Taunton Motoring club  have a stand (54) at the racecourse on Sunday. Come along and support Stafford and crew. Its the perfect opportunity to promote our club to the public. Especially with the number of disciplines the club is involved in. The club caravan will be there along with a selection of vehicles. The weather outlook is good for Sunday.  With it being a FREE ENTRY, I would expect a high turnout of the public. For more details contact Stafford Coombes. 07855 663115.


Somerset Stages 2016

Would like to say a real big thanks to all who came out and marshalled last Saturday on Knowle. A really good response from club members both young old and in bewteen. With all the new regulations that had come out in recent months, it had put massive pressure on the organisors to make sure that the event ran within those new rules. They deserve congratulations in putting on a successful event when it would have been very easy to say not to bother, which could have seen the premiere stage rally in the south west fall by the wayside. I think we were reasonably lucky with the weather as I did hear that there had been snow on Chargot and Kennisham.
There was some serious bits of kit out there nothing more so than club members Martyn and Dawn England in their Ford Fiesta R5. Just missing out on a podium finish by 3 seconds. Well done to them. I’m sure they will only get quicker with the rewards that comes with that.
Once again folks thanks again for your help and support.
At the recent AGM it was discussed that we weren’t making best of our Website. So if you have reports from events you have competed in or events you are organising, email them to me so we  can post them on here as well as the Facebook page.
The Summer field tests start again shortly keep an eye out here and the Facebook page for the dates and times

TMC AGM 14th April

Taunton Motoring Club Limited 56th Annual General Meeting 8pm  The Kings Arms Taunton


 1:   Apologies

 2:   Minutes of the 55th Annual General Meeting  at The Nags Head Thornfalcon Wednesday 19th March 2014

 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 Tony Bonfield prior to the meeting with your question. So it can where possible be answered on the night

 8:   Close of Meeting

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

Somerset Stages 2016

I am still in need of as many matshals as we can muster for the Knowle Stage on the 16th of April.
Signing on 8am Wooten Courtney. The stage runs twice finally closes 6pm.
The event is under massive pressure in the fact that if there are not enough marshals on a stage the MSA safety delagate has the power to shorten or even worse cancel stage. So this is a plea to get our stage well covered. We need to get as many of our volunteers registered or accreditted. Please contact me to volunteer your services. Message me or phone on my normal number 07980 239730

Taunton Motoring Club AGM

well folks its that time of year again when you can have your say on how the committee runs the club. This year the agm is going to be held at the KINGS ARMS on Staplegrove Road. So make a note in your diaries 14th April 8pm. The meeting is open to club members only. Afterwards there will be the presentation of the awards for the winter series which will be open to everyone. Please try to attend as it would good to exceed last years attendence which was about 30 people.

New year Treasure Hunt

Hi there Folks hope you’ve all had a brilliant Christmas and new year. Hopefully the after effects have now worn off.
Sorry its a bit late in posting the start and finish of the next treasure hunt on 7th January, but Sheila and I have spent most of last weekend driving around trying to find roads that weren’t underwater in places. Thankfully we have comprised a route last night and i checked some of it again tonight. It seems that although there are some places with puddles, nothing too serious if driven with caution. I confirmed with the start and finish venue that all was ok with them tonight as well.
Start and Finish will be the Cross Keys @ Cross Keys. Route instructions will be available from 7pm. All the usual requirements needed
pen ,pencil,torch, clipboard and of course £5 entry fee.
Food is available up to 10pm but must be ordered and paid for before you leave. As usual Ican be contacted on 07980 239730 for any further info.
If you could let me know if you are attending that would be great just saves on the photocoping cheers see you Thursday.


Well folks its that time of year again when we eat, drink and be merry. I would like thank all our club members who have come out and supported the club during the year. Whether it being organising, marshalling, competeting or attending the social events at the race course and the treasure hunts. So long as we can do this our club will remain strong. The Christmas buffet was well received good food and a cosy if a little cramped venue. Heating definately not required
Hopefully 2016 will again be a good year for the club. In the meantime wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a brill New Year.

Final Treasure Hunt for 2015

Well folks here we are at the end of another year. December the 10th is the final treasure hunt for 2015 and will start and finish at the Merry Harriers.  The route will be a little shorter because following the treasure hunt will be the annual FREE BUFFET (for Club Members) Nominal fee for non club members £5 come along and enjoy a pleasant evening, chat motorsport. exchange ideas, maybe plans for the 2016 season.  After the buffet will be the awards presentation for the Summer Driving skills. It would be good to see as many of the summer field eventers there as possible supporting the winners. The turnout last year was very good and would make the effort of organising this years bash well worth while. I am due to see the landlord Thursday the 3rd December to decide on what should be in the buffet. I’m sure there could be some salad for those who prefer the healthy option 😀 on the other hand maybe not. I will need numbers by Tuesday 8th at the latest so it will give the pub time to get the supplies in. We had about 35 people this time last year so it would be good if we could increase it this time. Spread the word and make the last major social event of the year a good one. As usual for further information message me through our facebook page or by mobile 07980 239730 before 9pm please.

Winter treasure Hunts

Well folks the first treasure hunt of the year has been and gone now. So we are onto we are now onto the second one of the four before Christmas. Finalised the route today, my my there are some soggy lanes out there. should be alright for this coming Thursday. Have some reroutes planned if any become flooded. The start will be the The Far Canal in Wrantage. all the usual requirements Pen, Pencil, clipboard, Torch and of course £5.  Route instructions will be available from 7pm. should any food be required it will need to be ordered and paid for before you leave. As usual if anyone wants any further information you can contact me on 07980 239730

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: www.daat.org

Photographs attached (please credit Terry Thorne, Tel T Motorsport Photography, www.teltphotography.com):

Stuart Browne – OMS SF2 – FTD

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