship permit number which means that we can't issue them and accept registrations.

The approval system has, allegedly, changed this year and we should get the 2018 regs approved within the next two weeks.  I will of course email them out to you all as soon as they are approved.

 

2018 Technical Registration

Please do note that as the 2018 regs have been submitted to MSA we cannot make any further changes to them until the end of the 2018 season.  We can clarify points within the approved regulations but cannot make any specific changes

Race Numbers

It is a long established MGOC policy that drivers who re-register for 2018 will retain the number they had in 2017.  The only exception to this is of course Simon Kendrick who will run as no.1, in the unlikely event that Simon doesn't want to run as no.1 then no-one else (not even you Willsy !!) can have that number. There are some opportunities to change to a new number, if you'd like to change from your 2017 number please drop me an email and I'll help where I can.New drivers will be allocated a number by MGOC but are welcome to request a specific number and if that number is available then you can have it. 

Seat Belts

I'm sure your all aware that harnesses have an expiry date label on the straps.  Someone always gets caught out at the first meeting of a new season so please do check and make sure that your harness is eligible for 2018.

Frontal Head Restraints  

For the avoidance of doubt, please note that for vehicles manufactured after 31st December 1976 (ie. MGF and ZR) the use of an FHR (eg. HANS) is mandatory. For vehicles manufactured before then (ie. most Midget's and MGB's) they are not mandatory but are, rightly, strongly recommended.

Trevor Dixon

Many of you will know that Trevor has Multiple Sclerosis.  Trev may have stopped racing but is still very much part of the MGOC scene with his father-in-law Chris Flooks a regular Classic Class entrant.  Trev emailed me yesterday to say that he is currently in hospital having ground breaking stem cell replacement treatment.  This is a complex and revolutionary new treatment and I know you will all join me in wishing Trev the very best of luck for a positive outcome.

 

 

11th October 2017

ALL,

Our final meeting of the season at Silverstone went well and the final entry of 21 cars was reasonable in the circumstances.

With a number of respected and regular drivers moving on at the end of last season it's been something of a rebuilding year for us.  The good news is that we've got a lot of enthusiastic new drivers and several more are planning to join us next season.  If we can keep the nucleus of drivers from this year, I'm confident that we'll move forward in a good positive manner next season.

It was good to see Vince Hunt out in his MGB and Darryl Davis and Mick Weidner on the grid in their ZR's.

 Congratulations go to Alan Forster for two overall and Class Z wins, Martin Wills and Simon Kendrick for a win apiece in Class F, I took both Classic Class wins.

No new lap records were set.

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to:

Marcus Holland – two excellent 2nd places in the Classic Class and fastest lap in Race 2. Alan Forster – two dominant wins and two fastest laps in his resurgent ZR

 

Points Table

Mark Baker compiles the MGOC version of the points table and I'd like to record my grateful my thanks to Mark for doing this, it really does make my life a lot easier.  The attached points table shows what we believe to be the final points positions, if anyone believes there is an error in the points table, please drop me an email as soon as possible. The final official version of the points table will be issued by BARC. Congratulations to Simon Kendrick who confirmed his position as 2017 MGOC champion, Alan Forster who is Class Z champion after a really impressive first season with us and Dave Amphlett who is the Classic Class champion easing the pain of a very troubled year on the engine front.

Congratulations also to William van Vuuren who has had a tremendous first season and is the 2017 Novice champion.

2018

People always ask me about race dates for next season.  BARC organise over 30 race championships and it takes a huge effort to get programmes for thirty championships all wanting at least eight double-header race meetings at the premier circuits. All I can say is that, as ever, I put in my wish list to Ian Watson and use whatever influence I have to get us the circuits we want. We can only wait and see if I get all I ask for !!.  

We try to have one meeting a month but this can work against us. Last year we could have had a Brands Hatch meeting but it would have been the week after Donington, I don't think that would work out for us.

The 2018 race dates are unlikely to be issued before Christmas, rest assured I'll advise everyone on the mailing list of the dates as soon as they are confirmed to me.

Silverstone Marshalling

This left a lot to be desired and I've raised a few points with BARC:

  1. Given the number of races they had to get through on Saturday BARC, rightly in my opinion, used the "Racing Ahead" system which means you do a full lap from the collecting area then line up and go. This is absolutely fine but given the absence of grid row numbers on the pit wall it relies on a start-line Marshal to tell drivers where to go.  A couple of cars towards the front of the grids took up incorrect grid positions and this had a knock-on effect down the field, the start line Marshal was useless and the grid was all over the place. Around eight drivers could have been penalised for starting in the wrong grid position.
  2. No Marshal's in the collecting area before going out for Qualifying.
  3. No Red/Yellow flag at Stowe in Race 2 after a monster oil spillages on the exit of a high speed corner.

Drivers Meeting

 

We had a brief and informal meeting on Saturday afternoon.  This covered a few general points but I would ask that if anyone has any technical matters that they need to be considered for 2018 or if any of our existing Regs require clarification please email me as soon as possible. I will be gathering any such comments and will send them out to all registered competitors in early November as I have to have all changes for 2018 completed and sent to BARC by the middle of November.

Class B

 

We will be putting together a set of Regulations to allow a slightly lower spec ZR160 into Class B. After an initial flurry of proposals it's all gone very quiet, anyone who wants to make any proposals for this Class should let them to me as soon as possible. If I don't hear anything I'll make my own decisions.

 

Awards Dinner

As mentioned, this will take place at the Best Western in Buckingham on Saturday November 18th.  The booking form and menu choices are attached. I really do hope you will support this event, please send your completed booking form to MGOC as soon as possible.

Can I remind you all that the hotel have reserved a number of rooms for the MGOC event, to get the agreed rate you must book directly with the hotel ie. not through the Best Western or any other internet booking site.

Thanks for your continued support this season.

 

 

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12th September 2017

ALL,
It was good to go back to Cadwell.  Several of the drivers were making their first visit to this most challenging of circuits and the feedback suggests that you all enjoyed this amazing circuit.

The rain just about held off and both races were held on a dry track although it came in with a vengeance as we were all packing up and it was a wet drive home. 
The entry of just 16 cars was disappointing but I do accept that a few of our regular drivers were missing after the dramas at Snetterton. Getting entries at remote circuits like Cadwell at the end of a season is always a problem and whilst our entry wasn't great we can take limited consolation in that we were actually the biggest grid of what was a very poorly supported meeting.

Phil Walker continued his good recent progress in the ZR by taking pole from the MGF of Mark Baker.  Nick Golhar was also on good form taking 3rd on the grid from Simon Kendrick whose car was re-shelled by Kevin in the three weeks since Snetterton and was looking superb.  Dave Amphlett took pole in the Classic Class ahead of Bob van Vuuren and Chris Millard who both put in impressive performances on their first visit to the track. The grid may have been short on numbers but there were some great battles throughout the field.


In Race 1, Mark took the win from Simon with Phil taking 3rd place and a very popular Class Z win in his ZR, this was Phil's first ever Class win in the ZR and his first MGOC win since taking a win in his MGB on our one and only trip to Jurby on the Isle of Man in 1998. Dave Amphlett initially lead the Classic Class but ran wide onto the grass at Charlies allowing Bob to take the lead and he went on to take the win from Dave who was just ahead of Chris Millard who took the point for fastest lap.


In Race 2, Mark initially took the lead but Phil held the inside line into Charlies to take the lead.  Mark was close behind but an ABS brake problem resulted in him spinning off at the Gooseneck and he retired leaving Nick in 2nd place just ahead of Paul Wisbey who was leading Class F. Alan Forster was on a charge and got past Paul on lap 2 and Nick on lap 5 and set off after Phil who by this time had an eight second lead and looked set for his second win of the weekend but Alan was driving really well and began to close the gap. At the start of the final lap, Phil was hanging on by a cars length and held that lead until Barn when he went from 2nd into 5th gear and Alan outdragged him to the line and he took the flag by the length of a bonnet to take a superb win after a hugely entertaining and cleanly fought battle.


With Mark out of the way, Simon held a narrow Class F lead over Paul Wisbey before Paul lost out with a self-induced spin on the run into the Gooseneck allowing Phil Espinasse to move into 2nd place. Simon cruised home to take the Class F win with Phil doing well to hold off Paul to take 2nd place. In the Classic Class, Dave again took an early lead but Bob was never far behind until a spin under braking at Park gave Dave a huge lead.  To his great credit, Bob didn't give up the fight and gradually closed in on Dave before taking the lead along Park Straight on the final lap and going on to take his second win of the weekend. No new lap records were set.

 

 Star Drives

There were some very impressive drives throughout the field in both races and a number of drivers were on the short list but the trophies went to Phil Walker for a well deserved win in his ZR in Race 1 and to Alan Forster for a superb drive in Race 2.

Points Table

The point table after Cadwell is attached. I'll leave you to make your own calculations but my (often wrong !!) interpretation is that Simon is confirmed as the Overall and Class Z champion and Dave Amphlett has won the Classic Class.  Class Z is still not quite sorted although, by my reckoning, Alan looks to be the hot favourite.

Awards Dinner

As previously mentioned, this will take place at the Best Western in Buckingham on Saturday 18th November.  This is an important event for us and is always a really good evening, please put the date in your diary.

Silverstone

The Version 2 timetable for this meeting has been posted on the BARC website.  The Version 1 timetable showed us racing with the Renault Clio's.  I'm pleased to say that this has changed and qualifying and both of our races will be only for MGOC cars.

Several old faces are threatening to enter this meeting, let's see if we can put on a really good grid and see the season off in style.

 

                                                       

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22nd August 2017

 

ALL,

Our annual Snetterton meeting has always been well supported and the 24 car entry was excellent given that several of our regulars were on holiday. The entry was boosted by the welcome return of Gary Crowley, Mick Weidner and Steve McDermid who was making his race debut in Class Z. Chris Pollard was also making a long overdue return in his MGB.

Dave Mellor was on pole by 1.7 secs with Alan Forster and Steve Williams both continuing their recent good form by taking 2nd and 3rd places with Mick Weidner showing that there's plenty of life left in him by taking an excellent 4th place on his return to the championship.  Simon took the Class F pole by a couple of tenths from Mark.  Chris took the Classic Class pole by just .06secs from me.

Congratulations go to Dave Mellor who took two more overall and Class Z wins and to Simon Kendrick and Mark Baker for a win apiece in Class F.  I had two Classic Class wins but was made to work hard by Chris who soon got back in the groove after a year away.

My 2011 Class A lap record for the 200 circuit was well and truly smashed with Chris and I recording a total of ten laps under the old record and it was Chris who had the final say by setting a new lap record.  No new lap records were set in Classes F or Z.

Those of you who were at the meeting will be aware of a heavy startline shunt in Race 2. Steve Williams was very slow away from his front row of the grid position and with Simon making a great start from row 3 there were four cars abreast as the cars went under the startline gantry and contact was made resulting in a number of badly damaged cars and the race being red flagged.  You may be expecting me to "name and shame" but I'm not going to do that as those involved are all honest and experienced drivers who know what happened and how it happened and whilst I'm certainly not playing it down I think we should try and move on from what was a really sad and bad incident. Having said that, every one of us should learn from this incident and be fully aware of what is likely to happen when cars move off line when the red lights go out.

The end result of the incident was that a number of cars were very badly damaged but thankfully no-one was seriously injured.  I hope those of you who sustained damage will lick your wounds and come out fighting as soon as possible.

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Maninder Golhar for two strong drives on his first visit to Snetterton including an excellent 5th place in Race 2 and to Mick Weidner for two podium places and fastest lap in Race 2.

Trophies

I must give my apologies to all those who attended the trophy presentation after the race on Saturday afternoon as it was even more disorganised than usual.  I'd become drawn into a post-race inquest, it was raining, I lost my notes from the Donington meeting, I had to compete with a loudspeaker just behind me and I was very tired after a long and slightly manic day. 

Pat and Mel were on holiday and I must thank Lynne Baker for her help throughout the day.  Without such help I simply can't do what needs doing on  a race day and compete in my MGB as well. 

 Championship News

It was good to see Ian Evans, Peter St. Barbe and Bob Kett around the paddock on Saturday. Both Ian and Peter have some difficult health problems but both were looking well and on good form.  After hanging up his race helmet Bob is really enjoying his time as a Marshall, he was on the post on the exit of Murray's (it will always be Russell to me !!) and was waving his arms to encourage the Class A guys – at least I think that's what he was doing !!.

Our former Class A driver Trevor Dixon (Chris Flook's son-in-law) has had the first stage of major treatment for his MS. Assuming this all goes well he will then move on to stem cell replacement, this is a radical and debilitating procedure and I know you will all join me in wishing Trevor all the very best for the difficult months ahead.

Matt Gozalves has passed his ARDS test and will be making his race debut in a ZR at Silverstone. Young Shelby Wilshire is due to take her driving test next week and is looking forward to returning to the action at Cadwell.

Cadwell Park

The timetable for this meeting has been posted on the BARC website.  As you can see, we have qualifying and both races on the Sunday which means that you only have one night away.

 MSV have asked me to inform all those persons entering Cadwell that the circuit is open for testing on the Friday before the meeting.  The cost is £155 for the morning, £165 for the afternoon or £265 for the full day. Bookings can be made or on line at www.msv.com/testing/2017/september/170908-cp.aspx or by calling the circuit on 01507 343248.

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6th June 2017

 

After missing out last year it was good to return to the flat out sweeps of Thruxton. 

Thanks to a few late entries we ended up with 24 cars on the grid. Whilst I'd obviously like to see more I have to say that it was an excellent turnout and confirms my view that the championship is definitely moving in the right direction. It was good to welcome Lee Sullivan and his ever enthusiastic team back to the championship and Darryl Davis who was making a one-off return in Nick Golhar's spare ZR to the championship he won in 2000.

We had two more drivers making their race debut's, Andrew Garbutt and William (call him Bob) van Vuuren in the ex-Bob Kett/Martin Goddard MGB.  We've now had seven complete new drivers enter races since the start of the season and with one more new driver on the way plus several familiar names planning to return very soon the future is looking good.

Congratulations go to Lee for taking outright and Class Z wins in both races.  Martin won the Class F race on Saturday but was unable to enter the Sunday race and Simon Kendrick took the win after Mark suffered a gearbox problem.

In the Classic Class, I had yet another big end failure and Dave Amphlett took his third win in a row.  The Sunday race was won by Bob van Vuuren who drove really well in his first ever race weekend to take a very impressive win.

No new lap records were set on a meeting where lap times were generally a lot slower than on past visits.

I'm pleased to report that for the third meeting in a row, there were no significant on-track incidents, well done to you all, this is a real credit to everyone and goes a long way towards the appeal of our championship. We all know that incidents do occasionally happen on a race track but if we continue this clean driving record it can only work in our favour. I've asked BARC to be very hard on any damage incidents this year so please let's continue with the good spirit we've had so far this season.

 

The atmosphere around the Paddock is back to where I want it to be, this is great news for everyone – long may it last. Steve Williams and Stuart Philps both suffered engine failures but, as usual, everyone helped out and both cars had overnight engine changes.  I'm happy to record thanks to the ever helpful Andy Rogerson for lending Stuart his spare engine. 

 

It was good to see James Pryor and Danny Porter around the Paddock, both are planning to do a few races during the course of this season.

 

Trophy Presentation

I apologise if this was a little disorganised on Sunday.  I was pretty knackered after a very busy couple of days talking to several prospective new drivers, helping out with various Classic Class problems, meeting with BARC officials and trying to get my own MGB ready to race.  Our cars were scattered far and wide across the Paddock and with Pat and Mel having to leave at mid-day it was all a bit manic but we got there in the end.

 

I know that all you want to do after a race is to load your car up, chat with your fellow competitors and have a drink but the presentation of awards is important for us and I do appreciate your efforts in attending.

 

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Bob van Vuuren for a very impressive race debut and a Classic Class win on Sunday and Darryl Davis for two excellent 2nd places in Class Z. Darryl was quick to say how much he enjoyed the racing and the Paddock atmosphere and has already started pushing another former MGOC champion to get his car back out on track with us.

Scrutineering

Nigel Thorne checked the block height on Lee Sullivan's race winning ZR and the gear ratios on the MGF's of Simon Kendrick and Stuart Plotnek and the ZR's of Stuart Philps and Lee Sullivan. I'm pleased to advise that all cars were found to be fully compliant with MGOC regulations.

 

Rockingham

We now look ahead to Rockingham on 1/2nd July.  This is a two day meeting, the timetable is posted on the BARC website but this may well change, I'll let you know a soon as I hear of any changes.

 

 

6th May 2017

ALL,


Castle Combe may not be the most challenging circuit on our list of venues but it is a delightful place to visit and the Castle Combe Racing Club team always put on an efficiently managed and friendly meeting. With a Twix or KitKat at signing-on and an excellent paddock restaurant what more could you ask for !!.

The weather forecast over the days preceding the event were a bit uncertain but late on Sunday evening the forecast was for heavy rain from midday, thankfully this didn’t happen and both races went ahead in warm and cloudy conditions.

Thanks to late entries from Junior Bhambra and Jag Golhar we ended up with 22 entries, this was pretty good and shows that the championship is definitely moving in the right direction. It was good to welcome the Midget of Shelby Wilsher and the MGF’s of Ivor Morgan and Ralf Tognieri to the championship. With a couple more new drivers on the way and a few more experienced names returning over the next couple of months, the future is looking good.

Congratulations go to Stuart Philps for taking outright and Class Z wins in both races, Stuart’s ZR looks great and he drove it really well to firmly bury the memories of twelve months ago.

Congratulations also to Simon Kendrick for taking two wins in Class F and to Dave Amphlett who, after a truly depressing run of engine problems, finally got back to form with two Classic Class wins.

Martin Wills was his usual ebullient self and put in two strong drives that came to nothing when his gear linkage failed in Race 1 and a dislodged rear bumper resulted in him being black flagged in Race 2. He did have the consolation of setting a new fastest lap in Race 2.
I’m pleased to report that for the second meeting in a row, there were no significant on-track incidents and all cars (well most !!) cars came home without damage. The sole exception being Martin’s MGF whose rear bumper was dislodged when, rumour has it, he reversed into Stuart Philps in race 2.

Star Drives
The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Stuart Philps for two impressive drives and a win double in Class Z and the Junior Bhambra for coming out on top of a hugely entertaining race long battle with Nick Golhar.

Thruxton
We now look ahead to Thruxton on 3/4th June. This is billed as a two day meeting, the timetable isn’t yet posted on the BARC website but I will ask what day(s) our races are on and advise you all later this week. With Thruxton only able to run races on 13 days a year we are very fortunate to be allocated a date and we really do need to put on a good entry in order to secure a repeat booking for 2018. Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the country and is a real challenge, the BTCC are there this weekend, have a look and see what it’s all about. It’s a big meeting for us and I do hope you’ll all do your very best to support it.


MGCC Brands
Many of you will be aware that there was a nasty multi-car accident at the start on the MGCC Trophy race on Sunday. A number of ex-MGOC drivers were involved and many cars were seriously damaged. Sadly this sort of incident does happen from time to time in all championships but thankfully, to the best of my knowledge, there were no serious injuries and I’d like to pass on our best.

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30th March 2017

ALL,

It was of course disappointing to get just 17 entries for our opening meeting at Silverstone but we shouldn’t be too despondent as a number of our regular drivers and several new drivers will be entering Castle Combe. I should also make the point that early season entry levels are often a bit thin and most of the other races at Silverstone had grids of less than 20 cars.  Not much of a consolation but it is a fact.

With a healthy influx of new drivers joining the championship over the next few months I see 2017 as a year when we refocus the championship and I’m optimistic about the future. If we continue to put on the same high quality racing as we did at Silverstone it will only be a matter of time before even more new drivers come and join us. Congratulations go to Alan Forster who had a Class Z win in Race 1 then went one better with an outright win in Race 2. After a heavy shunt at Mallory Park on Boxing Day and troubled winter repairing his ZR this was a great reward for Alan, who prior to Silverstone had never raced a front wheel drive car. Alan was quick to publicly thank Steve Williams for his unwavering help and support in getting his car repaired and on track for Silverstone.

Congratulations also to Simon Kendrick who took a Class win, an outright win and set a new lap record in Class F. The action at the front of Class F was hugely entertaining but sadly ended in the worst possible way when Mark spun off at Copse and hit the barriers in Race 2, the repair is under way and Mark fully expects the F to be ready for Combe.   

 Dave Amphlett suffered yet more engine problems and Ashley Barnes had a very frustrating steering problem that couldn’t be resolved at the circuit and both didn’t make either of the races. This made life pretty easy for me but I pushed really hard and managed to take a tenth of a second off my 2003 lap record.

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Alan Forster for two hugely impressive drives on his MGOC debut and Stuart Plotnek for an excellent podium finish in Race 2.

Scrutineering

The ZR’s of Phil Walker and Steve Williams were fitted with the MGOC owned ECU, the two drivers in question were entirely happy to swap their ECU’s and it was clear that the performance of their cars was exactly as with their own ECU’s fitted.

Nigel used our new block height gauge for the first time. He checked the blocks on the ZR’s of Phil Walker and Alan Forster, both were found to be fully in accordance with our regulations.

These checks will be made on other Class F and Z cars at every future meeting. All cars were weighed, Nigel has given me a sheet of weights and I can confirm that all were a minimum of 10kg over the prescribed minimum weights as stated in the Regulations.

Castle Combe

With two or three new drivers planning to enter and a couple of “old stagers” returning to the fray, I’m expecting a decent grid for this meeting. Several drivers have already booked into the Premier Inn at Chippenham for the Sunday night prior to the meeting.

 

21st March 2017

 

The first meeting of the 37th year of the MGOC championship is almost upon us.

A few of our long standing regular drivers have moved on to other things, they will of course be missed but I know you will join me in thanking them for their support and to wish them well in their next venture. I do hope we’ll see them back with us at some time in the future.

I see 2017 as a season where we regroup and focus on the future. The entry level for Silverstone is a bit disappointing but several of our regular drivers are missing due to holidays, engine problems or health problems.

We have several new drivers and I’d like to welcome 17 year old Shelby Wilsher, Phil Elder and Marcus Holland to the Classic Class (formerly known as Class A), Ralf Tognieri and Ivor Morgan to Class F and Alan Forster to Class Z. I know of at least two other new drivers who will be joining us as the season progresses.

In addition to our new drivers I’d like to welcome Ashley Barnes and the 1995 champion Nigel Woolcott back into Class A.

I’m also pleased to confirm that Pat and Mel Scrivenor will again be representing MG owners’ Club at all of our championship meetings this year. Their help and support to me and all drivers is invaluable.

Eligibility

I and several other drivers have put in an enormous amount of time and effort over the winter to close a few loopholes and to rework the technical regulations; the changes are highlighted in yellow in the 2017 MSA approved version issued to you all.

Do remember that it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that their car complies with the regulations.  Please have a good look through the regs and satisfy yourself that everything is OK with your car. If you have any doubts, questions or queries them please speak to me and I’ll advise as best I can.

Pre-season checks

Do check the following before turning up for scrutineering at Silverstone:

· The pull cables for electrical cutout and fire extinguisher haven’t seized solid over the winter.

· Your seat belts are “in-date”.

· Your car has the correct MGOC, Lancaster Insurance and Yokohama stickers in place.

We will have supplies of all of these stickers at Silverstone.

Championship Website

After a lot of work over the winter the championship website has been reworked and has now gone live, have a look at www.mgoc-championship.co.uk

As someone who has no idea of website design it has been a real eye opener to me quite how much time and effort it has taken to get it to where it is now and I’d like to record my grateful thanks to Chris Towers of MGOC and our own Bob Fisher who have been instrumental in putting it together. It is an evolving thing and will be tweaked and added to as the season progresses. I’d welcome any constructive comments and suggestions.

Facebook

In addition to the website, Chris Towers and Bob Fisher are relaunching (I’m not sure if that’s quite the right expression!!) the championship Facebook. Please do contribute short articles and photographs. As I’m sure you all know, I “don’t do” Facebook so if you have any comments or queries please direct them to Bob Fisher.

Driving Standards

Firstly, I’d like to make it very clear that this comment is not a veiled criticism of any driver or any past incidents.

I’d just like to remind you all that this motor-racing is a non-contact sport and to see damaged cars in the paddock is really upsetting and does tremendous damage to our credibility and long term reputation. Most on-track incidents are avoidable and, like all championships, things sometimes happen but please do treat your fellow drivers with respect and give room where it is safe and sensible to do so.

We are all competitive when on track and I wouldn’t want it any other way but do remember that winning a motor-race doesn’t change your life; we all (me included!!) still have to go to work on a Monday morning. Taking the car home in one piece is far more important that winning the race – or it is to me anyway!!

Whilst on the subject, can I remind you all that we expect slower cars to use their mirrors and give room to faster cars who overtake them. Similarly, we expect the faster cars to be careful and respectful of the slower drivers. It’s all common sense really.

Beware!!

Can I also remind you all of MSA Blue Book Q14.4.3 , this clearly makes the point that if a car goes off the track (ie. over the white lines on the edge of the track) it is the drivers responsibility to ensure that he/she rejoins the track only when it is safe to do so. This applies equally if you have fallen off of your own accord or been forced off by another car. Clerks of the Course will be keeping a close eye on this during the season. One driver well known to me was excluded from the race and had four points put on his race licence for such an incident last weekend.

Awards Dinner

Again, I know it’s early but please put a note in your diary that the 2017 Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday 18th November.

I look forward to seeing you at Silverstone on Saturday afternoon.

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4th March 2017

As previously advised, MSA have finally signed off our 2017 regulations, these have been emailed out to everyone on the 2016 championship mailing list.

We have been receiving a steady stream of championship registration forms but I do note that some of you who raced with us in 2016 haven’t yet registered for the coming season.  If you are planning to race with us this season, please complete the registration form and send or email it to MGOC as soon as possible. If you will not be registering for the coming season could you drop me an email so I can re-allocate your race number.

We currently have four new drivers registered for the coming season with a couple more expected to join up soon and with the planned return of a few familiar faces I’m optimistic that entry levels will grow steadily through the season. I see 2017 as an opportunity to re-establish ourselves and get back to our core values and I thank you all in advance for your support. 

It’s fairly normal to see some drivers moving on from our championship. For those of you who will be racing elsewhere in the coming season I’d like to thank you for your past support and to wish you a safe and successful season wherever you decide to race.   You will always be welcome to return to race with MGOC at any time in the future.

Silverstone

The current draft race programme shows our qualification session will be late on Saturday 25th with both races held on Sunday 26th.  The meeting is, of course, being held on the National circuit. 

BARC Race Entry System

In common with other major organizing clubs, BARC operate an on-line race entry system.  This remains exactly as it was in 2016, I found it easy to use to enter, and in necessary cancel, race entries.  My guidelines on how to use the system are attached to this Newsletter.

The Home Page shows the entry fee for each race meeting but please do note that drivers who enter the race before the official closing date will receive a £30 reduction from the stated entry fee.  Assuming you enter the race before the closing date, this £30 reduction will be shown on the Pay page and that is what you will pay.

 We all complain about the high cost of race entry fees and it amazes me how many drivers leave their race entry until the last night and thus pay the higher rate.  It really does make sense to enter before the closing date and use the on-line system to cancel an entry if you have to. 

Class Z Tyres

Clause 8.17.1 of the 2017 regs shows one of the permitted tyre sizes for Class Z as 195/55R16.  This is incorrect and should read 195/50R16 as in previous years. BARC will issue a Technical Bulletin to formally confirm this.

Towing Eyes

All Class sections of the 2017 regs include a clause from MSA regarding a new arrangement for towing eyes.  Please do note that this is a recommendation and there is no indication from MSA as to if/when this will become a mandatory requirement.

Club Photographer

I have previously mentioned that we need another photographer to cover some of our meetings. 

The role requires a talented photographer with high end equipment who is prepared to attend MGOC race meetings and stand out in the cold and rain taking photos of our races. It is an unpaid position but MGOC do arrange Media passes for trackside access. I accept that this isn’t the most appealing job description you’ll ever see but that’s the way it is !.

If you know anyone who may wish to be considered for this role, pleased drop Jim an email.

Cars for Sale

The website currently shows three cars for sale. If you have, or know of, an MGOC spec race car for sale, please send me the details with a side on photograph and I’ll get it added to the website.


26th February 2017

MSA have finally signed off our 2017 regulations, these have been emailed out to everyone on the 2016 championship mailing list.

We have been receiving a steady stream of championship registration forms but I do note that some of you who raced with us in 2016 haven’t yet registered for the coming season.  If you are planning to race with us this season, please complete the registration form and send or email it to MGOC as soon as possible. If you will not be registering for the coming season could you drop me an email so I can re-allocate your race number.

It’s fairly normal to see some drivers moving on from our championship. For those of you who will be racing elsewhere in the coming season I’d like to thank you for your past support and to wish you a safe and successful season wherever you decide to race.   You will always be welcome to return to race with MGOC at any time in the future.

Class Z Tyres

Clause 8.17.1 of the 2017 regs shows one of the permitted tyre sizes for Class Z as 195/55R16.  This is incorrect and should read 195/50R16 as in previous years. This change will be formally ratified by BARC.

BARC Race Entry System

In common with most other major organizing clubs, BARC operate an on-line race entry system.  This remains exactly as it was in 2016, I found it easy to use to enter, and in necessary cancel, race entries.  My guidelines on how to use the system are attached to this Newsletter.

Can I remind you all that drivers who enter the race before the official closing date will receive a £30 reduction from the entry fee shown on the on-line entry form.  We all complain about the high cost of race entry fees and it amazes me how many drivers leave their race entry until the last night and thus pay the higher rate.  It really does make sense to enter before the closing date and use the simple on-line system to cancel an entry if you have to. 

Silverstone

The current plan is that our qualification session and both races will all be held on Sunday 29th.  The meeting is, of course, being held on the National circuit.  We have been allocated five pit garages, the garage numbers will be shown on the Final Instructions.

Club Photographer

I have previously mentioned that we need another photographer to cover our meetings. 

The role requires a talented photographer with high end equipment who is prepared to attend MGOC race meetings and stand out in the cold and rain taking photos of our races. It is an unpaid position but MGOC do arrange Media passes for trackside access. I accept that this isn’t the most appealing job description you’ll ever see but that’s the way it is !!.

If you know anyone who may wish to be considered for this role, pleased drop me an email.

Championship Website

We are in the final stages of updating the championship website, this has turned out to be a lot more work than I’d ever imagined but it should go live in the next couple of weeks.  It’s not radically different, just a lot of tweaking and a more modern layout.

Cars for Sale

The website currently shows three cars for sale. If you have, or know of, an MGOC spec race car for sale, please send them to Jim with all the details and with a side on photograph and I’ll get it added to the website.

Silverstone isn’t fast approaching. I hope your pre-season preparation is progressing faster than mine, the MGB is still on the trailer after Silverstone last October !!


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30th January 2017

ALL,

I’m afraid to say that MSA still haven’t signed off our 2017 regulations. There is no sinister reason for this and most of the Regs for other BARC championships also haven’t been signed off. It’s always a great frustration as, as previously mentioned, we can’t start accepting championship registrations for the coming season until the regs have been signed off.

Rest assured, I’ll keep the pressure on and the minute we get the signed off version I will email them out to everyone on our mailing list.

Club Photographer

Dave Mellor has told me that he won’t be racing with MGOC in 2017, this is really disappointing and we will also be losing the input of Marcia as our championship photographer. I’d like to thank Marcia for her tremendous efforts over the past few years, she will be a hard act to follow but I do need to find a replacement.

The role requires a talented photographer with high end equipment who is prepared to attend MGOC race meetings and stand out in the cold and rain taking photos of our races. It is an unpaid position but MGOC do arrange Media passes for trackside access.

If you know anyone who may wish to be considered for this role, pleased drop Jim an email.

Silverstone isn’t far away. I hope your pre-season preparation is progressing faster than mine, the MGB is still on the trailer after Silverstone in October ….…..

 

 

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