Round 14 report

The final round of the IOWCC sealed surface Autotest calendar was held at Fort Street car park in Sandown.

This popular venue is great for spectators and despite the prospect of rain attracted many onlookers.

Cathy True took the reins as Clerk of the course, this role includes many duties, including designing and setting the course. The course Cathy designed resembled a butterfly and it was named Metamorphic motoring. Considering this was Cathy’s first ever course, many drivers praised it as one of the best courses ever designed at car club, so sell done.

Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc – new member Max Downer struggled to learn the course to start with, however, once he knew where he was going, he put his karting skills to good use and finished 15th overall and 4th in class. Michael Jolliffe finished 3rd in class, Rob Highmore 2nd and the class winner was Darren Phillips finishing 10th overall.

Wight Karting had their simulator van at the event and the chosen course was Goodwood, a fitting choice, since quite a few IOWCC members will be competing there in a week’s time as part of the South Downs Stages. Jakey Jarrold was the 3rd fastest virtual driver of the day followed by Kevin Richardson in 2nd and our Kart champion of the day was Jacques Ridett. Thank you so much to Wight Karting for adding this new dynamic to our events.

The IOWCC / Wight Karting evening is on the 29th of November for IOWCC members – checkout our website for more details.

Class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc –  Wayne Hole as missed a few events due to a damaged thumb and although safe to drive he was worried about aggravating his injury at today’s event and with this he felt his times suffered. Despite this, he still took the class win and just missed out on the podium by a tenth of a second. In consolation Wayne has taken the combined championship award for 2023.

Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc – a decade ago the IOWCC was awash with classic minis but in later times they have been in the minority, however, at today’s event we had Daniel O’Connor in his lovely red 1989 classic mini, Collin Attrill in his formidable yellow mini and Dave Goodwin who has never wavered from using his mini at car club and has consistently been firing for the top spot. Dave performed the fastest time of the day on his 3rd run and the rest of the field were unable to challenge such a lead. Steve Staff took 3rd in class 3 finishing 5th overall and James Robbins took 2nd in class and 2nd overall. Dave not only finished 1st in class and 1st overall he has also taken the sealed surface championship for 2023.

Tyres were the hot topic at this meeting – under Motorsport UK regulations cars used for autotesting are not permitted to use tyres on the 1b and 1c tyre list, contained within the current Motorsport UK yearbook (commonly known as the blue book). Tyre softening treatment, blankets or hot boxes are also not permitted.

With the season coming to a close it is very tempting to make upgrades to your car for 2024, however, it would be wise to delay any expensive purchases such as tyres until the 2024 year book has been released.

IOWCC rules also change from time to time and if there are any changes, these will be discussed and put into place at the AGM.

Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc – James McEnery in his Fiesta, Dave Leppard in his MX5 and Luke Everson in his Subaru Wrx, all driving very different class 4 cars, finished 9th, 7th and 7th. Yes that is not a typo both Dave’s and Luke’s fastest times were identical – 0:54:58.

However, the fastest class 4 driver of the day was Kevin Richardson in his shared BINI Cooper S, he also finished 3rd overall.

Fastest youth of the day was Kaiden Read, who also finished 19th overall in his class 3 Clio.

Club members can drive as young as 14 years old and this year was sponsored by Jake Ellis Sunglasses and we would like to thank them for their support – we hope to see more youth drivers competing in 2024 – check out our website for more details.

Class 5 is for heavily modified cars, limited production cars and specials such as Martin Goddard’s single seater special. Martin is racking up his seat time in his new machine and we are looking forward to seeing what he can achieve in 2024. 

Fastest lady of the day was Cathy True in her class 4 Suzuki Ignis Sport, not only did Cathy take this title but also finished 17th overall and 7th in class.

That’s it for the 2023 Autotest season, it has been amazing and we would like to thank everyone who has helped make these events happen. 

Don’t forget we have the club’s Wight Karting event on the 29th of November and the IOWCC Christmas meal on the 7th of December, check out our website for more details.


Christmas meal ??
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas meal,if you could be so kind as to respond to the event on Facebook or via email and comment on the post what you would like so we could give our orders in ahead of time that would great. You have till the 30th of November to let us know if you will be attending this wonderful event. 
These are the prices for this year Christmas meal. 
Adult 3 course £20
Child 3course £15
?Homemade vegetable soup
?Prawn cocktail
?Pate and toast
?Beef roast
?Turkey roast
?No chicken chicken roast (vegetarian)
?Xmas pudding and brandy sauce
?Vanilla or chocolate ice cream
?Apple crumble 
We look forward to seeing you all 

Karting and Social evening

The Isle of Wight Car Club and Wight Karting have teamed up to bring you the IOWCC Wight Karting social evening on the 29th of November

We have 24 places available to IOWCC members at a heavily discounted rate of only £27.50 per person.

The format is a Sprint race event, each driver will do a 10minute Practice, a 10 minute Quali then a 15 lap race to the finish. 

The event would only be available to drivers over 16 (or anyone 12+ who has completed wight kartings junior track day program)

Arrive at 6pm so there is time to get ready and the event will finish approx 8pm. The bar will be open post racing if anyone would want to stay around for post race drinks / social.

Spectating is free

Entries for this event are NOW OPEN so book quick to avoid disappointment
Enter and pay via this link

Healey Weekend – DAY 2

Day 2 of the Healey Weekend was held at Westridge next to Wight Karting in Ryde.

This venue was a huge contrast to Saturday’s event at BAE. Now competitors had to navigate car park islands lined with unforgiving curbs, master super tight changes of direction and even a ramp. The biggest difference was that the construction of the surface was abrasive yet surprisingly slippery in the damp conditions.

Competitors’ fastest times from Saturday were to be added to the fastest times on Sunday and the individual with the fastest combined time would be awarded the prestigious Turbine Trophy and special class awards. Both days were also individual rounds of the IOWCC forward only Autotest championship.

Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc. Simon Johnstone in his micra and Rob Highmore and Darren Phillips in their shared Ford Ka took advantage of their small cars to nimbly navigate this tight course. In the end it was Darren Phillips who posted the fastest time. Giving him the round 13 class win as well as the Healey Weekend class 1 trophy.

Class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc. With the damp conditions, most drivers were initially driving the course very gingerly, however, Steve Ridett in his Corrolla was the first driver in run one to give it some beans, smoke the tyres and use the handbrake to slide his car round the track – posting a cracking time others followed his form.

Steve took the round 13 class win and the Healey Weekend class 2 trophy.

Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc. Dave Goodwin was going into day 2 with a second lead over his nearest rival and his goal was to keep or even extend that lead today, however, his challengers were many and at many points during the day he found himself on the back foot as others challenged his lead.

Steve Staff in his micra also in class 3 posted the fastest time of the day in run 5 and Oliver Chatham from the Healey club also topped the day’s standing in his MX5. James Robbins in his C1 was a serious challenge throughout the day, however, the weather closed in and it started to rain for his last run, dashing his chances to be a contender, However, Dave’s combined weekend lead was still intact at the end of play giving him the honour of taking home that amazing Turbine trophy. Steve Staff did not go home empty handed as he finished 2nd overall Sunday’s IOWCC results.

Also in class 3 was Joel Gilby in his Panda and Kaiden Read in his Clio – both are Junior drivers and competing in the IOWCC Youth Championship sponsored by Jake Ellis Sunglasses.

Kaiden took the day’s award finishing 4 tenths of a second ahead of Joel. Joel on the other hand had competed on both days and his combined times awarded him with the kudos of being the Healy weekend youth champion.

Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc. Cathy True in her Suzuki Ignis Sport was presented with the fastest lady of Sunday’s event and it was a pleasure to award her with the Healey weekend trophy as well.

With the event right next to Wight Karting and Tesco the event certainly attracted a crowd – as always spectating is encouraged and free, it helps promote our sport and demonstrates how accessible motorsport can be. Entertaining the crowds were our Subaru driving club members Jakey Jarrold and Luke Everson – not only was it impressive that they could thread these large saloon cars through the tight gates marked by cones, it was the sideways, drifting, tyre smoking way they did it that made the spectators cheer.

But it was the slightly smaller class 4 cars that were battling for the class win – Jacques Ridett in his Rally Mini Cooper R50 and Kevin Richardson in his R53 Mini Cooper S both picked up time penalties on their final runs due to hitting cones meaning their run 5 times would be their quickest of the day. In the end Kevin Richardson took the class 4 title and 3rd overall on Sunday.

Class 5 is for heavily modified cars, limited production cars and specials. The battle continued between Robbie Cooper and Martin Goddard. Try as he might, Martin struggled in the super slippery conditions in his brutally powerful single seater special. Robbie found a little more grip in his saloon car and this in turn awarded him with not only a 9th place on Sunday but the class 5 Healey trophy for the weekend.

Thank you to Pro-Tek for their ongoing support and sponsoring the podium prizes and the Healey Club for another amazing weekend. There is a lot of work that happens behind the scenes and we would like to thank all our club members and partners who help make these events happen.

There is one more forward only autotest on the IOWCC calendar in 2023 and this is at Fort Street on the 26th of November. If you are not a current member of the IOWCC and you join for this final event, your membership will roll over to 2024. If you have never been an IOWCC member before, your first ever autotest is free, so you have nothing to loose, come and have a go. Check out our website for more details.

Healey Weekend Day 1

Round 12 and day one of the 2023 Healey weekend was a fast flowing track held at BAE systems.

Rounds 12 and 13 are run as individual events, however, the fastest times of each day are added together and the competitor with the lowest combined time wins the amazing turbine trophy.

4 members of the Healy club entered with many more in support. Oliver Chatham and Jack Chatham in their shared MX5, Sam Steeper in his MX5 and Dave Smithies in Ford Escort 2000.

All were super competitive and posting some amazing times.

Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc. Gordon Bushell made a welcome return to the club, not in his Austin 7 special but a Citroen C1. Darren Phillips, Rob Highmore and Louise Highmore were all sharing a Ford KA. Louise showed outstanding form by posting quicker times throughout the day, however, it was Darren who took the class win.

Class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc. Michael Jolliffe from Wight Karting was campaigning his classic mini and had a busy day not only running the Kart simulator but also having to jump start his classic mini before each run. Michael finished 3rd in class only 4 tenths of a second behind Andy Williams in his new Alfa who finished 2nd in class. Jamie Duff in his Ford Focus put in an cracking time in his last run to take the class win.

Jamie Duff was sharing his Focus with his Daughter Kara Duff. This was Kara’s first IOWCC event and being under 18 years of age she was competing in the Youth Championship sponsored by Jake Ellis Sunglasses. Kara certainly has some driving skills and impressed the spectators with her smooth and quick driving style. In return she posted the fastest youth time of the day taking that award. An amazing achievement for her first event.

If you are aged 14 and would like to have a go at a future car club event and compete in the Youth Championship sponsored by Jake Ellis go to our website for more info.

The simulator competition held in the back of the Wight Karting van was as competitive as ever and Jaques Ridett took 3rd place on the podium, Joel Gilby took 2nd and the Wight Karting simulator winner of the day was Emerson Ridett.

Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc – James Robbins in his immaculately prepared Citroen C1 and Dave Goodwin in his sheep in wolf clothing classic mini were at the top of their class and James spent the day chasing Dave’s tail at the top of the leaderboard. At the close of play James finished 2nd in class and on the 3rd step of the podium and Dave took the class and overall win.

Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc. All of the Healey group were competing in class 4 and as mentioned were posting fantastic times and it was amazing to watch Dave Smithies’ car control as he whipped his mk1 Escort RS2000 round the  super tight 180 with a flick of the hand brake and a boot full of throttle.

Also demonstrating some amazing car control was Dean Long in his newly acquired Subaru Hatch Rally car. This was the first time Dean had driven his new car in anger and before his first run was complete he was at one with his new weapon of choice. However, it was Kevin Richardson in his BMW mini cooper S that he was sharing with his father Barry who took the class win and finished 2nd place overall.

Cathy True was also competing in class 4 in her Suzuki Ignis Sport and took the award for the fastest lady of the day.

Class 5 is for heavily modified cars, limited production cars and specials. Martin Goddard is still getting to grips with his single seater special, however, with every run and every event he is gaining more confidence and pushing himself and the car harder. We are sure by the start of the 2024 season he will be looking for his first event win. In a twist of fate it was Robbie Cooper who took the Class 5 win in his Class 4 MGZR. “Why / how can that be?” I hear you ask. Well, under the IOWCC rules club members are allowed to use a lower class car in what would be their normal class if for some reason their car is broken etc. This allows a competitor to keep their class championships alive. Please note this can only be done twice in a championship season and must always be in a lower class car as to not gain an advantage.

Day 2 of the Healey weekend will be held this Sunday (12th of Nov) at Westridge next to Wight Karting in Ryde. Dave Goodwin goes into the competition with a 1.04 second lead. Westridge is a much tighter venue and the forecast is a little damp, so anything could happen.

Final USS of 2023

Knighton Sandpit was the location of a very dramatic and exciting finale to the 2023 unsealed surface season.

29 drivers navigated their way through piles of rubble and pallets, while simultaneously coping with mixed surfaces including, gravel, dirt and very soft sand.

Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc and Darren Phillips in his Ford KA produced his fastest run of the day during run 6, giving him the class win and proving you don’t need a high performance car with knobbly tyres to be competitive in the unmodified classes with 6th place over all.

Class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc, we had no competitors in class 2.

Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc – Joel and Boo Gilby were battling it out in their shared MGZR, with Boo producing the faster time by half a second and Joel taking the fastest youth title, sponsored by Jake Ellis Sunglasses. However, Steve Staff took his Micra to 4th place overall also giving him the class win.

Also in class 3 Courtney Mullen mastered the sand and took the award for the fastest lady of the day in her Ford Fiesta

Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc – The bookies would have placed Wayne Hole in contention of a podium finish, however, during run 1, Wayne sustained an injury to this thumb and had to retire form the event. The good news is that the hospital said that nothing was broken, and he can get behind the wheel in time for the Phil Collings South Downs Stages in December.

James McEnery did not have any broken bones either, but he did have braking issues in his Ford Fiesta. After repairs and re-bleeding the brakes, the car just would not come to a halt in a straight line in the stop box, however, James’ last run was controlled and fast giving him the class win and a fantastic 3rd place overall.

Class 5 is for heavily modified cars, limited production cars and specials such as the single seaters of Martin Goddard and Chris Wilson. Martin is now getting the hang of his special and this is reflected in his times. Martin finished 3rd place overall and we expect him to be challenging the top step in 2024. Chris Wilson has had some time off from competing in 2023 due to family commitments, however, his return at this event showed he still has what it takes, taking the event win with an astounding 7.95 second lead.

We would like to thank Pro-Tek for their support in being the podium sponsors.

In amongst the action on track, Wight Karting had their simulator van on site and members this time had an unsealed surface track to compete on. Each club member can have 3 attempts to post the fastest lap of the day with medals being awarded alongside the IOWCC podium presentation.

3rd fastest time of the day went to Joel Gilby, 2nd Jakey Jarrold and the quickest single lap time of the day was performed by Jaques Ridett giving him the gold medal.

With the final USS event of the season over, the results and drops can be calculated and the unsealed surface champions of 2023 can be announced.

Head to our website to view the leaderboard and find out if you will be presented with a trophy at the AGM.

Thank you to everyone who makes these events happen and the next event is our Healey Weekend on the 11th and 12th of November.

Round 10 Report

The top carpark of the Ventnor Botanic Garden must be the tightest venue on the IOWCC calendar and due to its constraints setting a course can be very challenging for the event organisers. However, for round 10 it was one of the club’s youth members, 7 year old Violet, who stepped forward and created a course that not only provided tight technical sections but also a fast loop to the finish line. Thank you, Violet – job well done. 25 competitors sat behind the wheel of their car of choice and proceeded to navigate Violet’s course. Initially many struggled to negotiate the course made of only 4 traffic cones without having to perform a 3-point turn. As the day continued, it became apparent that the fastest way round the course lay not in the shortest route but where the cars were not limited by their turning circle. Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc. There were only 3 cars in this class but driven by 7 individual drivers – car sharing is not only a great way to reduce the cost of this already cheap motorsport, but it is also a fun sub-competition with the person who you are sharing the car with. Darren Phillips, Rob Highmore, Adam Froment and Michael Jolliffe were in a tight battle for the class win, however, it was Darren who took class honours and a deserved win. Alfie Froment, who was sharing the class 1 fiesta with his dad Adam, was the fastest junior, sponsored by Jake Ellis Sunglasses. Class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc. Steve Ridett and Wayne Hole were the only drivers in this class and in very contrasting cars, Steve in his front wheel drive Toyota Corrolla and Wayne in his rear wheel drive MX5. Both cars have their pros and cons, Steve was performing some very efficient hand break turns, however, on this tight venue, Wayne had the advantage of lighting up the rear tyres and spinning around tight cones although the grippy surface was hindering them both. Wayne took the class win and the second step of the podium. Class 3 is for modified cars over 1400cc and 7 drivers in varying cars, all hot hatch backs, battled it out for the class win. James Robbins in his immaculately prepared C1 drove superbly to take 2nd in class and 3rd overall. Dave Goodwin did not make any upgrades to his classic mini over the summer sealed surface brake, but he did perform some essential maintenance and is is very happy with the results, and the hard work paid off with a class 3 win and the stop step of the podium as overall winner of the day. Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc and this consisted of 9 drivers. Cathy True was campaigning her new car and took the award for the fastest lady of the day. Respect has to go to Jake Jarrold for navigating the tight course in his Subaru finishing 3rd in class. Jacques Ridett in his rally MINI Cooper R50 finished 2nd in class and Kevin Richardson took the class win in his Suzuki Ignis Sport. There were no competitors in class 5. Thank you to our podium Sponsors Pro-Tek who supply the podium prizes. Wight Karting were not only giving members the amazing opportunity to compete in their simulator, Simon Johnstone and Michael Jolliffe were also campaigning their Micra in class one. Michael took Wight Karting team honours and it is obvious that the smooth driving techniques learnt in karting and simulator racing transfer to auto testing. So at the next event jump in the simulator and hone your skills and between IOWCC events head to the Wight Karting track at Westridge. The simulator track for this event was Brands Hatch full circuit and Kevin Richardson was awarded the Bronze medal for his result, Joel Gilby won silver and our event winner was Danny Grist thanks to his motor racing experience. Thank you so much to Ventnor Botanic Garden for the use of their very beautiful venue. The next event is the LAST unsealed surface event of the year at Knighton Sandpit on the 22nd of October and the next sealed surface event is the double header Healey weekend on the 11th and 12th of November. Visit our website and subscribe to our email newsletter for more information.

Round 7 Report

With mixed surfaces, elevation changes and a dramatic backdrop Knighton never disappoints to create a memorable event.

The risk of rain hung in the air, but, for the most of the day the track stayed dry and improved with each passing car, letting the times tumble towards a dramatic finale.

26 drivers enjoyed a day of friendly competition where they tries to be the fastest in their class or even to obtain the title of faster driver of the day.

Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc and class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc. Both classes are limited to basic road tyres, you are allowed to fit a rear 4 point safety cage to protect the participants and a sump guard to protect the car, other than this, the cars need to be standard.

Class 1 – New members Simon Johnstone and Michael Jolliffe from Wight Karting were competing in their 1000cc Nissan Micra and their skills in karting transferred well to the loose surface with them finishing 15th and 13th overall. Rob Highmore finished 12th overall and Darren Phillips demonstrated that the standard classes can be very competitive in the overall rankings by not only taking the class 1 win but finishing in 7th place overall in the Ford KA he shares with Rob.

Class 2 – Steve and Jacques Ridett had a close battle all day in their standard Toyota Corolla and in the end Steve took the class win by only 0.17 of a second.

Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc and class 4 is for cars over 1400cc, both cars must resemble a road going car in appearance and have the same engine/ transmission layout. These cars are permitted to use knobbly tyres.

Class 3 – Alfie and Adam Froment were competing in a modified Nissan Micra. Keith Thomas and Courtney Mullen were in their Clio and Joel Gilby and Charles (Boo) Gilby were competing in their MG ZR. It was fantastic to see Courtney take the award for the fastest lady of the day and Boo take the class 3 win and finishing 8th overall.

You can drive and compete from the age of 14 and Joel Gilby took the award of the fastest youth of the day sponsored by Jake Ellis Sunglasses.

Class 4 – 13 drivers competing during the day were in class 4 cars and the top 5 overall positions were made up of class 4 drivers.

James McEnery was on form for a podium finish but after a rare mistake he damaged his Fiesta and had to settle for 5th in class and 5th overall.

Kevin Richardson in his Suzuki Ignis and Steve Glass in his Bini Cooper S were in a tight battle for the 3rd step of the podium and on his last run Steve put in a fantastic time half a second quicker than Kevin to take 3rd in class and enjoy the podium bubbly supplied by podium sponsors Pro-Tek.

1st and 2nd place in both class 4 and overall was just as tight between Wayne Hole in his rally Ford Focus and Jon Barrett in his rally Subaru. In the end, Jon to the class 4 win and overall top spot of the day, 0.27 seconds ahead of Wayne.

Class 5 is for highly modified cars, limited production cars and specials such as Martin Goddard’s ex-autograss single seater. Martin would have been on track for the event win as his times were blisteringly quick, however, a few mistakes incurred penalty points for hitting cones, knocking him down to 6th place overall but he still went home with the class 5 award.

Wight Karting were not only on the track in their Micra, they also had their amazing kart simulator van, so that there could be some virtual off track competition.

Jacques Ridett took the 3rd place medal, Jakey Jarrold showed that sim racing is not just for the youths by finishing 2nd, but showing he has skills in both events was Joel Gilby with the fastest kart time around the very challenging Willow Springs circuit.

Thank you so much to Wight Karting for adding this very exciting addition to our events.

Thank you also to everyone who helps make these events happen, we genuinely need volunteers to help set up and run the event, so that we can all enjoy this fun, cheap and accessible motorsport. 

The next event is also an Unsealed surface event, this time back at Atherfield on the 3rd of September.

event winners

Island Stages 2023 Cancelled

Entries for the Island Stages 2023 have now closed and unfortunately we did not reach the minimum number of entrants. The Isle Of Wight Car Club committee have taken the decision to cancel this year’s event.

We appreciate this is disappointing for all involved, however, we cannot run the event at a financial loss.

Despite this the IOWCC are looking to the future and are exploring the possibility of a TARMAC rallysprint format in 2024. 

All competitors, officials, land owners and sponsors have been informed – thank you all for your support.2023