GOLDEN JUBILEE 12-CAR RALLY Wednesday 10th January Organised by Adrian Cunnington
Entries will open shortly for the Golden Jubilee January 12-Car, taking place on the evening of Wednesday 10th January, first car away 20.01h
Starting and finishing from Walton Highway Village Club (PE14 7DE; 131/493132) with a c. 50-mile route across West Norfolk and SE Lincs. Classic KLDMC navigation with marked map option for beginners, all on OS Landranger 131 (Boston & Spalding).
Book your place now to avoid disappointment. MARSHALS REQUIRED PLEASE! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to enter or marshal.
Ten teams from across the region took up the cudgels for a revival of the East Anglian Inter-Club Quiz hosted by West Suffolk MC at Horringer on 31 March.
The event formed part of Motorsport Month East put together under the auspices of the Association of Eastern Motor Clubs.
King’s Lynn put in a couple of teams: the ‘President’s Team’, KLDMC1, comprised Paul & Helen Haylock, Ed Bennett and Ed Haylock whilst the ‘Chairman’s Team’ KLDMC2 had Vice-Chairman Dave Ottoway, Duncan & Marian Russell and Adrian Cunnington doing battle on our behalf. By the way, our Chairman was on holiday!!
Tackling a variety of subjects ranging from motoring to general knowledge and sport to history, across a couple of hours of intense but mostly-jovial quizzing, Chelmsford Motor Club came out on top, shading the honours by two points from our very own King’s Lynn MC 2, with Cambridge Car Club another couple of points back in third. It turned out to be a very tight contest with just 8 points covering the top eight teams.
Full results: 1st Chelmsford MC 64 points; 2nd King’s Lynn MC2 62; 3rd Cambridge CC 60; 4th= Sporting CC of Norfolk 59; 4th= West Suffolk MC2 59; 6th King’s Lynn MC1 57; 7th= Green Belt MC 56; 7th= Eastern Counties MC2 56; 9th Eastern Counties MC1 52; 10th West Suffolk MC1 50.
KLDMC celebrated our 70th Anniversary on Saturday 25th February 2023.
We were privileged to have been invited and hosted by the Mayor of Kings Lynn, the very charitable Councillor Lesley Bambridge, to hold the event at the prestigious Kings Lynn Town Hall, a venue that has an incredibly diverse history of use ranging from Public House, Police HQ, Court and Gaol!
Club President Paul Haylock thanked everyone involved for making the evening possible and hoped to see the Club continue to flourish as it enters its eight decade. It will continue to be involved with a wide variety of activities from club nights; navigational, targa and stage rallies; autotests/gymkhanas and an increasing number of classsic car events.
Joining us as guest speaker was Phil Mills, 2003 WRC World Champion with Petter Solberg, and present owner of world class rally car preparation and build business, Viking Motorsport. Phil braved questions on the night from 100 or so members and guests who attended, recalling a career which saw him compete in international rallies over 17 seasons, multiple seasons of national championship stage and road events and a total of 155 road rallies.
Exceptional food was provided by the award winning Shefs and it was great to be able to chat and reminisce with firends old and new on the past 70 years of Kings Lynn and District Motor Club’s rich history.
Thank you to everyone who attened for your support and special thanks to all who were involved in the organising team under the leadership of Paul, Ed & Helen Haylock, Steve Tilburn and Duncan Russell.
Thanks to all who joined us on 18 January for our clubnight ‘start the year’ quiz.
Organised by Duncan & Marian Russell and Adrian & Caroline Cunnington, teams were asked to answer 7 rounds of questions ranging from motorsport, music, KLDMC, general knowledge and some tricky car identification teasers.
We had our fair share of Norfolk-based questions featuring subjects such as Jack Sears, Martin Brundle, Robbie Williams and the Broadland Northway (Google it!)
We had over 20 participants in total which was great to see with the team of Mark, David, Will and Kirsten in the immodest, but aptly-titled, ‘Eventual Winners’ Team just shading it from team Haylock’s ‘A team’
Eventual Winners 54
A Team 53
The Chippies 40.5
Big Balls Motorsport 35.5
Thanks also to the ladies at Runcton Holme Social Club for their support providing bar facilities for the evening.
It is with sadness that we record the passing of Jack Fletcher, a vice-president and founder member of the Club, at the age of 98.
Jack joined KLDMC way back in 1953, so was a member for 69 years! He served as Treasurer in 1956, Secretary from 1957-59 and Chairman from 62-64. He was later elected President from 1968 to 73 when Hugh Piggins, who also died recently, was twice Chairman. Jack then spent almost 50 years as one of our honorary VPs, last journeying south from his home in north west Scotland, at the age of 78, for our 50th Anniversary Dinner in 2003.
Jack was a regular competitor in the 1950s and 60s when he competed with many of his contemporaries such as Derek Thrower, Anthony Proctor, Frank Smith, Ron Howe, David Cave, Dian Catcheside, John Mawby, Tony Longmate, Ivan Cunnington, John Clarke and his brother-in-law Hillebrand Bos. His memory will remain at KLDMC through the cup he co-presented to the Club with Derek Thrower. The Fletcher-Thrower Trophy is still awarded annually to the clubnight champion driver.
Our sympathy and thoughts are with his wife Edwina, who survives him, and their extended family.
We are sad to report the recent death of Hugh Piggins, a former Chairman of the Club, at the age of 81
Hugh and his wife Joy, who survives him, were enthusiastic members in the 1960s and early seventies.
Hugh served two periods as Club Chairman: initially for 1968 & 1969 and again from 1973 to 1975, as well as a short stint as Treasurer in 1970. He was a long-standing Committee member from the early 1960s through to the 1980s.
He was well known for campaigning an ex-works Mini, often with Eddie Markham alongside on the maps, on many Club and regional events winning the KLDMC Challenge Trophy for Champion Driver on rallies every year, bar one, from 1966 until 1972 inclusive.
Hugh & Joy presented two trophies to the Club:
The Hugh & Joy Engagement Trophy, on the occasion of their engagement on New Year’s Day 1964, for the best performance in a BMC Mini.
The Hugh & Joy Wedding Trophy, donated a year later, for the Off-the-Road champion driver.
Hugh’s funeral is on Friday 1 April at Gedney church at 11am. Our thoughts are with Joy, and Hugh’s family & friends, at this difficult time.
Thank you to: Adrian Cunnington for organising Jennie & team at Runcton Holme Social Club for the use of the premises & food at the finish and the marshals Peter Horsburgh Duncan Russell Steve Tilburn Dave Bowman Jody Wilson Andy Congreve Dave Sooley Simon Leonard Greg & Judy Bates Dave Pollard Nick & Megan Way Nigel Mann Richard Leggett Liz Jordan