Pre Autocross Scrutineering

John Taylor and 4 other Southsea Club officials have agreed to attend our Isle of Wight Car Club USS Autotest event on the 16th July at Duxmore Farm.

Keith will assist Brian Robbins with scrutineering our  event and check vehicles for eligibility and answer any technical questions with regards the forth coming Isle of Wight Autocross in August.

So if you have a car and want the reassurance that it will be eligible for Autocross, bring it along to our USS event on the 16th July at Duxmore Farm.

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Autocross on the Isle of Wight Q&A Meeting

Thanks to Southsea Motor Club in conjunction with the Isle of Wight Car Club we are proud to announce that Autocross is coming to the Isle of Wight in 2017.
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The Syd Taylor IOWCC Autocross will be held at Duxmoore Farm on the 12th and 13th of August.

What is Autocross? Imagine a mixture of our usual Unsealed Surface events, however, over several laps, at much higher speeds and with multiple cars on the course at one time.

This event is held over 2 days with plenty of practice and competitive runs. With many competitors coming from the mainland for this national event, this is an amazing opportunity to try this exciting form of motor sport.

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What do you need to compete?

You will need an MSA National B competition licence, fire proof overalls and an in date helmet.

You will be able to compete with any car as there are many different classes, however, some modifications such as harness and mudguards must be fitted.

Beyond this we as a club are unsure of the finer details required to compete, but John Taylor from the Southsea Motor Club has volunteered to come to the island to help answer all our questions.

This meeting is open to all
and will be held at
Camp Hill Community Sports Club
(just off Forest Road – google it)
Friday the 28th of April at 8pm.
The bar will be open and they don’t close until 1am so it should also be a great social.

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Round 2 Knighton Sand Pit

28 drivers competed in the 1st unsealed surface event of the Isle of Wight Car Club 2017 season held at Knighton Sandpit.

This venue is known to be a horrible sticky mess when it is wet and a dust bowl when it is dry. It had rained leading up to this event, however, race day produced one of the hottest days of the year so far.

This combination of weather created a very mixed track for the competitors to deal with. The upper sections were loose and dusty, while the lower sections had very soft sand and the dips in the track contained muddy pools of water.

Scrutineering at the club has a new format for 2017. All drivers wanting to compete must now present their car to the scrutineering tent on the start line before 9.30am. This system works very well, not only does it make Brian’s job a lot easier it also seems to be a great place to stand and watch each car having its pre-event safety checks.

The course for the day was not particularly difficult to remember, however, it did involve several loops covering the same part of the venue. The trick was to remember which loop you were on. Many drivers did not do enough loops or did too many, and this continued throughout the day.

Round 1 was the domain of the class 5 cars. 2016 USS champion Chris Wilson set the standard for the day in his car engine single seater special, followed by Kevin Richardson in his newly acquired autograss mini and Andy Williams in his single seater special powered by a motorbike engine.

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In round 2 the Morgan family, driving their AWD Impreza, were now pushing hard and challenging Chris. The only other AWD car was driven by Steve Wells, however, his car had mechanical issues, with both Maf sensor and Knock sensor faults. Due to this, Steve missed round 3 as during this time he was robbing parts off of the Morgan’s spare car in an attempt to fix it.

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Class 2 is normally flooded with front engine rear wheel drive MX5s, however, there were non today. A new breed of class 2 car was kicking up dirt around the sand pit, this time rear wheel drive mid engine cars. Josh Finch was driving his MGF and Joe Moore in his Toyota MR2. Both these standard cars performed well in these challenging conditions.

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Class 3 as usual is dominated by classic minis and this year there is money at stake. After finding Steve Brett and Dan Young envisioning who would be the fastest, Andy Williams persuaded them to take a £10 bet on who would be the highest placed mini in 2017.

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Joining class 3 was new member Lorna Lee. Lorna had a successful first outing driving her Suzuki Alto with no wrong tests and reducing her times with each run.

By run 4 Ricky Sheppard found his mojo in his 2017 weapon of choice, a class 4 Peugeot 205 that he shared with James and Brian Robbins. Ricky had great success in his class 1 Rover 45 last year and expectations are high to see what he can achieve this year.

New for 2017 we have a sponsor for our podium. Grange Chine Service Station will be supplying Champagne (bucks fizz) for everyone on the podium and the flowers that are presented to the fastest lady of the day. So, visit Grange Chine Service Station on the military road for all your road and competition car needs.

Marion Brett claimed the flowers for the fastest lady of the day with only 3/10th of a second lead in a very close battle with Sue Mitchell.

At the close of the day, there was a clear divide between the front runners and the rest of the pack. With his best result to date, Dave Morgan claimed the 3rd step on the podium. Sibling rivalry ensured 2016 SS and over all champion Dan Morgan put his younger brother in his place by claiming the 2nd step with an astonishing 5.14 seconds lead.

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However, both had to submit to the superior force of the King of Knighton Chris Wilson, who not only claimed the top spot but did so with an additional 1.39 seconds lead over second place.

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Is there anyone who can challenge this man in 2017?

Our next event is a sealed surface event at the Isle of Wight College on the 9th of April.

Remember to present your car to the scrutineering tent and sign on with your entry form by 9.30. See you there.

Round 1 SS Ventnor Botanic Garden

28 drivers returned to the Ventnor Botanical Garden for another day of grass roots motorsport.

Due to restrictions on the type of event that the club can run, this year’s event was confined to the top car park of the gardens. The restricted space, combined with the inclement weather resulted in a very slippery and technical course.

This twisty course had many drivers worried that they would not remember where to drive and with 12 of the 28 drivers that competed during the day performing a wrong test on their first outing, they were not wrong.

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Wayne Hole not only correctly remembered the course but was also the fastest driver in round one piloting John Coopers remarkable MX5 powered VW Golf in a time of 40.67 seconds.

Run 2 saw more MX5 domination, this time in the hands of Dean Long, his usual flowing style producing a time of 37.71 seconds. However, soon after, Kevin Richardson set the standard for the day in his classic mini producing a time of 35.49. This 2 second lead was instantly under threat as it only took run 3 for Ricky Sheppard to join the fight, producing a time 2 10ths of a second from the lead.

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This tight course was extremely challenging for many drivers, front wheel drive cars were having to master the use of the handbrake turn, rear wheel drive cars needed to light up their rear tyres just to get around the tight 360 cone. Resect must go to Mark Hill in his Mitsubishi Evo, this being an all wheel drive car, he had to master all of these just to thread this monster sized car around the cones.

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The ladies were also battling for the honor to be the fastest lady of the day. Hope Wallis and Sue Mitchel initially struggled to remember the course and swapped positions on the leader board through the day. Marion Brett on the other hand showed everyone why she held the trophy for the fastest lady in 2016 by not only remembering the course but consistently improving her times throughout the day and was presented with the flowers at the days close.

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The only real mechanical fatality during the day was the suspension of Adam Morgan’s Locost. The good news is he continued the event in the Greenen’s classic 1275GT mini to finish 10th place overall and he is now in the running to win a new trophy for the best mechanical failure that will be awarded at the 2018 AGM.

By run 5 Ricky had taken the lead from Kevin by 7 10ths of a second and this is how it stayed as in round 6 Ricky could not improve on his time and Kevin incurred time penalties due to striking cones.

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2016 sealed surface and overall champion Dan Morgan who had been plagued with wrong tests and time penalties throughout finally produced some quality times in round 5 and 6 to claim the 3rd step onthe podium.

17238659_10155026308065070_392490603_nThe next event on the Isle of Wight Car Club calendar is an unsealed surface event at Knighton sand pit on the 26th of March. Don’t forget to complete your entry form in advance.

 

AGM

Come and enjoy a meal with your fellow car club members followed by the AGM and club awards.

It this evening (3rd of March) Arrive at 7 for a 7:30 meal or arrive at 8:30 for the AGM and awards 🙂 see you at the cheques inn

You can buy your ticket for the meal, via Pay Pal in the payments section of the club website

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Winter non championship event

On the 19th of Feb, the Isle of Wight Car Club held their annual winter non-championship event at BAE Systems in Northwood. The club always tries to do something a little different than the normal competition format and this year’s event consisted of a simple course set between cones that drivers had to navigate in one direction for 3 runs and the remaining 3 runs in the opposite direction. All six runs were added together and the driver with the lowest combined time would be crowned the winner.

With every run counting, drivers were very reluctant to drive the course without being confident where they were going as a wrong test would instantly place them at the bottom of the leader board.

Not everyone was at this event to be competitive, many used it as a shake down session to test their cars for the upcoming season or just wanted an excuse to shred some tyres on this open twisty course.

The ladies had an interesting battle, Marion Brett in her Classic mini and Hope Wallis in her mk7 Ford Fiesta were placing competitive times, although, both performed one wrong test. New member and first time competitor Josie Collins, however, was precise and consistent driving her classic mini and thanks to this, leapfrogged both Marion and Hope in the leader board to claim the flowers as the fastest lady of the day.

This was not a specific drift event but you would have been mistaken for thinking so. The amount of tyre smoke produced from rear wheel drive cars choosing to navigate the cones in a sideways fashion provided lots of entertainment, not only for the drivers but also for the onlooking crowd.

One such driver was new member Adam Pomeroy who was not shy in using his immaculate Skyline to its true potential. With the rise in popularity of forced induction Mx5s and other driver orientated cars, expect to see more of this style of driving in 2017.

Father and son duo of Chris and Adam Greenen were super quick right from the start. Their distinctive 1275GT may have been giving up power to the larger cars but more than made up this deficit with plenty of grip, lifting a rear wheel on the tight corners. These two traded places during the day but in the end, Chris had to settle for the 3rd step on the podium as Adam pipped him to second place by only 4 tenths  of a second.

But the driver of the day was Ricky Sheppard, who consistently laid down very quick runs without a single mistake and finished on the top step of the podium with a combined lead of over 11 seconds.

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The next event is round one of the Isle of Wight Car Club’s 2017 championship held within the top car park of the Ventnor Botanic Garden. The format of this event has been changed from previous years and if you can attend the club’s AGM and awards evening at the Chequers Inn on the 3rd of March all will be explained. You can find more details on how you can attend both of these events on the club’s website www.iow.co.uk. Keep in touch with latest updates by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

2017 annual dinner AGM and awards night – March 3rd

The car clubs annual dinner AGM and awards night will be held at the Chequers Inn at Rookely.
Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30 meal,
after this will be the AGM where you can voice your opinion with regards to the clubs future and discuss the changes for the 2017 season
once this is complete we will be awarding trophy’s

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Its a great evening out, if you would like to join in with the meal it will cost £12.50 per person for the 2 course carvery, payable in advance via pay pal on the clubs web site.

Try a new Motor sport in 2017

try-a-new-motorsport-banner-2-001Last year we had the idea to start –  Try a new motor sport day. Have you ever wanted to take part in a different type of motorsport but never known how, what is needed or just did not want to do it on your own? Well this is for you.
Every year we plan to organise a club trip to take part in a different form of Motorsport on the mainland.
In 2016 we went Hill climbing at Gurston down and it has now become an annual fixture.
We have plenty of club members with experience that can hold our hands and tell us what we need to do. We will hopefully be able to get a discount of ferry fares.

However, before we even think about starting this new event we need to know what type of motorsport you would like to try?

so please if you are able visit the event on our Facebook page or email the club with your suggestions.

Once we have a good feel of what people want we will find a date that fits into our car club calendar.

This is going to be fun 🙂