2013 Clubhouse Tour (Pathfinders) – Organisers Report

By Mark Taylor

Not a bad night for this years Pathfinders except that some were engaged getting things ready for the Pirelli/Richard Burns Foundation Rally. Should have been no contest really! Still, a turnout of 6 crews isn’t too bad and I had been concerned that entries after 19:30 wouldn’t have the daylight to get round fairly.

As always I try to test the crews. This year it was a red herring on the Grid reference at the start, spotted by our first starters Trudy & Caroline. It’s a good job I included a description of the start or I would have had a quiet night. I had a quick check of the clues to make sure I got the grid square references the right way around at least. Panic over. Continue reading


The April Quiz (4th of April)

If you couldn’t make it to our April club night, here’s a small taster of what you missed. The questions were compiled by George Rutherford. Results can be found below.

Q: Who won the Irish Tarmac Championship in 2012?

 Q: In which category of racing is Lord Drayson promoting for a 2014 championship?

 Q: Which new WRC team will enter the championship in 2014?

 Q:  Which Scottish Rallycross driver regularly competes on the world stage?

 Q: What make of car is Touring Car ace, James Thomson, racing in 2013?

 Q: Who builds the P1?

 Q: Which drivers did the following navigators become best known by:

Playstation Results

The Olympic themed medalists from the September club night were:


Gold:    Zach Varah

Silver:  Barry Lindsay

Bronze: Neil Varah

Novemeber club night- A visit to the Carlisle Pirelli Factory

The November Club night (1st) will be a visit to the Carlisle Pirelli Factory. Members wishing to come along to the tour to follow the making of a tyre from raw material to finished product.

The evening has been arranged with the thanks of Neil Varah

We do need names so that we know how many to accommodate for and there is a maximum that can be taken.

Evening would start by meeting at the Car Park at 7pm

Reserve your place with Barry Lindsay ASAP!

Treasure Hunt (7th of June 2012)

By Barry Lindsay

This year’s event started from Surrone House, Hotel in Gretna run by our organisers and last year’s winners John & Christine Ross. Nine crews turned out on another wet summers night. (Must be a record… nine crews not a wet summer’s night!) Crews headed off at there own pace with 49 questions to answer and no time limit (other than darkness)

Out of Gretna passed the Gretna Green anvil and the Courtship Maze then past Corries Mill then into Longtown for the hairdressers for the gossip. Round by Netherby, Easton, Blackrigg then back to the finish at Skitby via Broomhills little red tractor.

 With my nephews on school holiday they were permitted to do their first SMC treasure hunt… It may not be their main aim in life but let’s say they are as driven to win as I am!! There’s no place for second.. Up to the night they were both going together with Geoffrey & Yvonne. But then Graham decided his Grandad & Uncle might be a better option. Now we had a problem…. That’s when it got serious as we left Gretna. Things were going well (or we thought) have answers in all of the boxes. However leaving Blackrigg there was two clues and we got neither.

 Graham & Martyn had both been out of the cars looking, even pretending to find it. Some people even phoning home for their Roman numerals or to find out how old Caroline was!! However even Caroline got this one wrong, she is a lot older than she says she is!!!

 Thanks to John & Christine for a well thought out devious treasure hunt, great fun.


1st    Michael & Barry Lindsay & Graham Petry           40pts

2nd   Geoffrey Harkness, Yvonne & Martyn Petry       38.5pts

3rd    Bob Harrison & Family                                           37pts

4th    Neil Thomlinson & Paul Scott                               34.5pts

5th    Chris & Sue Titley                                                    31pts

6th    Dave Love & Mark Taylor                                     29pts

7th    Neil & Zach Varah                                                 28.5pts

8th    Joe, Heather & Sharon Thomlinson                  27.5pts

9th     Caroline & Jonathan Lodge                                25pts

Pathfinders Results

By Geoffrey Harkness

Starting at Westlinton, nine crews plotted a route that would take them by Hopesike wood, Oakbank then across to Chapelknowe before a short loop, then back down via Englishtown to Glinger Bank. The next section was up to Evertown across to Hollows, then to Claygate and Harelaw before heading back to the finish at Skitby via Pedderhill, Slealands and the Cliff. Everybody set off in the correct direction and all got to the finish but how and by what route could be any one’s guess. Phil and Viv would have won except for the time penalties .Chris and Sue also did well but also received penalties but both crews did manage to find the last clues in the dark. John and Christine was the only other crew to get a penalty, all the other crews being penalty free. In the end it was a close finish between Dave and Mark and team Lodge but the number 1seeds came out top. Congratulations to Mark and Dave, next year’s organisers.

Results                                                  Clues                      Penalties

1st   Dave and Mark                                     10                                    0

2nd   Caroline and Jonathan                      9                                    0

3rd   Joe and Neil                                         8                                    0

4th   Nigel and Helen                                   8                                    0

5th   John and Christine                              8                                    1

6th   Phil and Viv                                           8                                    4

7th   Mike and Ian                                         7                                    0

8th   Neil and Zac                                         5                                    0

9th   Chris and Sue                                       4                                    6

View from the Top (or the pitfalls of poor preparation)

By Mark Taylor

The plan was simple. Turn up on time (not easy for this pairing) exchange the usual “pleasantries” with the Editor, then try to make a simple concept complicated! After all no-one wants to actually win this event due to the forfeit for next year.

Well I’m here to tell you it’s not all bad. There is a certain amount of pleasure gained from setting a good event and seeing the result on the competitors faces at the end as no doubt was the case this year thanks to the weather but mainly to Geoffrey’s choice of roads. There were lots of fast sections between clues to keep the drivers happy and even a bit of navigation for the co-drivers which proved beyond this correspondent as testified by most other competitors travelling the “wrong way”.

We actually followed the plan to the letter (well only 5 minutes late) and set off with a very sketchy plan. The first clue turned into a procession along Hopesike woods looking for anything that resembled the crossword clue on the page. Dave drove past some distance before telling me the registration number of a long disused van so as not to highlight its location, then off like a scalded cat. This was not in the plan but I let him off as no-one likes a procession (all F1 fans take note!).

This continued for the next few sets of clues through Oakbank, Stubby Knowe and Cadgillhead as competitors repeatedly bunched probably due to deteriorating eyesight on our part until we reached the point I had to tell Dave I had no idea how to get to the next couple of clues. It served a purpose as we both wanted/needed the time to search for clues without the other kids looking over our shoulder. This was where I came up with an old plan which worked 4 years ago in achieving the primary aim i.e. not to win but unfortunately is now called a masterstroke as it evidently all went wrong from that point.

After turning the wrong way, missing Englishtown, Glingerbank and Glenzierfoot I realised there was actually a straightforward route but it was too late to turn back. Who wants to be midfield in a procession (Michael Schumacker take note. Ha, Ha!).

We headed for Canonbie and travelled alongside the A7. Here we resorted to cheating but Dave and I are desperate (eh Caroline!). We stopped 3 innocent bystanders who were otherwise enjoying their evening asking them to help solve the clues. Dave and I disclosed our Scottish ethnicity to curry favour but for the record, they were no help but did wish us a pleasant evening all the same. Picking up the A7 for a short burst to return back towards Canonbie I thought the navigation would be easier for a while. A sign for the Hollows appeared very quickly, too quickly in fact, but those Q5’s are really rather fast! Dave performed a copy book U turn in the middle of an A road and I decided to take the turn for the Hollows after all!

For the next clue at Claygate younger readers should “look away now”. Almost at the end of this section and no clue in sight an attractive blond lady in a blue Audi Estate pulled alongside and asked us what she could get for £20! Unfortunately, as time was pressing, we had to make our excuses and left.

There were no further histrionics for the rest of the route. This took us back to Skitby via Harelawhill, Shielingmoss, High Plains and past South Sealands to the A6071 three miles south of Longtown. An excellent turnout of 9 crews fully justifying Geoffrey’s efforts. I just hope I don’t go and spoil it all next year.

Talk and Demonstration by EMMU

On August 4th Spadeadam hosted ‘The North East and Cumbrian Motor Club’s get together’. We invited EMMU rescue unit to show us some of what they can do.

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Club Night Autotest (7th of July 2011)

By Barry Lindsay

The July club night was the 2nd Autotest of the year and in new field at Longpark, Scaleby. After some wet weather the event looking doubtfull but after touring the farm the night before, it was agreed that the newly cut silage field was the firmest.

14 entrants arrived and we please to see 5 new competitors and also was good to see others coming back for their 2nd event, along with the ‘regulars’!

Again we had two different tests running side by side one manned by Michael Lindsay the other by Caroline Lodge, with Ian Robinson getting folk organised to keep it running and also doing a bit of navigating.

Test 1 Barry was quickest with 1m 27 ahead of John on 1m 28 then Neil V & Nigel on 1m 31 followed by new competitor Pete Docker on 1m 34.

John Ross

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August Club Night – Thursday 4th of August 2011

Spadeadam Motor Club

are hosting the next

North East and Cumbrian Motor Clubs Get Together

Thursday the 4th of August.

A Demonstration and Talk by:

Emergency Mobile Medical Unitwww.emmu.co.uk

An opportunity to learn more about the role of the rescue units and a chance to get together with folk from other motor clubs.

Starts at 19.30hrs

At Skitby Restaurant, Smithfield.

Everyone Welcome!