18th June 2018: MSA Extra available here
The latest edition of the MSA Extra is available to read here. This month it contains news about the progress of the process to get Scotland to close roads for rallies in line with England. [The first closed road event in England was held the other moth in Essex and was a resounding success. WRGB this year will also feature closed roads as the event draws to a close in LLandudno].
Articles this month also include the rules surrounding Media accreditation. To read the full publication click here.
18th June 2018: MSA Extra available here
18th June 2018: Table top to feature at Motorsport Friday
Most of you may know by now that every 3rd Friday in the month is now a specific Motorsport night at the clubhouse. this is designed for those active Motorsport members to get together for social activities. so far we have had a sport related quiz and films; but for July we will be featuring a simple table top rally. So get the date in your diary, Friday 20th July, the event will start at 20:30 approx. Also watch our Facebook page for updates, click here
4th June 2018: Seven Dales Heritage Run 2018 an overwhelming success.
The fifth running of this event went ahead yesterday, 3rd June, and was hailed as great success by those who took part. A total of 44 cars assembled at the De Lacy Clubhouse yesterday where crews were treated to a freshly cooked Bacon or Sausage sandwich before setting off on a 88 mile route through West and North Yorkshire. The route took in many small winding and very narrow roads at timers before returning to the clubhouse for our traditional BBQ tea.The organising committee have announced that the event will take place on Sunday the 2nd June in 2019. So continue to watch these pages for all the event news. To see photographs from this year's event click here.
22nd May 2018: SOL Rally Barbados nearly here.
As the first European competitors arrived over the weekend to be reunited with rally cars they last saw at Dover, the new UK port of departure, just over three weeks ago, the final countdown to Sol Rally Barbados 2018 is under way. With the Rally Show this Saturday (May 27) launching 10 days of intense activity, the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) preparations have changed up a gear; Flow King of the Hill follows on Sunday, with the BRC’s blue riband event, Sol RB18, running from Friday to Sunday, June 1-3.
Once the Geest Line freighter Baltic Klipper docked at the
Bridgetown Port soon after sunrise on Saturday morning, a finely-tuned
operation got under way. Volunteers from the Barbados Rally Club (BRC), led by
Sol RB Rally Office Manager Jeanne Crawford, worked until late afternoon,
helped by Bridgetown Port and Customs personnel to off-load 28 rally cars and
two service barges, process the paperwork, then transport them to ‘Rally
Central’ at Bushy Park Barbados, St Philip . . . and all in record time.
Sol Rally Barbados (June 1-3) and Flow King of the Hill (May 27) are organised and promoted by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017. Title sponsors: The Sol Group and Flow. Major partners: Automotive Art, Banks, Chefette, Simpson Motors, Toyo Tires. Partners: Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Geest Line, Tourism Development Corporation. Associate sponsor: Stoute’s Car Rental. Click here for all the event information.
21st May 2018: New tougher MOT from today
The new MOT comes into force today with many new items never before tested now on the checklist. The biggest headline one is that diesel cars will be more rigorously checked for pollution.
24th April 2018: - Social Run details announced.
As briefly mentioned previously, Mike Brownlow has organised a social club run to Bridlington in July. The run starts at Ferrybridge services and will finish at Bridlington Links Golf Course. Full details and entry form can be found here.
9th April 2018: Ilkley Classic comes up with yet another great entry!
The Ilkley Classic Rally, which will be running on the 15th April, and which we will be out marshalling in force on, will once again be takiong to the roads of North Yorkshire. Always a great event this year sees another great entry list. For all the up to date event information go to the official website here.
9th April 2018: Calling all competitors, regulations available for the ATL Carlisle Stages
The regulations are now available for the ATL sponsored Carlisle Stages in June. This event organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club is once again a round of the BTRDA Championship and will also host the new Rally 2WD format with stages split over the Friday evening (23 stage miles) and the Saturday (21 stage miles). For full details go to the official web site, where you can find the regulations and also marshal registration
9th April 2018: Advanced Notice - Club Fees due shortly...
Yes folks it's that time again, where we will soon be asking for your money for your club membership renewal. See the attached document for all the renewal details.
If your'e not a member then why not join us? For full details of how to join click the link here.
29th March 2018: Dayinsure Wales Rally GB News
I know that it only just seem like yesterday since the Wales Rally GB, but the marshalling news for 2018 is out and there are some exciting prospects for this years event, including the use of closed roads. Click here to go to the newsletter.
29th March 2018: Seven Dales Heritage Run takes shape.
This years run has been driven and the mileages checked. It seems that some of the route may well be affected by the Tour de Yorkshire. However this is of no detriment. Entries:- have reached 37 fully paid up so we are approaching our original capacity. However, at our recent planning meeting it was decided that we may be in a position to extend numbers up to 50. So we recommend that if you want to do this very popular run, that you get your entry in as soon as possible.
The entry list contains some extremely nice cars, including a Cobra!!
29th March 2018: Social Club Run to Bridlington 8th July 2018 (Members Only)
Organised by De Lacy member Mike Brownlow, this day will consist of a gentle run to the coast with a Sunday afternoon meal. There will possibly be a small charge for this event to cover the cost of the road book and the charges from the MSA. More details soon, but likely that we will have to limit numbers to 12 cars, so we will be opening a list shortly.
14th March 2018: Regulations on general release for Seven Dales Heritage Run
Today we announce the general availability of the supplementary regulations for the 2018 Seven Dales Heritage Run. Click here for the full information
The club committee have decided that we will set aside one night a month for our motor sport club members to come and talk all things motor sport. These evenings will include film nights and the much publicised "table top" rally will also make an appearance, keep watching the club Facebook page for more details. The first one is Friday 16th March. Come along!!!!
7th March 2018: Heritage Run 2018, update.
The planning for the 2018 Heritage Run is well in hand. The Certificate of Exemption has been obtained from the MSA and the route has been confirmed free from problems by the respective RLOs. The mileage will be close to 90 miles, with the route heading out West and North from the club, taking in some beautiful scenery in North and West Yorkshire.
The entries opened to previous entrants last week and so far we have 14 paid up entries. The event is limited to 40 cars this year and the main entry will be opened up on Monday 12th March. The regulations and entry form will be available via a link from this page!
7th March 2018: More details unveiled for Treasure Hunt.
The Summer Treasure Hunt will be held on Friday 27th July and will consist of clues based on a route of about 10-15 miles, starting and finishing at the clubhouse. The event will be limited to 12 cars to avoid the need for a permit from the MSA. Therefore it will be necessary for the organisers to operate a waiting list for entrants.
The event will be open to all fully paid up members of both the Social and Motor Clubs. Keep watching the club Facebook page for all the details.
11th February 2018: Ice Driving with Stig!
Yes its possible, I have recently read an article for a new ice driving school, where one of the tutors is the one and only Stib Blomqvist. The article is available on the Daily Telegraph website. The experience can be purchased at www.driversparadise.se at a cost of £1,195
11th February 2018: Route for Seven Dales Heritage Run agreed.
The route for this years Seven Dales Heritage Run has been agreed by the respective RLOs and we now have our certificate of exemption allowing us to run. The regulations and the entry form will be available shortly on the event page on this website.
29th January 2018: AGM reminder.
By now all eligible members of De Lacy Motor Club Limited and the De Lacy Social Club should have received their calling notice for the AGM on Wednesday 21st February. It is important that you read the associated paperwork and submit your preferred candidates to stand on the committee.
Check your inbox for all the details
29th January 2018: Heritage Run route now confirmed.
The route for the Seven Dales Heritage Run 2018, has now been checked by the Road Liaison Officers and everything is now pressing ahead. The regulations and entry forms will be out soon.
Don't forget to come along and take part in this extremely popular event. Entries will be limited. All the money made from the event will go to our nominated charities, which for this year are;
3) NET Foundation, caring for people with Nero Endocrine cancers
(DLMC Has two surviving members with this condition and one who sadly passed away in 2015)
29th January 2018: Mintex Rally Yorkshire, Dinner and Run 2019
Following the overwhelming success of the Lombard RAC Run and dinner of attracting entries for the event to be run in November 2018, the organisers have announced that they will be doing a similar event in Yorkshire in 2019.
Here is their Facebook announcement.
"As a follow up to Lombard Rally Bath we are pleased to announce Mintex Rally Yorkshire. Based in York, at the Principal Hotel, on 26th, 27th and 28th April 2019.
Visits to Bramham Park, Harewood House, Harewood Hillclimb, Esholt and other Mintex Rally stages have been arranged. All, as in Bath, at non-competitive speeds, with great star drivers who will be announced over the coming days. "
De lacy Motor Club have been invited to take part. As we were the original organisers of the Mintex Rally, it is only fitting that we should all put this date in our diaries now. To find out more go to the event Facebook page here
29th January 2018: Ogier takes first round of 2018 Championship.
Yesterday, Sebastian Ogier took the first round of the 2018 WRC, in extraordinary conditions, in a measured drive across the three days. Towards the end he was pushed hard by his old teammate, at MSport, Ott Tanak, but held off all competition to be victorious this weekend. catch all the event new via the WRC website here, or on the Red Bull TV site by clicking on the image.
19th January: MSA Extra published.
This month Dave Richards outlines his vision for the future. Also new technical regulations, Click on the image to go to the document.
19th January 2018: Advanced Warning, AGM.
This years AGM will be held at the clubhouse on Wednesday 21st February 2018. Calling notices will be sent to all eligible members next week.
19th January 2018; Treasure Hunt date for diary.
The social club committee have announced a treasure hunt for all members on Friday 27th July. For more click here.
19th January 2018: 2018 Heritage Run Confirmed.
The organising committee of the Heritage Run held its first planning meeting today (19th January), where it confirmed a route of under 100 miles on OS Maps 105 & 104. Go to the event page, here, for more details
19th January 2018: Marshalling Requests coming in
Interested in Marshalling with De Lacy this year, then go to our "Marshalling" page where all details of requests can be found, in particular recent request for the York Motor Club and Ilkley Motor Club Classic events, click here for all the details and contact details.
15th January 2018. Welcome to a New Year with De Lacy
Welcome to you all for 2018 with De Lacy Motor Club. Please keep watching these pages for all our news. In particular details of the 2018 Seven Dales Heritage Run and details of all our Marshalling activities.
15th January 2018: Marshalling Request, Lookout Stages
We have received a request for marshals to help out at the Lookout Stages at Melbourne airfield on Sunday 8th April, read the full article here.
18th December 2017: Latest MSA Extra now available
The latest MSA Extra magazine is now available to read. This, the end of the year publication includes the usual rule changes, and judicial decisions, but also includes a link to the MSA Annual Report for 2017. These can be accessed by clicking on the images opposite.
12th December 2017: The Classic Car Show returns
The Classic Car show will return to the Excel Arena in the heart of the London Docklands in February 2018. Alonside the usual displays, this year there will be a special feature of famous "getaway cars". This will be curated by Phillip Glenister.
Famous for ‘firing up’ his Audi quattro when acting as throwback DCI Gene Hunt in Ashes to Ashes, Glenister will be maximising his insider police knowledge to bring together this showcase of cars as chosen by notorious crooks to evade the law whether on the silver screen or in real life.
Vehicles already on the shortlist include a number of criminal classics such as the MK1 Transit van, Jaguar Mark 2, Sierra Cosworth Sapphire and, perhaps, even a Mini Cooper S as famously employed by Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) and his gang to escape from the Carabinieri di Torino in the original
Italian Job movie.
“We will take our inspiration from TV, films and real life,” said Glenister who also co-presents Channel 4’s motoring show For the Love of Cars
programme. Adding to the sense of drama, Glenister’s final selection will be showcased on a specially designed and arresting exhibition stand that will further both its visual impact and the visitor experience. Tickets are now available on the event website via this link here.
29th November 2017: First 50 crews commit to Rally 2WD on Rally North Wales
Pledges of support from 50 crews have now been received for Rally North Wales, which will be the first rally to be organised to the new Rally 2WD format on Saturday 24 March.
The team behind Rally 2WD has been working behind the scenes to confirm support for the first event and now have 50 commitments from the historic fraternity, with more expected. Importantly, the numbers include at least 15 cars from Category 1 (pre-1968), which will be a massive improvement over this season when only two or three of the older cars were active on forest rallies. Read the full story here.
Here is a another date for your diary, the Autosport Show, that traditional curtain raiser to the next season of Motorsport is running at the NEC Birmingham from 11th - 14th January 2018. Click here, or on the image opposite to go the the official website for all details
29th November 2017: Riponian Rally 2018 Cancelled
Please read the announcement form the organisers of the 2018 Riponian Rally, reproduced below...
"It is with deep regret that the organising team of the Riponian Rally have to announce the rally will not be running in 2018. In late August, part way through the planning process the team learnt that the forests around Helmsley which have been part of the event for the past 20 years were no longer available. This meant the team not only had to find new stages, not originally part of the forest allocation, but it also meant the traditional scrutineering, service area & finish venue of Thirsk Auction Mart would not viable due to the excess road mileage involved, further complicating matters. Being unable to fully resolve these issues and a very short timescale left to complete all the new safety requirements and have them approved, combined with a large potential financial risk, the team took the decision to not run the event and regroup early in 2018 to begin planning for 2019 which would be 50 years since the first ever Riponian "
That's such a shame, but keep watching these pages for details of other marshalling opportunities with De Lacy Motor Club
22nd November 2017: MSA Extra available to read.
The latest edition of the MSA Extra magazine is available to read here. This month it includes a full report of the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, brief report of the Roger Albert Clark Rally 2017. as well as all the Technical changes this month. Click here or on the image opposite, to go to the magazine
22nd November 2017: McCormack wins Roger Albert Clark Rally
After a break of three years, the Roger Albert Clark Rally returned to the calendar at the beginning of November. Almost 100 cars from all over Europe, assembled in Leominster for what was the biggest rally seen in the UK in over twenty years. After four days of rallying in Wales Scotland and thew English Borders, Marty McCormack and his co driver Barney Mitchell were crowned winners at the finish at Kielder Water. Read the full story of the event here. Congratulations go to our Club members who were part of the Equipment Team for the event well done to, Steve Walshaw, Andy Walshaw, John Birkitt, Paul Williamson and his wife Rebecca. Have a well earned rest!!
27th October 2017: WRGB underway
Yesterday saw the beginning of the penultimate round of the 2017 WRC, when the competitors tackled the opening stage of the 2017 WRGB, the Visit Conwy Tir Prince spectator stage. the honours were taken by Sevbastien Ogier in his Fiesta. Read the up to date route information here and the up to date results here.
23rd October 2017: Hamilton one win away from a fourth World Championship title
Yesterday, 22nd October 2017, Lewis Hamilton came to within one win of claiming a fourth world title. He needed to win yesterday and for Vettel, his nearest rival in the Championship Tile race, to finish lower than 5th. Vettel finished in second place, which means that the title could well be decided in Mexico next weekend. Read the full report here.
18th October 2017: Latest MSA News Extra now available.
The latest MSA Extra Publication is now available to read here. This month includes details of rule changes affecting head restraint devices, vehicle log books (for competition) and news of the Wales Rally GB which is being held next week
16th October 2017: HERO Rally of the Tests coming to our region.
The 2017 Rally of the Tests organised by HERO events will this year be travelling from Carlisle to finish in Harrogate. With an entry list that so far boasting a 95 car entry list this is an event not to be missed. You can sign up to marshal by following this link here. For full information go to the event website here.
9th October 2017: DLMC Heritage Run in Pontefract and Castleford Express and Stag Owners Magazine.
Thanks to Steve Cowley for contacting the Pontefract and Castleford Express. They have published an article outlining the contribution which we made to local charities once again. The text of the article for the Stag Owners magazine is copied here.
The Seven Dales Heritage Run back in June was a tremendous success, this being its fourth running and on the day 37 entries went out on the 80 mile drive, I can report the £600 profits raised from the day were distributed to three charities, British Heart Foundation, Yorkshire Cancer research and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.Last Friday, 29th Sept, representatives from YAA attended our Club to receive the cheque which was presented by Mr Ken Roberts, Chairman of De Lacy MC and Mr Graham Falshaw, Northern Regional Organiser and Chairman West Yorks Triumph Stag Owners Club.
9th October 2017: Chris Meeke wins in Spain.
Chris Meeke returned to form on the mixed surface of Catalonia over the weekend to score his second win in the WRC Championship for 2017. He is still a way down the points rankings for drivers, but after his torrid season so far this was a great result. Neuville and the other Hyundais suffered mechanical mishaps to leave them with little chance of the manufacturers title and Neuville fighting for a chance to gain the top spot , still held by Sebastien Ogier. For all the action from the event follow this link here to Red Bull TV.
3rd October 2017: Latest MSA Blue Book changes now available.
The latest MSA Bulletin has been issued with rule change, which will be implemented in the new year, click here to go to the document. Important rule changes re historic competition cars and rules surrounding head restraint systems.
27th September 2017: Presentation evening for 2017 Heritage Run
The presentation of the cheque to our chosen charity will take place in the clubhouse on Friday 29th September. Come along and support the organisers and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
27th September 2017: Roger Albert Clark Rally spectator access announced.
The Roger Albert Clark Rally has announced more details of spectator access for the return of the must do rally. Click here for all the details and ticket prices.
18th September 2017: Rally 2WD to be represented on Rally North Wales
Rally North Wales will be the first rally to be organised to the new Rally 2WD format when the popular event runs in classic Welsh forests on Saturday 24 March.
The organising team from Wolverhampton and South Staffs Car Club has confirmed a partnership with R2WD, the new initiative designed to rekindle support for gravel rallying for all two-wheel drive cars, both modern and historic.
Rally2WD has been developed to encourage back the groups most adversely affected by the move to a single field running in performance order. The historic and lower powered front-wheel drive entries have been decimated as a result and it is those competitors that are the target for Rally 2WD, along with all other two-wheel drive cars, historic or modern, that have disappeared from the sport. Read the full story here.
7th September 2017: Support events announced for the Roger Albert Clark Rally
The 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally has announced that it will once again be running three support rallies, designed purely for the clubman competitor who doesn't want the expense of the full event, but want to feel a part of the biggest rally the country has seen in over 20 years.
The three events are:
* Saturday: Peregrine Print Rally (49 stage miles for £350)
* Sunday: R.A.C. Clubman's Rally (42 stage miles for £325)
* Monday: R.A.C. Kielder Rally (47 stage miles for £325)
The three one-day rallies will offer some of the best value gravel rallying in the UK with entry fees from as little as £7 per mile.
5th September 2017: First view of route map for Roger Albert Clark Rally
With just over two months to go now to the return of the Roger Albert Clark Rally, the organisers have released the first overview map, showing the location of the 32 special stages, in what is to be the biggest rally the UK has seen since the 1990's. Click here to go to the maps.
29th August 2017: Motoring weekend for East Yorkshire, 9th 10th September 2017.
Tour Britannia is organising a weekend of motoring events for motor sport and car enthusiasts on behalf of the East Riding Council. All are based around Bridlington and entries are still available for any of them, There is a Sportsman's dinner on the the Saturday evening, followed by a fun economy run and a car show and parade at Sewerby Hall on the Sunday. For all the details of the events and how to enter click here.
29th August 2017: Entries for Roger Albert Clark Rally reach 100.
The return of the Roger Albert Clark Rally in 2017, will see the most cars ever drive across the start line when the event starts at Shelsey Walsh Hillclimb on Friday 10th November. Read the full story here.
17th August 2017: MSA News Extra available.
The latest edition of the MSA News has been published. This month details of rule changes, the return of the MSA Asphalt Championship and information for marshals on the importance of keeping record cards up to date. The publication can be found by clicking here.
17th August 2017: Mixed Surface Stage for Roger Albert Clark Rally.
The 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally will feature a rare mixed-surface special stage during the opening leg of the four-day rally in Wales on Friday 9 November.
The fifth stage of the Welsh leg will feature 2.5 miles of asphalt, followed by 4.5 miles of gravel on the Epynt stage. For those familiar with the Epynt ranges, the stage will start at the western end of the Burma Road and head to the Llandeilor Fan triangle before switching to gravel by joining the stage often known as Route 60.
The first day of competition will start with two special stages at Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, with the second stage running down the hill to mark a first for the 112-year-old motor sport venue near Worcester.
Then crews will head straight into the forests with a demanding 14-mile stage in Radnor providing a big wake up at the start of 300 stage miles over four days. After a 6-mile stage in Gwibedog, the crews will service at the quarry on the Epynt ranges before tackling the mixed-surface Epynt stage. Stages that mix a significant portion of asphalt and gravel mileage are very rare nowadays, and this one has been designed to give crews a taste of the type of stage that was much more common in the heyday of the original RAC Rally.
After the Epynt stage, crews will return to Radnor for a repeat of the 14-mile stage before the end of the leg at Brightwells in Leominster. After a main service halt, the entire rally will head north to Carlisle for the start of the second leg.
“We did a complete route survey of the Welsh stages last week and I was very impressed by the quality of the roads,” said rally manager Colin Heppenstall. “The stages are in beautiful condition. We think the split surface Epynt stage will add a fresh challenge for the crews.”
15thAugust 2017: Brightwells of Leominster set to host the Roger Albert Clark Rally.
The Herefordshire town of Leominster will be the focus of British motor sport in November when the 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally is based at Brightwells.
The rally’s involvement in
Leominster was officially launched at Brightwells today (15 August) with
officials from Leominster Town Council meeting the team at Brightwells and
representatives from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Rally. Read the official press release here.
12th August 2017: Table Top series postponed.
Due to the holiday season, and the health of the organiser, the table top challenge has been postponed until later in the year, in the hope of attracting participants. Keep watching here for the full details.
12th August 2017: MSA rule changes announced.
The August version of rule changes for the "Blue Book" have been published by the MSA. Changes include definitions and eligibility dates for historic rally cars. Read the full publication here, and print to keep with your book.
27th July 2017: MSA News.
Snippets of information taken from the MSA News Extra publication. To read the full publication, click here.
1. Fake Harness. Ensure that you check your harness carefully as with most things someone will try to make a copy. This one found oin an event in Belgium had failed catastrophically. Ensure you buy from an accredited dealer.
2. LED headlights on road rally cars.
This is a reminder that LED lights cannot be retro fitted, nor are LED auxiliary lights allowed.
3. Check helmet straps. The picture shows a helmet strap produced on a helmet at scrutineering which would have been of no substantail use.
4th July 2017: Table Top Series given the go ahead!!
The table top series, which we posted here some time ago, has now been given the go ahead. However the dates have been changed to accommodate other motor club events and commitments. The new dates are here;
11th August 2017 - Introduction Evening
25th August 2017 - Round 1
15th September 2017 - Round 2
20th October 2017 - Round 3 (Changed from 27th due to WRGB)
8th December 2017 - Final Round
4th July 2017: Marshal Registration now open for Roger Albert Clark Rally.
Find out the full information for marshalling on this the longest special stage rally in the UK!
Go to www.racrally.org to register.
4th July Marshal request, Maple Garage Beaver Rally.
Marshals are required for this road rally, which is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year.
16th June 2017: MSA News Extra published.
For all the MSA news click here for this months publication.
16th June 2017: Registration now open for Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
As the year is accelerating along headlong through the summer, now is the time to turn our thoughts to end of the year and in particular the Wales Rally GB. To register to marshal on the event click here to either log in or register.
David Richards CBE, one of the motorsport industry’s most globally successful figures, has been selected as Chairman-elect of UK governing body the Motor Sports Association (MSA).
Richards will assume the position of Non-Executive Chairman from 1 January 2018, succeeding Alan Gow, who steps down on 31 December 2017 after 12 years in the role.
The appointment follows a thorough process led by a professional search firm, in conjunction with a panel comprising Non-Executive Directors of the MSA.
As the next Chairman of the MSA Board, Richards will be responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the organisation, which represents approximately 30,000 competitors, 10,000 volunteer marshals and officials, and 750 clubs.
David Richards said: “Having started out as a competitor and more recently run my own teams in a wide variety of motor sport categories I’m honoured to be asked, at this stage of my career, to Chair the MSA. I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and trust that my 50 years of experience, in almost every facet of the sport, can now be put to good use.”
Alan Gow said: “I have known David, as both a friend and previous business partner, for over 25 years. I have no doubt David will take on this new role with great enthusiasm and I’m delighted that he is my successor.”
Richards is the founder and Chairman of Prodrive, an internationally successful motorsport and technology company employing more than 500 people in Banbury and Milton Keynes. Since 1984 Prodrive has won six FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) titles, running the Subaru Imprezas of legendary drivers such as Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg.
Prodrive has also won four MSA British Touring Car Championships and four Le Mans 24 Hours. It managed the BAR Honda Formula One team for three seasons in the early-2000s, achieving second place in the 2004 constructors’ championship, and is currently the driving force behind Aston Martin Racing.
Richards discovered his passion for the sport as a teenager, when watching the RAC Rally in Clocaenog Forest near his home in North Wales. He went on to compete in club level rallies, first as a driver before switching to the navigator’s seat. His crowning achievement as a competitor was co-driving Finnish legend Ari Vatanen to the 1981 WRC title aboard a Ford Escort RS1800. In 2005 Richards was appointed a CBE for his services to motorsport.
David Richards CBE, motorsport CV:
2007-2013: Chairman, Aston Martin
2005: Appointed a CBE for services to motorsport
2002-2004: CEO, BAR Honda
1984-present: Founder and Chairman, Prodrive
1982-1984: Consultant, automotive industry
1974-1981: Rally co-driver, British Leyland, Opel and Ford.
16th June 2017: Seven Dales Heritage Run date announced.
Following our most successful Seven Dales Heritage Run ever, see below, we would like to give you the date for the 2018 event. this has been provisionally planned for 3rd June 2018. Make sure you get the date in your diary now.
5th June 2017: 4th Seven Dales Heritage Run hailed a success.
The 4th running of the De Lacy Motor Club Seven Dales Heritage Run took place yesterday, Sunday 4th June.
A record number of 39 vehicles took part, with feed back at the end of the day very encouraging. Read the full story here, and see the full gallery of pictures here.
18th May 2017: Family Fun Day announced.
The social club committee of the De Lacy motor Club are pleased to announce a new date for the social calendar. A Family Fun Day has been organised for Saturday 22nd July 2017. With activities for all the family, it is sure to be a great day if the weather is kind. Tickets available form behind the bar at the clubhouse. See attached flyer for all the details.
18th May 2017: Great entry for the Seven Dales Heritage Run.
The Clerks of the Course for the 2017 Seven Dales Heritage Run are delighted at the entry of this years event. The run, as it has become known, is now in it's 4th year and is run not for profit as all proceeds go to local charities. Our beneficiaries in the past have been Yorkshire Cancer research and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Click here for the full entry list.
12th April 2017: De-Lacy Motor Club Table Top Challenge
The Motor Club committee are pleased to announce the introduction of a table top rally challenge series for the summer and autumn of 2017. The series will start with a basic training evening in July and will culminate with a grand final in December. This event will also be open to invited motor clubs from the area and clubs are encouraged to enter teams. Full details of the series will follow, together with regulations, before the end of May. The proposed dates are as follows:
- 21st July - Introductory training evening
- 25th August - Round 1
- 15th September - Round 2
- 27th October - Round 3
- 15th December - Grand Final
12th April 2017: MSA announces closed road success.
The MSA has announced that the law affecting road closures has finally been amended after a campaign stretching back to 2010. Read the full MSA article here.
8th February 2017: Seven Dales Heritage Run planning going ahead
The first planning meeting for this years event has been held and a route has been put on the maps. We are ahead of schedule, and the route will soon go for approval, before the team move into the survey. This year we are looking to formalise the halfway halt. For all the up to date information , go to the Seven Dales Page here.
18th January 2017: Roger Albert Clark Rally 2017, more information revealed
This year’s Roger Albert Clark Rally will include special stages in Wales for the first time in the event’s history.
After a two-year break, the event returns in November and will start with a Welsh leg on Friday November 10 before heading north for the following three days. The full story can be seen by following this link here. To see a larger map, either click on the map or follow the link here.
22nd January 2017: Some Future Events of interest:
Some more dates for your calendars.
4th February Jamming for fun & UKEs3A, a fun night at De-Lacy with live music
19th February Riponian Rally – we are going to Roppa (just North of Helmsley). See us at the Club if you want details.
26th March North Yorkshire Classic – details available soon at the Clubhouse.
2nd April Look Out Stages – Melbourne near York.
9th April Ilkley Jubilee Classic Rally– details available soon at the Clubhouse.
27th January 2017: AGM Announcement.
The Annual General Meeting of De-Lacy Social & Motor Club, will be held at the Clubhouse on
WEDNESDAY 15th FEBRUARY 8pm for a prompt 8.30 start. As a club member, your attendance is required. Please try to attend and find out how the Club is moving forward. Here is the formal notice:
Dear Fellow Club Member,
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meetings of De Lacy Social Club and De Lacy Motor Club will be held consecutively at the Clubhouse on Wednesday 15th February 2017 starting at 8.30pm prompt.
You are reminded of your rights as a member of De Lacy Social Club and De Lacy Motor Club to attend.
Please find attached a copy of the formal calling notice for these meetings and a copy of the Committee Nominations form.
Note that Nominations for the Committee must be delivered to the secretary, in writing, no later than Friday 10th February 2017. Similarly, any additional business for inclusion onto the agenda must be delivered to the Honorary Secretary in writing by the same date.
21st December 2016: MSA publishes Annual Report.
The 2016 Annual report has been published, and can be found by clicking on the image above. There are some very interesting pieces contained within it, especially the suggestion that the closed roads for rallying may be closer than we thought.
Also ensure that you read about the progress being mad on Rally safety.
21st December 2016: MSA Extra magazine available
The last MSA Extra magazine of 2016 is available by clicking on the image above. There is important information relating to the grading of marshals for 2017 and the new "buddy" system which will commence in the new year.
17th November 2016: Changes to underbody protection for historic cars
Important changes have been made to MSA regulations for underbody protection on historic rally cars following representation from the organisers of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship.
With effect from 1 January 2017, the limitation on material permitted to be used to protect the underside of historic cars on special stage rallies has been eased. The revised regulation allows for the use of any material of period specification, which removes the previous limitation of fibreglass and opens up the option to use composite material.
The proposal came from discussions within the BHRC management team from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club and is seen as a move to help keep historic cars competing on gravel rallies.
The ruling from the MSA Historic Committee is as follows:
49.11.4. Any underbody protection must be of period specification. Additionally a guard, moulded closely to the vehicle floor pan, fixed by bolting and/or adhesive may be fitted. It must not extend beyond the front and rear axle centre lines and the outer 100mm on each side must not cover the vertical section of the outer sills.
Reason: To remove the restriction on materials used for underbody protection to allow Historic Stage Rally vehicles to use protection that will be effective.
17th November 2106: Club Newsletter now available:
be aware that the final newsletter from the Chairman, Ken Roberts, is now available at the clubhouse or viw email for those membvers with a registered email address. Here are a few key points from it;
· The Club will be open every Friday Night until 16th December
· The Club will re-open on 6th January 2017
· A free Social Night featuring a Ukulele band and some limited catering on Saturday 4th February.
· The AGM will be on Wednesday 15th February.
· The Club Summer BBQ and Car Heritage Run will be Sunday 4th June.
Friday 11th November 2016: Roger Albert Clark rally set to return! Following an unfortunate enforced break since 2014, this must do rally of the year will return in 2017. From 2017 it is anticipated that this will be a biennial event. For the full story follow the link here.
Friday 11th November 2016: Silver Fern Rally all ready to go: The Silver Fern Rally, held in New Zealand, as the name would suggest, is probably one of the best classic historic rallies for competitors. This year the event will start on the 27th November and run through to the 4th December. for all the event information to date click here
4th October 2016: Jason Pritchard wins Mintex MSA BHRC 2016
Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke won the 2016 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship with a steady run through the Yorkshire forests on the Trackrod Historic Cup (30 September/1 October).
While Steve Bennett and Paul Spooner were top BHRC finishers after 55 fast stage miles in warm sunshine, Pritchard and Clarke did more than enough to become only the second crew to retain the BHRC crown.
Sunday 10th July Special Stage TV launch app for mobiles
Good news for Rally Fans, Special Stage TV is now available as an App, and you can download it now for Free from your App Store for Apple and Android devices.
Special Stage TV brings all their coverage, news and photos into one place, along with event dates, broadcast dates, useful links and our social network feeds.
They have introduced 'Rally HQ' where you can add your own news, Photos and Videos from events, meaning you can get involved directly with other rally fans while out on the stages or even watching from home.
Keep checking back for regular updates and new features, including some exclusive to our App users.
Android users can click here to go to play store to download the app.
Apple users can go to Apple Store here.
6th July2016 Latest Blue Book Rule Changes
The MSA have today published the latest set of rule changes for the blue book.
If you want to read them in full follow the link here
New website launched June 2016
Welcome to this the all new De Lacy Motor Club website. Unfortunately we have had an unforeseen hiatus in our web service, over the last year. this was due to the untimely passing of our then webmaster Steve Higgins.
This all new site has carried over a number of features from our old site. We hope that you can find everything here that you need. If you need to contact us then please use the contact details below.
We hope that you enjoy this website.
The publishing team, De Lacy Motor Club.