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2020 Teesside Stages 1

Whickham and District Motor Club’s Stage Rally event at Teesside Autodrome

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Getting motorsport back on track

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Thursday 07 May 2020

Motorsport UK, like other sports governing bodies, has been planning how it will be possible to restart our sport in the not too distant future – whilst working within the prevailing government guidelines. As official government communications begin to indicate a gradual release of the lockdown, we need to plan how to best resume our activities as quickly as we can.

Currently motorsport is suspended throughout the UK until 30th June 2020 in order to protect the NHS and save lives. This is in line with practically every sport in the country.

This planning is being undertaken in consultation with a wide selection of stakeholders including the specialist committees of each sport discipline. The organisation is actively modelling how each of the sport’s eleven different competition categories could potentially begin to restart motorsport when it is safe and practical to do so.

Motorsport UK CEO, Hugh Chambers commented, “I thank all of the motorsport community for supporting the need to suspend our activities; we appreciate just how difficult this has been for many individuals and organisations. Our goal is to get the sport running again as fast as practically possible. We are working with the government (DCMS) and have led the development of a detailed plan that can be used by clubs, officials, venues and competitors to manage events safely and successfully.

“We are fortunate that our sport takes place in large outdoor environments, so that with practical measures in place, much of motorsport should be able to resume. We will all need to modify the way we have worked in the past and accept these changes in a collaborative and constructive way. I am sure that the ingenuity and passion of the motorsport community will allow us to navigate the essential requirements to keep everyone safe, but at the same time allow our sport to get going again.”

Message from Motorsport UK CEO – Hugh Chambers

MotorsportUK CEO Hugh Chambers has published a message to all the Motorsport community - you can read it by clicking the link below:

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UPDATED – Motorsport UK COVID-19 advice to UK motorsport community

In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motorsport events until at least 30th June.

This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.

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Hadrian MSC Interclub Quiz - 5 February 2020

Beamish MC hits the top spot

Wednesday the 5th of February saw Hadrian Motor Sports Club host another of its truly excellent Interclub Quizzes at Gosforth Rugby Club, inviting all the local Motor Clubs to send teams to compete against each other for the coveted title of Interclub Champions.

Hadrian MSC are well known for putting on a great quiz, raffle and supper with traditional Northern fare of pie, peas and chips to keep their guests warm and toasty on what was to be a chilly February evening. The food is always very welcome and served up by Hadrian's own resident Jamie Oliver in the Chef-ly shape of Andy Kobasa, resplendent in his chef's attire of shorts and tee-shirt together with his typically welcoming manner and willingness to please all before him.

Whickham and District MC, Hadrian MSC and Hexham MC all fielded teams although Tynemouth and Durham were nowhere to be seen, with the exception of the sole representative of Durham - Lindsay Burnip. One surprising team was entered, however, in the shape of 'Beamish Motor Club' (not an affiliated MC) - a combined team of past and present WDMC members that are reputed to meet occasionally for drinks in the Beamish area. In the true spirit of inclusivity, however, Lindsay was invited to join them to make it a truly amalgamated effort.

Whickham had enough members present to create two teams, Whickham C and Whickham Z - neither considering themselves good enough to adopt the moniker Whickham A - and so it was with a spirit of anticipation and expectation that the quiz started - seven rounds to include a picture round over supper - with answers being marked after each round and positions declared to egg each other on to do better next round.

The questions were a great and eclectic mix of all types; from Rallying and Formula 1 to music and geography, acronyms and almost anything in between. The competition was both good natured and enjoyable, with Beamish and Whickham Z neck and neck for the first two rounds, then Beamish taking the lead in round 3, holding it in rounds 4 and 5 before losing it in round 5. In round six, the two teams were once again tied, with everything to play for in the final round. The final result went down to the wire, with Beamish MC taking the spoils of victory by a single point: 69 to 68 in their favour.

Final Results:

69 Beamish MC
68 Whickham Z
65 Whickham C
63.5 Hadrian
60 Hexham

The final results were followed by the raffle, held this year in aid of the Doddie Weir Motor Neurone Foundation, where a total of £65 was raised despite the small turnout. In what was the perfect finish to their night, the assembled members of Beamish MC also took home the majority of the raffle prizes, (most of which not surprisingly consisted of alcohol related winnings) to add to their Quiz winnings of four bottles of wine.

It really was a brilliant evening, although a shame that more clubs didn't turn up on the night. Nevertheless, everyone had a really enjoyable evening, with many smiles and laughs all round, amidst promises to return next time for what really is a memorable night.

Hadrian MSC would also like to pass on their thanks to;

Gosforth Rugby Club for hosting the event;
Andy for being barman;
Andy and Jo for the catering;
Blacksmiths Coffee Shop for the prizes for the winning team and the raffle;
Everyone else who donated raffle prizes.

The interclub quizzes are a brilliant opportunity for our respective club members to meet other clubs in the area, and we really look forward to the next one, whenever it is held.

Thank you Hadrian MSC.

Travels with Lilly - a car from a gentler age

Lilly Morris Traveller

Motorsport wins vital Vnuk EU insurance vote

A vital EU vote on an insurance law change that could have been catastrophic for motorsport has gone in the sport's favour.

The 2014 Vnuk court case set a precedent that all vehicles in the EU should have insurance, even if they are being used on private land, and that the Motor Insurance Directive (MID) was being interpreted incorrectly. That would mean all cars competing in motorsport events in Europe would need to be insured individually, and instances such as cars colliding on a racetrack could become road traffic accidents and involve the police.

Dan Dalton, an MEP for the West Midlands, is the son of a former marshal and timekeeper and had put forward the motion of excluding motorsport from the amended wording of the MID to the EU Parliamentary committee he sits on. The internal market committee voted on the amendment on Tuesday and sided with excluding motorsport from the implementation of the new insurance law.

Dalton had previously said that the result was "too close to call".

The amendment still needs to be passed by the main parliament, but it rarely goes against the decisions of its committees and the vote in the committee was seen as the most important. "I am relieved that my fellow MEPs from this committee listened to my concerns about the risk this draft law poses to British motorsport," Dalton said. "As the son of a former marshal, I know that this is a way of life for many people in the UK. This is a victory for common sense regulation. What happens next is that all MEPs will vote on this compromise at one of the next meetings in Strasbourg. This could be as early as February. As a general rule, they will follow what has been agreed by our committee."

In terms of next steps, MEPs could vote - and will likely back the committee's decision - on the wording as early as February in what is known as a plenary session. Once that vote has been held, and assuming it has been successful, the MEP responsible for the law will then negotiate the exact wording of the text with the EU governments and the European Commission, known as trilogues.

It is hoped this process will be completed by May, as failing to complete the law before the EU elections could derail it with new MEPs departing and entering the parliament after the elections.

In the UK, if this process is completed before Brexit - or during the transition - it will apply in a soft Brexit. A hard Brexit would mean the UK would have to create its own insurance law.


Six-month MOT exemption changes

From 1st August 2020 all vehicle owners in Britain that were granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing by the Department for Transport (DfT) will now have to get their MOT as normal.

All cars, vans and motorcycles were granted a six-month extension for vehicles requiring an MOT from 30 March 2020, however that has now changed and all vehicles due an MOT after 1st August 2020 will now need to get their MOT on their due date.

Originally, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) announced March 25, 2020 "Given the circumstances I'm granting an MOT temporary exemption so that if your MOT is due from 30th March 2020 you will automatically receive a SIX-month extension. However, you must still keep your car in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open if you need repairs" however the extension period has now been shortened (what a surprise) from the end of September to the 1st August.

The January Sale - 29 January 2020

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Hammer time!

There are few sights greater than watching an expert in action, but if there were, it would be to see such an expert in his element and in full flight.

Every January, Whickham and District Motor Club hold their annual January Sale, and event which has over the years, purely due to the quality of its Auctioneers, acquired a reputation for being able to make a healthy contribution to a charity of choice, by not only auctioneering the most amazing articles, but to do so despite the fact that the items on offer can vary between the very desirable to things you perhaps wouldn't necessarily associate with a North East Motor Club.

Our resident Auctioneer, Peter Metcalfe, has now been doing this job for many years, and whilst the assembled crowd may well marvel at the choice of items on offer, they can at least rely on the fact that some things never change; and it's usually the jokes. Nevertheless, Peter does do a fantastic job, and every year not only manages to accrue a great contribution to charity but does so with a style and panache that really has to be experienced to properly enjoy.

This year, he had a number of quite desirable articles on offer; there were car parts, a good number of books, a surprise box that contained some fabulous drills and fasteners, there was perfume, a selection of model cars, spanners and navigators bags to name but a few of the items on display. There were also tyres, a TomTom SatNav system, a few radio controlled cars and the obligatory bobble hats and mugs, as is normal at any January Sale.

To say that Peter did a sterling job would be a massive understatement of the highest order, as he was just superb. Every item was up for sale, and so every item was going home with somebody. That person may not have known he was taking it home, but take it home he or she did. Some items didn't sell the first time they were on offer, but that only instilled upon them the status of 'surprise gift' - meaning any subsequent sale would always put the successful bidder at risk of being awarded a 'surprise gift'. And many surprise gifts were in fact given out on the night, and in a surprise reaction, as the night wore on, it became a sort of badge of honour to be awarded a 'surprise gift', and often, winning bidders were a little disappointed not to receive one.

The night, however, was a magnificent one in the end: everyone putting their hands in their pockets to buy things that were in varying degrees desirable, essential, intriguing or otherwise strange, but nevertheless it was all money in the bank for our chosen charity.

To everyone who supported the night, thank you so much. To Peter, our absolute master auctioneer, we would like to extend our congratulations on conducting what was yet another fantastic auction, this year raising an astonishing £251.25 for Northumbria Blood Bikes, who rely on donations to keep themselves going.

Thank you Peter, and thank you all.

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Motorsport UK latest Rule Changes

Motorsport UK are pleased to bring you the regulation changes decided at the Motor Sports Council that affect the Motorsport UK Yearbook. To read these decisions, please click the link below.

2020 MSUK Yearbook


Ghost brokers target 17-24-year-olds in motor insurance fraud

Young Driver

New figures from the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) shows young drivers are most likely to fall victim to “ghost brokers” in a motor insurance fraud.

Ghost broking is the name given to the scam of selling fraudulent car insurance using three basic methods. They either forge insurance documents, falsify details to bring the price down or take out a genuine policy, before cancelling and claiming the refund plus the victim’s money.

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