Sandocross returns to the beach

PUBLISHED: 09:06 17 February 2017

The popular Sandocross, run by Weston Motor Club, is to return this year.

At Weston Motor Club’s annual meeting, Dave Axford was re-elected chairman, with Jan Knott, Colin Knott and Ian Griffiths as the principal officials, as the club commences its 60th anniversary.

Since the meeting, several members have been co-opted onto the management committee in accordance with the club’s constitution and the committee now comprises a team of nine members of varying ages and experience, who between them can bring some positive changes.

An event that has for many years been a favourite of motor sport competitors and the Weston public in general, has been the spectacular Sandocross held at appropriate dates when the tides suit.

Four cars race against each other to record the fastest time over a three-lap course comprising a total of more than one-mile in distance.

After missing the last couple of years for various reasons, the event is back this year. With many thanks to North Somerset Council, the Sandocross will be run on the Saturday of the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The event is sure to attract some great entries and much more information on this event will be available as the planning progresses.

While trying to find a venue such as the Bath & West Showground, a stately home or even Longleat, which was once used for rallying years ago, is going to be difficult, the club is not giving up.

In the meantime, a few members have been out searching for areas of tarmac suitable for autotests and autosolos and there are reasons for cautious optimism that such venue/s might have been found.

In May 2016, Pete Brace, the club’s chairman passed away unexpectedly. Pete was an avid enthusiast of classic cars, especially Renaults such as the beautiful Alpine.

At the time of his death he had just started building a replica Alpine and so it is the club’s intention to hold a special classic club night at Ollies Cafe on the A38 at Brent Knoll, at which all classic/competition car enthusiasts are invited to come along with their classic/interesting cars. The date is yet to be confirmed but will be sometime in May.

The club meets socially at Ollies Cafe every month and all members are welcome. The next club night will be on March 9 and the committee are organising a quiz with prizes for the winners.

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