Good Evening Members. With under 3 weeks until the 2014 Awards evening & AGM it’s now time to head over to the payments tab on the website and pay for the meal! http://iowcc.co.uk/payments/ Held at the Chequers in Rookley on Friday 13th March £12.50 will get you a carvery and dessert, if you have any special requirement please let us know! Please can you get your payments in ASAP! The evening will start at 7pm with dinner being served at 7:30, if you just want to come for a drink that’s fine, you will want to be there by 8-8:15. There is still a space on the committee if you would like to be involved in the way the club runs, please get in touch if you wish to put yourself forward! Following the AGM our first event will be at Isle of Wight Pearl on Sunday April the 5th. As previously mentioned we’re going to trial allowing passengers in with the driver at this event! There are a few things you will need to be aware of if you plan to either be a passenger or wish to have a passenger in with you. • Passengers will be charged £6 and need to be either day or full IOWCC members. If you are already signed on as a driver then you will qualify to be a passenger already. They will also need to be over 16. • If you as the driver wish to have a passenger in your car then in accordance with the MSA rules you will have to compete with a passenger for every run on the day. • If you want a passenger in your car, but not for all the runs then you are able to sign on under a second permit for an additional cost of £6. This will then allow you to pick and choose when you have a passenger, you will still only get 6 runs. Hope to see you on the 13th March!
The Isle of Wight Car Club organised a non championship Autotest on the 8th of February.
Unlike the normal forward only autotests run by the club, this event was a real test of driving skills.
Autotesting is one of the most inexpensive motorsports available, As many participants had never taken part in this type of motorsport before, the first course of the day was a simple challenge, however, in the the afternoon a more complicated course was set to test everyones driving skills.
This autotest required participants to show their ability to follow a defined route around a set of cones, stop astride lines and change direction using forward and reverse gears. All this was against the clock, so maintaining momentum to minimise time loss during manoeuvres was essential. Handbrake turns, J turns and reversing were the order of the day.
Dean Long demonstrated some outstanding driving skills, drifting his MX-5 with pin point accuracy and topping the points leader board winning this event with a very respectable 5.1 second lead.
Wayne Hole also in an MX-5 navigated the cones with precision and claimed second place.
Toby Allan borrowed his mums front wheel drive convertible for this event and was rewarded with 3rd place proving that driving skills are more important in this type of event than a powerful car, however, don’t tell his mum.
Those with larger and more powerful cars also showed their driving skills and had an awful amount of fun by drifting cars such as BMWs and a four wheel drive evo around this tight demanding course.
This non Isle of Wight championship round allowed many drivers an opportunity to have a go at a type of motorsport they had never tried before. The overall opinion was that this was a challenging, fun event and a great way to get everyone excited about the upcoming season of forward only autotests organised by the Isle of Wight Car Club.
Well done to the 27 drivers who tried their hand at a proper autotest on Sunday.
Congratulations to Dean who showed us all up.
Many thanks to Allan for photos here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/allans…7650703467351/