Torbay Motor Club – A Potted History – Past Events and Accolades
In 1997 Torbay Motor Club won the coveted title ‘Club of the Year’, awarded by Bradstock Insurance and the Motor Sports Association. After being voted 3rd in the category in 1996, it was a great honour for the membership to receive the ultimate accolade – number one Motor Club in the country!
To add to this tremendous achievement, the club was voted 1st in the Association of South Western Motor Clubs Club Championship in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. The club’s road rally was also voted ‘Best Road Rally’ in 1997 and 1998.
The club currently organises five hill climb events each year, at Wiscombe in May and at Mamhead in June and August (note that Mamhead in a non-spectator venue; if you wish to marshal, please contact the club’s marshal co-ordinator).
In the past, the club organised hill climb events at Oddicombe, Torquay, and Finlake, near Chudleigh, both of which were very popular with the hill climbing fraternity. Sadly, these venues are no longer available.
In 1999, Torbay Motor Club ran the first Powderham Historic Rally of Devon, based at Powderham Castle near Exeter. The rally subsequently assumed the title of ‘The Devonian’ and was a round of the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) Clubman’s Championship, catering for cars built and registered before 1981. Historic road events are the ideal starting point for competitors with older sports or rally cars who enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, although the competition demands good team-work, precise navigation and car control. Although The Devonian has not run for several years, club members can assist competitors interested in the historic rally scene with advice and support.
In November 2005 the club ran its first single venue, loose surface rally, the ‘Tricky Stages’, at Tricky Warren, Burnworthy, near Taunton. A very popular and well supported event, the rally became a popular event on the South West’s stage rally calendar and was voted ‘Best Loose Surface Stage Rally’ in the ASWMC championship in 2006.