News Bulletin No: 265 – April 2017

Club News

We have decided to expand the range of events we offer, to include a Classic Tour. Several of our members have taken part on these over the years, and they are a great day out and a chance to see some classic and often interesting modern cars. Our event, The Charnwood Classic will be on Sunday September the 3rd , with a start and finish at the George & Dragon, two 50ish mile legs and a lunch halt at Foxton Locks. Details with Regs and Entry Form are on the website and we are hoping the event will be a success and a regular feature in the Club Calendar.

It’s good to see the social side of the Club is picking up, we put in two teams to the East Midlands Association Quiz at Doncaster, with ‘Coalville 3’ Colin Stephens, James Worth and guest Dave Darlington coming 7th and ‘Coalville 4’ Charlie Francis, Iain Jones, Paul Darch & Chris Faulkner 3rd. A good result as the winners have to host the next year’s Quiz.

We also had a very enjoyable trip to the Coventry Motor Museum, which was a brilliant day out, even if Chris driving the minibus did manage to get lost 3 times… (That’s why I gave up navigating )

Charlie Franicis checking that her Dad’s AA Key still worked in the lock of a AA Box. Chris Thorley also had his key with him. Funny what we carry around.


Chris’s Faulkner & Thorley are also out on the MK Classic Tour on April 9th, in Chris’s Sierra, taking in the Alpine Circuit at Millbrook and the Porsche Experience at Silverstone.

Competition News

Colin Stephens & Kathy Sewart – Imperial Commercials Volkswagen Donington Rally

March 5th  – Round 6 – Motorsport News Championship

Arriving at Donington on Sunday morning only 10 minutes from locking my front door makes a nice change to some of the venues we visit over the rallying season and with the weather looking like it was going to be wet we were glad we had a pit garage.

Our start time was approaching and we had to make a decision on tyres because unfortunately the rain had arrived, wets obviously but do we go for the warn Michelins or the Hoosier H2O’s which had more tread?   Donington tends to be a very  slippery circuit when it rains due to it being right on the flight path of East Midlands Airport and water and aviation fuel doesn’t seem to mix so the decision was made to go on the Hoosiers.

Heading into the Craner Curves backwards was when Cathy and I realised that we should of gone for the Michelins! These Hoosiers were no good,  It was so so slippery and out the corner of my eye at one point I am sure I saw Torvill and Dean practicing their latest routine!  Cathy just couldn’t get any grip and we were losing time and with another couple of half spins the end of the stage couldn’t come quick enough.

For the casual observer rallying must look like 2 people in a car charging around a course all day having fun, which basically that is what Cathy and I do but behind the scenes we have a fantastic crew and as we headed up to stage 2 start, if it wasn’t for Keith, Dave, James and Brett it would of been the end of our days fun as  it was at this point the car decided it had a water phobia and emptied its entire cooling system over the road, Cathy and feared the worst the day was over before it had really started.  A phone call was made and through the spray and mist of the  Donington paddock came the crew, it was like a scene from a Marvel super hero film!

Fixed came the call from Chief Super Hero after approximately 15mins, and we joined the back of the queue for stage 2 start.

Heading onto stage instantly we had more grip from these Michelins, time to make up some time, being at the back we soon where catching and passing  a lot of slower cars, Cathy was getting more confident using the handbrake where she could and later on the brakes  into corners and chicanes ,all was going well  and then going into the last couple of corners  just after passing 2 cars we out braked ourselves and went straight on, no damage done, finished the stage and despite our off we were 2 minutes quicker than the stage before and it was at this point the Hoosiers where thrown in the nearest skip .

Starting stage 3 We were around the low 60s…..

So we set about improving on that, again catching and passing cars this was better only 2 corners  to go to the finish ( 9 Right into 9 Left flying finish) but again the car decided otherwise and spun, again no damage done.

Starting stage 4. We were around the low 50s…..

So we set about improving on that, again catching and passing cars this was better only 2 corners  to go to the finish ( 9 Right into 9 Left flying finish) but again the car decided otherwise and spun, again no damage done.   (Yes we did the same again!)

After the lunch break the stage layout went the other way around the circuit so there was no chance of us spinning at the same corner again, Stage 5 and 6 were much the same catching and passing cars, we were making good progress back up the field.

As we started Stage 7 we were up to around 40th, we were both in the grove and enjoying the day, then came the save of the day, I gave a rather late call to Cathy as we exited a single chicane doing a speed that was fine if were carrying on around the circuit but Oh no we should be going into a hairpin right, 100 yards after the chicane. I couldn’t get the words out of my mouth quick enough. B.B.BRAKE!!! HAIRPIN RIGHT!!. All the days  handbrake practice came into use at this point as we spun gracefully and pointed the direction we should of been going, from the outside I recon it looked as though we were of meant to do that but I can assure you in the car It wasn’t as graceful! But again no damage done.

1 stage to go and the decision was made that we had more to lose than gain so we took it relatively steady after all we didn’t want to spin out now after all the fun and games we had all day.

Finished 34th overall  –  Thanks again to the Team Lotusbits  –  Next round is Anglesey in 2 weeks time


12 Car Rallies – 12 Monkeys – March 29th.  Run by Jono Hobbs & Dave Barrett

Jono’s first event as an organiser went well, with a few new ideas that seemed to go down well with marshals and competitors. Sadly he only managed a entry of seven, which was a bit dissapointing after all the work that goes into the organisation. The event however was quite competitive with the win going to Coalville’s Bob Baker & Brian Cammack, by the smallest of margins, 1 second, from Rugby’s Derek & James Newbould. Sadly they were the only CCC crew out, but with Chris’s Faulkner and Valentine running Course Closer, and Ben Heggs, Steve Croucher and Ingrid & Steve Brew out marshalling CCC were ablyrepresented.

The final round of the Championship is the Cream Cat, postponed from earlier in the season. Regs and entry forms for the remaining events are available at

Loughborough also have upcoming events. Flyers and event details can be found at


Marshalling Update

Abe Shenker and Chris Thorley have both been out on Marshals Training days, and we had a good turnout for Loughborough’s OFL 12 Car as well.


Summer Grass Autotests

The full details for the MMS Summer Series is on the MMS Page: hopefully we’ll have better weather this year and not loose so many rounds.

Loughborough’s calendar is also available from their website:



If you have any event dates to add to the calendar or event results/reports, please let us know.


Michael Fletcher                         Chris Faulkner
07983 998025                           0116 277 0563    


Mercian Road Rally 16th/17th September 2017  –


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