This years Christmas bash will be at the Bargman’s Rest at Newport quay on the 9th of December at 7pm. You will be able to order from the menu. If you would like to come please let a committee member know at the next event so that we reserve a large enough table.
Healey weekend report
Saturday’s event was held at BAE Systems in Northwood. This venue allows drivers to push the limits of traction as there is plenty of room in this large spacious car park. Large sweeping bends and 360 turns proved a great playground for drivers who wanted to drift their cars in a safe and legal environment.
From round 1 there were a hand full of drivers who were not messing around and looking for a fast time. Steve Wells led the charge followed by Ricky Sheppard in their Locost specials and Gary Wetherrick just behind in his fantastic little modified class 3 Suzuki Cappuccino.
The success of this little Suzuki has prompted another Cappuccino (Babyccino) to be seen competing, this time an unmodified car driven in class 1 by Dean Masterton, Dean Taylor and new member Kelly Wetherrick who was one of three ladies competing at this event alongside Josie Greenen and Marion Brett who were both campaigning their classic Minis and battling for the title of fastest lady of the day.
Class 2 consisted of a selection of unmodified cars over 1400cc such as Josh Finch’s MGF but mostly MX5s with Wayne Hole being the fastest of the bunch finishing this first day in 12th place overall.
Adam Greenen outperformed his father to be the fastest in class 3 in their classic Mini followed by Dave Goodwin who only just made the event after his Mini refused to start that morning.
On Saturday the top 3 cars were all class 5 cars with Chris Wilson on the 3rd step of the podium. Steve Wells was only 0.2 seconds ahead but this gave him second place. However, Ricky Sheppard with an amazing lead of 1.29 seconds not only claimed victory but had a substantial lead going into Sunday’s event.
Sunday’s event was held at the Isle of Wight College. This tight car park is a huge contrast to Saturday’s event, with falling leaves covering the twisty path lined by concrete curbs and trees. This is an unforgiving venue and drifting and showboating is only for the skilled, brave or stupid. Mark Hill is definitely one of the former descriptions and stupid is not one of them. His dramatic tyre smoking antics in his class 4 EVO were rewarded with the trophy for most entertaining driver of the weekend.
Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc and this year has seen the popularity of the Subaru hit new highs thanks to the increased involvement of the Isle of Wight Subaru Owners Club. One of these is new member Andrew Richardson who campaigned his very nice 2 ltr Sport GX wagon and despite damaging the suspension after hitting a curb, still enjoyed his weekend and has vowed to return. One of the highlights of the day was to sit in the passenger seat of the class 4 winner Dean Long in his rally prepared WRX RA.
Adam Morgan blew up the engine in his class 5 Locost on Sunday and Dan Morgan being the kind brother he is let him drive his. However, Adam Crashed it, ruining Dan’s hope of a podium finish. Chris Wilson also had engine issues but still managed to be fast enough to again stand on the 3rd step. Ryan Munt came out of retirement driving Steve Wellsâ€™ car and stood on the 2nd step but no-one had an answer for Ricky Sheppard’s performance as he again dominated his competitors and not only won Sunday’s event but his combined lead over the weekend of 4.02 seconds secured him the beautiful Turbine Trophy.
Marion Brett was the fasted lady of not only Sunday but also the weekend and there were awards presented to class winners. Class 1 went to Dean Taylor, class 2 to Wayne Hole, class 3 to Adam Greenen, class 4 to Dean Long and class 5 went to our event winner Ricky Sheppard.
The next event is the final event of the year held on the 26th of November at Fort Street Carpark in Sandown.
15 members of the Isle of Wight Car Club joined the Farnborough and District Motor Club at the at their Sprint Royale on the 8th of October.
The connection between the FDMC and the IOWCC started back in the summer of 2017 when the island hosted a round of the Southern County Autocross Championship.
So they could compete at this island event, many members of the IOWCC joined the MSA and obtained their class B licence, purchased the regulation helmet, overalls and gloves.
The Isle of Wight Autocross was a complete success and it looks like the island will become a destination in the years to come for future events.
Now armed with the necessary licence and safety equipment to compete in MSA speed events, the IOWCC became an invited club at the FDMC Sprint Royale.
The up take for this event by IOWCC members exceeded all expectations and the range of cars that members competed in were varied and included everything from standard unmodified MX5s to highly modified production cars, stage rally cars and a smattering of LoCost circuit racing specials.
Many members had never competed in such an event before and the FDMC made every effort to ensure all that took part had a positive first experience of sprinting.
The IOWCC also produced some pleasing results at this event.
Mike Hughes placed 10th overall and 2nd in class 8 in his Lotus elise. Toby Allan placed 9th overall driving his highly modified MX5 and won class 5 with a substantial lead and finally Steve Wells in his Locost won his class and came 5th overall. This was a fantastic achievement and he was only stopped from placing higher by much more powerful machinery that included 2 Radicals, a Nissan GTR and a monster of a Mitsubishi EVO 6.
With the seeds now firmly sowed and the interest in speed events growing within the IOWCC, I can guarantee there will be many members campaigning at sprints and hill climbs throughout the country in 2018 and the IOWCC are continuing to look into the feasibility of running their own speed event on the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight Car Club would like to thank the Farnborough and District Car Club for all their support in 2017 and look forward to further motor sport links together in the future.
Mud, mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood
So follow me, follow, down to Knighton
And there let us wallow in glorious mud
Round 10 being an USS event was originally scheduled to be at the ever popular Atherfield, however, due to a very wet start to autumn the flat grass field became flooded and a last minute venue change was required. Thankfully the owners of Knighton sandpit are always accommodating and the day was saved.
With the bad weather and change of venue, the number of competitors was a little disappointing but the competition and action was still fierce.
Josh Finch was the only car in class 2 and was driving his MGF, gaining 50 class points and 42 overall points. Josh not only enjoyed a day of grass roots motor sport but also went home with plenty of points towards his championship total.
Marion Brett and Steve Brett were also the only competitors in class 3, however not the only classic mini, as Dan Young was campaigning his newly acquired class 5 autocross classic mini.
Steve Glass should have also been in class 5 in his highly anticipated rear engine Fiat Cinquecento, however, quite wisely chose not to perform its initial shake down at Knighton. Instead he used his trusty Toyota Corolla, he was joined in class 4 by Steve Wells sharing Ricky Sheppard’s 205, with the latter claiming class honours.
Chris Lee struggled to master the twisty course in his class 5 special and incurred quite a few wrong tests for not driving around the course in the right order. He went, however, not as spectacularly wrong as Dan Young who after queuing up and watching (or apparently not) each car start ahead of him turn left, he turned right. As funny as this was for the spectators Dan soon mastered the course and was challenging Andy Williams in his class 5 special for the overall lead of the event.
Not a single competitor finished the day without either a wrong test, time penalty or a DNF and every point was hard earned in these challenging conditions.
After the final run, Steve Brett took possession of the 3rd step of the podium with Andy Williams in 2nd. Dan Young wowed his peers by taking his first event win with an astonishing 1.43 second lead and celebrated by drinking his Champagne from his wellington boot.
The next event is also the final Unsealed Surface event of the year and will also be held at Knighton Sand pit on the 22nd of October.
A treasure hunt is a non times event where club members navigate around the island looking for clues and answering questions.Top Tip, take your time, and bring friends and more eyes and brains mean more chance you wont miss anything.
This will finish with a social event – all are invited.
Results and presentation at 5pm ish followed by gathering and BBQ
The cost for the treasure hunt is Â£10 per car and the BBQ is free but you do need to bring your own food and drink
The Isle of Wight College has always been a challenging venue, the combination of wide open spaces, narrow passages and curb lined flower beds were made even more tricky with the sky producing a constant deluge of rain throughout the day.
The wet conditions prompted a change of vehicle for Andy Williams, leaving his Special at home and driving his AWD Subaru Impreza (this had nothing to do what so ever with the fact Josh Finch had broken it at the Autocross event).
We would also like to welcome new member Shane Parry who was campaigning his Form Puma, and the return of James Ensor in his MX5.
MX5s has been the weapon of choice for many club members in the past, their simplicity and handling cannot be matched, well that is until now. Dean Masterton and Gary Wetherick have been campaigning their little turbo charged 3-cylinder 657cc engine Suzuki cappuccino with great effect and it was Garry who took advantage of the nimbleness of this car to allow him to stand on the 3rd step of the podium at the days close.
Andy Williams found the additional traction of the Subaru in the wet conditions to his liking and he claimed the 2nd step. Chris Wilson was also driving Andy’s Subaru as he had to retire his special due to an alternator problem, however, Chris was pushing a little too hard and consistently slid out of the stop box at the end of each run, incurring a 10 second penalty for doing so. Chris finished in 6th place.
Ricky Sheppard has been spending a lot of time behind the wheel of his locost, competing in sprints and hill climbs this summer and it shows as he is in the zone, taking the top step with over a 4 second lead and taking the lead of the sealed surface championship from Chris Wilson by 1 point.
The next event is a non championship event on the 17th of September in the form of the much anticipated treasure hunt organised by Brian Robbins. Please see our website for more details.
Haslett Farm has given us mixed results in the past, our first outing in 2015 was in a field that turned to mush when it rained and the second field in 2016 was a fast flat dust bowl. This inconsistency may have contributed to the low numbers of competitors that turned out for round 8. However, the 16 drivers that did turn up were treated to an amazing venue that had some of the most extreme elevation changes ever seen.
From the start line the course twisted its way up the stubble field in what one competitor (Dan Morgan) described as an off road version of Eau Rouge from Spa. On top of this scenic plateau, drivers had to navigate a challenging series of loops and tight turns before a slow technical twisty section as they descended to the finish box.
Of the 16 competitors only 5 performed a correct test on the initial run. Dan Morgan made a return to the club after a short absence and had no problems remembering the course in his brutal Subaru Impreza, posting the fastest initial run by 3 seconds in a time of 1:05.14
But it was in round 2 that Chris Wilson showed everyone why he is so dominant at USS events this year by posting a time teetering on breaking the 1 minute barrier by .8 of a second.
With no drivers in class 1, the battle of the unmodified cars was between Barry Richardson in his MX5 and Josh Finch in his MGF, with the latter winning the honour of fastest class 2 car at the day’s close.
Class 3 consisted of Chris Lee who returned with his daughter Lorna Lee, Marion Brett who was presented with the flowers for being the fastest lady of the day and Steve Brett who only performed one correct test during the entire day but his single correct run was quick enough to place him in 4th overall, just missing out on the podium.
Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc. Sue Mitchell and Steve Glass were campaigning their Toyota Corrola and almost did not make the start line as Steve managed to drive into a hole on his way to scrutineering, luckily with no damage done. John Cooper and Wayne Hole were driving their Autocross prepared Ford Focus but had no answer for Dan Morgan in his Subaru.
Class 5 is for cars that do not fit into any of the other classes. Kevin Richardson was driving his ex Autograss mini but suffered mechanical issues and chose to drive his father’s MX5 for the second half of the day and the remaining class 5 cars were the single seater specials of Andy Williams and Chris Wilson.
With a successful event and big championship points for those that attended it was Dan Morgan who claimed the 3rd step of the podium and Andy Williams who stood on the second step. However, Chris Wilson did break that 1 minute barrier in round 4 with a blistering time of 0:58.14 and with no other driver anywhere close to this time he did not compete in rounds 4 and 5 and won the event with a 3 and a half second lead.
The next round is a Sealed Surface event on the 3rd of September at the Isle of Wight College. However, there is a lot of excitement with regards the Syd Taylor IOWCC Autocross on the 12th and 13th of August. More details can be found on our web site.