Appleby-Frodingham Motor Club

Assembled at Hibaldstow airfield for an evening of test driving

Assembled at Hibaldstow airfield for an evening of test driving

The formation of the Appleby-Frodingham Motor Club was first mooted in 1962. Articles from the Appleby-Frodingham Record report, “Three people lunching together in Frodingham canteen wondered what response there would be to a suggestion that a Motor Club be formed on the works. 

Start of a rally

Start of a rally

Within a few days 57 people had expressed an interest in such a venture and so a formal application to hold a public meeting was sought from the Athletic Club Executive Committee.”

A meeting was subsequently arranged for Sunday 13th January 1963.

“The aim of the club was to encourage better driving and, whether you are an expert driver keenly interested in rallying, or just a home-to-work-and-back-again motorist, a programme of talks, films, discussions and practical tests will be produced to help you to be just that but better at driving than you are now”

The report said the acting secretary was Mr R Harrison, secretary of the works committees, supported by Mr C A Johnson, assistant engineer, and Mr C E Allen, welfare officer.

Competition at Humberston

Competition at Humberston

A report in February 1963 noted that the first general meeting was held in the First Aid Hut in Frodingham car par.

“It was virtually a full house with 62 members present to hear a talk on tyres and watch three topical films. The meeting ended with a lively discussion between members – all of which augurs well for the future of the club.”

The Frodingham Record of 19th September 1963 reported that a big night out was being organised by the Appleby-Frodingham Motor Club for Bonfire Night.

“The venue will be the car park at Brumby Hall where an all Lincolnshire piano smashing competition will set the stage for a bumper bonfire celebration. The first crash in the piano smashing competition says a spokesman for the Motor Club will come at 7:30pm when a blow from a 14lb hammer will span an octave.

Rally at Brumby sports ground

Rally at Brumby sports ground

“Entries for the competition are invited from teams of four people, The entry free is 5s per team, but hammers and pianos will be provided free of charge. This will provide a golden opportunity to prove how quickly you can polish of a piano. The winning team will be presented with a crate of beer and it is hoped a suitable trophy to commemorate the occasion.

“Admission to the show will be adults 2s 6d, children 6d. There will be a limited number of reserved car parking tickets at 5s each, which will include admission for all occupants of the car.”



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