Registration is now open for the 2016 Truro Speed Academy. Download the registration form from the 2016 academy page here.
Results for the AutoSOLO on the 28th February are now available to download.
Congratulations for Niall for winning the FTD. And well done to all Class Winners.
This was the first round of the TDMC AutoSOLO championship so anyone who signed up BEFORE the start of the event will receive any points scored.
2015 saw the second year of the Tregrehan Speed Hillclimb Academy. Following feedback from the first year competitors, and with the kind agreement of our friends at Camel Vale Motor Club and Newquay Auto Club, we were able to offer eight academy rounds. As well as the four rounds at Tregrehan in June and October, academy members were also able to compete at Castle in July and the Treloy Sprints in August and September at the same subsidised entry rate.
Once again before the first event in June, TDMC organised a mentoring session at Bradley Motors, Scorrier to discuss paperwork and car preparation, and hill walks at both Tregrehan and Castle. Unfortunately, due to access restrictions, Treloy could not be visited except on the actual event days. Our thanks to David Robertson-Wells, Mr and Mrs Hudson and South West Water for access to these venues.
The fifteen new speed competitors from the academy lined up with experienced hillclimbers in June. The mentors and Andrew Dinner were on hand to answer any queries and concerns, and such is the camaraderie amongst competitors, everyone competing made our academy members most welcome at their first event.
After the practice runs, everyone was able to improve on the times they set throughout the weekend. The Castle events were a tale of two contrasting days. The Saturday was fine throughout, but Sunday proved to be very wet and challenging for old and new competitors alike. Treloy also had its challenges, but everyone took them in their stride as their experience and confidence grew with each run taken.
Once all the times were analysed, the best improver, and winner of the Treburley Garage Trophy 2015, was Liam Brokenshire. Our congratulations to Liam, and all the academy members, for making this year another very successful one. Photos by Dave Brenton of Liam receiving the championship award from David Richards and the 2015 academy group with David Richards outside The Alverton at our awards lunch. We look forward to welcoming a new group of competitors for 2016. More info on our website here: www.trurodmc.co.uk
report by Jeremy Thomas
Truro and District Motor Club again organised their popular AutoSOLO Championship in 2015. Now in its third year, fifteen competitors registered, including both our previous winners, to contest the nine rounds held at Cornwall College Camborne.
Events ran throughout the year, with rounds held in either the Holman or Penhaligon car parks. The first event in March, was entered by all fifteen championship competitors, with Niall Heywood taking the FTD honours. As the year progressed, the competition for first place was keenly fought between Niall Heywood, Jason Metters and the 2013 championship winner Mark Crowle. At the conclusion of the final round in November, and with an impressive record of six championship round wins, including five FTD results, Niall Heywood emerged victorious.
Final standings were;
1st Niall Heywood 86 points
2nd Jason Metters 77.25 points
3rd Mark Crowle 72.75 points
Congratulations to everyone who competed in 2015. We hope to welcome you back for the 2016 Championship.
Sunday 7 February
Sunday 28 February
B/H Monday 28 March
Entry forms and ASR’s are available at: Autosolo Page
report by Jeremy Thomas
With 22 enthusiastic drivers, this fancy dress event proved very exciting. John Collins came up with two new courses, especially designed for this taster event. The four newbies, or virgins as John prefers to call them, all enjoyed the courses, and showed that they could certainly handle their cars.
It must be fitting that the only person prepared to make themselves look silly in a super-hero Batman outfit was Alistair Barnes who did eventually gain Fastest Time of Day overall. Also showing a great example, in an under-powered Ford Ka, was John himself, who really did drive his vehicle as fast as he could around both courses on all six runs.
Everyone drove to the best of their abilities so I will mention the class leaders. Wayne Grimshaw did miracles in his under-powered Nova by taking top place in group 1. Paul Deacon, in his BMW, took the lead place in group 2 by his great consistent driving. After Alistair Barnes took FTD in group 3, (well he was Batman, after all), came Adam Barnes, only half a minute overall behind Batman. Group 4 saw Marek Wojciehowski in his Toyota MR2 take top place in group 4.
Other drivers that deserve a mention, who gave very spirited examples of how to drive your car fast, were Ted Chalcraft in his very fast Toyota Celica, Ross Dodds in his Subaru Impreza Estate and of course Niall Heywood in his MX5 and Jason Metters in another MX5. All these drivers were very entertaining to watch and we thank them for showing us their driving expertise.
On behalf of Truro and District Motor Club, may I take this opportunity to thank all the many helpers, marshals and drivers that over the past year have helped to make our AutoSOLOs the success that they have been. A special thanks must go out to John, Jeremy, Manda, Richard and Lesley, who seem to be present at everything that we organise. Without your help, we would have no events to run.
report by Allen Iggulden
For more infomation about upcoming AutoSOLOs Click HERE.
Truro and District Motor Club was blessed with fine weather all weekend for the last Cornish speed hill climb of 2015. All the drivers were keen to improve on their times throughout both days of the weekend. There were a great number of very spirited attempts at the record, none as good though as Mike Lee, in his OMS 200M 1585cc single seater racing car, or Phil Montgomery-Smith in his Fisher Fury 1299cc highly tuned sports car . Saturday saw Phil within just under a second of Mike Lee’s time, and Sunday saw Phil improve to within just half a second from the fastest time of the day. FTD on Saturday went to Mike Lee with 17.78 seconds and Phil Montgomery-Smith on 18.61 seconds. Sunday’s fastest times were Mike Lee again, reducing his time to 17.46 seconds, but Phil was closer on his heels at 18.02 seconds. Despite several spectacular “offs”, there were no injuries and not too much damage either. The many spectators present were treated to some excellent examples of how to drive a car fast up a hill. Almost everyone managed to steadily improve on their times as the start line dried out over the weekend and bravado and superior driving experience shone through showing the great skills needed in controlling a car at high speed. All in all, the weekend was a wonderful success. The food outlets were more popular than ever, now being in the paddock. The improved entrance to the spectators’ car-park, and the redesigned top entrance to the paddock were also appreciated by everyone. There were many favourable comments from the drivers and spectators as to the running of the event. Credit goes to Richard Weeks, Clerk of the Course,Lesley Weeks, Secretary of the Meeting, Jeremy Thomas, Entries Secretary who also co-ordinated the signing on, and to David Robertson-Wells for organising all the marshals. Many thanks to all the marshals and officials for making the event a success.
Results on the website: www.trurodmc.co.uk/tregrehan.phpReport
by Allen Iggulden.
Vincent Firman has uploaded videos of the AutoSOLO on the the 8th October to his Youtube channel.