Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Marshals

Goodwood Festival of Speed marshals’ press release

The countdown is on for Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. This year the event celebrates its Silver Jubilee and it will reflect on the moments, machines and people who have shaped and championed the last 25 years in both motorsport and the event’s history.

The Forest Rally Stage, situated at the top of the Goodwood hill is the perfect place to bring together racers from different disciplines and Southern Car Club is working hard to organise the stage at this special edition of GFOS. As ever, there is a great need for marshals eager to help put on a truly historic event. Your day would begin with signing on at 7am and with the marshalling split into teams covering a variety of shifts, there will be time to explore other parts of the Festival and the Goodwood Estate. There is also the option to stay at the marshals’ campsite.

While preference for marshalling at GFOS is given to Southern Car Club members, we encourage all car club members to register their interest. In keeping with new safety rules, all marshals must be MSA accredited.

If you would like to get involved, or find out more information, please contact our Competition Secretary, Michael Weeks at


Friday 6th April is the date of the SCC 12 car road rally, the first the club has organised on over 30 years!

We have a full entry PLUS reserves, but WE NEED MARSHALS ,you won’t have to work too hard- it is after all only 12 cars!

The START & FINISH are at the Barley Mow pub in Tandridge, Surrey ( 5 minutes from the Godstone A22/M25 junction)

You need to be there at 19.00 hrs

There is a FREE buffet at the finish, and as we will be giving you a colour copy of the relevant OS map you don’t even need to buy 188!

Reply ASAP to Michael Weeks- and help SCC put on a fantastic event

Event web page.




Sunday 13th August 2017

Treasure Hunt starts at 14.00 from Hollesley Farm

route between 40 & 50 miles, no maps required.

Barbecue at 17.00 hours, bring your own drinks

Slalom…after the BBQ!

Southern Car Club members – everything is FREE to you!

​Non-members pay just £5 per person for the BBQ


Please signify your attendance by e mailing, telling us:

1. how many people are in your car

2. how many non SCC members are in your party

Pay the non-member £5 per head at the event

This event is brought to you, courtesy of the Brian Hugh Memorial Fund and with the kind assistance of the Utting family


Newbury Dolphin Motor Club Charitable Classic Tour on Sunday, 24th September 2017

Newbury Dolphin Motor Club will organise a Charitable Classic Tour on Sunday, 24th September 2017 in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Dolphin Motor Club, Newbury, are pleased to announce the inaugural running of the ‘Pistons & Props Tour’: a charity classic car tour in aid of The BriAsh Heart FoundaAon run through the finest country lanes, villages and tourist aFracAons of West Berkshire, North Hampshire and East Wiltshire. The 120 mile route will take in the scenic beauty of the Test Valley, neolithic and stone age history, the Museum of Army Flying and the Atwell Wilson Motor Museum.


Southern Car Club AutoSOLOs

Kempton Park AutoSOLO Regs Published & Entries Open

Southern Car Club are very excited to announce the Regulations have been published for the AutoSOLO being organised by Southern Car Club as part of the ACSMC AutoSOLO Championship 2017 on Sunday 28th May.

The event will be held at Kempton Park horse race course in Surrey. Interest in the events is such that we have already applied to and been accepted as rounds of the ACSMC AutoSOLO Championship. One of the main requirements of AutoSOLOs is that participants do a stint as marshals in between their competitive runs so remember to wrap up warm or break out the sun cream.

Entries are now being accepted. The same entry form can be used for both/either/or events by checking the appropriate boxes on the form. We prefer online entry, however a printable form is also available.

Entry costs are £45 per event or £33.75 for Southern Car Club members under 25 years old thanks to the Brian Hugh fund. More details about club members eligible for entry are in the regulations but if you are not currently a member of a motor club you will be able to join Southern Car Club on the day at signing on. A late entry fee of £5 will apply for entries after Monday 15th May 2017.

Entry fees are accepted online with PayPal (PayPal account not required), with a cheque or bank by transfer.


For any enquiries you can contact the Entries Secretary Michael Russell (

The event web page is here with links to all the documents.


Southern Car Club.

Request on behalf of Somerset Stages Rally (8 April)


Dear Marshal,

We write to you on behalf of the organisers of this year’s Somerset Stages Rally (8 April), who have the following message:

This will be the 39th Somerset Stages Rally on Saturday 8th April and is the only multi venue Rally in the South of England. Based in the seaside town of Minehead and using the forests of the Brendon Hills within the Exmoor National Park, along with the famous Porlock Toll road.

The Rally was awarded the Bill Turner Trophy for Best BTRDA event in 2015, for the second time in three years and the ASWMC Best Loose Surface Stages Rally for 2016.

We’re always happy to see returning faces, as well as new marshals looking to get the best experience of the rally. If you’ve never marshalled before, then let us know and we’ll be able to support you with MSA registration and accreditation. If needed we can partner you up with others to give you a great day marshalling.

We cannot run our Rally without your help and support.

You can contact our Chief Marshal Phillipa on 01643 333743 before 9pm please, or email,

If you’re a radio marshal, you can contact Steve, our Radio Coordinator, on 01643 333943 or

Southern Car Club Autosolo Events Part of ACSMC Autosolo Champtionship

In September Southern Car Club announced two Autosolo dates for 2017, 28th May and 7th October. We can confirm both events will run at Kempton Park Racecourse.
Today we are very happy to announce inclusion in the inaugural ACSMC Autosolo Championship 2017 (Championship Registration No: 39/2017).

The provisional championship calendar (19 Jan 2017) is as follows:
Round Date   Club
1     19-Feb Devizes MC (tbc)
2     19-Mar Farnborough DMC
3     09-Apr Bath MC
4     23-Apr Oxford MC
5     14-May Farnborough DMC
6     28-May Southern CC
7     10-Jun Newbury Dolphin MC
8     02-Jul Farnborough DMC
9     20-Aug Bath MC
10    17-Sep Farnborough DMC
11    01-Oct Oxford MC
12    07-Oct Southern CC

Key points (summarised, please refer to the published regulations):

  • Championship registration is open until 30th May 2017
  • Registration fee is £5
  • All cars must be currently registered for road use (no trade plates) with insurance and MOT (where applicable) and driven to the event.
  • Competitors must marshal on every championship event in which they compete. (thanks 🙂 )
  • A copy of the MSA Championship Registration form is available HERE.
  • Championship Regulations and Registration form is available HERE.


Southern Car Club are sad to announce the untimely passing of one of its most influential members, Alex Mellon. Alex had been suffering from Chronic Pulmonary Disease for a number of years, and more recently it had affected his mobility.

In his earlier business career, when based in London, Alex had been associated with high-end business magazines and fledgling Formula1 teams, both as an advertising salesman and then as a sponsor handler.

One of his early forays into rallying, resulted in a ground breaking sponsorship deal for low alcohol beer brand Clausthaler to support Trevor Smith in a Ford Sierra Cosworth in the British Championship, which is when I first met Alex.

After moving to Bournemouth, Alex joined the Rallye Sunseeker organising team as Marketing Manager. For fifteen years he held that post until the events unforeseen demise at the end of 2013. Rallye Sunseeker has often been held up as a model blend of rally action and marketing expertise, a fact that is as much down to Alex as anyone else. A true salesman, his book of contacts and telephone numbers was legendary.

Alex also used his skills to raise money for various local charities, often allied to the Rallye Sunseeker Charity Dinner which became well known amongst local business owners who loyaly supported both the rally and charities.

Sadly, it seems that he left no known relatives, having parted from a long-time partner some years ago. I was proud to have worked alongside Alex and I believe he will be fondly remembered by many.

Rick Smith

Southern Car Club’s Meeting Venue Changes

Dear all,

From Thursday 2nd June the regular meeting venue for social events changes from Reigate Manor Hotel to The Red Lion at Betchworth.

Over the last couple of months we had a couple of social meets at The Red Lion to test the water. The general consensus was the food (menu) was very good and drinks prices “very attractive”!

We will be organising a social event at The Red Lion every two weeks. Our last event at the Reigate Manor will be Noggin ‘n’ Natter on 26th May. Our first event of many at The Red Lion will be 2nd June. Keep an eye on our social diary for future events.


Kind regards,
The Committee.
Southern Car Club.

Forest stage rallying in Wales open letter from the MSA Chief Executive‏

Colnbrook, Tuesday 3 May 2016

An open letter from the MSA Chief Executive regarding forest stage rallying in Wales

You will be aware that there are no confirmed fees for accessing the Welsh forests for stage rallies beyond 31 May, following the expiration of our previous Master Agreement in December 2015. In contrast, new 2016 agreements for England and Scotland were agreed in January, based on 2015 prices plus RPI at 0.7 per cent.

Due to the fact that negotiations with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are ongoing, the MSA had not detailed the relevant figures publicly. However, since NRW has now published these figures on its website (click here) the MSA feels it appropriate to respond and bring you up to date with what is a very worrying situation for us all.

As you can see from the NRW figures, last year the MSA paid £339,000 for road repairs in the Welsh forests, but NRW says that its costs for reinstating the roads in 2015 actually totalled £655,000. NRW is currently negotiating on the firm basis that it will seek reimbursement of the total cost of reinstatement.

Assuming the quoted £655,000 figure is representative over more than one season, this would mean a doubling of Welsh forestry charges, and NRW currently intends to introduce these new rates from 1 June 2016.

The MSA continues to negotiate in an attempt to convince NRW (and the Welsh Government, of which NRW is a sponsored body) that rallying’s significance to Wales is felt far beyond the sport itself, and that this bigger picture must be taken into account during negotiations.

For us there are three separate but inextricably linked aspects to consider: the sport; the industry underpinning the sport; and economic impact upon – particularly rural – communities in Wales.

Regarding the sport, it is of course synonymous with Wales, both in terms of its heritage and also in the modern era as the host country for the UK’s round of the World Rally Championship, sponsored by the Welsh Government, with whom we enjoy an excellent and mutually beneficial relationship.

There is then the industry. Quoting from the Welsh Government’s Directory of Welsh Motorsport Companies 2014/2015: ‘Wales has a well-established automotive sector with over 150 companies employing more than 1500 workers generating a turnover of over £3billion annually.’ It continues: ‘In towns and valleys, nestled in industrial estates and enterprise parks are motorsport suppliers on the very top of their game. From high end engineering through to merchandising and clothing and racing circuits through to parts suppliers, Wales has a wealth of world class motorsport companies.’

Finally there is the economic impact. When a rally takes place in Wales, the immediate and calculable financial benefit is that competitors, marshals, officials and spectators visit the area for a day and often longer. The MSA has access to UK-wide data that, although now four years old, gives a good indication of this financial impact.

To summarise that data, based on a one-day forest event with 120 competing crews, to include arrival on the previous day and some staying over to the following day, competitors are estimated to bring approximately £99,500 to the region. Marshals, officials and visitors are estimated to bring £345,000, giving a combined total of £444,500. With 10 national forest events running in Wales, this equates to £4.45million.

If we add Wales Rally GB, which alone creates a staggering £10million for the Welsh economy, we can reasonably conclude that forest stage rallying is worth approximately £15million a year to Wales. And that does not even take into account the promotional value of these events, some of which have a global media reach.

We hope that NRW can look beyond its balance sheet and fully appreciate these many benefits, so that there can be much more opportunity for negotiation. And while we must now accept that there will inevitably be an increase in charges, these could certainly be far more realistic and also introduced over a greater period, rather than overnight, which could potentially have a catastrophic impact upon a proud part of Wales’ sporting heritage.

Your governing body will continue to seek the best possible deal but we should not be in any doubt that the immediate and long-term future of rallying in the Welsh forests is currently very uncertain.

In the meantime, we would encourage those of you voting in Wales on Thursday to contact your new or returning Assembly Member to ensure that they are fully aware of your concerns for what Wales may stand to lose.

And if you do not live in Wales but nonetheless have a stake in Welsh rallying, whether by competing, volunteering or spectating in the Welsh forests and thereby filling your petrol tanks on Welsh forecourts, eating in Welsh restaurants, sleeping in Welsh B&Bs or buying goods and services from Welsh motorsport companies, please also make sure that your voice is heard, before it is too late.

Yours in motorsport,

Rob Jones

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