FDMC Dimanche Sprint – 15th April

Last year a few IOWCC members competed in the Dimanche sprint, held at Rushmoor Arena near Aldershot, ran by the Farnborough District Motor Club. They all had an excellent time and I know there are a few members who will be going up again this year!

The event is on Sunday the 15th of April, and is open to any fully registered IOWCC member.

The Reg’s and Entry form is available to download here – ftp://ftp0.bull.co.uk/incoming/sentry/tesco/CISCO%20SIMON/DimancheSprintRegs2012.pdf

To see what its all about there is also an event report from last year here-


There are a few requirements to compete in a sprint, in brief these are:

  • MSA National B non Race Licence (£50)
  • FIA approved Helmet, gloves and Overalls
  • IOWCC Membership
  • Road legal and insured car

If you are interested and wish to find out more please contact us or FDMC.

If you want to be in on the action but can’t compete unfortunately this is a non spectator event, therefore the best thing to do is to offer your services as a Marshall, to do so please contact the lady below.

Sarah Trigwell

Telephone: 07799 886632

E-mail: farnborough2@aol.com

Hope to see some of you there!

Southsea Motorclub Hunt Trophy 20/20 rally 17th/18th December 2011

Southsea Motor Club are organising the Hunt Trophy 20/20 Rally on the 17th/18th December 2011. This email is an invitation to your motor club to be an invited club and we would be most grateful if you could make your club members aware through your club magazine or website. Regulations and entry form are attached.

It’s been a while since the roads in southern Hampshire have been used on anything more than a 12 car and with this in mind we are organising a 20/20 event that will give competitors both old and new a chance to have some fun on the lanes especially as we are very lucky to be in an area where PR issues have rarely been a problem.

The event starts and finishes at the Petersfield Services on the A3/A272 junction and in order to cater for all abilities will have four classes.

Beginner/Newcomer – marked maps
Novice – a mixture of very basic navigation (tulips/symbols etc) and marked maps
Semi-Expert – all navigation (but nothing too taxing)
Expert – non cryptic navigation but for those with experience of National B events or regular 12 car experience.

We hope this class structure meets the needs of everyone but we do like to point out that we are not mensa members and see no fun in setting cryptic navigation. Mirrored reversed herringbones with 24 digit grid references are definately not the order of the day!

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you or your club members in December.

Mark Collings
Event Secretary
Southsea Motor Club

Email info@southseamotorclub.co.uk for more information

First class performance at RAF Odiham Chinook Sprint 2011

The Thomas's dominated their class

A very good day was had by all and despite a few excursions the IOW contingent, boasting 14 competitors at the event, returned relatively unscathed and having scooped 5 class trophies.

The course was far longer than the previous Dimanche sprint that IOWCC members entered earlier in the year and offered a far more challenging prospect. Even with a sighting run it was clear it was going to take some mastering.

Right from the off there were a set of short straights and tight turns and trying to find the right gear was going to be the key to the times falling. The course proceeded through a right hand turn which followed a long sweeping left, through a fast chicane and out of a right hander and onto a blind crest,  this turns right first before taking a sharp left that opens. Again perfecting this was going to be difficult. A hairpin turn was next leading onto a wide sweeping right hander, a sweeping left, a short burst of straight and then another tricky left-right-left with odd cambers and inclines. A couple of quick straights followed by a fairly straight forward chicane that you could really hustle the car through and then a sweeping left hander to finish.

The course was just over 1.9 miles in length.

Toby Allen and Richard Weaver were fast from the outset, with Martyn Cutler taking an ‘expected’ excursion into the grass on his first practice run. Returning from the first practice, everyone had big smiles on their faces.


Anna Weaver enjoying her 911

Richard Weaver in a Porsche 911 was upsetting Ferrari owners in his class as he was over a second ahead of them in practice, but lost out to them by the days end, although he took third in class. The Ferrari guys, Richard Prior and Andrew Holman at first thought it was Anna Weaver who was beating them as she was sharing the car with husband Richard. Sadly she opted not to provide extra amusement and string them along! They were cracking chaps and offered some much needed spice, to what would have otherwise been a dull class, due to the 3 way fight that ensued.


Will and Derek Thomas were as usual quick in their Porsche and took first and second in their class respectively. Will finished an amazing 18th overall which considering the majority of the first 15 finishers positions were occupied by the single seaters, meant that of the production and modified production vehicles, his finish was exceptionally good.

Russel Thomson on his way to 3rd in class

Russell Thomson was getting to grips with the Lotus Elise, which he had re-bushed before the event and lack of a geometry set up was providing him with a slightly twitchy driving experience. He nailed his final run of the day however and shaved 3 seconds off his best previous time. Martyn Cutler was keeping Russell honest in his similar machine, but lost out to Russ in the final run.


The Greenen’s having recently acquired a Honda Civic were causing a stir with Andy and Chris driving it hard. Chris came away with 2ndin class as a result of his efforts.

Father and son team Chris and Andy Greenen

Steve Stotesbury was his usual exuberant self thrashing his poor Fiesta to within an inch of his life and in true Steve fashion he was quick AND managed to upset the Clerk of the Course!

Matthew ‘Basra’ Price was pushing his recently completed Stock Hatch prepared Citroen Saxo faster than a tin can should ever go. He had a spinning moment on his 2nd timed run. His shakedown for the car in its first competitive outing since the build proved successful.

A fruitful day's testing for Matt Price

Matt said:

‘Such an excellent and successful shakedown for the Saxo and it delivered without fault, despite a soggy front shock absorber. Over the moon. Such a pleasure (as always) to attend such events with the iowcc community.

A big thank you to Brian for being a massive helping hand and to everyone for making my day very enjoyable.’


Toby Allen battled the Greenen duo and drove very well in his Mazda.

TobyAllen fought his fellow class competitors

He commented ‘ Me and Chris had been swapping 2nd and 3rd pos in class all morning, so with about 17 people in class were both eager to take trophies home.

Went out on my 4th run and felt I really Had nailed it, checked my times and I had taken just over 4 sec’s off I think, wicked! 

After my Final run I managed to take a further half second off putting me in the mid 1.47’s, Sadly not quite enough as a MK2 escort had cropped up knocking me off 3rd by about 1/3rd of a second.

Regardless of all that I had an epic time, it was a real pleasure with the great company from the island and It seems we all had an equally great time.’ 

Darren Taylor battled with Matt Price throughout the day

Darren Taylor was pushing his 306 to achieve some very respectable times, he also had an off and he thought he was lucky it stayed bottom side down. He pipped Matthew Price in their class with the pair finishing 0.6 seconds apart.



George Archer had a good run in his MK2 Escort and running as car number 3 he managed to remain cool despite the pressure of being one of the first cars to hit the course.

George Archer remained cool during his inaugural sprint








Overall Positions for IOWCC Members and fastest time recorded

18th – Will Thomas –  Porsche 911 – 01:36.6

24th – Derek Thomas – Porsche 911 – 01:39.9

30th – Richard Weaver – Porsche 911 – 01:41.4

41st – Russell Thomson  – Lotus Elise – 01:46.6

42nd – Chris Greenen – Honda Civic – 01:47.1

44th – Toby Allen – Mazda MX5 – 01:47.5

46th – Martyn Cutler – VX220 – 01:47.8

49th – Steven Wells – Locost – 01:48.5

55th – Andy Greenen – Honda Civic – 01:50.4

56th – Darren Taylor – Peugeot 306 – 01:50.6

59th – Matthew Price – Citroen Saxo – 01:51.2

71st – George Archer – Ford Escort Mk2 – 01:56.3

74th – Anna Weaver – Porsche 911 – 01:56.8

77th – Steve Stotesbury – Ford Fiesta – 01:57.6

Class Positions

 Class A02

4th George Archer

Class A03

7th Steve Stotesbury

Class A04

2nd Chris Greenen *

4th Toby Allen

6th Andy Greenen

Class A05

3rd Richard Weaver *

7th Anna Weaver

Class A08

3rd Russell Thomson *

4th Martyn Cutler

Class B10

5th Darren Taylor

6th Matthew Price

Class B11

1st Will Thomas *

2nd Derek Thomas *

Class C12

4th Steven Wells

* denotes trophy

Cheesy grins = a good day's racing!

Contributed by Martin Cutler and Edited by Richard Weaver

Thanks to ‘Fiddy’ for the Photography

Autosolo to run alongside Odiham Sprint

Simon Taylor from FDMC has sent us the following regards their autosolo that runs alongside the Chinook Sprint at RAF Odiham on 3rd September 2011

“It looks like there will be a very good turn out of IOWCC members for the Odiham Sprint.

We are also running a Solo at Odiham too, more of an entry level event.
Please could you invite your members to enter, maybe be part of an even bigger convoy from the IOW onto the mainland.

Same date obviously, Saturday 3rd September.”

Regulations, Entry forms and on-line paypal too.

For further information please contact:

Simon Taylor
FDMC Comp Sec 2011
07966 826 706

Prescott Hill Climb 31st July 2011

Prescott Hill Climb 31st July 2011 

Steve Stotesbury and friends attended this event last weekend and Steve has submitted the following write up of the event. Photos here

Once again the kind invitation extended to the Isle of Wight Car Club by the Austin Healey Club for the clubs to jointly participate in an annual hill climb was greatly appreciated. The venue is home to the Buggatti owners club and of historical significance to any motoring fan being one of the oldest hill climbs in the world.

This is a return invite from the Healey club who come down to compete with the IOWCC every year in November, so it was nice to see some familiar faces a little earlier in the year and warmer weather than usual.

The day started off with a leisurely 0715 ferry trip across theSolenton Sunday morning and even this proved to be an achievement. In the run up to the event, of the six cars intending to make the journey three had mechanical issues with some very last minute spannering necessary to ensure that we all caught the boat.

The 110 mile journey up to Prescott was going to a testing journey for two of us who were still carrying mechanical woes, and a third member of the trio was having to trailer their 1930’s Austin 7 due to a electrical fault.

As is often the way when driving in convoy, it can be difficult to get a rhythm due to faster and slower vehicles all trying to maintain sight of each other

After a few miles the gremlins started to reappear, with my car suffering from a noisy drive shaft which was in a bid for freedom from the confines of its hub assembly. The radio started to lose its ability to drown out the deafening noise which was to follow us around all day.

After a few more miles another problem arose. The temperature gauge of another car was showing excessive engine heat which lead to a pit stop for them and the leader of the convoy went whistling off in to the distance, leaving the two of us with no idea of where we should be going and the prospect of a couple of dozen roundabouts to try and navigate.

A quick phone call later we found out that we were well off course and would have to find our own way toPrescott. This fortunately made for a very nice drive up throughSalisburyplain and Devizes, which in my opinion was a worthwhile detour.

With our new ‘navigator’ on the maps, we soon found ourselves reunited at the Hill Climb.

Once we had signed on and had safety briefing the fun was to begin and a quick look around the paddock showed there to be some very fine and rare cars. Some of these were only on show, but gladly some being used to their full potential.

Having been to here before, I was asked to show the way to my friend Paul and he wrongly assumed that I having not been here in the last four years, would take an easy first run up the hill as I got my eye in.

I was straight away trying to drive the old girl around on her door handles on this tight and imposing track, using all the rumble strips and attacking the corners in over committed fashion. This put a smile on my face and a grimace on my passengers!

Then it was Paul’s turn to return the favor, which he managed to do comprehensively, with a brief visit, sideways, into the gravel trap. As is always the way with Paul, if in doubt keep your foot down and we soon found our way back on to the black top.

Dave Goodwin, seven time IOWCC champion was in attendance, although this time trading his usual car for a slightly less powerful Mini. None the less he was putting all of 80 bhp to good use

As is always the way when ever Gordon ‘Boz’ Bushell takes hisAustin7 out, people always stop and ask numerous questions about his special little car.

I was lucky enough to be blessed with a passenger ride up the hill in this wonderful machine and I can say it’s such a delight to be so connected with the road, the flies and the bees!

I would like to say a big thank-you to the Austin Healey club for inviting us and to the competitors who made the journey and the day that bit more special.