Month: March 2018
Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb to bring closed-road motorsport to Cornwall
The new Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb, Cornwall’s only motorsport event on a closed public road, will take place on the weekend of 15/16 September 2018 after receiving approval from the Motor Sports Association (MSA) this week.
Competitors will tackle the course one at a time to try to record the fastest time along a section of the B3276, the picturesque coast road linking Padstow and Newquay. The stretch of road will be temporarily closed to normal road traffic for the duration of the event.
The start of the course will be on the road at Watergate Bay, one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations. On each day of the event, a maximum of 90 cars will be allowed to participate.
Competitors will race in the direction of Newquay, with the breathtakingly beautiful North Cornwall coastline to their right, and cross the finish line 720 metres further up the hill.
The landmark event, which is being jointly organised by Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club, has been made possible by the passing of a new law that allows local motor clubs to apply for permission to temporarily close public roads and suspend the Road Traffic Act in order to host motorsport events.
It’s the first closed-road hillclimb to receive approval from the MSA, which governs four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom, and the third closed-road event in all.
All profits from the inaugural running of the event will be donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Cornwall Food Foundation, which includes Jamie Oliver’s apprentice training scheme at Watergate Bay’s Fifteen restaurant.
The original idea for the event was put forward by Dave Brenton, who is Competition Secretary at Truro Motor Club and also Deputy Event Director for the Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb. In 2013 he first wrote a letter outlining his proposal to the Watergate Bay Hotel, which is adjacent to the start of the new course, and received the full support of the luxury hotel from the outset.
Dave Brenton: “We’ve had great help over the past five years from Ian Davis, the MSA’s Regional, Rallies and Cross Country Executive, and excellent support for the event from local businesses and landowners. We hope the event will provide a real end-of-tourist-season boost to the local economy.”
The three organising clubs have almost completed the task of putting together a committee to run the Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb, although they still require a press officer and a chief marshal. Anyone interested in the roles should contact Dave Brenton at email@example.com.
Will Ashworth MD of Watergate Bay Hotel commented “We are really excited to be involved with the Speed Hillclimb. Unique events which involve the local community are really important to Watergate Bay, especially when they support the Cornwall Food Foundation, the charity which runs the apprentice programme at Fifteen Cornwall. The race cars should provide a real spectacle.”
The Supplementary Regulations and entry forms are now available to download from our dedicated page here.
Following feedback from competitors, marshals and officials the course has been slightly modified from the one we used in August 2017, and is now 0.9 miles long.
Both the April and August events are rounds of the 2018 TyreMarks ASWMC Sprint Championship, and the Cornish Speed Championship.
TRURO & DISTRICT MOTOR CLUB CHARITY FUND RAISING.
With the assistance of our club President we have organised a couple of fund raising events for charities. The completion of last year’s event organised by David Richards along with friends from Aston Martin resulted in representatives from the club being invited to the Cornwall Air Ambulance open day on 18 February. After a tour around the helicopter we presented them with a cheque for £1085, this was half the amount we raised the other half was given to the Cornwall Urology Trust (Prostate Cancer) earlier this year.
The background to this fund-raising event was that in October we held an Aston Martin evening at the Memorial Hall in St Mawes. David Richards had arranged to bring down some friends to give us a very interesting insight into Aston Martin. We had David Wright who gave us the early years of the company, then Maitland Cook told all about the David Brown period. David then did his bit on Aston Martin Racing followed by Marek Reichman on present day Aston Martin and the future. The hall was filled which meant along with donations for the refreshments and the raffle prizes donated together with the speakers giving their time free enabled us to raise a good sum for both nominated charities.
The event we organised also coincided on the same day with the Aston Martin club celebrating the birth place of the motoring icon who founded Aston Martin, Lionel Martin. When I was invited to the plaque unveiling I had a big surprise to find out that this was to be held just down the road from where I live, you live and learn as they say! Lionel Martin was in fact born at Nansladron House in 1878, which is now in the grounds of Sun Valley holiday park Pentewan. At that time his family owned china clays pits in the area. The grounds were filled with many different model Astons but the one to stand out was brought along especially for the ceremony from the Aston Hertitage Trust the A3 prototype valued at £20million! See attached picture, together with one of David Richards giving a speech before unveiling the joint Cornwall Heritage Trust & Aston Martin Heritage Trust plaque celebrating this historical event for St Austell.
Bob Eddy 18/2/2018