Roy Redman Sporting Trophy

Members who have been following his racing exploits in Europe will not be surprised to learn that the COC Committee have unanimously decided to award the Roy Redman Trophy for 2011 to Michel Chapel. Recent photos are on the Gallery.

Maxi 1000 Racing Series

Following a very successful season of racing in Europe it is now confirmed that Michel Chapel has taken his Crusader to a class win (up to 1000cc) and has finished 4th. overall in the series despite being up against many higher capacity racers. A report & photographs can be found on www.retro-speed.co.uk

More racing success for Michel Chapel

Members will also be pleased to hear that Michel Chapel from Belgium continues to have a successful season of racing in the Continental Maxi-1000 series. Nearing the end of the season, he is lying fourth O/A in the championship and is leading his class (1000cc). He seems to have been racing every three or four weeks and must have covered a huge mileage to the various circuits.

Rally Success for Chris Valentine

Members will be pleased to hear that the Clan Crusader of Chris Valentine and Chris Thorley won ouright Loughborough Car Club’s rally on October 9th 2011. Fuller details and photographs are posted on www.retro-speed.co.uk
Well done to both and look forward to more rallying successes in the future!

Crusader 40 photographs

Members attention is drawn to the Gallery section of our website onto which we have downloaded a selection of photos from the Crusader 40 event in Washington. Most of the photos were taken by Dave & Joan Williamson, Dave & Sharon Barton and the panoramic shot outside the factory was kindly supplied by member Steve Ritzema. Obviously, a huge number of photos were taken during the event so if members have any outstanding shots to add to the gallery, please let Committee members know.

Spares co-ordinator

SPARES UPDATE
Let me introduce my self – my name is Ernie Jackson and I am the Club’s new Spares man.

Many members will be aware that at the AGM in 2010 Jim McEwen gave notice that he wished to relinquish his position as Spares Man at the 2011 AGM. It was generally acknowledged that Jim would be a hard act to follow when he did ‘retire’.

At some stage during a conversation with James Spencer I said that if no one else could be found then as a last resort I would take on the position. No one else did volunteer so at the 2011 AGM I was duly elected and now consider myself to be the Weston Super Mare of the Clan Owners Club!.

My pedigree is that I am a retired Local Government Officer( Electrical Designer). I have lived in rural Lincolnshire since 1993. Since December 1993 I have dealt in new old stock spare parts for Austin Maxis as a hobby, and currently I am Chairman of the Austin Maxi Owners Club (for the third time).

The Clan Owners Club spares have been relocated to Lincolnshire and normal service will hopefully be resumed in the next week or so.

Parts will remain at the prices quoted in the recent magazine for the time being and can be ordered by writing to E JACKSON, 27 QUEEN STREET, BARDNEY, LINCOLNSHIRE, LN3 5XF enclosing a cheque with your order made payable to ’The Clan Owners Club’

I am quite happy to discuss requirements with members preferably by telephone on 01526 398377 before 9.00 pm or by email if you must at agmspares@aol.com but please include your phone number on your email and your Club membership number. Don’t expect an immediate reply to your email !!!

I am looking forward to this new challenge and hopefully lots of orders for obscure parts that no one has ordered before.

Ernie Jackson

Classic Car Weekly

The latest issue of Classic Car Weekly out today (Wed 24 August) contains two articles about the Clan covering 4 full pages. A very good 2 page road test and a fabulous 2 page article covering the 40th anniversary event at Washington in July.

Clarification

Due to inaccuracies in an advert placed on Pistonheads the following points were sent to the Pistonheads classified administrator.

With reference to the advert on your website for an ‘ex-works rally Clan’. I would like to clarify the following points-

A ‘Works Rally Clan’ is one prepared by the factory & entered into events in the name of the Company. It will also be registered with the DVLA in the name of the Company. As such there is only one Works Rally Clan- LUP62J.

The other ’Rally Clans’ sold by the factory are just that – Rally Clans. They could be described as Works replicas but not having been entered in events in the name of the Clan Motor Company they are not Works cars.

Since genuine ex – works cars would normally command a premium, especially if they have had significant competition results.

With regard to the car in the advert, it is not a ‘Works Rally Clan’ or even a ‘Rally Clan’ that was sold by the factory but it is in fact a ‘Replica’ having been built using a later non-factory shell even although the car does carry the chassis number RR007.

Please note – The original Rally Clan that left the factory as RR007 still exists.

Regards

Jim McEwan. Clan Owners Club – Historian.

40th Anniversary of the Clan Crusader – 1st production car – 1971

During the weekend of the 2nd/3rd July, 46 Clans gathered in Washington, Tyne & Wear, the birthplace of the Clan Crusader. The celebrations included visits to local attractions such as Washington Old Hall (the ancestral home of George Washington) where Clans featured in the launch of a new, locally brewed beer. Trips to the impressive local coast included photo shoots at the Souter Lighthouse and then, in the afternoon, members and their cars descended on the Northern Aircraft Museum in Sunderland for a mass line-up of Clans in front of the Vulcan bomber undergoing restoration. Access to the cockpit showed that the five man crew had little more room than we do in our Clans!

Some eighty members and friends gathered for a celebration dinner at the Holiday Inn in Washington, where the guests of honour, Paul and Heather Haussauer, were entertained. Paul was the Managing Director of the Clan Motor Co. and his after dinner speech enlightened us as to some of its history.

On the Sunday morning, a large proportion of the Clans travelled in convoy from the hotel, via the original factory building on the Crowther Estate for another photo-stop, and then on to a reserved car park at the Galleries Shopping Centre complex. The 46 cars were joined there by other local classic car enthusiasts and together, they provided an impressive display for members of the public.

Clans on display included the prototype Crusader which evolved into the works rally car and which made a very successful debut on the 1972 Manx International Rally; and the first car off the production line in 1971, still in pristine condition and driven all the way from Milton Keynes to Co. Durham by Jim McEwan, the Clan Owners Club archivist.

Several other notable competition cars attended including the racers of the Richards family and the very successful rally Crusader campaigned in the early 1970’s by Alan Conley of the Wylam Garage, Northumberland. The 46 car line-up was judged for concours condition by Keith Noble of the North-Eastern Restoration Club. Prize tankards went to Steve Fenner for the best original Clan and to Scott Fanning for the best restoration. Such was the standard of cars on display that judging was no easy task – a compliment to the care of the owners and the quality of the original production of the Clan Motor Company.

Once all the judging was over on Sunday afternoon, members dispersed towards the South Coast and Scotland, and all points in between, after a very successful celebration of the marque.

Dave Williamson
Chairman, Clan Owners Club