Woolbridge Motor Club is based in and around Dorset and was formed in 1960 by employees of the Atomic Energy Establishment at Winfrith, and the Army Gunnery School at Lulworth. An ancient bridge in the village of Wool, mid-way between these two establishments, gave the club its name, and is featured in the club’s badge. In the early years, the club promoted road rallies, then autocross, and speed hill climbs from the late 1970’s. We are now one of the largest clubs in the South of England with about 500 members.
The club currently runs over 30 events each year; up to four weekends of speed hillclimbing at two venues (Wiscombe Park in East Devon and Charmouth in West Dorset) a Classic Trial around West Dorset in November, seven Car Trials (attempting to drive up grass or mud slopes), three Grass Autotests (driving a set course around maker cones against the clock; similar events on tarmac are run jointly with another local club), and a winter programme of six evening navigational rallies, where the ability of someone on the maps outweighs other considerations. We also have a thriving four-wheel drive section of the club, which puts on a series of events most months of the year. These are a more difficult form of car trial to fully test the off-road capabilities of their vehicles. They have sections of varying difficulty to provide for everything from modified 4x4 vehicles to modern SUV types.
In addition to our own events we provide marshals to help run other events, including some of the major historic rallies and a section of the MCC Classic ‘Exeter’ Trial each year. There is also a social calendar, involving a number of skittles matches and quiz evenings, and the Annual Awards Presentation event in December. A club magazine is published monthly and e-mailed or posted to members.