About Us

Spadeadam Motor Club was formed in 1959, at the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment, near Carlisle. Early members were Rolls Royce and De Havilland employees at the base, and at the time all activities were restricted to Spadeadam employees. These were the days of the Blue Streak rocket programme, the rocket became the Club’s logo, and still remains to this day.

In 1973, when the base closed down club activity declined, but a few members, carried on and at this time it was deemed necessary to accept Club members from the local area. The Club has regrown from then, with activities such as Road and Stage Rallying, Autocross, Gymkhana’s, Treasure Hunts and the famous Soap Box Derby (which was reported in the National papers – a centre spread over two pages, in 1960!!).

In 2009 the club celebrated it’s 50th anniversary and next year, 2019, we are planning to celebrate our 60th in style!

Spadeadam Motor Club Members celebrating the clubs 50th anniversary with a BBQ and autotest.
Spadeadam Motor Club Members celebrating the clubs 50th anniversary with a BBQ and autotest.

Membership is currently around 100 Members, though 150 Members was known during the heyday of Stage Rallying.  In 1987, the Club became affiliated to the RAC Motor Sports Association, adopting their rules and requirements. We have since continued to grow and expand it’s range of activities, and more emphasis is being placed on the social side with trips to race meetings, summer drives, etc.

            Spadeadam Motor Club Stand at the Hethersgill Vintage Rally    Geoffrey & Nigel HarknessChristmas StagesWaithwaite

We have run our Stage Rally Championship for many years and it’s still hotly contested today. With members competing for the DSD Construction Shield for the Overall Driver, The Monitor Systems Salver for Overall Co-driver and the Castrol Rallymaster Trophy for outstanding performance of the season.

We are affiliated to Motorsport UK and are a member of ANECCC (Association of North East & Cumbria Car Clubs, ANCCC (Association of Northern Car Clubs) & CMSG (Cumbria Motor Sport Group). The Club has elected to promote inexpensive events and contrary to the Public’s normal perceptions, Motor Sport does not always require a deep pocket and a friendly Bank Manager, nor, does it have to be noisy and anti-social!! Members are invited to compete on, organise or marshal events or just attend social meetings if they wish.

To see more photos from the Club’s history click HERE. Or to read reports from way back when, click on the tab underneath “Club History”.

John Ross Silvertop Quarry, Halbankgate
John Ross – Silvertop Quarry, Halbankgate

 

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