Newton Duo Shake Off The Cobwebs
The uncle and niece crew of Malcolm Bayliss and Siobhan Pugh continue their rallying comeback with a trek to Ludlow for the Woodpecker Stages. They are hoping for better luck, as their first post- pandemic event, the Builth Wells based Nicky Grist Stages, didn’t go as planned when their immaculate Mk. 1 Escort developed clutch problems.
Siobhan took both the Overall and Junior Rally Challenge Champion titles back in 2016, and realising that the Challenge now has a new title, Malcolm approached Challenge Organisers with an offer. The car and Siobhan’s portrait picture appeared on two of the now redundant publicity banners and as a surprise gift for Siobhan and to adorn his garage, he asked if he could obtain them for her in exchange for a generous donation to our chosen Charity, Wales Air Ambulance. The Maesteg DMC Committee were only too happy to oblige.
Siobhan’s partner Arwel Jenkins had success in 2019, clinching the Maesteg and District Motor Club Champion Co-drivers title for which his prize included cash and a Club Rally Jacket. Arwel, who has competed with many teams, kindly asked that Siobhan could take the prize, (as pictured).
The Challenge Takes A Year Out
After considerable debate it has been decided that current restrictions will not allow Maesteg and District Motor Club to run the Rally Challenge in 2021 to the standard we have achieved in previous years. Unable to provide an accurate calendar due to uncertainty over the resumption of rallying, along with the limited scope to provide publicity and raise charity funds has made its running unfeasible. Congratulations to Tom Coughtrie and Ian Fraser who were our top points scorers when the 2020 Championship was cancelled. Also thanks to our Associate Partners, Pacenotes Rally Magazine. Please click here for the full Organisers Statement.
Independent Paint Supplies has a fleet of vehicles serving South and West Wales from its Swansea Base, with paint and refinishing products for Automotive, Commercial, Industrial and Marine customers. The Directors, through their previous business, FMP, have supported our sport through the Rally Challenge since 2013.
The IPS Paint Rally Challenge is open to members of all Motorsport UK registered Motor Clubs and will be supporting Wales Air Ambulance on an ongoing basis.
Claire’s Rallying Masterpieces
For the first time since the inception of the Rally Challenge back in 2013, we have the pleasure of welcoming a Guest Writer. We invited Ammanford Co-driver Claire Williams who was our inaugural Rally Challenge Champion to give us a detailed insight into the background of her extraordinary artistic talent which she combines with her passion for the sport.
Read Claire’s full article here.
Tom Eyes Up His Options for 2021
Back in 2015, Maesteg and District Motor Club received enquiries about the running of its next Autotest from a Dad in Rudbaxton who was keen for his son to get enough signatures to allow him to gain a Competition License. As their next event was a few weeks away, Pembrokeshire Motor Club put one on especially for 14 year old so that he could then compete on his first rally, The McCrae Stages at Knockhill. Read Tom’s full story here