Taunton M.C. in 2018

Well folks here we are at the end of another year. I hope you’ve all had a successful time in whatever you were doing. Personally or Competitively. Sadly the club lost some members this year who played a major role in how the club is today. Richard King, Brenda Mitchell and Julia Hayes all will be sadly missed. Our love and best wishes go out to all their families at this time. The club seems to have had another busy year with treasure hunts, field events, hillclimbs, rallies and not forgetting our first Autosolo at Culmhead Business park. Besides this members got involved in marshalling. competiting and helping other clubs with their events. The year ended with the traditional carvery at the Allerford inn. Another great turn out again with 42 people taking part in the clubs festivities. All in all lots of positives for 2019. Once again it is also that time that I remind club members about renewing their membership especially for those doing the winter series, and any other competitive events early in the year. Membership can be paid online and if your details haven’t changed from last year payment can made by BACS details on the bottom of the membership form which can be found on the website under the Membership tab please use your name as the reference so I can identify who the payment has come from on the bank statement. Also at this time of year I make the request for our members to become more involved what happens with the club, by joining our committee. We need help both on the social media side and organisers as our committee numbers are below what they should be. Its your opportunity to make sure the club continues in being successful and running quality events that competitors want to keep entering year on year.
Finally may I wish you all a very Happy, Prosperous and successful New Year. See you all in 2019, treasure hunt details will be released shortly.
All the very best

Club Privacy Notice

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This privacy notice becomes effective on 25th May 2018, and we will communicate any further changes to you.


Taunton Motoring Club Limited

58th Annual General Meeting

8pm on Thursday 12th April at the

Allerford Inn


 1:   Apologies

2:   Minutes of the 57th Annual General Meeting  at The Allerford Inn, Norton Fitzwarren on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 8pm.

3:   Matters Arising

4:   Treasurer’s Report

5:   Chairman’s Report

6:   Election of officers

7:   Any Other Business

Your opportunity to raise any relevant issue to do with the running of the club, please contact Jan Abel prior to the meeting with your question. So it can where possible be answered on the night.

 Volunteers to join the Committee.

8:   Close of Meeting

Following this there will be an awards presentation for the Winter series, all are welcome and FREE BUFFET




AGM Allerford Inn

Just a reminder that the AGM is next thursday 12th April at the Allerford Inn. I think i managed to contact most through their mobiles or Email. But if I have’nt been able to make contact this is your call up. Meeting Starts at 8pm and is open to all club members. The awards for the Winter series will take place afterwards along with a FREE BUFFET. I would like to see as many club members as possible there. It gives you the club members your opportunity to have your say. we are lucky as a club that we are financially in a strong position. But we do need more volunteers to come on the committee. It means contributing a couple of hours once a month on the third Monday of the month. I know this is a request i put out every year BUT if we don’t increase committee numbers then your club could run out of organisors/adminstrators and then::: its a thought that doesn’t bear thinking about. You can become a committee member on the night of the AGM. Support the future of YOUR club.


Sunday 17th June 2018

Smeatharpe Stages

It is with great delight that Wildlife Autosport announces it will be running a Stage Rally event at Smeatharpe (Devon) airfield on Sunday 17th June 2018. Our event is being run in memory of Richard King who sadly passed away in January. He was Chairman of Wildlife Autosport which ran both Rallies and Hillclimbs at Cricket st Thomas Wildlife Park from 1975-1998. Although the venue was lost Richard still continued in his role in promoting Motorsport in the South West including Rallies at Smeatharpe & Bovington under the banner of Wildlife Autosport.

Bournemouth and District Car Club since 2004 have been successfully running a Stage Rally at Smeatharpe, then in 2007 adding a second event to the years calendar. During early 2018 Bournemouth and District Car Club asked if Wildlife Autosport (Burnham-on-Sea Motor Club and Taunton Motoring Club), would be interested in taking over the running of one of the two Stage Rallies held on Smeatharpe, allowing Bournemouth and District Car Club to continue with their wide range of Motorsport events including the two Rallies held at Bovington. In Bournemouth and District Car Club statement (05/02/18) they said “Running two events so far from our home base for over ten years is not easy logistically and has only been possible by the goodwill of members giving up their valuable time.”.

Wildlife Autosport were delighted to be approached and with support from Bournemouth and District Car Club have started to plan for the June 2018 event this year’s only Stage Rally taking place at Smeatharpe. The Date for the Wildlife Smeatharpe Stages is Sunday 17th June, entries are hoping to be open to competitors early in April 2018.

Wildlife Smeatharpe Stages Organising Team


The funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Monday 19th February at Taunton Crematorium followed by refreshments at Somerset Cricket Club. All are welcome. Family flowers only. Donations to Alzheimers Society via the Funeral Directors.

Richard King 1936-2018

It is with great sadness that Taunton Motoring Club has to announce the passing of one of our founding members yesterday. Richard besides being there at the formulation of our club, was instrumental in organising Rallies in the South West many at National level status. His attention to detail was second to none. This was shown in the very successful and popular Cricket st Thomas  Rallies and Hillclimbs. Whilst being only a small venue and low stage miles it attracted top level competitors from all over the country. Although  Richard had not been an active member of the club for a number of years he was always interested in what was happening in the club. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Especially some of our senior members who were lucky enough to work with him on motorsport events in the South west. There are no funeral details at the moment. As soon as they become available they will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

Merry Christmas-Happy New Year

Hi there Folks.
Well here we are nearly at the end of another year. This year has been another successful one with the club being involved in participating, organising, marshalling, and promoting a number of disciplines from Trials, Stage Rallies, Road rallies, Hillclimbs along with a very healthy social side with the Summer Driving skills and winter series of treasure hunts. At the recent Christmas Carvery at the Allerford Inn. I was pleased to announce the winners from the driving Skills. Mike Potter our president kindly agreed to present the awards. Harry Andrews 3rd overall, Gareth Andrews 2nd overall and Mike Warr taking top spot as the Overall winner. Top spot in the Juniors went to Ashlyn Mitchell. Also congratulations to both Ashlyn and Jordan for passing their Driving test in the week of the Carvery. An excellent turn out for the carvery 38 members and 3 non members. As previously The Allerford looked after us well again this year. Plenty of food even for the extra 6 that I hadn’t planned on. As we approach 2018 just a small reminder to all those members who have events in early/mid January to get their memberships in so I have time to get your cards to you before the event. Also any of you doing the winter series of treasure hunts will also need to rejoin so that you can claim your points.
Finally on behalf of Taunton Motoring Club’s Committee may I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Enjoy the celebrations.

Winter Treasure Hunts

Well Folks the treasure hunt season has started with the first one last Thursday. A great turn out with 10 crews tackling the 30 mile route. Plenty of clues and code boards to keep everybody on the right track. My thanks to Mike and Luke for the route and Jackie having to put up with all the preparations. The success of any treasure hunt is that everybody gets back to the finish which all crews did. Mike has just confirmed that he will also organise the next one on 16th November. Details to follow soon as to the start location and time. If you can spare the time to put one on please contact me through facebook or on my mobile, usual number. The plan is as previous years to run 4 before Christmas and 4 after. No confirmed dates yet for the ones after Christmas. The next three dates are as follows 16th November, 30th November and the 14th December. The last one on the 14th Dec will start and finish at the Allerford with a free buffet for club members along with the presentation of awards for the Summer Driving Skills. Last years buffet was really well attended so would like to see similar numbers this year so make sure you put that date in your calendar.
Now to the important news from Thursday the results.
Tony, Stafford and Jan 10th– 1 point. Luke and Pawel 9th– 2 points. Ashlyn and Colin 8th– 4 points. Martin and steph 7th– 6 points. Bruno and Ana 6th– 8points. Gareth and Jason 5th–10 points. Mark and Sarah 4th– 12 points. Mike and Claire 3rd– 15 points. Tony and Sheila– 2nd 18 points. Tom and Steve 1st– 25 points. Conratulations to Tom and Steve.
A great turn out last week please continue to support these excellent social events.see you all on the 16th.