In 1997 Torbay Motor Club won the coveted title ‘Club of the Year’ awarded by Bradstock Insurance and the Motor Sports Association. After being voted 3rd in the category in 1996, it was a great honour for the membership to receive the ultimate accolade – number one Motor Club in the country!

To add to this achievement, the club was voted 1st in the Association of South Western Motor Clubs Club Championship in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000; the club’s road rally was also voted ‘Best ASWMC Road Rally’ in 1997 and 1998.

The club currently organises three hill climb events each year, at Wiscombe in May and at Manor Farm in June (2-days), and a sprint at Clay Pigeon raceway in July.

In the past, the club has organised hill climb events at Oddicombe (Torquay), Finlake (near Chudleigh) and Mamhead, all of which were extremely popular with hill climb competitors and marshals. Sadly, all these venues are no longer available.

In 1999, Torbay Motor Club ran the first Powderham Historic Rally of Devon, based at Powderham Castle near Exeter. The rally subsequently assumed the title of ‘The Devonian’ and was a round of the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) Clubman’s Championship, catering for cars built and registered before 1981.

Historic road events are the ideal starting point for competitors with older sports or rally cars, and the events enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in tandem with intense competition demanding team-work, precise navigation and car control. Although The Devonian has not run for several years, many club members have the experience to advise and support any competitors who are interested in the historic rally scene.

In November 2005 the club ran its first single venue, loose surface rally, the ‘Tricky Stages’, at Tricky Warren, Burnworthy, near Taunton. A very popular and well supported event, the rally became a popular event on the South West’s stage rally calendar and was voted ‘Best Loose Surface Stage Rally’ in the ASWMC championship in 2006.

If you would like to discover more about motor sport, how to prepare your vehicle to the correct specification and event regulations, please contact either a committee member and/or the Motor Sports Association (MSA) - via their website at www.msauk.org – for further information.

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