Tregrehan June report & Newspaper write up

This year marks the 50th anniversary for Truro and District Motor Club’s Tregrehan Speed Hill Climb, held in the parkland of this lovely estate near St. Austell.

It was very fitting that fifty cars lined up each day to compete on this very technical course, with vehicles ranging from your relatively standard road car, to a modified Citroen 2CV and up to the race cars produced by OMS and Pilbeam. Once again, these events were rounds of the ASWMC Speed Hill climb Championship and the Cornish Speed Championship. They were also the opening rounds for the Truro Speed Academy, with five new competitors taking their first steps into competitive motorsport.

Saturday began with a damp track making for tricky conditions at the start. However, as the morning progressed a ‘dry’ line soon developed with the times taken improving with each run. Sunday was contested in drier conditions, with many personal best times being achieved.

Andrew Dinner, the current hill record holder, set the Fastest Time of the Day on both Saturday and Sunday in his Pilbeam MP85.

The June weekend also hosts the motorbike riders from The National Hill Climb Association as part of their annual championship, with around forty bikes and combinations competing each day.

The club would like to thank all the competitors, marshals and officials for contributing to a very successful weekend of motorsport, as well as all the spectators who came along to support the events.

Porthreath Sprint the Results – now with pics!

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What a weekend, we held our first sprint on a new course at R.A.F. Portreath. After nearly a couple of years planning by one of our sub committees it finally came to fruition. Using the tarmac roads and runway at the MOD base the course came out just in excess of 1.5 kilometres. With this being the first one we had a number of conditions to observe, the main one from MSA was that we were not allowed to run single seaters. The MOD also gave us a number of things to do and observe one being no photos to be taken in any form. However, we were allowed appointed photographers and once the MOD have approved all pictures we should be able to release them. Hopefully on the next event we will have some of the conditions relaxed if we get a good report from both bodies.

Over the weekend we had over 70 drivers competing, with the Sunday event being the best supported. There was also a good variety of cars, ranging from some oldies like an MG TA 1937 and a Riley Brooklands, these two vintage cars ran in class A1 along little Mini and Peugeot 106. Then you have in class A2 a bit quicker machinery, like a Lotus Elise and 106 Rallye etc. in class D2 we have some spectacular machinery like a Mini with 4-wheel drive and 2.5 motor under the bonnet, another 4-wheel drive is the Subareno Cliopreza this was once a standard Clio now having Subaru running gear with a ‘blazing’ 2.35 motor. We had a good selection of rally cars in class D3, ranging from a Mini Cooper and a few BMW’s with mark 1 and 2 Ford Escorts. Also in this class, it was great to see and hear the Metro 6R4 running. This brought back memories of when we used to have about a dozen of these fabulous 6R4s competing in the Tour of Cornwall.

Even with Saturday starting a little later than planned competitors still had the 2 practice runs and two timed runs with an extra timed run thrown in and on the Sunday even with the bigger entry we still squeezed in a third timed run.  With this lengthy course running through narrow roads to start ending up with a fast finish up the runway most drivers had miles of smiles! Keep an eye out for a list times together with the results, it will prove to be interesting reading.

As with most first-time events you have problems to overcome but with the weather being kind to us and the support of our officials, committee members, marshals etc it all came together nicely. From the comments over the weekend and from social media and other sources it seems everyone was upbeat. However, from the positive we also had a few suggestions on how improvements could be made, all will be taken on board when we have the debrief meeting and the committee will act on it over the next few months.

Just keep watching T.D.M.C. website on updates for this new event.

 

An Evening with David Richard & Friends from the Aston Martin Owners Club

Truro & District Motor Club are pleased to announce another evening in St Mawes with our club president Mr David Richards on Saturday 14th October

Full details of the event –

‘The Story of Aston Martin’

Club President David Richards has on behalf of the Club invited a number of guests to come along and give presentations on this very British marque.

The event will be held at the Memorial Hall St Mawes on Saturday 14th October 2017 commencing at 8.00pm, it is a ticket only event and we have priced them at a very reasonable cost of £15.00 each.

After the normal expenses, the remaining money raised will all go to two local charities – The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and The Cornwall Urology Trust for Prostate Cancer.

Speakers will be:

David Wright, a longstanding member of the Aston Martin Owners Club and aficionado of the brand, who will talk about how the company started and the pre-war years of Aston Martin.

Maitland Cook, who knew all the key members of the 1950’s Aston Martin Race Team, will talk about the David Brown era of the company.

David Richards, who will bring us right up to date with the latest motor racing activities from when they launched the DBR9 in 2003 right up to the most recent Le Mans success and their new car for next season.

And Marek Reichman, who is the current Vice President of Aston Martin and responsible for the design of all the current cars, who will talk about the present vehicles and the future of the company.

Quite a line up, which bodes well for a very exciting evening.

The post code for the memorial hall is TR2 5DJ, it is up the road opposite the Idle Rocks hotel. You should use the general car park as there is very, very limited parking in the hall road.

There will be tea and coffee available during the mid-evening interval.

 

Tickets, which MUST be purchased in advance are available from:

Tony Wood tel. 01209 200751 or tonybwood@btinternet.com

Bob Eddy tel. 01726 64170 or bob.eddy@btinternet.com

Cheques must be made out to Truro & District Motor Club. Payment can also be made by Bank Transfer, with details available from Tony or Bob.

The all new Portreath Sprint is on!!!

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26th & 27th August

TDMC are at last pleased to announce that the MSA have today signed off on the track license for Portreath sprint circuit.

The sub-committee have worked hard to design a challenging new track with the best possible tarmac.

As you will see from the enclosed image of the track layout the length of the track is around 1 mile in length and returns the driver to the pits allowing for the fast turn around of cars.

The regulations are now available to download from here. The first year as with most new layouts the classes will be limited so check the regs.

Tregrehan Speed Hillclimb

This weekend, June 24th and 25th is the first Tregrehan hillclimb of 2017. It’s also the start of our celebration of 50 years at this idyllic Cornish garden. As well as the hill climb featuring both cars and motorbikes, there will be a display of interesting and unusual cars, a Hill climb simulator so that you can have a go at driving in a speed event, and entertainment for all the family including a bouncy castle.  The postcode for your SatNav is PL24 2SJ and the cost for an adult is just £6 with children free. Further details at http://www.trurodmc.co.uk/tregrehan-hill-climb/

Tregrehan Hill Climb in the 70s

A great picture of a MK1 Escort Mexico driven by Norman Tonkin from Roseworthy.

Remember that the year is the 50th anniversary of the Tregrehan Hillclimb and entry prices have been reduced in celebration.

Check the events page for more details.

If anybody has a picture of their car at a Truro & District event and would like it showcased pleas email or speak with any member of the committee.

Autosolo 29th May

The next motorsport event is an Autosolo event being held at Cornwall College Camborne in the Holman car park on the 29th May.

This is the first of two rounds of the ASWMC AUTOSOLO Championship that we are hosting this year.

Entry forms are available download on the AUTOSOLO page which also includes a full list of TDMC Autosolo dates for 2017.

Regs and entry form now available for Cornwall Classic Tour ’17

Sunday June 11th

Truro & District Motor Club are pleased to announce the date for this years ever popular classic and sports tour. This event fills up fast so ensure you get your entries in asap.

The Regs and entry form are now available for download. The closing date for entries is Saturday June 3rd.

Download the regs here, and the entry form here.

Your entry fee includes tea / coffee at the start, lunch at Pencarrow House and a cream tea at the finish in Trelissick Gardens for the driver and one passenger. Additional passengers can book their refreshments at £17.50 each.

The route starts on the stunning Camel estuary at Padstow, before heading up the North Cornish coast to our lunch stop at Pencarrow House. The afternoon route heads South until we arrive for a traditional Cornish cream tea at the spectacular Trelissick Gardens with their views over the Fal estuary. In total the tour covers around 85 miles.

Tour of Cornwall – A snap from the past

This photograph comes courtesy of motorsport snapper Mark Sims.

 

Another excellent event no longer in the UK rally calendar, The Tour Of Cornwall. Steve Hendy in his Ford Escort WRC on the Penhale Stage which runs along some beautiful Cornish coastline.

Anybody with more info on the year etc please get in touch.

More rally photos are on his instagram site https://www.instagram.com/rallygallery/

 

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