85 Years of Motorsport
The Caernarvonshire and Anglesey Motor Club celebrates its 85th anniversary this year.
The first Annual General Meeting took place on the 14th May 1936, when the club rules were agreed. These included confirmations of the club name, the annual subscription of two shillings and sixpence (12½ pence in today’s coinage), and ladies being admitted as full members!
In the early years, many members participated in events on motorcycles rather than cars and under much more relaxed conditions than we have today, there being much fewer of the stringent regulations that now apply to our events under the governance of Motorsport UK.
For more on the history of the club follow this link: Club History
The current Covid rules prevent us having the kind of celebratory event we would like, but hopefully we can arrange something later in the year when conditions allow.
There is a selection of photos from years gone by in the slideshow above.
- An early gymkhana on motorcycles held at Beaumaris in 1952.
- Mr W. Glyn Jones was the father of our current president and one of the first members of C&A Motor Club; he served as club chairman and then club president for a number of years. He is pictured competing in the Colwyn ‘Eirias’ Trial in 1952.
- A control point on the 1956 Palferman Rally.
- Current president Mr Ken Jones must have been a member before he could walk! He is pictured on Whit Monday 1956 holding a trophy that he has on display in his office to this day.
- Dafydd Edwards (current club treasurer) navigated by Ken Jones (current club president) turning off the B5420 at 114/538735 on what is believed to be Stockport MC’s Regent Rally in about 1971.
- 1978 Castrol/Autosport National Champion Malcolm Wilson on the Great Orme Stage, the first stage of the first round of the series, C&A Motor Club’s Gwynedd Rally.
- Russell Brookes and Mike Broad exiting the Cwrt Stage (Coed-y-Brenin) on their way to winning the 1981 Anglesey Scaffolding Gwynedd Rally.
- C&A Motor Club members Gwyn Thomas and Bob Lumley (Sunbeam Talbot) on the same event.
- 1993 Vauxhall Rally of Wales organised by C&A Motor Club with Potteries & Newcastle Motor Club. Richard Burns and Robert Reid celebrating victory at the finish at Chester Racecourse. Richard became the youngest British Rally Champion that year and was the 2001 World Champion. He died of a brain tumour in 2005 at the age of 34.
Thanks to Mr Ken Jones for the use of photos 1 to 4.