Accrington Motor Sports Club AutoSolo and Production Car Autotest, the final round of the 2010 ANWCC AutoSolo Championship, attracted 30 competitors in a wide range of cars and a Skoda Felicia Pick-Up!
The number of entrants, some of whom had travelled 100 miles or more to compete, is a clear sign of the growing popularity of the sport and a testimony to the Accrington club’s organising skills.
The attraction of AutoSolos is that it provides low cost, non-specialist motor sport where you can use any road going car that is taxed, insured and, if age requires, has a valid MOT certificate. Drivers as young as 14 years-old can also compete though they have to be accompanied by a licence holding adult.
The youngest driver taking part at the Blackburn & Darwen Services was 14 year-old Simon Robinson who took to the wheel of a Nissan Micra under the guidance of experienced stage rally driver Matt Griffin. Griffin, who competes in the BTRDA Rally Championship, said
“Simon’s times have got quicker and quicker as the day’s gone on.”
Peter Sharples from Preston made the most of the cold and slippery conditions to clinch the ANWCC title in his Ford Anglia after beating the Peugeot 205 of championship rival William Jarman. Quickest on the day though was Philip Marwood who had a penalty free run in a Rover Mini.
The Skoda Felicia Pick-up was being driven by Chris Livesey who had acquired the vehicle only days before the event. Its lack of power steering was a handicap but Livesey was taking part and loving every second, just how motorsport should be, with the added satisfaction of doing it on the cheap!