Tuesday, August 09, 2022


Mini Miglia 2022

The Autumn Tour 2022

The Autumn Tour is back!  Starting in Summerseat (Bury) and finishing at Milnrow Cricket Club.

Click here for more details and the Entry Form

AGM 2022

The Minutes of the 2022 AGM and the Annual Report Of The Committeee for the Year Ending December 31st 2021 are now on the website

Bolton Midday Tour

Older members will remember the Bolton Midnight as a cracking road rally.  Now as a tribute event, Bolton are having their first Touring Assembly on Sat 14th May.

£45 per crew, extras welcome for a surcharge. Approx 150 miles, food at the end of the day. 

Regs can be found here: https://blmcc.co.uk/bolton-midday 

Entries here: https://form.jotform.com/221006466619353


Club members who are able to tune in to Car SOS on National Geographic next Thursday 23rd at 8pm may see some familiar faces (and cars)

The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2022

Fabulous write up from Neil Johnson in SD34 Spotlight's April issue, page 24. http://sd34msg.org.uk/newsletter/

Also in SD34 Spotlight (Page 16):

The Green Lane Association work with LARA and the NMC to fight a clear and present danger to motoring on rural roads

The new consultation includes questions on whether the Government should legislate to restrict recreational motor vehicles on unsealed and unclassified roads around the country. One suggestion is to widen this to include all types of minor road. The potential impact of this consultation signals a clear and present danger to motoring and motorcycling on green lanes and other tarmac rural routes.

The NMC and LARA are calling for riders and drivers to respond to the consultation, which is being managed by the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs. Although there is an online questionnaire, this is a more complicated way to respond and covers a lot of additional areas. A far simpler way to respond is by sending an email
to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 9th. Objections should be registered by saying that you do not agree with restrictions proposed in questions 13-17 of the online questionnaire and use the points made above as part of your email. (Further guidance can be found at https://glass>-uk.org/lsr0222)

The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2022

The code board results are now available here.  

Photos from Dickon Siddall are in the Gallery and are also available on his website at https://dsdigital.co.uk/photo-galleries-2022/gallery495/

Lancashire Automobile Club  The 27th Fellsman Classic Tour

Saturday 7th May 2022 - Regs and entry form

"On behalf of the LAC, I would like to extend an invitation to your members to participate in the Fellsman Classic tour, to be held on Saturday 7th May. I have attached the Regs and entry form.
You will see that there are 3 options for navigation, not dissimilar from the Mini Miglia. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get back to either myself or Geoff Awde." -  Andrew (Ogden) - LAC Membership Secretary. 

Mini Miglia Entry List Remains Open

Still a few places left on the John Clegg Mini Miglia entry list.  It's up to 50 now but we will continue to take entries on the Rallies.info website. 


 Marshal Training Practical Day on Saturday 29th January. 

To keep Marshals up to date with any changes or just to refresh skills
Clitheroe Auction Market, BB7 1QD10.00 - 15.30. On-site Cafe

Pre-registration necessary https://form.jotform.com/220126176960049

Knowldale Driving Tests 1956 Video 

The video is now on  the website here

The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2022 - Entries Now Live

12th March 2022, the 10th running of our tribute to the classic Mini Miglia Road Rally. 150 mile route in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Lancashire with the usual start venue of the Cafe Ambio, NWA Auction Centre and the finish at Banny's in Colne for Fish and Chips.    

Pendle & District MC Charity Motorsport Evening




 AGM 2021 (for the Year 2020)

The AGM for the year ending December 2020 will take place on Tuesday 26th October at Milnrow Cricket Club.  

The agenda for the meeting:

69th Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 26th October 2021

1 To read and if approved adopt the minutes of the 68th AGM held on 8th December 2020
2 To read and if approved adopt the Annual Report of the Committee
3 To read and if approved adopt the Balance Sheet and Approved Accounts
4 To elect accountants for the ensuing year
5 To elect six members of the council and co-opt if necessary
6 To consider the annual rate of subscriptions
7 Any other business by leave of the meeting

 Committee for Re-election  Other Committee Members
Russ Hudson Stephen Broadbent
Alan Kitson Derek Lord
Ken Murray Terry Mills
Edward Roberts Deryck Pickup
Steve Tweedale Paul Stringer
  Steven Warrington


The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2021 (and 2022!)

Elsewhere on the website:

The results from the code board checksheets

Photos from the event

Entrant Les Fragle reviews the event here.

The John Clegg Mini Miglia moves back to its normal time of year with a provisional date for 2022 of Saturday 12th March.

July Treasure Hunt

Deryck's Treasure Hunt attracted four entries, Andrew & Ann Lord once again leading the pack with 57 correct answers, followed by Phil & Aideen Dean with 52, Steve & Gail Tweedale with 46, and Ted Roberts & Joyce Birtwistle with 32.

The 2021 Social Championship table can be found in the Members area. (You need to register as a member to access this area. If you have problems please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2021

Just a few places left on the Mini Miglia entry list now.  Enter now and get next year's membership for free!

June Treasure Hunt

The second hunt, a tour reaching the outskirts of Darwen was undertaken by five crews.  Once again Ann and Andrew Lord claimed victory with 60 correct answers from a possible 63.  Phil and Aideen Dean came second (56/63), followed very closely by Deryck Pickup and Mike Corfield (55/63), Stephen and Jane Broadbent (54/63) and Ted Roberts and JoyceBirtwistle (45/63.)

The 2021 Social Championship table can be found in the Members area. (You need to register as a member to access this area. If you have problems please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The route for the July Treasure Hunt is also available for download from the Members area. The link to the route is on the Social Champioship 2021 page. It can also be had by email from organiser Deryck Pickup.

May Treasure Hunt

Deryck's Tour de Ripponden, the first in the (DIY) Treasure Hunt series which will form the major part of the 2021 Social Championship, entertained five crews in May.  Andrew and Ann Lord scored 68 points to claim victory with Ted Roberts and Steve Tweedale coming home second with 66, Phil and Aiden Dean third with 60.  Joyce Birtwistle navigated Ted ("I'll have another go") Roberts to fourth spot with 50 points, ahead of David Clegg and Vicky Bottomley on 47.5. Although they asked for the route, Phillip Mills and new members Andy Robinson and Thomas Wardle failed to submit answers.

Peter Whatmough (RIP)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of long-time Knowldale navigator and friend Peter Whatmough at the age of 73. He had been suffering for some time from an asbestos related lung disease.
Pete's first attempts at rallying were as a driver in his Cooper S in the late sixties/early seventies, but he soon swapped seats and started co-driving, doing many events with his longtime friend John Wood, in Woody's (in)famous matt black Mk.1 Escort.
In the early eighties they obtained sponsorship from Carcraft in Rochdale, who were Lada agents, and competed in the Lada Challenge one-make championship, winning the 1983 Lada Challenge outright. They then progressed to a Vauxhall Nova which they dragged to far higher finishing positions than it had any right to.
By the late eighties Pete was occupying the left-hand seat of Simon Lord's Fiesta with some success, particularly on Belgian events.
Perhaps Peter's greatest success was with Neil Freeman in 1993 in their Peugeot 205 when a highly successful season culminated in them winning the BTRDA Gold Star Championship.
In recent years whilst not actively competing he maintained his interest in Knowldale and motorsport in general and was preparing a Mini for sprints and hillclimbs.
He is survived by his wife Sarah and daughter to whom we extend our deepest sympathies.

Tuesday Nights Back On!

As from next Tuesday 18th May our weekly meetings can recommence at Milnrow Cricket Club.
We have been advised that Covid restrictions will be in place, which will mean drinks may only be consumed whilst seated at a table, no more than six people at one table and waiter service only. Until you are seated at your table and whilst moving around the club face coverings must be worn.
The club have asked me to point out that whilst you do not have to be a Cricket Club member to purchase drinks, members get a 10% discount on alcoholic drinks, and since annual membership of the Cricket Club is only £15, regular attendees would make a useful saving by becoming members. Membership may be conducted on-line and a link is attached below.
So we hope to see you next Tuesday, 9.00p.m. onwards.

The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2021

The ASRs (Regs) and entries for the John Clegg Mini Miglia are now available.  150 miles of classic road rally route starting as usual from NWA Auction site in Crooklands and finishing with a Fish & Chip tea at Banny's Fish restaurant in Colne. More here

Treasure Hunt Series

The deadline for the first DIY Treasue Hunt has been extended to the end of May. The next TH will be available at the beginning of June (watch out for the email invitation.)  From then we excpect to have one per month until September and these will form the Social Championship for 2021.  More events may be added, circumstance permitting!

DIY (On Your Own) Treasure Hunts

The first event in the 2021 Social Championship is a Treasure Hunt organised by Deryck Pickup.  All members should have had an email from Deryck with the details.  The TH can be done at any time to suit the entrant before the closing date.  The route will be emailed out on request and the answers will be emailed back to Deryck.  Once a few have taken part we will start to publish the results online.

Update For 2021 - (Late) Autumn Tour Cancelled

We have come to the conclusion that we cannot run the JC Mills (Late) Autumn Tour on 20th March as we had hoped. Although Motorsport UK will begin issuing permits at the end of this month, we feel COVID restrictions will still prevent us from running the event.  Even dates in late June can't be guaranteed at present. After that the calendar is likely to be very busy and we need to start preparations for the Mini Miglia in October.  We apologise to all of you who've waited with us for the Tour and look forward to seeing you on the John Clegg Mini Miglia.

Dates For 2021

The organisers of the John Clegg Mini Miglia and JC Mills Autumn Tour have decided to swap the dates of these events in 2021.  The new dates are:

Saturday 20th March - The Spring (Late! Autumn) Tour

Saturday 2nd October - The John Clegg Mini Miglia Tour

The Autumn Tour 2020 was ready to go, planned with no need for social interaction and no food provided at the start or finish.  Since we don't know what restrictions might be in place by March, we believe our best option is to attempt to run the Autumn Tour then. Hopefully by the summer we will be able to plan and in October run the Mini Miglia as normal.

We will contact all past entrants in due course.

Autumn Tour 2020  - Cancelled

With great regret we have to inform everyone  (in light of the recent increase locally in Covid 19 cases and under guidance from MotorSport UK) that the Knowldale Autumn Tour can no longer take place.

It is not a decision we have taken lightly but after the very recent change of circumstances we hope everyone will agree that it is the only responsible thing to do.

We thank all who entered and trust you will enter our future events in more stable times.

Otterburn c.1979


Retired rally photographer David Wakeley has sent in this photograph which he thinks was taken around 1979 on Otterburn.  It will be on the Knowldale Facebook group page as well. If you recognise the car and crew please comment there and I will update this page.


The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2020

Thanks to all the entrants and organising team for a brilliant day!  Photos taken by Dickon Siddall are now available at https://www.dsdigital.co.uk/photo-galleries-2020/gallery353/   

Beginners Rally Navigation Class

Tuesday 3rd March and Tuesday 10th March 2020, 8.30pm on both nights at Milnrow Cricket Club. We are running a couple of evening sessions to show budding navigators the basics of plotting and reading a rally route using Ordnance Survey maps. No experience is required and all equipment will be provided. Tuition will be on a one to one basis. If you are interested or want more details please contact Ted Roberts by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07462 336996.

Full Entry For The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2020!

Saturday 14th March 2020.  The entry list is now full. Details here!

Christmas Curry

Deryck tells me it is now fully booked, just don't forget to turn up!

The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2020

Saturday 14th March 2020.  Details and entry forms here!

Christmas Curry

This year's Christmas Curry has been set for Tuesday 17th December at the Milnrow Balti.  Please let Deryck know if you are coming. 

Terry Harrison (RIP)RM Quiz0001

Long standing Knowldale member Terry Harrison has passed away.
Terry (on the left in the photo) was on the Knowldale quiz team with John Hopwood and Deryck Pickup in the 70's when motor club quizzes were the in thing. They were run by Castrol, Thomas Motors and Radio Manchester. We won the Radio Manchester quiz three years running so they gave us the trophy and stopped running the quiz. 
Terry was one of those blokes who was just always there, always marshalling at race meetings etc. and generally helping out wherever he could, a true clubman, he'll be sadly missed.

The arrangements for Terry’s funeral are that he will be cremated at Walton Lea Crematorium on Friday 27 September at 10.20hrs. The service will be conducted by Rev Phil Turner.

Walton Lea Crematorium, Chester Road, Walton, Warrington, WA4 6TB


Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt due to take place Sunday 15th September has been postponed due to the Bury 10k run happening all over the route!  It will most likely now happen on Sunday 13th October, to be confirmed.

Autumn Tour 2019

The Autumn Tour is scheduled for Saturday 5th October.  Regs and entry form are on the website now.

Annual General Meeting

This year's AGM is scheduled for Tuesday 28th May, 9.30pm at Milnrow Cricket Club.

The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2019

Supported by Therma-Clad

Report, results and photos

As in recent years, the 2019 John Clegg Mini Miglia Tour started from the NWA Auction site at Crooklands (just off J36 of the M6.)  A Touring Assembly of 135 miles was planned over classic road rally routes.  By popular request, the finish whold be at Banny's Fish & Chip Restaurant by Boundary Mill in Colne. 

Many hours of strong winds and heavy rain before and during the event caused the Clerk of Course to call an end to proceedings at the Fat Lamb lunch halt when the course opening car was unable to find a safe route to the finish.

The John Clegg Mini Miglia 2019 from the Course Car.

In the weeks running up to the event and bearing in mind the ‘Beast’ from last year, we were worried about the possibility of snow on the higher parts of the route. However, the day before the event the detailed area forecast was for wind, rain and possibly some early fog, but no snow or ice....... read more

Report, results and photos.

A full entry for the MIni Miglia!

The date has been set - Saturday 16 March 2019.  The Regs and entry forms are on the website.

The photograph to the right of John with a Ford Zodiac rally car has recently arrived with us via Sarah Clegg (John's daughter.)  It was sent to her by Jim Porter (RIP) with the following description: 

 "It was at the end of the 3 Cities (Munich-Vienna-Budapest) Rally October 1969. Ford wanted to promote the Zodiac via competition success & British Vita Racing got the job. We won the class but were about 14th overall - end of promotion of Zodiac!1969 3 Cities

The trophy on the right is a porcelain vase which I rescued from Rochdale a while back. Brian Gillibrand had it as the office ash tray.......

The metal trophy was given to me by Norman 2 or 3 years ago. He had removed it from British Vita for safe keeping."

Danube Rally 

Below a team photo after the Danube Rally - caption to the right., also from Sarah. Possibly 1965 - there is video at https://youtu.be/55mLBpDd4xk and https://youtu.be/_7d0nMT7nQs.  The second link is particularly interesting for us at about 1 min 30 secs in.

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Final Treasure Hunt

At the last committee meeting it was decided to postpone the final treasure hunt of the series due to take place on 14th September.  The nights are getting too short.  The event may take place on a Sunday morning - more details when decided.

Treasure Hunt Friday 24th August

Deryck put on a great run up through Whitworth then avoiding the centre of Bacup to run over Sharneyford and up to Sourhall. From there we turned towards Portsmouth before climbing up to the Long Causeway and then skirted Todmorden via Lumbutts before returning via the Lake to Milnrow.  Crews still out after 8.30 found it difficult to spot clues in the failing light.

1st Steve Tweedale/ Peter Tweedale 39 points
2nd Steve Broadbent/ Jane Broadbent/ Jenny Broadbent 37 points
3rd Phil Shaw/ Chloe Normanton 34 points
4th Paul Stringer/ Ted Roberts 33 points
5th Andrew Lord/ Ann Lord 32 points
6th Steve Brown/ Andy Rose 32 points
5th and 6th places resolved on shortest mileage.
All out of maximum 44 points.

Treasure Hunt Friday 3rd August

The third Treasure Hunt in the series of five, this one organised by Steve Broadbent took us out over Buckstones and around Scammonden and Pike End before returning via the Lake. A selection of cryptic clues ensured that no one returned with a clean sheet.


Steve Tweedale & Deryck Pickup 66pts
Philip Mills & Family 65pts
Terry Mills & Beryl 60pts
Steve & George Warrington 52pts
Andrew & Anne Lord 52pts

Thanks to all who took part

Steve Broadbent

Rochdale Classic Car Show

We had six cars on display at Rochdale Classic Car Show and plenty of interest from the visitors.  Our new banners were on display with cars from Ted (Stag), Deryck (TR6), Terry & Robert (Subaru), Steve & Paul (Mini & Micra) and Tim & Steve (MG ZR)  Photos are in the Gallery and in the banner above.  Many thanks to Ted and Paul for the organisation.

Treasure Hunt & Social Championship

The second Treasure Hunt organised by Paul Stringer took cars on a tour of Saddleworth.  Torrential rain failed to deter the six hardy crews from seeking out pink flowers and polo mints.  A late detour into Milnrow village to purchase holes in mints saw Steve Tweedale & Deryck Pickup emerge victorious.  NEXT EVENT FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST

Treasure Hunt 13 July Results & Social Championship Points    
    Score Points
 1 Steve Tweedale & Deryck Pickup  54   20
 2  Andrew & Ann Lord  46  19
 3  Steve & Tim 42   18
 4  Terry & Beryl 41   17
 5  Steve & George 41   16
 6  Ted & Joyce 36   15
7  Organiser: Paul Stringer    20


Treasure Hunt & Social Championship

The first Treasure Hunt of the summer took the eight cars entered from the Cricket Club start to Ramsbottom via Owd Betts then Summerseat and Walshaw before returning to Milnrow via Pilsworth and Birch.  The closure of the M62 slip road at Heywood caught out most crews and led to the cancellation of mileage penalties.  Robert and Phillip Mills took the win on the tie breaker questions from Andrew and Ann Lord, both crews having 39 correct answers.  NEXT EVENT FRIDAY 13th JULY

 Treasure Hunt 22 June Results  & Social Championship Points


1 Robert & Phillip Mills  195  20
2 Andrew & Ann Lord  195 19
3 Paul & Kirstie Stringer  180 18
4 Steve & George Warrington  175 17
5 Steve & Jane Broadbent  175 16
6 Andy & Natalie Rose   165 15
7 Ted Roberts & Deryck Pickup   165 14
8 Phil Shaw & Chloe  163 13
  Organiser: Steve Tweedale   20

The Route card for the event is here: Route Card 22nd June.  



The club's GDPR policy is now on the website here


Annual General Meeting

The AGM took place on 29th May 2018.  The minutes of the meeting and the Annual Report will be in the members area of the website soon.


John Clegg Mini Miglia Tour 2018

The Beast From The East 2 didn't deter the hardy entrants and couldn't hold back the Knowldale team from staging another excellent Mini Miglia Tour

 From the crews:

" .. we had a great time, and despite he M6 being down to one lane over Shap we got home OK ..."

"  ... the blizzard like conditions with periods of bright sunshine made it ... brought back happy memories of that wonderful 400 mile event the Yorkshire Rally."

" ... Congratulations on an epic do ... we enjoyed it enormously and look forward to repeating the expeience next year."

" .. Great event .. thanks to all those who made it happen including the marshals who must have been freezing."

" ... spot on yet again."

" ... chickened out at the lunch halt and put the hood up."

" ... excellent organisation and running of the event."

" ... brilliant route and great scenery"

Read our report on the 2018 Mini Miglia

Photos courtesy of Dickon Siddall are now on the Galleries/Mini Miglia 2018 page.


Christmas Curry

Tuesday 19th December at La Tandoor in Bamford. See Knowldale Facebook Group Page for details.

John Clegg Mini Miglia Tour 2017

The 2017 John Clegg Mini Miglia Run touring assembly took place on Saturday 25th March. The weather changed for the better in the days leading up to the event, and crews were greeted by glorious sunshine throughout the day's run from Crooklands to Banny's. Photographs taken by Dickon Siddall can be viewed in the Gallery.


Christmas Curry

Tuesday 20th December at La Tandoor in Bamford. See Knowldale Facebook Group Page for details.

Social Championship

The Treasure Hunt due to round off the 2016 Championship has been postponed until early next year. The championship table for 2016 is finalised and shows President Paul Stringer to be the 2016 Social Champion. Full results here