Round 6

The Isle of wight car club returned to what must be the most popular unsealed surface venue on the calendar – Atherfield. The flat open grass field offers drivers the freedom to explore the limits of their cars and their driving ability with little chance of damaging their machines.

The day started wet, and it could have been easy to stay at home in front of the TV with the excuse of watching the Wimbledon tennis final, the British grand prix or even prepare for the Euro football final later that evening, however, 29 drivers chose to brave the rain and take part in some grass roots motor sport.

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No strawberries and cream, but, as usual with this location the freshly cut grass makes the first few runs a challenge of not only remembering the course but trying to keep the car on the court. The damp conditions found drivers understeering, under braking and spinning out with the slightest touch of throttle. Added to this the course was a little tricky to remember. Many top ranked players were called “out” with a wrong test in round 1.

By the mid point of the day, a defined track had been worn into the grass for the drivers to follow, however, just like modern Formula 1, if you strayed from the racing line you would end up on the equivalent of the marbles. In this case, if you touched the lush green grass, you would loose grip and your sector times would diminish. Adam Morgan was the most consistent throwing down purple after purple sectors and steadily decreasing his lap time throughout the day.

As always we like to boast that motor sport is neither sexist nor ageist and today we had plenty of our senior members showing the youngsters how it is done and a great turn out of ladies, including new member Kelly Read.


In the second half, the four wheel drive Subaru Imprezas and single seater specials had possession and banging some very quick times into the back of the net. However, respect has to go to Steve Brett who finished 8th in his classic mini, Dean Long who finished 9th in his class 2 MX5 and an amazing performance by last event winner Ricky Shepherd, this time in his unmodified class 1 Rover 45, finishing 10th palace over all.

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However, in the final penalty shootout the fastest lady of the day was Vicky Cox and Adam Morgan claimed 3rd with Will Thomas missing out on a win by only 0.08 of a second. For the 3rd time this season Chris Wilson sprayed the champagne from the top step of the podium with a deserved win.


The moral of the story, don’t sit on the side lines, come and have a go. Membership is only £25 for the year and if you have never had a go at a car club event before, your first event is free. All you need is a valid driving licence and a car that is safe, visit for more details.

The next event is at Haslett Farm on the 24th of July.

IOWCC Have a go at motorsport – Hill Climb

gurston map.001Many members would like to take part on other forms of motor sport but don’t know where to start or what is involved so we created the Annual IOWCC have a go at motor sport event.

This year we asked club members what type of event they would like to take part in and most wanted to have a go at a hill climb.

The isle of wight Car Club have managed to get our club invited to Gurston Down for their final event of the year on the 11th of September.

For those that attended our information night you will have an insight into what is required to take part in this event.

but in short you will need an MSA Non-Race National B Competition License, approved helmet, overalls and gloves (although you could share these with another competitor if you are running in different classes) and depending on what car you use your car may need a few safety features.

if you already know you are good to go you can now enter at – It will ask if you are a member of BARC. Just say yes so it will let you enter.

if you are not sure what is involved please contact the club via the club email or leave a message in the Facebook event page and we will do our best to help.

Ricky’s first event win and a course to remember

With amazing clear blue skies and a temperature in access of 24‘C most people were heading to the beach, however, 34 drivers returned to BAE systems in Northwood for round 5 and the 3rd sealed surface event of the season.

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The high temperatures were playing havoc with many cars and possibly effecting many of the drivers with an incredible 79 wrong tests being performed on the day. However, those that chose tarmac and rubber over sea and sand were rewarded with a great day of grass roots motorsport.

Initially Ryan Munt topped the leader board followed by David Goodwin in his classic mini, however, Ryan’s car had a resurgence of its carburettor issue that saw his car catch fire and confined to the pits for the rest of the day.
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Once competitors got to grips with the course, the class 5 cars took the lead and by the day’s close all top 6 places were either Locosts or single seater specials. Previous championship winner Dan Morgan was looking to take the win in his Sub Zero but was pipped by 2015 ‘Up and Coming’ award winner Ricky Sheppard as he shaved 3 tenths of a second of Dan’s time.

Ricky has been showing good form and his first ever event win was met by plenty of cheer and congratulations from his fellow peers as he sprayed the champagne from the top step of the podium.


Car auto-testing is a very accessible form of Motorsport and open to anyone with a driving licence and a car. For more information on how to take part please visit our website

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The new KING of Knighton

22 drivers entered the Knighton sand pit to compete in round 4 and the second unsealed surface event of the Isle of Wight car club’s motorsport calendar.

Knighton sand pit is the perfect sun trap, so with beautiful clear skies the day offered a mix of dusty hard ground, loose gravel and an area of particularly deep soft sand.

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The type of cars used at these events vary from single seater ex autograss specials to highly modified saloon cars to standard production cars, each have their advantages and disadvantages, however, speed is not as important as memorizing the course and some drivers have a better memory than others.

Marion Brett and Sue Mitchell were the two ladies battling for the honour of the fastest lady of the day. Sue suffered a puncture and a broken handbrake cable in her Fiat Punto during the day but despite this still managed to finish one position behind Marion Brett in her classic mini.

James Robbins put in a great performance in his VW Golf to get ahead of Steve Wells in his four wheel drive turbo Subaru Impreza and Ricky Sheppard astounded his peers by driving his standard Rover 45 to 12th place overall.

The Lower family made another the trip from the mainland to compete at the Isle of Wight car club, but this time they brought a different car – a classic mini that they campaign in autotest events. Their driving skills have always impressed island members and their ability to place this small agile mini exactly where they wanted on the circuit has cemented their respect with fellow drivers.

The battle at the top of the table was nip and tuck between the two class 5 specials of Will Thomas and Chris Wilson, so much so that on the 5th run they both had identical times of 1:25:26. The final run of the day could determine who would be standing on the top of the podium. If both drivers could not improve on their times it would be a draw and they would share the champagne.

Run 6 was a ying yang round for many, the hard surfaces were now dust and stone free thanks to the all the cars that had swept them clean during the day but the sand section had become so soft and deep that many cars struggled to improve their times. Dan Young’s Turbo powered mini broke a driveshaft in round 5 and the Lower family offered him a drive in their mini and he achieved his fastest time of the day to finish 15th. But all eyes were on the top 2, who would win? Will Thomas lined up and put in a blistering first half but for an unknown reason his motorbike powered special stopped and would not start.

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With no more chances to improve his time it was all down to Chris. After winning at this venue at the last unsealed surface event Chris was on form and dominated all by smashing over a second off his best time of the day. He truly is the new King of Knighton.

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The next event is a sealed surface event at BAE systems on the 5th of June.

A full list of results and more information on how to take part, can be found on the Isle of Wight car club website

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12932590_1258669674162233_2197407870524151354_nPlease note we have had to make a change to the calendar due to planned harvest at Atherfield farm being put back due to the bad weather.

We have swapped the venues for round 5 and 6 so

on the 5th of June we will be at BAE and Atherfield will be on the 10th of July.

Sorry for any inconvenience but at least we still get to go motor racing smile emoticon

IOWCC have a go at a Hillclimb information night

IOWCC Annual Motorsport Experience Event

2016 Hurston Down Hill Climb

Some of you may have taken part in the IOWCC Facebook poll where we suggested that it would be a great annual event to offer club members a chance to try a different type of motorsport. The options included drag racing, Sprinting, trackday etc and the majority voted for taking part in a hill climb.

So we are inviting club members to join us and have a go at the world famous Gurston Down on the 11th of September.

Competing in a hill climb event is a little more involved than a normal IOWCC event, you car will need to pass a stricter scrutineering and you will need to have or borrow an approved motorsport helmet and racing overalls etc.trackmap

The Club is hoping to subsidise this event for club members in some form or other, maybe towards your entry fee or maybe a ferry discount.

It just so happens that club members the Greenen family who you may know from campaigning their white classic mini 1275GT mini have been very successfully competing in hill climb events in the last 2 years
On the 20th of May at 8pm at the Camphill prison social club Chris, Adam or Andy Greenen are more than happy to discuss what is involved in taking part in the event in September and how to prepare your car and what kit you will need.
The bar will be open so not only will this be an insight to anyone who is interesting in taking part in this years motorsport experience event, it will also be a good social.

If you are interested please come along but please let us know by saying you are going to this facebook event as we need to confirm names and numbers with the Camphill Prison Social Club ASAP.

Ryan Munt is on Fire


35 drivers entered the Isle of Wight Car Club 3rd round and the second sealed surface event of 2016, held at BAE Systems in Northwood.

This venue is a favourite among members and spectators alike. This huge open area has plenty of run off, which allows drivers to push their cars and driving abilities to the limit and beyond in a safe environment. Spectacular drifting and smoking tyres are the order of the day.

Drivers are required to memorize a simple course set out using traffic cones. Each driver has six attempts to produce their perfect run, however, there are no natural features at this venue, so many drivers use their first run as a sighting lap to help memorize the course.

They then take it in turn to drive the course and better their time. Touching a cone incurs a time penalty, so in this case, points don’t mean prizes.


There was a fantastic turn out of lady drivers at this event. It was great to see new member Leanne Arnold and the return of Zoe Henry who was over 5 seconds faster than Mark Henry in their shared MX5. Marion Brett and Sue Mitchell are both experienced drivers at the club but had no answer for the domination of Vicky Cox in her Peugeot 205. With 2 sealed surface event wins in a row, Vicky has her sights firmly fixed on retaking the ladies’ trophy at the end of the year.

During round 1 Ryan Munt threw down the gauntlet with a devastating time of 47:79 seconds, all other drivers were posting times of 50 seconds or more, all except Dan Morgan who retorted with a time of 48:87. Ricky Sheppard was the 3rd fastest driver and this is where he stayed for the rest of the day finishing on the 3rd step of the podium.

Dan Morgan struggled to improve his times as the day progressed and eventually Steve Wells stole second place from him in round 3 and refused to allow any other driver to stand on the second step of the podium.

During round 3 Ryan Munt’s car caught fire. The bad news was that his car had to be retired but the good news was his 2nd run of the day was so fast that it was unbeaten by the rest of the field and was the overall fastest time of the day, allowing him to remain on the top step of the podium.

Does anyone have what it takes to stop Ryan from winning 2 championships in a row? This man is on fire……..literally  🙂

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Round 2 – Knighton Sand pit

32 drivers competed at the Isle of Wight Car Club’s first unsealed surface event of 2016, held at Knighton sand pit

This is grass roots motor sports at its best. Drivers are required to memorize a simple course set out using traffic cones and the natural features of the venue. They then take it in turn to drive the course and better their time. Touching a cone incurs a time penalty, so it is just as much a test of driving skill as speed.

This venue twists its way through giant piles of broken tarmac left over from the island’s road resurfacing and multi coloured cliffs of quarried sand.  This not only creates a spectacular backdrop for the event but also provides a mix of challenging surfaces for the drivers to contend with. Gravel, grit, deep soft sand and even a water splash have to be mastered to stand on the podium at the end of the day.

Each driver has six attempts to produce their perfect run. Round one proved difficult for many. Remembering the course was the first challenge and the second was that the loose stones on the surface of the track acted like little marbles. The reduced grip was not conducive of a fast time but produced some dramatic drifting on the corners.

The cars used are varied and in this environment one would assume that four wheel drive would be the weapon of choice and indeed 7 competitors were driving 4wd Subaru Imprezas, however, these cars are heavy and initially Steve Brett led the field in his front wheel drive classic mini, proving power to weight ratio coupled with driving skill cannot be underestimated.

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By the mid day point, the small stones were being swept away as each car passed, providing traction for the more powerful cars. Now the lightweight rear wheel drive cars of Will Thomas and Chris Wilson were trading places at the top of the leader board.

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You don’t need a performance car to compete at one of these events and a lot of enjoyment can be had from using a normal road car. Ian Jones and Joe Booth experienced a great day of motor sport in their shared MGF, as well as Joshua Jacobs in his MG ZR180 and Dean Long as always drove his standard MX5 with amazing skill to obtain 7th place overall.


Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 07.37.02The ladies of the Isle of Wight Car Club are very competitive and often show the chaps how it is done. At this event Jill Broomfield drove behind the wheel of the mk1 Ford Escort rally car of John and Dan Cheek as her normal car was out of action. On that note, Sue Mitchell was faster than John Cheek  in her Fiat Punto and Marion Brett was the fastest lady of the day in her classic mini, achieving 18th place overall.

With the sand section becoming deeply rutted at the end of the day, the 4wd cars came charging up the leader board and displacing the lighter 2wd cars, all except Chris Wilson who stood on the top step of the podium at the events close to be crowned the event winner. Dan Morgan claimed 2nd place by producing his best time of the day on his final run in the car he shares with his brother Ben Morgan who came 3rd.



Another day of successful and enjoyable motorsport on the Isle of Wight. The next event will be a tarmac event at BAE systems in Northwood on the 24th of April. If you would like to see a full list of results and information on how to compete at a future event please visit the relevant sections of this website for more details.

Round 1 Ventnor Botanic Garden

Event report by Adam Weller – Motorsport Journalist & Commentator

For the second year in a row the Isle of Wight Car Club competitors took over the Ventnor Botanic Garden last Sunday. For one weekend every year, the often quiet and relaxing crown jewel of Ventnor plays home to one of the most challenging and picturesque Autotest venues in Britain.
History often repeats itself in motorsport, and this event was no different, with Ryan Munt scoring his second consecutive overall and class five win at this wonderful venue with a time of 67.00 seconds behind the wheel of his Locost. The former 750MC Locost Championship competitor and 2015 Isle of Wight Car Club champion only completed three runs over the course of the day, showing pace and confidence that could be tough to beat in 2016.
Ricky Shepard was second overall in his Locost, over three seconds behind Ryan with a time of 70.61 seconds. Expect to see Ricky challenge for wins throughout 2016 as he learns the ins and outs of his relatively new machine.
Matthew Price, the winner in Class Four, took third overall in his Mazda MX5 with an impressive time of 71.31. He was followed by Chris Greenen, who took fourth overall and Class Three honours in his Mini with a 72.89.
Daryl Turner rounded out the overall top five and took Class Two honours in his spare Mazda MX5 after the car he regularly shares with Dean and Tony Long blew a differential early in the day. His time was a 73.49, an incredibly strong performance for a standard car.
Nick Morter took the Class One victory in his Mini, while Vicky Cox beat Sue Mitchell to the honours for fastest lady of the day.
A venue as challenging as Ventnor Botanic Garden often creates drama for even the most experienced competitors. Dan Morgan learnt this after a mistake left his Sub Zero kit car damaged beyond repair after the second run, and Steve Wells also ended his day early after his Locost began to leak oil.
The team of Charlie and Kevin Lower from Brighton wowed spectators and fellow competitors by threading their R33 Nissan Skyline around the narrow course. As this event grows in prestige, we can expect more competitors from further afield to take on the unique venue.
The Isle of Wight Car Club’s second round of the season, also the first Unsealed Surface event of 2016, takes place at Knighton Sandpit on the 3rd of April. To learn more, go to our events page.

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Birthday celebrations at the AGM and awards night

This year the car club’s annual event where club members can voice their opinion on how the club is run, the election of committee members and presentation of awards from the previous year of motor sport just happened to fall on the current sealed surface champion and overall champion Ryan Munt’s birthday.

The Chequers Inn was host to the event and provided an all you can eat carvery and desert before the proceedings started. Dean Long must have been hungry or he has taken up competitive eating as his plate was stacked particularly high.

The club secretary – Toby Allen took to the stage to explain to members that the club was in good form with growing membership and that we have a few plans for 2016. These include another joint event with the Motion Status Group (formerly IOW Stance) and that the club would like to begin an annual mainland motor sport away day where the club will introduce an opportunity to try a different type of motor sport each year, for example sprinting, drag racing, hill climbing etc. Suggestions for this year’s event are welcome. If you have any suggestions please contact the club via email. The club are also always on the look out for venues for sealed and unsealed events, again if you have any ideas for new locations please let us know.

Club treasurer – Steve Wells announced that the club has made a very small profit last year, however, expenditure has been high with having to buy 4 new marshal radios totaling just over £500, 3 new crash helmets for club members to use, cones and fence spikes etc. Due to the MSA no longer allowing us to provide day membership we have had to create a new entry fee system. Membership stays at £25 per year and event fees will now be £12 if you pay in advance via pay pal on the web site or £14 if you enter on the day. This is still one of the cheapest forms of motor sport available with many other mainland clubs charging £60 – £80 entry for the same type of event. If you know anyone who would like to take part in a car club event who has never done so before, all they need is to pay their year’s membership and their first event will be free.

The awards started with trophies and shields being presented to winners by club president Terry Weaver.

The trophy allocation system is a little complicated but effectively there are awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for each class in sealed surface and unsealed surface, plus nice big trophies for sealed surface champion, unsealed surface champion and overall champion.

There were a few people who were surprised to have won an award including John Cooper for 3rd place in class 2 unsealed surface and Ricky Sheppard for best up and coming driver for giving many top drivers a run for their money at the top of the leader board.

Adam Morgan came home with the highest placed rookie award, James Robbins was presented with the marshals award for all the hard work and dedication he puts into the timing in the race control trailer during events and Kevin Richardson was awarded with the Ray Bell shield for his contribution to the club in the form of the video event reports.

Highest placed lady of the year was presented to Jill Broomfield and Marion Brett achieved 2nd place in class 3 USS. We have a fantastic group of ladies competing at car club and the option of a ladies championship was dismissed by our female competitors in favor of more acknowledgment of their achievements. From now on you will hear a lot more about our ladies and Jill defending her title in 2016.

The unsealed surface champion trophy went to a well deserved Dan Morgan, who along with his brothers dominated the dirt in their Subaru.

Ryan Munt’s table was already groaning under the weight of trophies and a birthday cake but he had to make even more room when he stepped up to collect the sealed surface trophy and the coveted overall champion trophy.
2nd place overall went to Dan Morgan and full respect has to go to Chris Wilson for coming 3rd overall in his class 5 special that he used in both sealed and unsealed events.

2015 event winners were presented with trophies created from the new car club grill badges mounted on wooden plinths. These badges have been faithfully recreated from the original sand cast badges available to club members back in the 1960s.
If you would like one of these new grill badges for the front of your pride and joy you can purchase these for a bargain price of £10.

All in all, a great evening out and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate members’ success in 2015. Lets look forward to 2016.

Round one of the car club’s 2016 championship will be sealed surface, held at the Ventnor Botanic Garden on the 20th of March. This was the highlight of 2015 and this year the garden are opening up the grounds for free, so that spectators can enjoy a day’s motor sport within the beautiful gardens. All they ask in return is a donation to help maintain their amazing collection of plants and trees.

Thank you to Allan Marsh for his images and continuous commitment.