1998 Annual General Meeting and Prizegiving
The Annual General Meeting of the Bristol Aeroplane Company Motor Club
held at the BAWA Leisure Centre, Southmead Road, Bristol, on Wednesday
16 December 1998.
28 members attended. Apologies for absence were received from Dave Parsons,
Paul Priddey and Arthur Tankins.
Chairman Kieron Winter opened the meeting by welcoming those present.
Under the new format introduced last year the minutes of the previous AGM
were not read out to the meeting but copies had been circulated in advance.
The motion that those minutes were an accurate record of that meeting was
proposed by Paul Bird, seconded by Martin Emsley and carried unanimously.
Kieron began his report by saying that we had set out to run the usual
mixture of social and competitive events. He started his review of the
social side with last year's AGM. In addition to the usual business, there
had been an auction of tools and oddments kindly donated by Tom King. Tim
Murray had acted as auctioneer, persuading people to part with money and
raising 45 which had been donated to the Motor Sport Training Fund. In
the same week as the AGM we had had a visit to the Jaguar factory and the
Coventry Museum of Transport. At the museum we were shown behind the scenes
at some of their vehicles awaiting restoration, and also had the chance
to have a good look at Thrust 2, which still has our club badge attached
to its steering wheel.
Club nights in 1998 commenced with a video evening in January featuring
footage of a Werrington hillclimb where a certain red Morgan well-known
in the club was seen attacking some innocent daffodils. In February we
had an evening of Arthur Tankins films which was unfortunately not well
attended. March saw another video evening, featuring a film on the Rover-BRMs
at Le Mans. Noggin & Natters were held at various hostelries, including
the Golden Heart, the Dog and the White Hart at Littleton. The autumn club
night season had started with another Terry Sanger talk in his usual entertaining
style. In October we had more Arthur Tankins films, much better attended
this time. The skittles evening in November had a turnout of more than
30, with Howard Johnston scooping the dosh.
The karting this year was held at Hullavington, and took the form of
an endurance event between several teams. The Castle Combe Test Day in
July had been fully subscribed. It was held on a nice sunny day and ran
very smoothly thanks to Phil Harris's excellent paddock marshalling. The
F1 Fantasy competition ran again, and again ended in a three-way tie for
first place. The tie-break (the winning margin on the RAC Rally) was won
by Howard Johnston. Although it was not a club event, the visit of Thrust
SSC to Rolls-Royce was of great interest, giving us the opportunity to
have a good look at the car and hear a lecture from Richard Noble and his
On the competitions side, Competitions Secretary Richard Reynolds had
tried to provide the usual mix, but some events had unfortunately been
lost. There were 4 Nav Ex's, with entries varying between 4 and 9 crews.
A Nav Scatter replaced the 12 car rally. A production car trial had been
planned at a new venue provided by Gerry Bath, but had to be cancelled
as the weather was inclement and only three entries had been received.
The Testing Trial was not held as no organiser was forthcoming. The autotest
was again co-promoted with MG CC. Treasure hunt entries varied between
3 and 14 crews - the excellent first prize on offer might well have lured
the 14 out.
The usual three sprints were run. The Wessex had Ian Hall as its Clerk
of Course for the first time. The Two Clubs was marred by an accident where
the driver broke his wrist; its Top 12 Run Off ran well, apart from one
competitor who broke down on both runs. The Pegasus had a full entry and
ran well, apart from the two Morgans which threw themselves off at Quarry.
A survey of the membership, co-ordinated by Phil Harris, was sent out
with the membership renewal forms to find out what events people were interested
in competing in. This enabled us to target interested parties with mailshots
in the run-up to the relevant events. Martin Emsley and Phil also organised
a well-attended meeting with the other local motor clubs to look into holding
more co-promoted events. The major finding was that whilst Bristol, MG
and ourselves had good entries for our big sprint events, and Bath and
Tavern had good entries for their major rallies, all had poor entries for
their more minor events. As a result we are now planning a number of co-promoted
events with Bristol and MG. Tavern and Bath were not so interested.
Moving on to the club championships, Kieron noted that 76 people had
scored in the Clubmans Championship - up from 64 last year - with Paul
Bird and Howard Johnston out ahead yet again. 36 people (up from 28 last
year) scored points in the Marshals Championship. On the marshalling front
Bob Hart carried out a survey to enable the creation of a list of sprint
marshals. This proved extremely useful to the three clubs, and was much
appreciated. In November around half a dozen of us attended the training
day for speed event marshals at Castle Combe. This was a very good day,
held in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It will be held again next year,
and Kieron highly recommended it.
As always a number of members were doing events outside the club, including
sprints, hillclimbs, races and trials. Kieron encouraged those doing outside
events to let Andy Moss know, for inclusion in Backfire. Our club is a
member of both the ASWMC and ACSMC, and both these organisations run a
variety of championships (Richard Reynolds can provide details of these
to anyone interested), so it's possible to take part in a lot of events
just by being a member of this club. We provided marshals for several external
events, including the startline crew for Bristol MC's Castle Combe sprint,
part of the Margam stage of the RAC Rally, and a section of the Allen trial,
where we were entertained by a tractor on fire in a neighbouring field,
and the fire engine getting bogged down in the mud after putting the fire
The transfer of all club memberships to run from 1 January to 31 December
was now complete. The membership figures stood at a total of 143, slightly
down on last year's 150.
Kieron noted that the Backfire newsletter has a very professional look
these days, and paid tribute to editor Andy Moss and all who had contributed
articles. These had included some lively correspondence, the tale of our
Le Mans entry, the Antipodean issue, the A-Z of car makes, and last but
not least the definitive article about Morris Marinas.
At last year's AGM only 10 people had been willing to stand for the
11 committee posts. During the year Tony Smith had joined the committee
and had taken on the role of Social Secretary. The benefit of his work
should be seen in 1999 with some guest speakers and club visits. Kieron
thanked the committee for their services during the year.
In closing, Kieron noted that the reorganisations at the RAC will result
in three entirely separate organisations. The RAC (Club) will remain at
Pall Mall and Epsom. The RAC Motoring Services will operate as before under
new ownership. A new body, the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association
(MSA), with a new logo, has received the FIA mandate to run motor sport
in this country. Club members will still receive the discount from RAC
Motoring Services, so we should not notice a lot of difference from these
Martin Baker presented the accounts for our financial year 1 November
1997 to 31 October 1998. He noted that the surplus from membership fees
and RAC subscriptions was up on last year following the transfer to the
Jan - Dec membership year and because we were selling more higher-value
RAC memberships. Events had shown their expected large loss as they generate
no income apart from an insurance refund, whilst expenditure goes on trophies.
The sprints were again in surplus, although the co-promoted surplus was
slightly down due to the purchase of new cones.
Interest earned was up on last year following the transfer of all funds
into the current account. Film stock for the club films is becoming more
expensive. Backfire expenses rose considerably following the change to
The gross surplus for the year was about equal to the sprints surplus.
Thus the club breaks even on all activities apart from the sprints.
On the basis of these figures Martin saw no need for a rise in membership
fees. He thanked Rex Meaden for auditing these accounts.
Dick Craddy proposed that these accounts be approved. This was seconded
by Malcolm Allen and carried nem con. Martin then proposed that Rex Meaden
be reappointed as auditor. This was seconded by Ian Hall and again carried
There were 11 nominations to fill the 11 posts. These were:
The election of this committee was proposed by Bob Hart, seconded by
Alan Spencer and carried nem con.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Paul Bird asked about the promised floppy disks for non-Internet users
giving the info featured on our web site. Andy Moss reported that due to
shortage of time the web site had got a bit behind, but that Richard Reynolds
was now assisting with this.
Gerry Bath was disturbed that there were now so few club members at
BAe and RR. It was noted that with RR numbers down to 4,500 and BAe at
3,500 there was just not any new blood coming in, and the situation was
unlikely to improve. Alan Spencer asked if we should be worried. The consensus
was that we were OK for the moment.
Bill Farrow reported that RAC Motoring Services had refused to provide
him with a recovery service after his accident at Wiscombe. After a lot
of hassle he had got them to admit liability and pay his expenses. Jonathan
Milne had enquired about this at the Motor Show and been told that if he
joined through the MSA he would be covered. Max Barton had obtained the
service with no problem; Mike McBraida had been brought back from Wroughton
only after much persuasion on his part. There is obviously some confusion.
Malcolm Allen was asked to keep an eye on the situation.
Howard Johnston asked if we were still receiving invitations to other
clubs' events. Richard Reynolds reported that we were getting very little
from local clubs, with a bit more from elsewhere in the ACSMC. Kieron suggested
that people register their interests with Richard, who will then keep them
posted with anything he receives. Gerry Bath recommended the Haynes Classic
Tour the entry fee was 50 but this included meals and free entry to various
Ian Hall noted that Bath MC have a sprint date at Colerne in September.
Kieron Winter wondered if there was still a restriction on the number of
events allowed there each year. Dick Craddy stated that it used to be six
Malcolm Allen asked whether it was worth trying to run production car
trials. Kieron Winter noted that we were involved in running two next year,
one with Bristol MC and one with MG CC. Dick Craddy asked if the entry
fees for these events would be the same. Kieron said that this had not
yet been decided.
Bob Hart reported that Bristol MC were proposing an inter-club karting
event at Castle Combe, probably around Easter time. Paul Draper suggested
it would be to the same format that we ran this year at Hullavington. Dave
Cutcliffe reckoned Hullavington was better than Combe. Paul Bird disagreed,
stating that the new Combe layout was very good.
The meeting closed at 9-10 pm.
Clubmans Championship winner Howard Johnston poses with his trophy. Photo
: Martin Baker
Bowl Winner Dave Cutcliffe with Trophy - Crew members Jonathon Milne (left)
and Pete Stowe (right). Dave was awarded the trophy for his out standing
performance in the British Sprint Championship in his self prepared Van
Diemen sprint car. Photo : Martin Baker.
with special award.
in the Clubmans Championship went to Paul Bird. Photo : Martin Baker.