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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

Charmouth Hill Climb

Browne’s Manor Farm Double Top

Stuart Browne drove his 1300cc OMS SF2 to a memorable double victory at the Three Clubs Manor Farm hill climb at the weekend, setting FTD by just over half a second on Saturday but having to contend with more determined opposition on Sunday. Co-promoted by Torbay, Taunton and Burnham-on-Sea Motor Clubs, Friday’s overnight torrential rain posed significant problems for the organisers with the last 50 metres of track failing to clear of water by the start of Saturday’s practice. After a few tentative exploratory practice runs, event officials and drivers agreed to re-start the event on a shortened course and action resumed mid-morning just as the sun emerged to further dry the track. Stuart Lillington, on his first outing at the Dorset track in his new-for-2015 Radical SR4, set the first benchmark at 24.28 seconds, which Browne swiftly swept aside with what proved to be fastest time of the day, stopping the clocks on 23.44 secs. Torbay Motor Club Chairman David Sims split this pair with a 24.11 second run in his 2-litre Ralt RT33/34 SRD, leaving Chard-resident Browne with a 2/3rd of a second advantage. The gradually improving track conditions gave both pursuing drivers the confidence to push harder on their second runs, Lillington shaving eight-hundredths from his previous time and Sims dipping below the 24 second mark with a fine run to post 23.89 secs., still nearly half a second shy of Browne’s first effort, who had emphasised his dominance with another spirited run to 23.67 secs.

Following overnight efforts from the hard-working organising team and venue staff, the morning inspection revealed a fully-dry track and action resumed early, with practice completed without incident on either side of the mid-morning church-service break. Battle was re-joined between the previous day’s top three contenders although this time Browne was not to have it all his own way. Lillington set the pace on 26.72 secs but Browne failed to match this by a tenth of a second whilst Sims uncharacteristically lagged a further 4/10ths behind. With track conditions improving all the time, and the prospect of a 1200cc Sports Libre car eclipsing the specialised racing cars, Browne dug deep and summoned up an event-winning effort of 26.57 seconds, closely followed by Sims posting a half-second improvement to 26.72 secs, missing out on FTD by just 15 hundredths of a second. Just a quarter of a second covered the top three at the finish to complete one of the closest-ever battles for FTD at the venue.

The two-days of action saw eight other drivers complete the ‘double’, with David Foster (Mini 1275 GT), Colyton’s George Koopman (Honda Integra), Simon Neve (Mitsubishi Evo 6 RS), Honiton-resident David Gardner (Caterham 7), Andy Cawsey (Westfield SE), Ben Bonfield (Austin Mini), Dean Gammon (Peugeot 106) and Mike Egan (Leyland Mini) all taking class victories on both days.


Saturday (shortened course):

Class Winners:

A1 David Foster (Bristol) Leyland Mini 1275GT 27.10

A2 Neil Catling (Upper Hartfield) Lotus Elise 26.43

A3 George Koopman (Colyton) Honda Integra 27.27

A4 Simon Neve (Yeovil) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6 RS 25.92

B2 David Gardner (Honiton) Caterham 7 26.94

B3 Andy Cawsey (Westward Ho!) Westfield SE 24.76

C1 Ben Bonfield (Taunton) Austin Mini 26.58

C2 Dean Gammon (Plymouth) Peugeot 106 25.12

C4 Geoff Blake (Weymouth) Westfield SEiW 24.64

E3 David Sims (Newton Abbot Ralt RT33/34 SRD 23.89

G1 Mike Egan (Chard) Leyland Mini 26.65

FTD Stuart Browne (Chard) OMS SF2 23.44


Class Winners:

A1 David Foster (Bristol) Leyland Mini 1275GT 30.57

A2 Jon Langmead (Exminster) Lotus Elan 30.12

A3 George Koopman (Colyton) Honda Integra 31.62

A4 Simon Neve (Yeovil) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6 RS 29.79

B2 David Gardner (Honiton) Caterham 7 30.42

B3 Andy Cawsey (Westward Ho!) Westfield SE 28.37

C1 Ben Bonfield (Taunton) Austin Mini 30.36

C2 Dean Gammon (Plymouth) Peugeot 106 28.38

C4 Ben Wheeler (Kilmington) Westfield 29.37

E3 David Sims (Newton Abbot) Ralt RT33/34 SRD 26.72

G1 Mike Egan (Chard) Leyland Mini 31.46

FTD Stuart Browne (Chard) OMS SF2 26.57

The events were rounds of:

The Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S 2015 Association of South Western Motor Clubs Hill Climb Championship,

The Top Performance Services 2015 Association of Central Southern Motor Clubs Speed Hillclimb Championship,

The 2015 Torbay Motor Club Speed Championship.

The Downton Engineering Social Club (DEWS) 2015 Speed Series.

The event supported the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Web-link:

Photographs attached (please credit Terry Thorne, Tel T Motorsport Photography,

Stuart Browne – OMS SF2 – FTD

Ben Bonfield – Austin Mini – 1st in Class C1.

Barry Luxton

It is with deep sadness that I must inform you that our Club President, Barry Luxton, passed away this morning. Barry had been fighting an illness for a while.

Barry was a real keen supporter of all forms of motor sport, and was always there with advise and guidance for the novice competitor. Barry won the ASWMC Road Rally Championship with one of his sons, for four successive years (1994 – 1997)

Taunton Motoring Club sends it’s deepest sympathies to Rosemary and his Sons.

The funeral will be held at Taunton Crematorium on 20th November at 2pm. Family Flowers only, but donations can be made in Barry’s memory to Westcountry Rescue

Summer Field Events

Our Summer Grass Field events start on Thursday 15th May,  from 7pm.    These events are suitable for normal cars, though the surface can be a little bumpy.

Memberships are available on the night if you need to rejoin.

Please remember that cars must be either driven to the event or you must be able to prove that they are insured and have a valid MOT.

Please contact Stafford Coombes for further info. (Number on links page)


Lands End Trial 2014

The Lands End Trial 2014:  Good Fri evening, 18th April 2014 to Easter Sat 19th April.   Spectate at Blue Hills (main trial), north east of St Agnes, North Cornwall on B3285 between Perranporth and Redruth.  Crackington (main trial only), approach from south via B3263, not the north.  Darracott (main trial only), south of the village of Darracott, right on Cornwall/Devon border, A39.  Hoskin (main trial only), in Cardinham Woods to the east of Bodmin approach from roundabout A38.  All spectator details on