WOOLBRIDGE Motor Club presented a cheque for £2,000 to the Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal at the club’s annual awards presentation.

For more than 20 years the club has promoted an endurance kart race in conjunction with the Clay Pigeon Raceway with proceeds being donated to charities in the area.

Competitors who partake in rallies, trials, and speed hill climbs celebrated the success of their fellow members and in particular Mark Hoppé from Sherborne who, in addition to claiming three trophies for victories in individual car trials, received a further three of the club’s major awards.

Hoppé received the Field Trophy for winning the car trials championship, the Jonathan Mears Memorial Trophy as victor in the autotest championship and the Victor Ludorum Trophy for the best point performance by a competitor competing in a number of different motor sport disciplines.

These accolades add further to his 2018 successes as trials champion of the Association of South West Motor Clubs as well as the Motorsport UK and British Trials and Rally Drivers’ Association Gold Star national championship titles.

The four-wheel-drive division saw Bridport’s Gary Arnold claim the overall award, The Mitsibishi Trophy, while John Tite took the Hogcliff Trophy for victory in the CCV (modified) category and Gary Morris the win in the roadgoing category for which he was rewarded with the 50th Anniversary Trophy.

The popular navigational rally challenge was won by Bob Blackstock and Elliott Dale. The former secured the win in the drivers’ series and Dale from Lyme Regis taking premier spot in the navigators’ rankings. The Rod Purkiss Trophy went to Carole Gibson for the best performance by a new navigator.

The battle for the remaining ‘podium’ places was fought about between Weymouth residents Andy Webb and Graham Blake along with Dorchester’s Merv Brake.

Webb went home with the President’s Trophy for finishing second as well as the Roger Emond Trophy for scoring the most points using the same car for different disciplines.

Brake claimed third in addition to awards for the best expert navigator and the for taking third in the autotest championship.

Blake was then awarded the Myrtle Stephenson Trophy for the member partaking in the most Woolbridge events as either an official or competitor.

The Webb household was obliged to find more space for trophies when Andy’s wife Sue collected the Joyce Elizabeth Weaver Trophy for the best lady competitor.

New awards for the 2018 season included the Robin Maclachlan Trophy which was won by Tim and Jackie Fry for marshalling on every 12 car rally of the season, a fitting memorial to Robin who was an accomplished and enthusiastic navigator.

A further new trophy, the John Forsyth ‘Unsung Hero’ Award went to Pauline Rolls in recognition of more than 40 years of service to the club.

The Carpenter Shield, an award made to non-competing members for the person or persons who marshal at the most events, was won by Sarah and Nick Howard.

Bob Blackstock received the Motor Sports Association Silver Salver is recognition of his achievements as rally event organiser and social secretary.

The final presentation, the Chairman’s Trophy, which is awarded at the behest of club chairman Vic Fancy, went to Broadmayne’s Worth Birkill in recognition of his continued success as the club’s chief marshal for speed hillclimb events.


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