Out in the Field; Roaming with the Romans and sprints in Jersey

Monday 23 May 2022

Roaming with the Romans

2022 marks the 1900th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. Throughout 2022, Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival celebrates the milestone with events and activities scheduled throughout the year.

Over the weekend, Wigton Motor Club held a commemorative Touring Assembly appropriately titled, ‘Roaming with the Romans’.

Starting from Bowness on Solway – which is the Western most outpost of the wall – the route ran in an easterly direction close to the wall as far as Matfen, beyond Hexham, before returning West to the finish at Carlisle for a total of 125 miles.

A mixture of classic and modern vehicles participated in the run with all members sharing their passion for motoring as well as bacon rolls and coffee in the Hunter Bistro ahead of departure! In total, 54 cars took on the scenic route.

On the Wigton Motor Club Facebook, members widely praised the event. Esther Bowness commented, “Many thanks to everyone involved in the organisation, the route was brilliant, and we’ve had a fantastic day.”

“It was a cracking route huge thanks to all who organised,” commented Pete Edwards.

Praise was wide for the organising team. “Thank you to Ron and Christine. As always, a most enjoyable day,” said Kit Graves and David Agnew said, “Thank you Ron and Christine for a great event and the hard work of the marshals at the start.”

Up next for Wigton Motor Club is the Jubilee Jaunt, a Touring Assembly, scheduled for 4 June.

Find out more about the club here – https://www.wigtonmc.co.uk/.


Jersey Motor Cycle and Light Car Club sprint

Both bikes and cars took to Jersey’s Five Mile Road for Jersey Motor Cycle and Light Car Club’s May Sprint event.

Competitors and spectators enjoyed a lovely day out in the sunshine on the west of the island.

The event welcomed 51 entries in total including 26 bikes and 25 cars. Cars taking on the challenge included a Mitsubishi Evo X, Mazda MX5 and a Westfield SEI.

Across the four car classes, each participant enjoyed one practice run and five official runs. The club does not award overall winners for the event but throughout participants pushed and continued to improve their time on the quarter-mile run.

Further information on the club is available here – http://www.jerseymotorsport.com/.


Disabled Driver Scholarship – Loughborough Car Club

Over the weekend the Loughborough Car Club held the 12th running of the Disabled Driver Scholarship at Bicester Heritage – home of Motorsport UK HQ. The winners of the event – Morgan Ashford and Dave Smith – will have a fully funded AutoSOLO and Autotest season, including entry fees, use of a Nissan Micra, car maintenance, tyres and fuel.

The pair was selected from nine competitors and had to compete in three runs of an AutoSOLO to be crowned the winner.

The Nissan Micra had been adapted for the drivers by being an automatic car with hand dual controls – for both foot and hand – which were adjusted for each drivers’ needs.

Read the full press release here.