Message from the Chairman

Dear Members and friends of TDMC.

The committee and I hope that you are all well and this virus has so far passed you and your families by.  We ask that you all continue to follow the governments guidelines and remain socially distanced from everyone other than the people you live with.  We all hope that the governments predictions are correct and the country can start to return to normal.

On the 24th March 2020, Motorsport UK released the following statement:-

“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 the 24th March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for Motorsport events until at least 30th June.

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

What are the implications of this to our friends and members?

TDMC have had to cancel 2 events so far this year due to the virus, The April Portreath event and the June Tregrehan event.  Not the most auspicious start to the 2020 season.

We have had to postpone our AGM, we are hoping to have a date for this as soon as the all clear is given by the government for movements and social gatherings to resume.

The TDMC committee are also working from home on your behalf and are going ahead with the planning and preparation for our August event and the later October event.  We will of course post ASR’s and Entry forms here on our website once the all clear is given by the government for movements and social gatherings to resume and we have been given the necessary permits by Motorsport UK.  At present we ask the no one posts entry forms and entry fees for either of the two aforementioned events until we notify you that we have the permits in place to run said events.

For you viewing pleasure on our Facebook Page, Dave Brenton has been busy uploading video clips of past TDMC events and some of the Tour of Cornwall Rally.

Until then, please follow the governments instructions, stay socially distanced from others and most of all stay safe. 

Warmest regards

John H Collins


Truro and District Motor Club.

Written for and on behalf of the TDMC Committee.

Annual General Meeting – Postponed

Following the advice from the UK Government on holding social gatherings, we have postponed our Annual General Meeting, scheduled for Monday March 23rd until further notice. When we have the ability to set a future date, all members will be notified in good time.

Portreath Sprint Announcement

Following on from the statement made by the UK Government on the continuing risk posed by Covid-19, the committee has taken the decision to cancel the Portreath Sprint weekend scheduled for April 11th and 12th.

The safety of our officials, competitors, and marshals is our number one priority, so by taking the decision to cancel now, we hope that it gives you sufficient time to cancel any travel arrangements you may have made. The possibility of anyone potentially being infected during the event, is something we don’t wish to risk.

This decision has been further underlined by the statement made this afternoon by Motorsport UK, details of which can be found at

We hope to be able to welcome you to an event later in the year, but further disruption might occur to the local calendar.

Truro Speed Academy 2020

Truro and District Motor Club are delighted to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Speed Academy. The academy covers both the Speed disciplines of Sprint and Hill climbs, at four very different venues.

We would like to extend our thanks to Camel Vale Motor Club and Newquay Auto Club for offering the use of their venues at Castle, Lostwithiel and Treloy at the discounted entry fee, and for their continued support of the Academy.

Following on from the successes of previous year’s, we will again offer a total of TWELVE events at a discounted entry fee.

The regulations and registration form for the academy can be found in Word format here and as a PDF here.

Please return your completed form to the Academy Registrar at the address on the document or email to

Morgan owners club navigational scatter taster

The Morgan owners club are running a navigational scatter taster event on Sunday 29th March 2020.  Event is being run by Roger and Shirley Hoskin, it is a day time event of about 80 miles and open in the main for classic cars, but others will be permitted to enter if places exist.  As a taster event the organisers give some help at the start to novices and even supply a map.

It is called a 16 point challenge, meaning that there are 16 control points to locate.  The control are given as six figure map references, most are only in part form and by solving and plotting further map references and clues you locate other information to further control points.  All very good fun.

This is a good introduction to rallying and has a fairly relaxed, but competitive feel to it with help from Roger Hoskin to those who have not done similar types of events in the past.  There is also no need to join the Morgan owners club either.

The regulations and entry are here

Truro and District Motor Club Awards Dinner

Our annual Awards Dinner was held on February 1st, at the Legacy Hotel Victoria in Newquay. Our Motorsport friends gathered to celebrate the 2019 season, and to receive the class awards from our events and the Club awards for outstanding service in the past year.

We were also delighted to make two cheque presentations. The first was to Westcountry Rescue, of proceeds raised from the Williams Crawford Porsche Go-Kart Challenge. The money has gone towards their new rescue unit and the equipment needed to keep Motorsport events as safe as possible throughout the Westcountry and beyond, and we were delighted to contribute to this vital work.

The second presentation was made to Childrens Hospice South West, our chosen charity for 2019. The money came from our Tregrehan Hill Climb in June, as well as the Tombola that we had on the night. The work of this Charity can never be underestimated, and the support they give to families in Cornwall and beyond is vital.

The pictures below were taken on the night by Amy Ewer, and we would like to thank her for capturing the evening on our behalf.

Mike Remnant

Truro and District Motor Club are saddened to report the passing of Mike Remenant during the Christmas period. Mike was a competitor for many years at Tregrehan. Details of his funeral can be found here.

Memories of Mike Remnant by Tony Wood.

“One of my memories of Mike was at one of the Tregrehan hillclimbs in the late 1970′, Mike was driving his supercharged Ralt.  Roger Jordan had set off up the hill followed by Mike, at the top of the avenue near paddock bend the car got away from Mike and he went into one of the trees on the left with an almighty crash.  As clerk of the course I was at the scene very quickly only to find Mike unconscious and slumped in the car, marshals and St Johns Ambulance arrived (we didn’t have a rescue unit in those days) along with the doctor.  Roger Jordan suddenly appeared, he had ran down from the top of the hill and as Mike came round Roger said to him ‘I suppose your chasing squirrels again Remnant’ (Mike had had a squirrel run across the track during a previous run).  That’s how TDMC came to have the Squirrel Cup, which we still award to one of the FTD’s at our Portreath Sprint.  Mike was a great supported of TDMC.  He and Andy Fraser had a ‘Tregrehan Champ’ T shirt which used to change hands when one of them beat the other to claim FTD or break the track record.

In those days we often took a mini bus to the British Grand Prix  and Mike always shared the driving with me, the drives were normally eventful and all roundabout had to driven round at least twice just to wake everyone one up on the overnight journey.”

LeJog 2019 Report

As it was the 25th anniversary running of the LeJog this year the organisers asked if TDMC could possibly run two tests, the normal Cornwall College one and the Land’s End test which we have run a number of times over the years, but the one we ran twenty five year’s ago. This put quite a strain on the club for marshals and I know both John Collins and I struggled to get sufficient to man all the points necessary.

Saturday 7th December was dark, bleak and damp when I arrived at Land’s End at 06.00 to find Geoff Gibson had beat me to it, Geoff had gone down on Saturday afternoon to set out the cones, tape etc., but of course overnight most of the tape had gone. Anyway It was soon finished and we set about signing on the marshals who were all on site before 06.45.
Geoff was assisted with the start control by Derek House who was the club’s chairman when I first got involved in about 1971, not only that but Chris and Joanna Cock maned the finish time control and they were also on the committee at that same time, in fact Joanna was club secretary when I first joined.

As it was the events 25th anniversary the organisers had a very good entry. Car 1 was a 1924 Bentley Le Mans, with a Model A Ford at 2 and a rather noisy 1927 Bentley Super Sport at 3. All open topped and though some did have the canvas hoods. Another five Bentley’s followed in within the top fifteen and a very nice 1938 Chevrolet Fangio Special at 9. You certainly needed to be committed to enter such an event in an open top car, particularly at this time of year. The all lady crew of Susan Holyoake and Claire Lawson in a series 1 Land Rover were running at 14.

It was quite amusing at the start because the organisers issued the competitors with there timecards at TC1 which was inside the Land’s End hotel, but this was only done three minutes prior to their start time of the first test, so we had a number of cars getting ready to line up with drivers tooting their horns trying to hurry up their navigators. When they finally got to the start line some of the navigators had to be reminded to put on their seat belts and one or two to get out the route diagram for the first test.

It was good to see such good a selection of ‘old cars’ from Porches, Triumph TR’s, 2000’s, Rovers, Mk1 Ford Cortinas, Mini’s, Alfa Romeos and Volvo Amazons to name a few.

The Cornish crew of father and son Roger and Tom Bricknell were running at 74 in their Mk1 VW Golf GTi. Tom went off the line very quickly as though he meant business and according to our finish timing crew it certainly appeared as though they were the fastest car through the Land’s End test. We will await the event results with interest.

Many thanks to all the TDMC marshals for turning out at both tests and of course to all the competitors who gave us an entertaining morning.

The MacMillan Grand Tour

The MacMillan Grand Tour and evening soiree at the Alverton Manor Truro Sunday 19th January 2020.
Dennis Greenslade is once again running this event in aid of MacMillan Care, it consists of a classic tour starting from the Alverton Manor and a tour towards North Cornwall with lunch at a castle and return to Alverton Manor. There are some clues to ensure route compliance and is a taster to what one can expect if one enters Dennis’s Cape to Cape Tours. The day is followed by and evening soiree at the Alverton Manor.

For more information please contact Dennis Greenslade on 07584 193007 or

Car Recognition Quiz 2019 – The Results

Car Recognition Quiz 2019 – for the Paul Monro Trophy

The Plume of Feathers Mitchell orangery was once again fully packed with teams competing for the Paul Monro Trophy awarded for the best team last week.
The evening very successfully (as normal) was organised by Nigel and Rose Stephens in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.
Truro Motor Club had three teams entered, ‘All the Gears no Idea’ team made up by Bob Eddy, Phil Sheridan and Paul Deacon, the ‘Watergate’ team made up of Dave Brenton, Roger Hargreaves and Shelly Deacon who was standing in for Chairman John Collins who due to illness could not attend. This did lead to some rivalry between the Deacon family. The third team was Mike Tregoning, Roger Langford and Tony Wood making up the ‘TDMC old Rally Boys’ team.
Triumph Stag Owners Club, Merlin Farms, Cape to Capers, St Austell TR’s and Chris Cocks were regular entries amongst the twenty teams competing.
The quiz had three picture rounds, Pre 1970s, 1970 to 2000 and 2000 to 2019. There was then a break and this was followed with a round entitled ‘The Euros’, this was made up from a power point presentation with more cars and even some marques badges. As normal Nigel and Rose had some very interesting pictures, some reasonably easy and some very hard.

The evening raised a total £705, which was made up from the entry fees, the raffle and included £77 collected from change popped into the pot as people left the venue.
The quiz was won by the St Austell TR’s with 211 points after many years of being second and third, well done to them. Triumph Stag Owners Club and TDMC Old Rally Boys were joint 2nd with 205 points each.
Thank you to all that entered and see you next year.

2019 Car Quiz Final Score Sheet

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