Welcome…

Blackbird Auto Club is a Northampton-based motor club focusing on 12 Car Rallies. Our Winter Series runs January to December; please see the Calendar page for a list of dates.

BBAC and all of our events are recognised and authorised by Motorsport UK (formally MSA).


2021 BBAC 12 Car Round 9, Friday 19th November 2021:

Dave and Tony are taking you on 45 miles of map 152’s finest roads, starting just outside Whittlebury. This will be a traditional 12 Car event, marshals with handouts etc, no app… Post event drinks and results will be at the New Inn, Abthorpe.

If you haven’t been emailed the entry documents please get in touch via info@blackbirdautoclub.co.uk


2021 BBAC 12 Car Round 7, Friday 8th October 2021:

Unfortunately Round 6 had to be postponed due to lack of entries, but will run later in the year!

Next up is Round 7, being run by Nathan and Harry on Friday 8th October. This will be a traditional 12 Car event, marshals with handouts etc, no app… The event will be spread across 3 maps: 152, 140 and 141, starting just outside Cold Ashby. Post event drinks and results will be at the Brampton Halt, NN6 8BA.

If you haven’t been emailed the entry documents please get in touch via info@blackbirdautoclub.co.uk


2021 BBAC 12 Car Round 6, Friday 24th September 2021:

Thanks to Harry and Paul for kicking off the second half of our 2021 12 car season on Friday with another RallyAppLive taster event! We had a good turnout and it was great to be back out on the lanes. Results will be distributed later this week.

Our next event is Round 6 on Friday 24th September, run by Jens and me. We’ll start and finish at the White Hart in Flore and have decided to run with in-person marshals and paper timecards.

Please make your entries using the RallyAppLive entry system: https://rally.sapphire-solutions.co.uk/register.php?sitename=blackbird. Regs are attached to this page, along with MSUK declarations and the REIS insurance form.

If you’re available to marshal instead, please sign up at this link: https://rally.sapphire-solutions.co.uk/marshalreg.php?sitename=blackbird

Hope to see you out there!

Rich


BBAC Family Fun Day Scavenger Hunt and Picnic, Sunday 15th August 2021:

Scavenger Hunt 10am start at Sixfields Car Park (728 604 – between Cineworld and McDonalds)
1pm latest finish at Emberton Park
Competitors Briefing at 10am
Items needed for Scavenger Hunt:
Pen, Pencil, Clipboard
OS Map 152
Camera Phone or Digital Camera

Picnic from 1pm onwards – please bring your own picnic, chairs/blanket etc.

To get an idea of numbers, can you please let Billy Johnson know if you are intending to enter, or send an email to info@blackbirdautoclub.co.uk


BBAC Comittee Update 29/12/2020:

Dear All,

Firstly, I would like to give special thanks to every competitor, marshal and organiser for enabling BBAC to continue to run events during 2020. It really has been a tough year and without your efforts and flexibility we may have been forced simply to cancel all events as so many other clubs have had to do. I hope that this patience from all involved can continue into 2021 and allow us to have some fun out there when possible!

We have managed seven rounds of the 12 Car championships this year, and have decided that 5 of these will count towards standings. Results from all rounds and final standings can be found on the Results section of the website.

In addition, BBAC had 5 crews entered in this year’s Preston Rally organised by Chelmsford MC. You can check out everyone’s performance here. Craig and Alex had a fantastic result as always, while Jens and Rich finally made the finish on the third year of trying. Getting round the challenging route is a major achievement in itself, as the 32 retirements from a field of 81 entries shows, so big congratulations to Gav and Dave, Harry and Paul, and Billy and Rob. Billy kindly sent a few words about his first Preston as a competitor:

Billy and Rob thought that they would have a go at the Preston rally this year. So after bolting on a sump guard and tank guard and Harry’s old tyres (cheers Harry!) somehow managed to finish with some luck and never giving up! We did have a puncture, and the heater packed up for about half the event but then mysteriously fixed itself. Lost count of how many times we nearly got stuck however we did need towing out twice. Finishing 43rd out of 81 entries is a great achievement for our first attempt. Both crew and car took a hell of a beating; sump guard, steering arms and wishbones all bent badly but still managed the drive home. Will need to put the Puma on a ramp to see if there is any other damage, maybe next year…

P.S. Roughest event I’ve ever seen!

Billy Johnson

We will continue to post details of any invited events on our calendar.

Friday 15th January will hopefully see our first 12 car of the new season, being organised and run by Nathan and Bill. Our calendar for 2021 still has a number of events without organisers and we will likely be running a reduced schedule due to both this and difficulties arising from the Covid pandemic. Under the current tier system, we will ensure routes do not enter any Tier 4 area, and competitors from Tier 4 regions should not enter our events (or should cancel entries). MSUK permitted events (including BBAC 12 Cars) are to be treated as supervised sport, and are therefore allowed in Tier 3 and below.

I would also like to remind members that an MSUK RS Clubman License is required to take part in BBAC’s 12 Cars. These are free-of-charge, must be renewed each calendar year (so renewal is now due) and can be applied for online here.

Finally, a reminder that our AGM (likely over Zoom) will be held on Wednesday 3rd February, with all noms and props to be submitted by 3 weeks prior.

All the best,
Rich


Preston Rally 12-13/12/2020:

Jens and Rich: 1st Semi-Expert, 7th Overall
Craig and Alex: 2nd Semi-Expert, 8th Overall
Gav and Dave: 14th Semi-Expert, 37th Overall
Paul and Harry: 8th Novice, 39th Overall
Billy and Rob: 9th Novice, 43rd Overall