From Jonathan Neale Its the start of the 2020 season with Monklands Sporting Car Club’s first Production Car Trial on Sunday 1 March at Forrestburn. I hope to find you all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the season ahead!
A notable change from Motorsport UK HQ this year. All entrants and passengers now need to be registered with MSUK to be able to compete. The good news is that it’s free but you will need to go to the following link to make the necessary application:
If you haven’t done the necessary before the event then don’t worry. You can fill out the necessary paperwork on the day – it just means we will have more paperwork to fill in so I would be grateful if the majority could do the needful ahead of the first event.
Another notable change is my email address. It is now firstname.lastname@example.org so please can you update your address book as I will not receive emails sent to the old email address.
Entries by email are preferred but by post is fine too. If you have trouble filling in the Entry Form which you can download here then just drop me an email with your name, car type and class entered and you can fill in the form on the day. Payment can be done on the day as well. I do not have access to social media I’m afraid. As always, if you are available to marshal then I would be very grateful for your support. Just let me know if you are intending to attend so I can make sure lunch is available for you.
Otherwise, I hope it will be business as usual – good weather (I’m working on that), great lunch and fun on the hills.
Le Jog visited Loch Lomond Shores on Monday 9 December 2019 where competitors tackled an autotest. This was ably marshalled by Sarah Selman, Lorraine Noble-Thomson, Tony Smith and Derek House from Monklands Sporting Car Club and supported by marshals from Scottish Sporting Car Club. After some horrendous weather the previous day, we were very lucky to have blue skies for the test. Out of the 83 cars that started at Lands End, 64 attempted the test in cars ranging from a 1928 Dodge Senior Six to a much more modern 1988 Volkswagen Golf GTi.
George Dow managed to take some images of Le Jog at the Rest and Be Thankful – here is the story.
As the 25th anniversary of the HERO Le Jog Lands End to John O`Groats rally was passing through our part of the country, I thought there might be a chance of grabbing a few pics of the entrants who had been through some exciting weather before they would reach the test at Lomond Shores. As their next scheduled stop was for lunch at Inverbeg, it seemed apparent that the next leg might be dodging cows on the single track road through Glen Douglas. After the glen, the next test section was on the old track up to the Rest and Be Thankful.
Glen Douglas is a fantastic setting for any picture, but I decided that for a rally there could be no better place to grab a pic or two than on the old road up to the Rest. Unfortunately, the organisers were too nervous about having anybody anywhere on the route. That was a bit OTT given the many stops in the section and strategic cones to inhibit any of the competitors from being overly enthusiastic on the more challenging sections of the road, so no danger whatsoever from folk well used to attending such events.
I ended up in the car park at the Rest, but with a long enough lens to grab some pics that hopefully provide some interest. Those hardy folk in the Bentley`s deserve a gold medal just for having the courage to take part over such a distance at this time of year. It was great to see and hear the mix of marques having a go. The guys in the Mini looked serious with their headphone intercom kit some a tad quicker than others, Great to see Porsche and Alfa Romeos and as ever the Saab and Volvo entrants. The weather was kind too, for a change.
All in all, it was a good day out. If you check the HERO website, you can pick up more info, pics and videos on the event.
The results of the PCT are now online here or here. My thanks go as always to the marshals for standing out in the rain and pushing cars stuck in the mud. My thanks also to Marion and Derek for keeping us fed and watered. That’s it for 2019 so have a good festive season and get ready to rumble next year.
Thanks to the efforts of John Crae and George Dow, we have some images from the Production Car Trial held at Forrestburn on Sunday 3 November 2019.
Following on from the successful Gymkhana event held last November at Forrestburn Speed Hill Climb Track in collaboration with Gillian Sefton from Scottish Motor Sports (SMS) we ran another Gymkhana event on 23 October 2019. The event was primarily for college students in a similar format to last year but with fewer tests. A free lunch was provided and as much tea and coffee as was needed. This event is part of the Club’s efforts to encouraging youngsters to our sport.
John Crae was there to record the event – here is his photo-gallery
A great big thanks to all the marshalls who had to endure some pretty awful weather today, allowing us to take to the hills for the first of the end of season Production Car Trials today. Also to Marion for taking on the scoring, etc and Shonah feeding us all with her barbecue skills.
Looking forward to seeing you all on November 3rd for our final season event. Here is a photo-set courtesy of George Dow.
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