Sunshine & Smiles Welcome 2016 Season
With the long, dark winter nights behind us, and the 2016 racing season already underway, it was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces at Rockingham for BARC Midlands Centre’s Sprint on March 20th.
However, for many of us the ‘closed season’ has been a busy time too. Noreen continues to ‘go the extra mile’ in her role as Centre Secretary, Competition Secretary and SBD Championship Coordinator, whilst caring for Alan during his convalescence. With assistance from the committee, she arranged the BARC Centres’ Conference back in November, delivered a fantastic awards dinner in February and has ensured the meticulous organisation that makes both the SBD Speed Championship and Midlands Centre sprints such a success, continues to be exemplary.
Alan’s stubborn determination to make the best recovery possible has already seen him overcoming a number of challenges. Despite the restrictions he still faces, his admirable good spirits and positive attitude continue to drive him forward and it was a delight to see him accompanying Noreen at Rockingham for the Centre’s Sprint.
An Award Winning Evening
After successfully hosting the BARC Centres’ Conference back in November, we returned to The Royal Arms Hotel in Sutton Cheney for the Midlands awards dinner in early February. Undeterred by the freezing winter weather, this annual celebration benefited from excellent attendance, with club members joining us from across the UK. After enjoying a fine three-course dinner prepared by the hotel’s award winning chefs, accompanied by lively conversation, the evening culminated in the traditional presentations, delivered by Vice Chairman and Treasurer Dick Spreadbury.
As winner of the 2015 BARC SBD Speed Championship, Justin Andrews received the coveted SBD Wilkinson Sword, with Chris Berrisford duly congratulated as runner-up. Justin also secured three bonus awards – The Insite Graphics Challenge Trophy, The Emerald Award and the Raymond Good FTD Handicap Trophy.
We were also delighted to present Gary Thomas with the Rallye Communications Limited Top Six Challenge Champion’s Trophy, with Clive Wooster commended as runner-up. Gary took second place in the Raymond Good FTD Handicap Trophy too, with Elen Worthington claiming an impressive third place. Will Hunt secured runner-up in The Insite Graphics Challenge Trophy, whilst his co-competitor Phil Williams came in third. And last, but definitely not least, Helen Currie received the Down to Earth Lady’s Award, with Elen Worthington close behind her as 2015’s runner-up.
Our sincere congratulations to Helen, Elen, Justin, Gary, Chris, Clive, Will and Phil, plus special thanks to everyone else who competed during last season. Together you helped to ensure another fantastic year for all of the Championships and BARC Midlands Centre too!
In appreciation of his willingness to frequently go beyond the call of duty during the 2015 season, Steve Walters received the Marshal’s Shield. Chris Hall took home the Chairman’s Shield and we were delighted to present the Riseley Shield to BARC’s long-serving Press Officer and our special guest, Trevor Swettenham, who seemed equally delighted by his tombola prize!
Kids Camera Competition Winner
Seven-year-old Luke Tredwell was the proud winner of BARC Midlands Centre’s Kids Camera Competition, receiving a compact digital camera as his reward. Against stiff competition, he captured the best overall picture of 2015 during the centre’s August sprint at Curborough. So, well done Luke!