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Page last updated 21st January 2022


Club membership renewal fees are now due! They will need to forwarded with a completed renewal form. See Membership page for full information


Privacy Notice: Please note that this matter was raised at the AGM, our policy has been updated to reflect the requirements of the Clubs registration with Motorsport UK


Harry Walshaw secures entry on the inaugural East Riding Stages, which is being held on Sunday 27th February 2022. This is the first full closed road special stage rally to be held in Yorkshire and will take in a number of famous road rally roads in the east of the county. Harry is lucky to have secured a place for this event, as all entries were chosen by a random number generator. This has left a number of high profile Yorkshire crews in the reserve list. However just one thing stands in his way at the moment, successfully passing his driving test. Lets all support him in whatever way we can. He will be partnered in the co driver seat by John Cunningham.

Harry is keen to tell the website that there are numerous sponsorship opportunities available to get him underway on his first ever full special stage rally and for the rest of the year.

Forthcoming season and Sponsorship opportunities.

For 2022, Harry and his team have decided to tackle the EMAMC Stage Rally Championship.  He will be joined by Russell Thompson who, although only being 14 years of age, already has a wealth of experience on the maps as co driver for his dad on road rallies. [The two of them competed on the DLMC Targa Rally in 2021].

As anyone can appreciate, the cost of tackling a full season of stage rallies can be a drain on resources So far, they have secured a couple of sponsors, whose details will be released once the car is finished ahead of the season start. 

Additionally, they are looking for extra sponsorship and  Harry has decided to offer a space on his "Roof of Fame" for any individual or company willing to put up £50. Each space on the roof will have the name of the donor in it. There are 50 of these spaces available on the roof of the car and he is pleased to tell us that two have already been sold.

In return for their money a donor will get full access to media coverage, pre event and on the event.

Harry wants to make it known that he will continue to support the Sick Children's Trust, who helped him and the family when he was very ill as a child.

So come on De Lacy, I'm sure we can find the money for at least one roof space.

[East Riding Stages details here and the full entry list for the event can be found here]


New Membership Forms: As a result of the Club renewing its membership with Motorsport UK, they have recommended that all clubs adopt a similar format from now on. The new membership forms were agreed at the Committee meeting on Tuesday evening, but they will need to be agreed at the AGM on the 19th January.  The new forms can be found on the Membership pages here. In future all members will need to complete a new form when renewing their membership, but they should ensure that this is clearly shown by striking through the heading as appropriate. 


12 Car Series launched: The first 12 car series to be organised by De Lacy Motor Club, will get underway on Friday 21st January 2022. To be held on OS Maps 105 & 111 this first rally will start and finish at the Clubhouse. Supplementary Regulations are available now on the event page here.


Club rallying news: The competition committee met recently and agreed to move forward with a couple of things of note.
* The Targa Rally will return  on Sunday 24th July. The event has a slight change of personnel with David Walmsley taking the reins as Clerk of the Course, due to the ongoing ill health of this year's Clerk. At a recent meeting the sporting committee agreed a number of new posts and committed to the 2022 Rally. There will be a number of new aspects to the 2022 Rally. Following a site visit last week, the committee are excited at the prospect of a new venue, which is dependant upon ongoing negotiations with the landowner. But if this is agreed, it will add an exciting option to the route. The event will still be based in and around Catterick Camp utilising the range roads, but will have new tests and a new HQ, start and finish locations. We look forward to welcoming you to help or compete.

* At the same meeting the committee also agreed to press ahead with two 12 car rallies. The first of these, organised by John Cunningham and Andy Walshaw will take place on Friday 28th January and will start and finish at the Clubhouse, where it is hoped that refreshments will be available to the participants. The route for this has been to the RLO and is ready to move to the next level. The second organised by Paul Williamson and Malcolm Higgins will be held on either, Friday 18th March or Friday 25th March. This one will start away from the Club and finish back there. The route for this has just been submitted. Regulations for both events will be available shortly.

Keep watching these pages for full details of these events. 


Champion wins Roger Albert Clark Rally: After 5 days of rallying, which was severely disrupted by Storm Arwen, Ryan Champion and Craig Thorley brought home their beautiful Tuthill Porsche 911 ahead of a field, which at times seemed intent on destroying itself, to be the first non Ford Escort to take the spoils in the 14 event history. The event will go down in history with weather worse than the big freeze of 2010. this year crews had to contend with fallen trees in and snow in the special stages;  some of them had to take shelter overnight in a local hostelry when the snow and trees blocked the route back to warmth of Carlisle. One day of the event was lost, whilst organisers rescued spectators and marshals from the stages. A fantastic well done goes to the organising team who once again delivered a first class event against the odds of nature.


Jack Tordoff dies: Jack Tordoff, the founder of JCT600 group of companies passed away on Sunday aged 86 after an illness. Jack was well known in rallying circles having rallied since the late 1950's. He was also one of the few remaining members of the Cod Ecurie Fillet, a select band of rallying stalwarts (click here for history).
The Club would like to offer its condolences to the Tordoff family


Heritage Run 2021 done and dusted: The 2021 heritage run was held On Sunday 3rd October 2021, see images and brief report by clicking here.

Heritage Run is good to go!

After the pandemic and a couple of false starts, the cars entered in the Heritage Run will drive away from Sherburn Aero Club at 1000hrs on Sunday morning for a drive of approximately 90 miles through the North Yorkshire countryside.

Mike Brownlow, the Clerk of the Course told the website that he was completing a final recce of the route today, 30th September ahead of the event on the 3rd October; he said,

"After such a long time away from the calendar I will be glad to see the entrants set off on Sunday. I will have checked the route one last time so that there are no hidden surprises. I just hope that the weather is kind to us"

Final instructions and the entry list can be found on the Heritage Run page, click here.

Enjoy An Evening With Ari Vatanen and David Richards CBE:

Through the long-standing relationship that Motorsport UK has with the Royal Automobile Club it has secured 30 exclusive places for our members to attend a gala evening at the Royal Automobile Club’s historic Pall Mall clubhouse to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ari Vatanen and David Richards winning their 1981 World Rally Championship for Drivers.

Join Ari and David, who are both great storytellers, for what will be an entertaining insight into their 1981 World Championship win and subsequent diverse careers. Their Rothmans Ford RS1800 championship-winning car will be in the Club’s rotunda to add to the spectacle of a fascinating evening you won’t want to miss.

The event is taking place Tuesday 19 October from 7pm – 10.30pm and will include a drinks reception, dinner and wine. Tickets are priced at £82.00 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased from the Royal Automobile Club Eventbrite page.

Tickets can be purchased here

Rod Parkin appointed new Chair of the British Motor Sports Training Trust: 

Following the British Motor Sports Training Trust (BMSTT) trustee meeting on 19 August, Motorsport UK and the BMSTT would like to announce that Rod Parkin has been appointed as a new independent Trustee and will take up the position of Trust Chair with effect from 2 November 2021.

The BMSTT is an established UK Registered Charity formed to improve safety and volunteer officials training for Motorsport UK regulated competition. Mr Parkin from Leeds in West Yorkshire began his motorsport career in 1964 and since then has built up a wealth of motorsport experience, including becoming International FIA Steward, member of the FIA Historic Commission and since 1977, Clerk of the Course for Trackrod Rally Yorkshire.

Congratulations to Rod from the Committee of De Lacy Motor Club.
Read the full story here

Pictures from De Lacy Targa Rally now available to browse here. If you require any more information re prints etc.,

then contact James Ward at Chicane Media


Motorsport UK launch online training portal:

In an E mail received today, MSUK launched their new Learning Hub. The test of the Email is copied here for all our members to read;

"Motorsport UK is delighted to introduce The Learning Hub – the new, online learning platform for Motorsport UK members.

Whether you are an Official, Competitor, Marshal or Event Organiser, The Learning Hub aims to provide an easy to use and time-efficient online learning experience which will help you enhance your skills and prepare you for the role you have chosen to undertake.

The new platform will enable you to read articles, watch videos, complete knowledge exercises, interactive modules and much more.

We recognise that learning and development is key to our members’ enjoyment of the Sport – and it is imperative that we provide you with the appropriate knowledge and skills in order to carry out your role to the best of your ability. The Learning Hub is just one way in which we are committed to this.

The Learning Hub launched today with content aimed at Officials. Further content will be added each month, including specific content for Marshals, Event Organisers and Competitors.

Simply log in to your Members Area on the Motorsport UK website and follow the instructions from there.

If any members have any questions, please email us at training@motorsportuk.org


Motorsport UK Learning Hub now available:

"We are pleased to announce the launch of the new, online learning platform for Motorsport UK members – The Learning Hub. Whether you are an Official, Competitor, Marshal or Event Organiser, The Learning Hub aims to provide an easy to use and time-efficient online learning experience which will help you enhance your skills and prepare you for the role you have chosen to undertake.

The Learning Hub is already in use for the Rally and Cross Country Marshal Accreditation course, however on the 30th March 2020 we will be adding further content for Officials, including modules on:

• Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Safety Awareness

• Safeguarding in Motorsport

• Introduction to Officiating

• Introduction to Marshalling

• Motorsport Theory for Trainee Officials

As well as soft-skills training on topics including Effective Communication, Team Management, Leadership Skills and much more. To access the Learning Hub, please log in to the Motorsport UK website and follow the instructions."

Article posted 5th March 2020