Following this years heavy snow leading to postponement of the NCS Border Counties Rally, organisers
have now announced that the 2018 event has had to be cancelled. A full
diary of event dates later in the year coupled with the logistics of
moving to a later date have forced this decision, one not taken
Work will now commence on the 2019 event to welcome crews back into the Borders.
News from 2017
Hangover Autotest - 8 January 2017
entries turned out for the 2017 running of the Hangover autotest on Sunday 8th January.
This annual event offers a great opportunity to
blow away the festive over indulgences and have a bit of fun at the
same time. Gareth White took top prize in his Toyota Starlet.
News from 2016
HBCC Annual General Meeting - 24 October
Hawick and Border Car Club Annual General Meeting was held at the Auld Cross Keys Inn Denholm on Monday 24 October.
The business included selection of this years Club Committee. The new committee membership can be viewed here or click on the committee link in the top menu
Gillian Sefton new SMS Development Officer
future growth and development of motor sport in Scotland has been
strengthened by the appointment of Gillian Sefton as Development
Officer for Scottish Motor Sports. This appointment follows
Sportscotland’s commitment to invest in the development of motor
sport over the next four years. Full Details
Hamilton receives Hawthorn Trophy - 7 July 2016
Sky Sports F1 cameras filmed Lewis Hamilton receiving the Hawthorn
Memorial Trophy from MSA Chief Executive Rob Jones at Silverstone on
Thursday 7 July, ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend.
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most successful
British or Commonwealth driver in the previous year’s FIA Formula One
World Drivers’ Championship. It was first presented by the Hawthorn
family in memory of Mike Hawthorn, who became Britain's first F1
champion in 1958 but tragically died a year later. Full Story
ARMSTRONG WINS BORDER COUNTIES
ARR Craib Scottish Rally Champions Jock Armstrong and Paula Swinscoe
won round 2 of the championship, the Brick & Steel Border
Rally in their Subaru Impreza. Garry Pearson (Ford Fiesta R5) and Shaun
Sinclair (Ford Focus WRC) completed the podium. Full story on SACC Facebook page
caught out by the new FHR regulations. Read
the guidance and current standards available from the MSA.
MSA launches online marshals' training and accreditation
co-driver Nicky Grist helped the Motor Sports Association (MSA) launch
a new online training and accreditation scheme for rally and cross
country marshals today at Autosport International.
The scheme is
part of the RallyFuture campaign to further enhance safety on UK stage
rallies. Its purpose is to ensure that all Rally marshals have a common
understanding of their roles and responsibilities, the management of
spectators and how to handle an incident. [Full Story]
Dare to be Different: Driving Female Talent
Wolff and the Motor Sports Association – governing body of UK
motorsport – have joined forces to launch Dare To Be Different, a
high-profile new initiative that will inspire, connect and celebrate
women who work in every aspect of motor sport.
Dare To Be
Different is about increasing female participation, not just on the
track but in all aspects of the sport and other perceived
male-dominated industries. It will achieve this in two key areas
– creating an expansive online community, and bringing young
girls (aged 8-14) together with some of the sports’ most
inspiring women in a series of special events. [Full Story]
Steve Bannister celebration
member Steve Bannister celebrated 40 years of rallying with a party at
his local, the Blue Bell in Weaverthorpe on Saturday. 80 friends,
relatives and fellow competitors enjoyed great food, company and craic
long into the wee sma' hours. 12 former and current navigators
exchanged tales of big wins, big accidents and bigger kahunas than any
other driver they knew. The toast was proposed by Andy Elliot and
amongst the many congratulations was a card and gift from Ari Vatanen.
Jim Clark Rally - Marshal's News No 1 (Download your copy here)
news one, for the 2016 Jim Clark Rally. This year sees the event taking
place over the weekend of June 4th – June 5th, based out of
Springwood Park in Kelso.
In order to make the event happen, we need
marshals. (Lots of them!) Initially Lindsay Burnip is looking for
marshals in all disciplines; timing, in-stage, sector, radio. In short
If you are able to help I would love to hear from you. You can register on-line at www.jimclarkrally.org and you can email me using Lindsay.Burnip@jimclarkrally.org .
No closed roads for Jim Clark Rally in 2016
that the Jim clark Rally would return to closed roads around Duns in
2016 have been dashed. The organisers have announced that they will
again run a forest based stage rally next year. The hopes have been
delayed due to ongoing investigations with a ruling from the Lord
Advocate's office not expected until sometime in 2016. Full Story
General Meeting - 19 July
HBCC Annual General Meeting was held at the Fox and Hounds in Denholm
on Sunday 19th July. The principal office bearers were appoionted and
voted in as were members of the committee. You can see the new line up HERE.
new committee will be looking at offering a range of new events to
encourage those new to motorsport and existing members. The website and
the clubs Facebook pages will keep you up to date
RSAC Scottish Rally - 26 & 27 June
See the video review at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI263v9mO6U
Resounding victory for
David Bogie and co-driver Kevin Rae on the 2015 Scottish Rally on 26
and 27 June.
Winning 7/7 stages and by over a
minute in total. He's presented with the trophy by Councillor Craig
Peacock. Cue bubbly!
in doubt, Dumfries' David Bogie wins the RSAC Scottish Rally on home
soil! Final time after all 7 stages: Bogie finished in 39:29,
followed by Jock Armstrong (+1:05), Rory Young (+1:26), Steven Clark
(+1:28) and Mike Faulkner (+1:55). See more on Facebook
Lewis Hamilton receives Hawthorn Memorial
Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was
delighted to receive the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy from Rob Jones, Chief
Executive of the Motor Sports Association (MSA), at Silverstone on Thursday 2 July, ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most successful
British or Commonwealth driver in the previous year’s FIA
Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. [more]
British Rally Championship gears up
for rousing return in 2016
MSA British Rally Championship returns in 2016 with an exciting
new-look calendar to go with the revised vehicle eligibility
regulations that were announced in January.
in March and concluding in
September, the new championship will comprise seven events, of which
four are retained from previous years, while three are new or returning
rounds of the championship. [Full Story]
MSA congratulates Nick Tandy on Le Mans 24 Hours victory
MSA congratulates British driver Nick Tandy on his brilliant outright
victory in the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours, alongside Porsche team-mates Earl
Bamber from New Zealand and German F1 racer Nico Hulkenberg. There was
a thrilling battle for victory on the Circuit de la Sarthe, with the
lead swinging back and forth between Porsche and Audi early on. Tandy
was mighty throughout and eventually led home the sister car of Timo
Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber for a Porsche one-two.
The result makes Tandy the 33rd British driver to with Le Mans – more than from any other nation, including France. [Full Story]
MSA confirms Motor Sports Council decisions regarding Frontal Head Restraints
Sports Council, the MSA’s rule-making body, has voted to mandate the
use of Frontal Head Restraints in Stage Rallying, Hill Climb and Sprint
– with certain exceptions in each – from 2016 onward. The decisions
were taken 9 June at the second of Council’s three meetings in 2015,
held at Motor Sports House. [Full Story]
Mini Miglia comes to Scotland - 29 April
brough their Heritage car collection to Scotland for the 2015 Mille
Miglia works entry crews to learn and practice the necessary
skills on an event put together by scottish club Caledonian Classic and Historic Motor Sport Club. The crews
for the eight pre 1957 cars were taught how to read an Italian style
road book, what the Italian control boards meant,
regularities and average speed section, as well as an insight to
the timing and trip meter operation. They then covered a 100 mile route
visiting three lochs, three glens, a hillclimb and a Scottish castle to
test their skills. They even had to refuel their vehicles.
There were a
few familiar faces driving the cars as you will see.Full Story
David Bogie Wins Border Counties Rally 2015
David Bogie interviewed at the winners arch, with Kevin Rae to his rightDavid
Bogie with HBCC member Kevin Rae at his side took an overwhelming win
on the 2015 border Counties Rally on March 21st. The sun shone on the
crews as they challenged six stages in the 'all Scotland' stage event.
The stages were not without their issues with some very slippy and damp
to keep the crews on their toes.
Closed road motor sport steps closer to reality
In a huge boost for British motor sports, new primary legislation
facilitating closed road-events on mainland Britain has been approved
by the government.
The Deregulation Bill achieved Royal Assent on
Thursday 26 March. It contains a framework for running motor sports on
closed public roads without needing a costly Act of Parliament to
suspend the Road Traffic Act for each event. [more]
Implementation of Scottish Safety Review recommendations
Motor Sports Association (MSA) is delighted to confirm an important new
partnership with the Scottish Government, as part of its commitment to
implementing the recommendations of the Motorsport Event Safety Review.
key member of the review and someone many people in the sport have now
met is Jacqueline Campbell, a civil servant with the Scottish
Government, who has joined the MSA on secondment as part of its ongoing
commitment to rolling out the recommendations. [more]
MSA announce Scottish Safety Delegate for stage rallies
Scottish Motorsport Event Safety Review (MESR) recommended that:
“It is essential that the volunteer based organisation of
multi-venue stage rallies is augmented going forward with mandatory
independent input from out with the organising committee into the
safety of the event by a new independently appointed safety delegate. [Read full article]
Allan McNish - Patron to Jim Clark Trust - 9 January
Jim Clark Trust is delighted to announce Allan McNish as their latest
Patron to support plans for a new museum, celebrating the 50th
anniversary this year of 1965, Jim Clark's most successful year ever.
The announcement was made 9th January at Autosport International. [Full Story]
Safety Group final report after Jim Clark Accident - 6 January 2015
Motor Sports Association (MSA) welcomes the final recommendations of
the Scottish Government’s Motor Sport Event Safety Review Group
regarding spectator safety at multi-venue stage rallies in Scotland.
review group set up to look at safety in the wake of deaths at rally
events in Scotland has published its final recommendations for
multi-venue stage rallies. The Group on Motor Sport Event Safety was
established following the deaths of three spectators at the Jim Clark
rally in the Borders in May 2014. Proposals include a licensing and
training scheme for marshals, stricter controls on the number of
marshals needed, control of media at the site and improved
communication with spectators. [Full Story]
Hangover Autotest - 2 January 2015
entries turned out for the 2015 running of the Hangover autotest on
Friday 2nd January. This annual event offers a great opportunity to
blow away the festive over indulgences and have a bit of fun st the
same time. Gareth White took top prize in his Toyota Starlet, with his
co-driver Craig Forsyth taking second place on his turn to drive. [Full Story and Results]
MSA congratulates Hamilton on second F1 title
MSA – governing body of UK motor sport – sends its warmest
congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on being crowned the 2014 FIA Formula
One World Drivers’ Champion after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand
This year has been outstanding for 29-year-old Hamilton and
his Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. He won 11 rounds –
including his home race at Silverstone – to surpass Nigel
Mansell’s British record of 31 grand prix victories. [more]
No Jim Clark Rally in May 2015
Scottish Borders Council today announced on Friday 7 November 2014 that
it will not be possible to hold the 2015 Jim Clark Memorial Rally in
May. This conclusion has been reached following discussions with Police
Scotland and partners.
Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish
Borders Council, said: “This decision is not one we have taken
lightly, and it follows a significant period of discussion with Police
Scotland and partners on the matter. We have made every effort and
explored a wide range of options to overcome a number of issues but
have regrettably concluded that we are not in a position to commence
planning the event. Read the full story HERE
MSA welcomes Scottish Government motor sport safety review findings
Motor Sports Association (MSA) has welcomed initial findings published
Tuesday 7th October by the Motor Sport Event Safety Review Group, which
was set up by the Scottish Government following the 2014 Jim Clark
The group includes representation from the MSA
alongside Police Scotland and other key stakeholders. Its initial
findings, which can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk, include steps that organisers are recommended to take to further improve safety.
MSA is working with organisers of the forthcoming Mull Rally (10-12
October) to help them implement these proposals so that their impact
can be assessed ahead of the review group’s final report.
Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “We have been very impressed by
how quickly the Motor Sport Event Safety Review Group has undertaken
this considerable task, and the depth of understanding of our sport
that it has acquired in a very short period of time. We welcome
today’s interim findings and have immediately engaged with the
sport regarding the proposals. Safety and risk management are an
absolute priority for the MSA and UK motor sport.”
SACC Appoints its First President - July 2014
Cleland has been appointed the first President of the Scottish
Association of Car Clubs (SACC). The twice British Touring Car Champion
will assume his new role with immediate effect. [Full Story]
David Sharp Funeral - 21 November 2013
Melrose crematorium was filled with motorsporting personalities from
across the country on Thursday 21st November for the celebration of
David Sharp's life. Some 200 attended with many standing in the small
crematorium, only recently opened this year. We heard of David's active life involving cars, motorsport and his timing expertise. [more]
Milne and Martin Forrest in their Mitsubishi Evo 9took the top award on
the 2013 border Counties Rally. You can see the full list of winners
and download a copy by visiting
the Border Counties Rally 2013 event on their website.
details here http://www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk
Hangover Autotest - 2 January
hangover autotest was held on its traditional date of 2nd January at
the premises of Co-op NGT in Selkirk. 7 tests were provided and as each
competitor had 3 minutes at each test at a total of 21 runs where
completed. The competition was close and exciting throughout the day.
Archie Simmonds whose display of precision driving was a joy to watch
won the event. Close behind in second was Gareth White and in
third was Des Campbell. Hawick boys David Sloan (Nova) and
Sean MacLeod (Micra) finished 4th and 5th. [more]
East Lothian Safari Navigational Rally
East Lothian Safari on 17 & 18 November went down a storm. For
first time in a few events EUMSC avoided the fog and were just left
with the mud and ice to deal with. Big thanks to Richard Crozier for
the time and effort he put into organising it. Reports show that
everyone had a great evening/night/morning!
was the first
‘all nighter’ rally on Scottish soil since 2008.,
185 miles offered almost double the mileage of a typical Scottish
event. EUMSC hope the event has whet their appetites for the similar
distance of next year’s Inter-Association (de facto British
Championship) event – the Early Winter Navigational Rally
to be run by our neighbours at Border Ecosse Car Club.
BCR team win Chairmans Cup
of the Border Counties Rally Organising Committee celebrate after the
event won the Chairman’s Cup in recognition of being the best
event in the 2011 Scottish Rally Championship. See the big picture and read the story here
Stobs Classic - Cancelled
and Border Car Club regret to announce the cancellation of this years Stobs Classic which was scheduled to run on 10 June.
Our sincere apologies to those who look forward to this event in the calendar.
Annual General Meeting - 26 March
and Border Car Club Ltd Annual General
Meeting was held on Monday 26th March in the Lauderdale Hotel, where
the 2012 office bearers and committee were elected. Thanks tyo all who
came along to support your club.
Border Counties Rally - 17 March
Bogie and Kevin Rae secured the 2012 overall win in a Mitsubishi
EVO 9, 1m 50s ahead of second placed Mike Faulkner and Peter Foy in an
EVO6 on the Border Counties Rally on Saturday 17 March. Visit the
results page here
For more information click here
Hangover Autotest - 2 January
The HBCC Hangover autotest ran at a new venue for the 2012 event,at NG Thomson Homeworks, Selkirk (MR73 476
301). The area used for tests was full tarmac, covering a large
area allowing a greater selection of tests than in past years.
Greystoke Stages - 10 July
member Daniel O'Brien won the West Cumbria Motorsport Club Greystoke
Stages on Sunday 10 July. With Andy Marchbank reading the notes, the
pair took their Ford Focus WRC to secure first place ahead of second
seed Richard and Edwin Cook's Subaru Impreza by a mere 12 seconds. The
Cook Subaru took an early lead of 5 seconds in the first stage but over
the next 3 stages O'Brien clawed it all back to all square. The next
two stages saw O'Brien pull a significant lead of 14 seconds, giving a
lead that, even with the loss of 2 seconds on the last stage, meant
they were top of the podium. Well done to the crew, and flying the HBCC
Stobs Classic - 12 June
a competitive day of special tests in Stobs Camp, Hawick the MG Midget
of Archie and Richard Simmonds claimed victory on the Hawick &
Border Car Club’s Porter’s Porches Stobs Classic Rally.
reduced entry of 18 classic cars, it was the Morris Mini of Tom Hall
and Tony Chrisp that set the early pace across the opening tests,
however, the Simmonds crew got the bit between the teeth clawing back
time during the late morning and early afternoon. [more]
Charterhall Stages - 2 April by Richard Crozier
upcoming star versus the experienced old hand. The young gun leads for
most of the event, only to roll the car on the penultimate stage, but
amazingly loses only 20 seconds, setting up a dramatic last stage
climax as both contenders e...nter the arena level on time.
youngster sets a blistering pace and looks to have it in the bag, but
OH NO! Mechanical gremlins in the dying moments cost him vital time,
handing the win to the wise old fox, and the car grinds to a halt just
after the finish.
The crew have to push the car to
almost collapsing in the baking heat (artistic licence applied here),
heartbroken, but nonetheless arriving in the paddock to rapturous
applause, having won over a new legion of fans. Their time will come...
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