From its first tentative steps to the best club in the UK was far from a simple journey
Magherafelt & District Motor Club was first registered as a club in 1979. Like-minded enthusiasts got together to form a motor club with the aims of promoting club motorsport within the Magherafelt District Council area. Nine persons attended the first meeting and the club is very proud of the fact that three of the original founder members are still active within the Club today. The present calendar of events that the club undertake, are a far cry from the first tentative steps taken in 1979. A navigation school was set-up and a positive response resulted in both males and females of all ages attending school again. Lessons learnt were then put into practice with the members organising a local lanes rally in the early 80’s. This event ceased to run in it’s popular format in 1999 due to difficulties in obtaining and maintaining farm lanes and the Club felt this event had outgrown itself due to the vast number of spectators that attended on a Friday evening.
In the late 80’s the Club inquired about running a stage rally in the local forests. Permission was forthcoming and members were delighted to be given the opportunity to compete on their home ground. This event proved to be a great success, and was observed for upgrading and as a result has been a round of the Northern Ireland Championship for the last 12 years. Currently it is the only round of the championship that utilises both tarmac and gravel roads.
This Club has many strings to its bow! Fund-raising has always been an important aspect of the Club’s work, since its establishment approximately £25,000 has been raised for various local charities. The social events run by the Club are well supported with the highlight being the Annual Awards Night and Dinner Dance. Numerous club members have won the local heat of the Safe Driver of the Year competition over the years, and the Club are pleased to help the local Road Safety Committee in running their events.
The majority of our club members are competitors themselves and this is reflected in the way the Club conducts its affairs, everyone associated with the Club is proud of the fact that our Club is known as a competitor friendly Club! Club members compete at all levels of rallying and indeed have won numerous titles over the course of the years. Most of the top 2-wheel drive competitors in Ireland are Magherafelt & District Motor Club members.
Winning the Alexander Forbes MSA Club of the Year Award has been the greatest honour this Club has ever received, and demonstrates the spirit that exists within the Club. This award has come at time when interest could have declined due to the disruption caused by Foot and Mouth to the Club’s calendar of events.
Magherafelt And District Motorclub were the runner up MSA Club Of The Year in 2012, this is the first time any club has both won MSA Club Of The Year and the runner up MSA Club Of The Year, something which Magherafelt and District Motorclub are very proud off.