Pirelli Summer Autotest

By Barry Lindsay

Eleven drivers lined up to go head to head over twelve tests on the good tarmac of the main carpark at Pirelli during the plant being on summer break. The 11am start got things going as a full entry of 20 had been hoped for, but those that did take part enjoyed themselves.

Caroline Lodge & Michael Lindsay were armed with there stopwatches and kept the track busy as one car finished another started.

Tony Crisp

Test 1, Tony Crisp had brought his Autotest mini over from Durham along with Son Jonny with his Ka for his second appearance at a SMC Autotest. Tony flew round the course in a time of 49 sec. Stephen Dixon was the quickest of the SMC members with 53 sec in his stripped out Corsa. Geoffrey Harkness & Barry Lindsay were close behind on 54sec.

Test 2 was a re-run over the same course, Tony was again quickest with 51sec with Stephen & Barry just behind on 52sec then Geoffrey on 53.

Barry Lindsay

Test 3 Moved a few cones then was quickly underway after a walk round. Barry fought back with the old 106 getting 42, ahead of Geoffrey on 43, John Ross got 44sec using the club car Fiesta then Stephen, Tony & Jon Stynes now with a Mazda all getting 45sec.

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Spring Autotest – Longtown Auction – 9th of March 2014

By Barry Lindsay

The 2014 Autotest championship blasted off with plenty burning rubber at the first event at Longtown Auction Mart. 16 competitors lined up with 12 tests planned over the car park and wagon parking area with a mixture of good tarmac and hard unsurfaced areas. The first test was a good one to warm up the handbrakes after the winter rebuilds! I would run first on almost all the tests this first one on the loose would mean I was leaving marks for others to follow, but was there more grip? Barry Lindsay 1m 08, John Ross & Kenton Pattison 1m 16, Stephen Dixon 1m 18. On the re-run Now with it being looser it was definatly slower. Barry 1m 16, Stephen, Nigel Harkness on 1m 17 then Kenton 1m 18.

Now onto the tar test, Stephen was fastest showing how to flick the Corsa round the cones with precision, 52sec, Geoffrey Harkness made it a Corsa 1-2 with 55sec, Kenton got 56 ahead of the Micra of George Edminson on 57sec. Myself well I hit a cone…

On the re-run Stephen was again quickest with 53sec, Barry 54sec, Geoffrey 55sec, Kenton 56sec.

Test 5 was a more spread out test using most of the area of the first test added together. Barry 49 sec, Andrew Graham & Neil Thomlinson ( Hand brake wasn’t working before and this test didn’t need it) 52sec, John, Stephen & Nigel all on 53sec. On the re-run Barry got 49, Stephen, Andrew & Neil got 52sec

Test 7 was an extra bit added to the previous test, Barry 1m 12sec, Stephen & Neil 1m 16sec, John & Kenton 1m 19sec

On the re-run Barry 1m 13sec, Stephen & John 1m 17sec, Andrew, Geoffrey & Jon Stynes getting the hang of the C2 on the loose all on 1m 19sec.

Back to a shorter tighter test for 9 all on the tarmac part. Tighter test suited the C1 of John along with Geoffrey & Barry 48sec, Neil, Kenton, Andrew & Jon all on 49. On the re-run Barry 45sec, Neil 47sec, George & John on 48sec.

Final two tests weren’t run as the now routine Super special as there was too much surface variation to get true equal tests. Barry 46sec, Kenton 47sec, Andrew 49sec, Jon & Neil on 50. The re-run Barry 46sec, Stephen 47sec, Nigel, John & Andrew 49sec.

Thanks to Ian Robinson & Michael Lindsay for marshalling and Longtown Auction Mart for the use of there car-park.

Next event – 27th April ( Weather permitting) Long Park Farm, Scaleby. 1pm Start. Let Barry Lindsay know your entering then should it be called off for weather you will be contacted.



1st Barry Lindsay         11m 32           9th Geoffrey Harkness         12m 54

2nd Kenton Pattison       12m 03       10th Joe Thomlinson             13m 32

3rd Stephen Dixon         12m 05         11th George Edminson           13m 40

4th John Ross               12m 21            12th Helen Gibbon (1st Lady) 13m 43

5th Andrew Graham       12m 29       13th Kieron Stynes                 13m 58

6th Nigel Harkness         12m 35       14th Eric Ritchie                     14m 23

7th Neil Thomlinson       12m 42       15th Christine Ross               14m 24

8th Jon Stynes               12m 50        16th Rob Glenndinning (LSD)14m 52

( Underlined = Road car class)

Pirelli Autotest (28th of July 2013)

By Barry Lindsay

A wet Sunday morning at the end of July saw the latest Spadeadam Autotest round. Inviting other local club members to join our strong entry from our club it promised to be an action packed day. In reality it turned out to be the lowest entry of the year and the committee will need to look at why for next year.

Twelve tests were planned running two tests at a time but with some cars left abandoned in the car park on the area we planned to use, space was limited. The first two test were set up together but after that due to the low entry numbers, single bigger tests were run over a larger area which made more smiley faces!!

Test one and it was pouring down, the visitors showed the Spadeadam members how it should be done! Warren Gillespie blitzed round the tight course with 53 seconds, 16 seconds ahead of Stephen Dixon. Chasing down the visitors were Jon Stynes & Nigel Harkness who both got 1m 18.

Peter Johnson

Test three, which was running at the same time, saw the visitors demo there nimbleness around the tight layout of cones. Warren quickest on 56 sec then Stephen on 1m03, Jon was best SMC member with 1m10 then John Ross on 1m18. Continue reading

Spring Autotest – 10th of March 2013

By Barry Lindsay

Longtown Spring Auction Autotest wasn’t very spring like, with flurries of snow in air and an arctic wind blowing over the car park.

Two test sites were set up and tarmac area and a loose area. Michael Lindsay & Caroline Lodge marshalled Tests 1 & 2 on the tarmac area while Ian Robinson marshalled the loose area tests 3 & 4.  15 Drivers lined up for the 10 tests that lay ahead. Barry lead the event off but was to be on a back foot from the off by clipping a cone. Newcomer Jon Stynes was quickest with 1m01 ahead of John on 1m06 then another newcomer Danny Little with 1m07.

On the re-run Barry fought back with 58sec ahead of Andrew with 59sec then Nigel on 1m08.

On the gravel test Danny showed his speed getting 1m05 in his lowered Saxo. Jon got 1m09 with the mini followed by Andrew, Nigel & George on 1m10. Wrong routes for John, Eric & Mike dropped them back.

Danny Little

On the re-run Jon & Barry tied at the top with 1m07 ahead John & Neil V with 1m09. This test also saw the retirement of Neil T & Kenton who had a brake pipe burst.

Kenton Pattinson

Positions after Test 4

1  Barry Lindsay         4m27                    8  Kieron Stynes     5m15

2  Andrew Graham    4m30                    9  Danny Little       5m16

3  Nigel Harkness       4m39                    10 Helen Gibbon   5m30

4  Jon Stynes               4m42                   11 Mike Hebson       5m32

5  John Ross                4m58                   12 Pete Johnson      5m38

6  Neil Varah               5m00                   13 Eric Ritchie         6m10

7  George Edminson  5m04

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New Years Eve Autotest 2012

By Barry Lindsay

Eleven drivers entered the final event of 2012. Ten tarmac testes lay ahead and after overnight rain thankfully the weather was mostly dry but the car park was slippery. The first test, manned by Ian Robinson, John Ross debuted his new car and was quickly setting the pace with 51sec, Barry Lindsay, Geoffrey Harkness & Neil Thomlinson all equalled on 53sec.

For the re-run Barry upped his pace stopping the clock on 48sec, Neil T on 50sec then Andrew Graham a newcomer to SMC autotests getting 52sec.

Andrew Graham

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Autotest (14th of October 2012)

By Barry Lindsay

Following a disappointingly wet summer which had seen two grass autotests cancelled an extra event was added at Longtown Auction. But despite the minimum entries not being met the event went ahead.

Two fresh cars were being débuted at this event. Neil Thomlinson had stripped out his sisters old fiesta and had also talked his dad Joe into having a go at driving. Barry Lindsay had put the 1.4 running gear back into his old rally shell to use for auto testing.

Test 1 John was quickest with 1m16 despite concerns how tight it was for the big car and quite tight test. Neil T was happy with the fiesta on 1m21 then Barry on 1m 29. Geoffrey got a wrong test.

Neil Thomlinson

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Jubilee Autotest

With Pirelli doing some engineering on their production line. Neil Varah had looked into and arranged the use of the workers carpark during the shut down. The event was organised for the evening of the bank holiday Tuesday. 6 tests were planned but due to a lower turn out this was expanded to 8 tests.

It was a wet summer evening ( There’s been a few this year!) Barry opened the first test with 1m 06 with Nigel just behind in 1m 13, then Simon on 1m20. For the re-run Barry slightly slower on 1m07 followed by Geoffrey on 1m08 then Nigel on 1m09 then Neil V and Neil T on 1m11.

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Foolsday Autotest

By Barry Lindsay

Sunday the 1st April saw the first autotest of the year at Longtown Auction mart thanks to Phil Jobson who managed to arrange the venue. Two tests were setup, one mainly on tar while the other all on compact gravel but due to the recent warm dry spell it was very dusty.

The first two cars had just started test 1&2 when an articulated cattle wagon arrived. So, some quick cone moving got him in, and the test able to run. The two cars got a re-run over the test which was a big gain for Nigel who had wrong tested, but got this run correct. Not sure what he’s going to do with a wagon load of sheep if he arranged it just to get out of the wrong test!!

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New Year Tar Test.

By Barry Lindsay

After some negotiations between Neil Varah and the Pirelli management it was agreed that we could run a club auto test on the last day of the year. So with tarmac available, the tests were set up avoiding the few cars that were in the car park, we were ready to run. The tests were to be quite tight to keep the speed down.

The first test turned out to be harder than thought and marshalled by Michael Lindsay. I had to prove that it could be done without reversing and got a time of 1m 34. Neil T was next with 1m53 then Geoffrey on 2m31. On the repeat run I was again quickest with 1m 39; Neil Varah got 2m04 then Neil T on 2m 12.

Neil Varah

Neil Varah

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