Hello everyoneDon’t miss out on the biggest night of the year.The 2024 IOWCC AGM will be held at the Ambassador club on the 16th of march. we look forward to seeing you all there to celebrate the winners and what we have achieved as a club
The format has changed slightly for this year.
If you wish to have food before the meeting arrive by 5:30 and could you please email firstname.lastname@example.org Before the 7th of march to ensure they have the correct amount of food for all of us. We look forward to seeing you all there. If you are unsure on anything please contact the club.
We still have two spaces available Sunday 3rd March for two marshals to join the IOWCC marshal team at Bovington Rally Stages. Leaving the island 0600, returning 1930. This rally is a non spectator event so if you want to see some of the best action why not join the marshalling team for the day, it will give you a good insight into rallying and what being a marshal entails .
Why do you need to be a member? Almost all motorsport UK motorsport events require you to be a member of an affiliated club – your IOWCC membership will open the door to so much more than IOW events. Your IOWCC membership runs from the 1st of jan until the end of Dec, you can apply and pay via our website.
Membership cards You will now be issued with a digital membership card, this will have your membership number on it and will be needed to compete in Motorsport UK events and will also give you access to some amazing deals through our sponsors and partners. Thank you for being a member.
Please remember to FILL IN THE MEMBERSHIP FORM as well as pay via the pay pal link – Thank you
It is also time to renew your Motorsport UK licence
To compete at Isle of Wight Car Club Autotest events as a driver or a passenger in 2024 you will need to hold a new RS Clubman licence as a minimum, which will be free of charge.
The RS Clubman licence can be applied for online via the Motorsport UK website and aims to encourage more grass roots participation, as well as ensuring all Motorsport UK event competitors are covered by comprehensive insurance. Additionally, licence holders will have access to Motorsport UK’s Member Benefits Programme that includes the new upgraded personal accident cover.
The moment you have all been waiting for – “The Christmas Holidays?” – NO – the 2024 Motorsport UK tyre list. So just to be clear – Motorsport UK insist that cars are NOT PERMITTED to use any tyre on the current 1B or 1C list for autotesting. On top of this there are IOWCC restrictions for classes 1 and 2 but we can discuss them later – in the meantime here is that magic list of banned tyres for 2024. Don’t forget you can get a great deal from our partner Wight Tyres if you flash your current IOWCC membership card.
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.
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 www.iowcc.co.uk for more details.