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RIP Graham Broadbent

Posted by Member 10febaa, Thursday, 4th December 2014 @ 1:31pm

  • Message from our Chairman Melanie Simmonite.

    RIP Graham

    All at NORC are devastated to hear the news of Graham's passing. I can't improve on his good friend Gavin's excellent thoughts below but would on behalf of NORC like to pass on our condolences  to his wife Catherine and sons, Charles and Harry.  
    Graham was a lovely gentleman and a great friend and ambassador  for the club for many years.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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    Gavin Lodge, our official photographer and his good friend for many years has thoughtfully written the following.
    Graham was a time served, apprentice trained mechanic, and a bloody good one at that!

    Funnily enough lots of mechanics, spend their spare time being mechanics and often find their way into motorsport. A 21 year old Graham was no exception, rallying  a £150 mini in 1978.  Not surprisingly the funding for this project ran out rather too quickly, so motorcycle trials became the chosen (and more affordable) pastime.

    Back then Graham worked for a local garage who specialised in  Land Rovers and Subaru's (mostly the agricultural versions) which in  turn lead to visiting the occasional "Pennine trial" and events organised by the new and exciting Northern Off Road Club. Graham turned a few heads at this point, driving  John Wright's multiple AWDC championship winning car at Tong for a magazine article, but a growing family, increasing work commitments  and like many of us, lack of disposable income prevented further interest in this pastime for another ten or more years.

    By the age of forty Graham had risen to the post of service manager at Rocar Moores in Huddersfield and although the tool box was no longer required for his day job, Graham  could  be found restoring an old NORC leaf sprung class winner in his mums garage. This was eventually wheeled out to win a few more pots in 1998.

    A coil sprung  3.9 V8 powered Land Rover came next, speedily  driven to "runner up spot" in the NORC championship of 2000. 

    Graham became NORC chairman for 2001, but a further project beckoned, with a "budget" Tomcat being built for 2002 Welsh Hillrally.

    However, Graham had also become involved with fellow NORC competitor Richard Kershaw's race programme, both helping to engineer the car and co-driving his near neighbour to a string  of British Cross Country titles (with the odd hillrally victory and the 2002 NORC championship thrown in along the way). This amazingly successful partnership lasted for a decade,  but when  Richard moved to "a works drive" with Milner Off Road, Graham decided it was time to hang up his helmet, but not his overalls as there was still a 1956 series one awaiting restoration at the back of the garage. Graham never left the sport that he loved and despite a long running battle with cancer, would regularly be seen at events, renewing old acquaintances and looking at the ever changing vehicle technology.

    Graham passed away peacefully,  on the morning of Tuesday 2nd of December. A tragic loss to all who loved him and a great loss to our sport.

Dinner Dance & Awards Night - No refunds available now, sorry

  • Saturday, 7th February 2015 at 6:30pm - 1am Sunday, 8th February
    Location: The Bridge, Walshford, Wetherby, LS22 5HS


    • 31 people attended

Committee Meeting - Thursday 28th Aug - 8pm - 10ish - Stay for a curry

  • Thursday, 28th August 2014 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Nawaab Restaurant, 74 Westgate Hill Street, Tong

    Everyone is welcome to this month's committee meeting.

Round 7 Newstead Abbey

  • Saturday, 11th October 2014 at 10am - 5pm Sunday, 12th October
    Location: Newsteady Abbey


    • 14 people attended

Round 6 Loversall

  • Saturday, 20th September 2014 at 10am - 5pm Sunday, 21st September
    Location: Loversall near Doncaster

    Lovesall 2014 Entry

    Please select above options for the event. Single entry means a…

    • 24 people attended

Round 5 Driffied Sponsored by Thornton 4 x 4 Breakers

  • Saturday, 23rd August 2014 at 8am - 5pm Sunday, 24th August
    Location: Driffield, East Yorkshire


    • 33 people attended

Round 4 Forrest Estate

  • Saturday, 14th June 2014 at 8am - 5pm Sunday, 15th June
    Location: Forrest Estate, Dumfies and Galloway Scotland

    Round 4 will be hosted by the SCCC on the fast tracks used for the borders hill rally, please…

    • 16 people attended

Round 3 - Tong - Rocar Moores Land Rover sponsored David Simmonite Memorial event

  • Saturday, 24th May 2014 at 4pm - 5pm Monday, 26th May
    Location: Tong, Bradford

    2014 Entry Please select above options for the event. Single entry means a single driver Double…

Round 2 Kirton Off Road Centre

  • Saturday, 19th April 2014 at 10am - 5pm Sunday, 20th April
    Location: Kirton Off road centre

    2014 Entry Please select above options for the event. Single entry means a single driver Double…

    • 22 people attended

Round 1 2014 Wickenby Airfield, Lincolnshire

  • Saturday, 22nd March 2014 at 10am - 5pm Sunday, 23rd March
    Location: Wickenby Airfield, Lincolnshire

    Any late entries please contact Mark Shaw on 07979 568317 to be added

    2014 Entry Please…

    • 25 people attended

Annual General Meeting

  • Friday, 17th January 2014 at 8pm
    Location: Nawaab Restaurant Tong

    This is your chance to have you say and vote on the motions of the club for the next 12 months.…

    • 1 person attended

Marshals wanted

Posted by Member 10febaa, Wednesday, 9th October 2013 @ 4:25pm

  • So how does a free lunch, free camping and as close to the action as you can get sound - what about marshaling for our last event of the season at Newstead Abbey. This is a great venue and we need as many marshals as we can get hold of. It's a great way of getting an introduction to the sport and you'll be helping the club out lots. You don't need a vehicle as it's possible to marshal on foot and anyone can do it, as a full briefing will be given. Email chief marshal on contact us page or let us know on the Northern Off Road Club Facebook page if you're interested. Without marshals the club can't run events so if you're a member that's not racing do your bit.  We will need them for all events run next season too.

Go Motorsport Live Show at Silverstone Race Circuit - FREE ENTRY

  • Sunday, 7th July 2013 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: Silverstone

     Come and see our stand and say hello. Full details can be found on our facebook page.

MSA Go Motorsport Live - Silverstone - Sunday 7th July

Posted by Member 10febaa, Friday, 5th July 2013 @ 10:38am

Dinner Dance & Prize Giving for 2013 Season

  • Saturday, 8th February 2014 at 7pm - 1am Sunday, 9th February
    Location: The Bridge Hotel, Walshford, Wetherby LS22 5HS

    Our annual dinner dance will be on 8th Feb 2014 and people are shouting out for tickets…

Round 7 Newstead Abbey

  • Saturday, 19th October 2013 (all day), Sunday, 20th October 2013 (all day)

    Newstead Abbey 2013 Entry

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    • 35 people attended

Round 6 Stainby

  • Saturday, 21st September 2013 (all day), Sunday, 22nd September 2013 (all day)
    Location: Stainby, Lincolnshire

    Stainby 2013 Entry

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    Single entry…

    • 19 people attended

Round 5 TONG - David Simmonite memorial event 2013 sponsored by Rocar Moores Land rover

  • Saturday, 24th August 2013 (all day), Sunday, 25th August 2013 (all day)
    Location: Tong Bradford

    Tong 2013 Entry

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    Single entry…

    • 35 people attended

Round 4 Loversall

  • Saturday, 22nd June 2013 (all day), Sunday, 23rd June 2013 (all day)
    Location: Loversall

    Lovesall 2013 Entry

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    Single entry…

    • 33 people attended


  • Saturday, 18th May 2013 (all day), Sunday, 19th May 2013 (all day)
    Location: Drumclog

    Drumclog 2013 Entry

    Please note - ALL DRIVERS MUST TAKE 2 x PRIZE's…




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