Club news - March 16

Blackpool South Shore Motor Club members had a hectic weekend competing on and organising events last weekend but by the end of which most were left with plaudits ring in their ears.

Saturday saw a number of members in competitive action on the Malcolm Wilson Rally that featured eight forest stages in the Lake District. Fleetwood Auto Engineer Mark Holmes and co-driver Craig Simkiss brought their 1969 Ford Escort Mk1 home 28th overall and fourth in the Historic 3 Class despite suffering gearbox and starter motor issues.

Chris Sharpe-Simkiss helped guide Mike Reed in his Ford Escort Mk2 to 52nd overall and second in the Historic 2 Class but it was a short rally for Blackpool’s Benson brothers Dave and Steve. They were forced to retire their Iain Gorrie Motor Engineers/Blackpool Road & Rally/All Car Parts backed Honda Civic on the day’s second test with gearbox problems.

Top result on the day went to Charlie Payne and Carl Williamson in their Ford Fiesta after David Wright and Steve Pugh were relegated to second place when their Ford Focus WRC broke a driveshaft on the final stage.

Mark Holmes/Craig Simkiss (Ford Escort Mk1) on the Malcolm Wilson Rally.


Sunday saw the first of the South Shore Motor Club’s annual rally days with the running of the Roskirk Stages and Roskirk JuniorStages at Wigan’s Three Sisters Race Circuit. It was hailed a resounding success with a maximum combined 65 car entry completing all twelve scheduled specialstages within a tight time schedule.

Craig Simkiss and Chris Sharpe-Simkiss were both on co-driver call again and were locked in a fierce battle for a Roskirk stagesvictory. In the end both were denied as Martyn Tinker and Iain Petterson took the winners laurels in their Lotus Exge. Sharpe-Simkiss did at least claimSouth Shore bragging rights after finishing runner-up alongside Brandon Smith in a Darrian T9 but sadly Simkiss, his cousin, failed to finish. Co-drivingPeter Jackson a collapsed wheel bearing forced their Ford Escort Mk2 into retirement on the ninth stage whilst in second place.

Graham Butler and Chris O’Connor finished 16th overall in the Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 but Thomas and DavidParkinson were forced to retire their Roadrunner Tyres Subaru Impreza with mechanical troubles.

Fourteen year-old Riley Banks from Preesall, making his rally driving debut in a Peugeot 107 and co-driben by Janice Moore, finished 11th overall in the Roskirk Junior Stages. The Junior event was won by Scots duo FinlayRestson and Tom Hynd in a Citroen C1.

Graham Butler/Chris O’Connor (Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800) on the Roskirk Stages.