|Officials from the Jersey club will be presented with their prize – a much sought-after trophy and £1,000 – at the Motor Sports Association`s annual ‘Night of Champions` on Friday 21 January 2005.
The prestigious Award is always keenly contested by motor clubs from around the UK and enjoys generous support from the MSA`s insurance broker, Alexander Forbes.
Allan Dean-Lewis, Head of External Affairs at the Motor Sports Association, the governing body of UK motor sport, comments: “Our congratulations go to the Jersey Motor Cycle & Light Car Club. This year clubs were screened on the basis of their competitive activity and success as well as on the actions they have taken during the year to increase membership and participation levels. The awards panel was unanimous in its choice of a clear winner – the first time that this award has been made to an off-shore club.”
President of Jersey Motor Cycle & Light Car Club Terry Gorvell says: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award – it is the most wonderful accolade. The club has been in existence for many years and, talking to some of the older members, nobody can recall having come close to winning this award before. We have clearly done something right to suddenly win it and it will be a very proud moment for us when we go on stage to receive our award. The motor club community is very close knit and the number of messages of congratulations has been overwhelming.”
Entering its 85th year, the Jersey Motor Cycle & Light Car Club has a full calendar of 55 events across eight different disciplines. The annual Jersey Rally in 2004 attracted 73 entries, many from the UK mainland, and the club also hosted a round of the MSA British Hillclimb Championship. Motor sport tourism is now formally recognised as a significant contributor to the island`s economy, thanks to club`s activities.
Almost all members either actively participate as competitors or officials and many do both. The club has strengthened its links with the local College of Further Education by encouraging students to enter autotests and has an innovative scheme to encourage all competitors to marshal on events in which they do not take part. Despite its location, many members also travel regularly to the UK and other European destinations to compete and officiate.
Established in 1960, Shenington Kart Club is this year`s runner-up and will receive an MSA Flag Trophy and £500. The club`s policy of reinvesting all profits back into maintenance and new facilities resulted in the opening of a £90,000 clubhouse and toilet block with full disabled access in 2004. Successful strategies and initiatives resulted in more newcomers being introduced to the sport as well as an increase in entry numbers – in the first eight months of 2004, entries had risen by 37 per cent. Female drivers in the club have also increased to 15.
Founded in 1950, Ross & District Motor Club claims third place and will receive an MSA Flag Trophy and £250. It organised 20 events around seven different disciplines in 2004 and is at the forefront of the new ‘autosolos` category. Its round of the MSA British PCT Championship boasted the largest entry of the season, while grass roots navigational exercises and summer grass autotests, plus autosolos, have successfully attracted new members.
Farnborough & District Motor Club, Hampshire and Wigton Motor Club, Cumbria have both been highly commended by the Motor Sports Association and will receive Commemorative Certificates.
Past overall winners: Knutsford & DMC (1993), Aberdeen & DMC (1994), Ilkley & DMC (1995 & 1999), Port Talbot MC (1996), Torbay MC (1997), Woolbridge MC (1998), North Devon MC (2000), Magherafelt & DMC (2001), Scottish Rootes EC (2002), Dukeries MC (2003).