• 2016 Christmas Cuttings

  • Before this year comes to a rapid end the committee wishes everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.
    There is just time to tell you all of the last few events that have taken place since the last Cuttings.
    Important News: Jim Gavin has decided that the time has come to step down as president of the club he started way back in 1973.  He has nurtured it every step of the way, watching it grow into the club it is today, but still retaining its original aim of being an affordable but professionally run motor sport which is open to all. There are so many of us who are indebted to Jim and his wife Mary for creating a sport that we have all enjoyed, either from being actively involved or as a spectator. Although it will be impossible to replace Jim, the committee believes that a worthy replacement has been found. Details will be revealed at the AGM.

    Club’s Christmas Present: Thanks to Dean for organising the exchange of the old decoder. As a consequence the club is now the proud owner of a new lap scoring decoder. Now we just need some more people other than Dean and Colin to be able to operate it.

    End of season awards and fancy dress party: was well attended and everyone had an enjoyable time. The evening kicked off with Simon Campbell’s bingo done in his own inimitable style. Food was again supplied by Billy’s. Everyone quickly got into the mood, most sporting fancy dress. Costumes ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. Winners were Sammy Davies (junior), Laura Clegg as the very glamorous Queen of Hearts and Mark Robinson as Mary Poppins complete with handbag and hat with a flower in it. Very fetching. Although he denies it, we are of the opinion that he just got it out of his wardrobe as he looked very comfortable in it – apart from the shoes. In addition to presenting the championship awards, Laura and Colin Clegg were awarded the Stan Cooper Cup for their contribution to the club including the lap scoring most of the year and Mark Thurston was awarded the Andy Mundy Memorial Shield, for taking over as Head of Technical and also for his contribution to the club generally. The Drivers’ Driver of the Year Award went to Jonathan Paice. If we gave out an award for those travelling the furthest to the party, usually it would go to Sue and Roger. However, this year newcomers Kevin and Sandra Eddon came down all the way from Pembrokeshire and then slept the night in their van before making the return journey home !!  A big thank you to Nicola Thurston, Laura Clegg and Vikki Reeves for organising the party, decorating the hall and clearing up on the Sunday morning.

    Downforce Radio Grass Roots Racer of the Year.  Winner - Dan Godden. Congratulations.
    Rules and Regs Meeting:  We were joined by Kiwi –aka Stuart Johnson. After going through the handbook page by page making all the inevitable word changes for the year, we discussed the issue of the 4.5 litre fuel tank rule for endurance racing as this had been raised by the NW. The rule is to be retained as it was felt that it keeps all competitors on an equal footing regards the length of time one can physically be on the track for a single stint. The club is currently in negotiations with a tank manufacturer to supply a fuel tank specifically for our needs to make it easier for other clubs to comply with this rule. There was enough time left for Pete to give us a shortened version of the presentation he gave the Americans while over there earlier this year with Jim organising our involvement in their 25 year celebrations. Highly entertaining with some interesting older photos. It turned into an exercise to try and date, locate and identify drivers.
    USA Trip: This is to be modified slightly in the light of the £9000 cost of shipping 6 mowers across the pond. The guys in the US have generously offered to make at least 6 mowers similar to those in the download photos, maybe more, so that those going can be coached by their race teams and then race competitively against them.
    It does sound like it will be an awesome trip. If there are any members who would like to go and still not yet contacted Pete, then do so pronto. Remember, you don’t have to race to go on the trip.

    Occasionally the committee is tested to the full and last month proved one such case. Courtney Green is a local estate agent and in 2014 sponsored a corner at the 12 hour. Last month we had a phone call from them asking for the return of their promotional flag which they had used to promote their business. Now, this was the year when the field had to be completely cleared on the Sunday afternoon thanks to certain local ne’er do wells. The chances of finding a flag was thought to be very slim both because of the rapid clear up and the time lapse. Cleggy was adamant that nothing had been thrown away, and sure enough, Charlie found said flag in the stores. Joy..... until we were informed that they had had 2 flags. After another rummage in said stores, Charlie came up with the second flag and delivered them back safe and sound. Well done Charlie.

    HISTORY SECTION: Talking of finding things, Pete has found the first ever BLMRA race programme. It included a sack race, a 3 legged race and a tug of war. Sounds more like a school sports day. The mind boggles as to how it worked out. Does anybody remember? We would love to know. Certainly a very different format from today’s race programme! I’m wondering if the powers that be had group 2 in mind when they wrote the first sentence of note 4. You can see it here.
    Dates for diary 2017:
    AGM 25th February:  Billingshurst Village Hall: Time 2pm.              
    Finland 12 hour 11th February: This has become a bit of a pilgrimage for some of our members with 5 teams from this country competing this year. There will be live results online for members to follow the race.
    France 24 hour 29/30th April: This is another race which is proving popular with members. Last year’s winners ( BLMRA team Going Commando), were presented with a live turkey. Not at liberty to divulge what happened to said turkey. Suffice to say it didn’t make it to christmas.
    There are still a few spaces available if you want to enter a team. Email Mika 24heurestracteurstondeuses@gmail.com

    The BLMRA