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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Our annual awards luncheon will be held in The Great Hall of The Alverton, Truro TR1 1ZQ on Sunday 21st January 2018. A three-course lunch is to be served at 1pm, followed by an awards ceremony with guest speaker from 3pm.
As we have celebrated Tregrehan’s 50th year of Hill Climb in 2017, and as a thank you to all our members, competitors, volunteers and supporters over the years, Truro and District Motor Club will subsidise the cost of the luncheon by £5.00 per attendee, making the total cost £22.50 per person.
Dress code for the day is smart casual, no jeans and t-shirts please.
We hope you will be able to join us to honour another fantastic year of motorsport and congratulate our competitors’ successes throughout 2017.
Places are limited and must be booked and paid in advance. Please complete and return the attached booking form to secure your place, by Saturday 6th January 2018.
Download the form below.
A Great turnout for the first annual TDMC rolling road day. 12 Cars braved the rain to turn up on Saturday morning at ARM to test the car on the rolling road. A wide range a cars from a standard K series Metro of Kennan which showed a massive 67bhp but may have some explaining to do as the care had a black box fitted as this was his first car! At the other end were the big guns of Ian Roscorla in his new 6.0l Vauxhall Monaro and the Nissan 350z (supercharged) and it went the way of Jamie Findon in the 350z with the best of the day at 457bhp. The weird award but putting in a good show at 150bhp was the diesel converted VW caddy of Ryan Freeman.
|Arrian Firman||Saxo VTS||1600cc||134bhp|
|Vincent Firman||Suzuki Swift||1600cc||129bhp|
|Jamie Findon||Nissan 350z||3500cc||457bhp|
|Ryan Freeman||VW Caddy||1900cc||151bhp|
|Keenan Dockery||Rover Metro||1100cc||67bhp|
|John Penny||106 Rallye||1600cc||130bhp|
|Ted Chalcraft||Toyota Celica||1796cc||170bhp|
|Amanda Moo||Citroen C2||1600cc||121bhp|
|Shelly Deacon||Audi TT||1781cc||249bhp|
|Paul Deacon||Audi A4 TDi||1900cc||117bhp|
|Nathan Prisk||Clio 182 cup||1998cc||173bhp|
|Ian Roscorla||Vauxhall Monaro||6000cc||392bhp|
The committee are currently arranging a discounted rolling road session for club members and their friends (or in reality their cars!) The session will take the format of a number of runs (minimum of 2) where the car is secured to the rolling road and the bhp is then calculated from a number of factors.
Come along or challenge a friend to a BHP off we may even consider an award for the car that records the highest BHP which would be presented at the Christmas lunch.
Think your car has what it takes? email email@example.com to register your interest as numbers will be limited it is likely to be a Saturday morning or and weekday evening so make your preference know.
The price if we get the numbers is likely to be £25 with a maximum of £35 if we have low numbers.
The road can cope with 2wd and 4wd.
The date has been set for Saturday the 11th November from 9.30am and will be held at ARM Motorsport at Wheel Busy just outside Redruth and just off the Chacewater to Redruth Rd. Postcode for SAT Navs is TR4 8NZ
Batman and Robin get wet in Devon
AKA The Prima Stages @ Smeatharpe
The summer season was barren of many things and as it turned out sunshine was one of them, along with stage rallies, which was predominantly due to the lack of sunshine causing the cancellation of the Boconnoc Motorsport Carnival sadly. So, summer was all about sitting back and chilling from a rallies perspective this year, although there was plenty of other local motorsport going on around the area for those looking for their fix.
My fix was satisfied in early September, or should we call that late summer, where I had an entry in with Dan Gibson (Cornish pixie) in his Darrian T90 Batmobile on the Prima Stages up at Smeatharpe, organised by the team from Bournemouth and District Car Club, taking us just North of Honiton on the old discussed RAF Upottery WW2 airfield, so a local event in the overall scheme of things. As the weekend approached, we basked in relative sunshine, the previous weekend had seen a bank holiday weekend surpassed by none, the sun was high in the sky and the beaches were stacked (and I had sunburn) and all was good in the world, it was truly a British summers weekend. During the week it had been much the same, with some really good weather meaning it was certainly shorts and t shirt weather, sitting out in the garden in the evenings sipping Pimm’s and Vino, all remained good in the world.
As the weekends rally approached, we did what all rally people do nowadays, and we checked our weather apps on the phone, and it wasn’t looking pretty, on the Saturday, as I sat in the garden with my cuppa thinking all was still good in the world, my app told me different. As rally people, we do tend to assume the worst so the night before the rally, we packed food, drinks, and warm clothes and waterproofs, despite the evenings gorgeous sunshine, we are rally people, we normally go prepared for every eventuality.
On the day of the event, we awoke at 4.30am, when I say we awoke, I awoke, Sam just grumbled and bumbled around blearily eyed. She most definitely wasn’t awake. I pulled back the curtains to reveal that summer was officially over that morning and the rain was torrential and it all looked bleak. Ever hopeful, we both thought it might get better. Despite the app. We dragged the various supplies to the car (in the rain) and loaded up, stopping to pick Sam’s brother and nephew who were coming along to watch on their first ever rally. 5am, and its still raining, Ill bet they were super excited. Super.
Logistically things went well, we were coming from Plymouth and Dan’s Darrian along with Mark and Andrew Clayton in their mini were coming from Falmouth in convoy, we all arrived at the same time, unloaded (in the rain) scruitineered (in the rain) and set the service area up (in the rain) and were also joined by Simon Heywood and Kev Moyses in their yellow peril Honda Jordon. In the rain.
By 7am we were all sorted, signed on and ready to go other than tweaking tyres, checking fuel and general chit chat, the service area was full as there was a big entry for this one, so there were cars and vans everywhere so minimal space to get around, but generally speaking it all worked and everyone was happy. Except for the rain. It was raining, not sure if I noted that. Fortunately the awning we had covered us. Unfortunately the wind was bringing the rain in sideways, so it was damp at best, soaking at worst. And another downside of rallying is that you must service on a tarpaulin of some sort, by the nature of what they are, they are waterproof, thus stopping any spillages getting to the ground below. It also stops the rain from draining away, so within half an hour of the tarpaulin going down, the area was awash with standing water where we wanted to service. It was a sign of the day ahead.
Getting on to the actual day ahead, come our due time I squeezed in to the Darrian, its not graceful but it works, strapped myself in, wished Dan good luck, and off we went, stage 1 was wet, did I mention it was raining, and we set of in to Smeatharpe with 2 laps to run, no dramas overall other than a minor hold up as we came to the split for the second lap with a fellow Darrian in front of us, much slower than us and clearly much keener to hold his position on the stage as he sat in the middle of the stage and held us up, as it turned out only for about 5 corners, it was their first run on the stage, and after 5 corners something broke and they had no choice to pull over. Not only was their stage over, but their day was over.
Dan’s a bit of a granny when it comes to his performance and he frequently beats himself with a wet celery stick while he’s driving, bemoaning that his granny could have driven faster etc, I think it’s a trend amongst drivers as they all seem to do it, he was all apologetic over the stage worried that he was braking to early, going to slow etc etc, to be fair, it felt alright to me, but also to be fair, im an idiot who holds a picture of the route, so in reality im just there for the ride. The stage conditions were officially wet, lots of water everywhere so a cautious drive was probably for the best as the RWD configuration of the Darian doesn’t inspire you in the wet, naturally assuming that the front wheel drives and 4wd would have the advantage. As it turned out, it was a good stage with a 5th fastest time, we didn’t initially check as knowing how he’s going isn’t good for Dan’s nerves, he frets, so we don’t worry to much in the early stages, we go as well as we can and see how it goes.
Stage 2 was much the same, a good clean run, similar stage conditions, but we improved our stage 1 time by 16 seconds putting us 3rd fastest and 3rd overall at that point. Our lack of knowledge over how we were doing was ruined by a text from Ben Parker saying we were going well and were 3rd, Dan didn’t have a melt down as it was and we continued in the same theme, with every stage going well and Dan living the dream as we blasted around the stages. We spent a lot of the day chatting to competitors around us comparing times etc and generally having a giggle. Drive of the day was from another ASWMC championship contender Darren pool/Chris Beer in their 1600cc super 1600 type spec Corsa, he was flying and laying in 2nd overall, we were swapping a second here and a second there with them, in fact the 2nd to 4th places were all by a whisker, swapping seconds each time, but all generally holding position, Martyn England in his Ford Fiesta R5 Evo plus super mega bit of kit was out in front by a reasonable margin each stage, driving the socks of the Fiesta its fair to say, and none of us were ever going to catch him with conditions as they were, so we continued the fight through the day for the highest place non 4WD car.
The day was thereafter fairly undramatic, Dan put in a very good drive, very clean and tidy, generally winding the Darrian up a bit more every stage to keep with the group we were fighting with, Dan was very calm, the pressure was handled very well, the car was going well and everything truly was good with the world, except of course, the weather which just seemed to get worse. Stage 7 being the penultimate stage of the day, we all went in holding our positions and pretty much 2nd to 5th set exactly the same time such was the consistency of our group, stage 8 also saw us all hold our positions and finish as we had entered.
We were delighted that the Darrian had taken us to a 3rd overall and 1st of the 2 litre cars and indeed the RWD cars, at the start of the day we were all a bit doomy due to the weather but it goes to show a clean and tidy drive in the wet pays dividends, Dan did a brilliant job all day, kept focussed and pushed on hard to give us the result. Overall an awesome event despite the weather, giving Dan good experience in the Darrian under challenging conditions and also for Dan a very good haul of ASWMC points putting him in 2nd in the ASWMC series with a mathematical chance of winning, with 2 events left to run were of to Caerwent at the very beginning of October and then Bovington in late November, plus fitting in a grand tour to Jersey for the fantastic Jersey rally in between as well, so watch this space for updates as we go.
Dan Gibson/Alf Chanter
Darrian T90 Batmobile.
It is Car Recognition Quiz time again. Or more precisely Thursday 23
November will be.
The venue will again be the Plume of Feathers in Mitchell with all proceeds going to
Macmillan Cancer Support here in Cornwall.
Do you think you know your cars and parts of cars! Then why not enter and come along and try to beat some of of the other teams that have won in the past from the likes of
Merlin Farm who scored 228 points in 2015 and Scoobytwits with a score of 222 and by the way these are very high scores!
The team with the highest score will be awarded the Paul Munro Trophy for the year.
Any people interested are requested to send the following details by post to:-
7 Glenfeadon Terrace
Redruth. TR16 4JX
Team Name, 3 Team members name, Contact details, telephone & email. Along with this information an entry fee of £15 on a cheque made payable to Nigel Stephens.
Spaces are limited so get your entries in asap.
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.
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.