|The club will receive the prestigious Alexander Forbes MSA Club of the Year award, a trophy and cheque for £1,000 at the MSA`s annual awards ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London in January. It will share the stage with the winners of every major championship in British motor sport from 2005.
Wigton MC`s secretary Graham Forrester comments: “This is a huge endorsement of what we do and also gives us a great boost – it says that we`re doing the right things and we`re being recognised for it.”
This is the first time in Wigton MC`s 82-year history that it has won the MSA`s award, although it has been a runner-up and previously commended for its work. In 2005 the club has excelled in its achievements. It staged four sprints – one of them a round of the MSA`s National Championship – plus numerous classic rallies. It is also the organiser of the annual and very popular classic car show in Dalemain.
But, adds Mr Forrester: “I think our main achievement in 2005 was the opening of a new venue for sprints, at Teesside Autodrome near Middlesborough. A lot of members put in a lot of effort and were rewarded with an excellent event.
“We`re willing to change according to the demands of our membership. A lot of clubs have said ‘we are a stage rally club or road rally club` and then go through a lean patch, but we`ve been able to adapt to what our membership wants.
“We`ve got about 500 members, ranging from people in their teens to their 70s, and that number is steadily growing. Five hundred is a large membership for any club and particularly good for Wigton, as we`re in a sparsely populated area in the Lake District. We`ve even got members from as far away as Aberdeen and Milton Keynes.”
MSA Flag awards and cheques for £500 and £250 respectively go to runners-up Clwyd Vale Motor Club and Middlesex County Automobile Club, while the uniquely titled ‘4x4 without a club` was highly commended.