What We Do

About the C & A Motor Club

The C & A Motor Club Ltd is registered with the Motor Sports Association (MSA) for the organisation of all types of motorsport events and is also a member of the Association of North Western Car Clubs (ANWCC) and the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs (WAMC)

The Club was formed in Bangor in 1936 with the aim, as recorded in the first Minute Book, of: “the encouragement and protection of motoring interests in this district” and some of its history can be found here

The Club organises various social and competitive events throughout the year and many of these count for various national, regional or local championships. For most events all you need to take part is a Club membership card, whereas for others you will need to hold a MSA Competition licence.

The types of events we promote include: 

NAVIGATION RUNS
Usually a Friday evening event that offers an excellent opportunity to learn about plotting a route and map reading. These events are limited to 12 cars and the only equipment that is required, other than the relevant Ordnance Survey map, is a pencil, map magnifying glass and map light.
The object is to plot a set route on the map using the instructions provided and to drive around that route to record clues or symbols to prove that you have visited the various points.

AUTOTESTS
These are held on private land and involve driving the car on a timed, predetermined memorised route, with penalties added for striking markers, bad positioning on the lines and not completing the test correctly. The tests will include changes of direction, stopping astride markers and various manoeuvres. The tests are normally tighter than the standard turning circle of a car.
The minimum age for competing in an Autotest is 16 years.

PRODUCTION CAR AUTOTESTS (PCA) 
These are held on private land and are similar to Autotests in that they involve driving the car on a timed, predetermined route with penalties added for striking markers and not completing the test correctly.
The main difference is that in a PCA you are required to have a passenger in the car and they can assist with navigating you around the test.
The tests are designed so that standard cars can negotiate the route and the number of reverse manoeuvres is limited to a maximum of four.
Drivers can be as young as 14 years with an experienced passenger who holds a full RTA Licence. The minimum age for a passenger with a driver holding a full licence is 12 years. 

TRIALS  
Off-road driving on grassy surfaces where the cars have to maintain unassisted forward motion through the set sections. The venue chosen are non-damaging to standard cars however, some cars do have low bumpers that may be vulnerable.
Drivers can be as young as 14 years with an experienced passenger who holds a full Driving Licence.  

ROAD RALLIES  
For Road Rallies on the public highway the emphasis is as much on navigation as driving skill. The navigator, who uses Ordnance Survey maps to direct the driver around the route, must be very careful with timing - it’s just as bad if you check in too early as it is to check in too late at a time control.
To compete as a driver you will need to have a full driving licence and be at least 17 years of age but you can compete as a navigator from as young as 12.
The C&A Motor Club usually promotes three road rallies each year.  

SINGLE VENUE STAGE RALLY 
We promote a Stage Rally at Trac Môn (Anglesey Circuit), near Rhosneigr, each year, known as the Glyn Memorial Stages, and is usually a two-day event held over a weekend at the end of October or early November.

MARSHALLING AND TIMEKEEPING  
Events cannot run without marshals and timekeepers. Members learn quite a bit about the different types of events by turning out to assist the main organisers. We also assist on events in the region that are not promoted by C&A Motor Club.   

FURTHER DETAILS
Details of all forthcoming events are published on the website as and when they become available, including the event regulations and entry forms.
You will also find results, photos and reports of past events.

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  • Motor Sports Association
  • Association of North Western Car Clubs
  • Welsh Association of Motor Clubs
  • Barnes Auto Engineering