Midland Automobile Club and the RAC agree to Work Together
With the history of the RAC and the Midland Automobile Club (MAC) being intrinsically linked since 1901 when MAC became the first club to affiliate to the Automobile Club of Great Britain – which went on to become the Royal Automobile Club in 1907 – the two organisations have decided to build on their combined heritage by agreeing to support one another in the interests of preserving and promoting ‘classic motoring’ events in the 21st century.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Interestingly, 1901 was not only the year Midland Automobile Club was founded and joined the then Automobile Club of Great Britain, it was also the year that uniformed patrols were first introduced to the country’s roads.
“It makes perfect sense that two organisations that have so much joint history should continue to work together in some way, particularly as the Midland Automobile Club still runs the oldest operational motorsport venue in the world – the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb – and the RAC is Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation.”
Mark Constanduros MAC Commercial Manager said “I am really pleased to welcome the RAC and look forward to our mutual support. We have a very strong classic element to the club and with Classic Nostalgia becoming a significant event too, working with the RAC makes perfect sense for both organisations.”
The RAC are offering a preferable rate to members of the Midland Automobile Club on breakdown cover as part of their support. Details to follow in the club’s publications.
It is with a great mixture of emotions that I have to announce my departure from the Midland Automobile Club, as I have a new job elsewhere starting in the New Year.
I have been very happy for a very long time here, but nothing stays the same forever, and it feels like the right time to try a new challenge. I have such a lot of memories, and photographs that will stay with me forever, from before I met Bob up to the present day.
You will still see me as I will visit regularly for hill climbs and social events. I wish the Club and all the officials and members well in the future.
It’s with great sadness that we let you know that Mike Hall passed away on Saturday 29th October after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Committal will take place at Rowley Regis Crematorium on Friday 11th November at 10.30am. Everyone is then welcome to the family home in Romsley for refreshments and to share fond memories. To assist with arrangements, could you please contact Louise on 07914 854 709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of your attendance.
November 2016 will see the RAC Rally Of The Tests return to the historic regularity rallying calendar, retaining its traditional and authentic format.
The 2016 RAC Rally of the Tests, in association with the Historic Endurance Rally Organisation (HERO) and the Royal Automobile Club, will see 100 competitors enter an epic three-day drive from Bournemouth to Chester, taking on a number of competitive driving challenges along the way.
On the 5th of November the rally will stop at the famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb for the final test of the second day.
You can come and watch the cars arrive at Shelsley Walsh with the first car due about 3.15pm and the last car at 5.15pm (times are approximate). We would ask you to park in the Orchard and there will be a small charge of £2 per person to help towards the restoration and conservation of the 112 year old venue.
From its inception in 1932, the RAC Rally has been at the pinnacle and forefront of motor sport worldwide, it has attracted many of the leading lights to compete in what has always been regarded as one of the toughest and challenging events ever. That first year saw no less than 341 competitors leave the start from nine different towns and converge on the seaside town of Torquay. Each different starting point comprised a route of around 1000 miles with four check points along the way. There was no official winner but the ‘competitor with fewest penalties’ went to Colonel A H Loughborough in his Lanchester.
After the war, the RAC Rally was renamed ‘The RAC Rally of the Tests’ and resumed with a much more demanding format with more emphasis on the driving tests and navigational challenges that are such an important part of the Rally of the Tests we know today. Bournemouth was its finishing point in 1951. Best performance went to Ian and Pat Appleyard who would go on to be an inspiration to other competitors during the fifties and into the sixties. The event proved so popular that only the Suez Canal Crisis in 1957 and the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 1967 could prevent it running annually – the RAC Rally was here to stay.
It was a golden era for rallying, entries would often soar above 200 with many of the ‘Works’ teams fielding entries – the interest in the competitors and cars was huge and gave rise to many household names. The fifties saw a shift from the touring style of event of the thirties into one that challenged both driver and navigator alike with driving tests and legs during both the day and night time. 1960 was the final running of ‘the RAC Rally of the Tests’ after the organisers had negotiated the use of a three-mile section of forest road in Argyll, Scotland that proved so popular that the following year the forests of the UK were opened up to the event.
In 1961 the RAC Rally of the Forests was born, it was to be a ground breaking move that cemented the future of stage rallying in the UK and was won by Erik Carlsson who was navigated by HERO founder John Brown in a Saab 96.
HERO Events are delighted to announce that with the support of the Royal Automobile Club and RAC Motoring Services we will continue to grow the event in its current and authentic format. We invite you to take part in this historic occasion, we are sure it will capture the imagination and affection of the public as they witness these magnificent vehicles and crews battling for supremacy once again.
There has been a lot of interest in “The Spirit Of Shelsley Walsh” timepiece and we are pleased to announce that in association with our sponsor Omologato it is now available for pre-order.
Classic Nostalgia saw the first bespoke watch from Omologato awarded to a competitor who evokes the Spirit of Shelsley Walsh. Chris Jaques and his 1934 Maserati 8CM that originally competed at the venue back in the 1930’s were the first recipients.
Limited to just 50 pieces we are now offering members and enthusiasts of Midland Automobile Club and the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb the chance to own a bit of British Motorsport History.
Today 60 Members of the Midland Automobile Club headed off to the Williams F1 Team for a tour of their amazing F1 heritage collection and also a peak behind the scenes and see the workshop where the cars are restored.