BLCC 70th Anniversary

BLCC brings traffic back into the Bridge Mall!

Saturday 19th October 2019

Cruising down to the Bridge Mall, to be one of the few lots of cars allowed inside the shopping mall these days, we had expected a decent amount of cars to rock up to the car show, but even so, 30 minutes before the set-up was supposed to start and we already had six cars parked in the mall. With Paul Gladman and Trevor Ryan organising the day, we had a range of Autocross, Hillclimb and show cars front up, with the marvellous spectacle of Grinstead’s VL being offloaded, drawing out every shop owner checking out the noisy V8 idling away on the trailer!

Ross Barnett, David Jowett and Jake Gladman walked the cars in while everyone else hung around up top and fielded questions from the public.

Once 10am rolled around and all the cars were in, cafes around the Mall must have reported a surge in
business as scores of Club members soon emerged with coffees in hand. A couple of buskers and some nice sunshine in between moments of cloud produced a nice atmosphere and crowds of people came up to see the display while everyone headed off for lunch.

Once the morning was over, Barney sent a smaller field off on a club run, where many found new directions that weren’t listed on the road map and tired but happy, a large group fronted for a night out at the clubrooms, where John Emery conducted a hour of speeches on the history of the BLCC and the world of motorsport around the club. Now very tired, scores of people headed home to get ready for the Autocross the next day.
A. Bayley

BLCC 70th Anniversary


On the 19th and 20th of October 2019, we will be holding a celebration of the
70th Anniversary of the LCCA and the BLCC.

The weekend will start in the Bridge Mall with a car show,
Then a road tour around Ballarat, and another car display at the BLCC clubrooms at the airport.

Saturday night hosts a dinner at the clubrooms, featuring local motoring identity John Emery as the MC and a host of club members reflecting on the club, past and present.

Sunday will host an Autocross, at the BLCC’s track, also at the airport.


Saturday 19th of October

9am: Bump in at Bridge Mall starts, Enter from Peel Street, wait to be escorted in.

10am: Car Show opens at Bridge Mall.

1pm: Car Show closes at Bridge Mall, Transport to Road Tour

2pm: Road Tour around Ballarat and District, Starts at Wendouree Parade,
finishes at the Clubrooms.

5pm: Car display

7pm: Dinner at Clubrooms


Sunday 20th of October

Hot laps and Autocross CDC Rnd 1.


Tickets to Dinner and Car Show entries to:

Paul Gladman: 0428 380 302 or


T-SHIRTS are also available!

Finished in a Light Blue with the BLCC 70th Logo the shirts will be available to order from
Michele Bayley (treasurer) and come in a range of
Sizes from S-5XL Mens and 8 -20 Ladies.


$30 (Pocket extra cost)


VCAS Report

Victorian Club Autocross Series (VCAS) – Saturday May 18

BLCC hosted 60 competitors for Round 3 of the Victorian Club Autocross Series (VCAS) for a day/night, road tyres only event.  Weather was clear throughout with 20oC for the 2pm start and 7oC and full moon till the last of six runs at 8:40pm.

Sam Rozitis and his team did a great job in preparing the track after the deluge 8 days prior, then getting the water trucks ready for action … after finding jumper leads.

Competition soon swept the surface crust away to a fine sand, which resulted in low grip and mostly light dust for the first two runs.  Several starts were delayed after exuberant runs, until the two water trucks were brought on to clear the air and improve all competitor times by several seconds for the remaining runs.

Subaru all-wheel drivers claimed the top 13 outright placings.  Perhaps that might provide a sponsorship opportunity for next year’s event or Series … or maybe a rule change?

Arron Windus (Kyneton Car Club) and Murray Mackenzie (Bendigo Car Club) battled it out for 1st outright, with Murray hitting a hat on his final run, with an otherwise winning time.  Our Ben McKee was 3rd with three strong runs, before rolling a tyre off a rim on his last run.

BLCC skills (and home track advantage) saw four of our 14 competitors finish in the top-10 outright and another three in the top-20:

3rd – Ben McKee (Subaru Liberty)

5th – Stacy Elson (Subaru WRX)

6th – Darren Windus (Subaru WRX)

8th – Paul Gladman (Subaru WRX, ex Keith McElroy)

12th – Darren Watkins (Subaru WRX)

13th – Tom Werner (Subaru WRX)

17th – Paul Shaw (Nissan Skyline)


Full results are on the BLCC and VCAS web sites.

CAMS Steward Lynn Cuttle and many competitors were complimentary about the track and the efficiency of our team, eg; the two water trucks were novel for at least two visitors, given each watering took only 10 minutes; others noticed that three cars were normally on the track, so particular credit to our timekeeping and start-line teams.

Bernie Gladman, Melissa McKee and their Duster Diner crew (Paige, Jake and Drew) once again coped brilliantly with the large crowd throughout the day.

22 officials signed on for at least part of the event. Particular thanks also to:

Secretary:           Michele Bayley

Scrutineers:        Darren Wythe (Chief, and now Rally accredited), Ben McKee, Noel Peers, Paul Duncalf and team

Timekeepers:    Rod Hall (Chief), Ben McKee, Drew Gladman, Ambrose Haddon

Track setup and infield Marshalls:             Sam and Nathan Rozitis, Reg Johnson, Andrew Bayley, Rob and Gareth Prosser, Ken Rowland, Damian Quirk, Damien Murley.

Stewards:            Lynn Cuttle and Barney Haddon

VCAS Round 4 will be held at Swan Hill’s two-lane track on 1-2 June.  You can enter for either day, but if you’re chasing Series points you will need four runs on each day.

Your next opportunity for BLCC autocross will be 7 September.

Terry Brain

Clerk of Course


Pictures by John Tonks.


East to West Fundrasier

“The adventures of a baker, his best mate, a 1930 A Model Ford travelling 7443 km are across Australia to raise money for Cancer”                                                                           

”I’m sure you have been touched by cancer in one-way or another. I know I have. As has my mate Keith. Keith and I, we both love a good challenge and we’ve done all sorts of trips together in my beloved 1930 A Model Ford. So this time Keith and I crossed Australia from the eastern most point of the continent to the western most – Byron Bay to Shark Bay/Steep Point – right through the guts – in the old girl. It was a big and tough trip, likely our last big trip together. We had many flat tyres, we broke down, we were bogged, we slept by the side of the road. But we agreed at that start we wanted to make the trip worth it and to have the trip stand for something.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Join us for the WORLD PREMIERE of the documentary about the trip. See the thrills and spills of Tom and Keith’s adventure in the 1930 A Model Ford. Ticket sale proceeds go to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tom O’Toole is the founder of the famous Beechworth Bakery chain, successful inspirational speaker and self-described kindergarten failure-turned-author. With a formidable sense of humor and an enthusiasm bordering on inspired frantic madness, he has spearheaded the rebirth of a dying country town by turning his bakery into a phenomenon of Australian small business, which continues to gather strength and speed.                                                      DIRECTORED & PRODUCED BY MRL MEDIA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  THANK YOU TO RICHARD & PAULA NICHOLSON AND JOHN LEWIS FOR SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT 

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