Buccaneer Motor Sports Club

Supporting British motorsport at the highest level since 1937

2019 Events

Supporting British motorsport at the highest level since 1937

30th 2019 March Rally North Wales

In and around Machynlleth, Karen Spencer as Stage Commander with the BMSC team supporting. We ran the "Big Ray" stage, an excellent stage with fantastic weather, all our cars went in and came out.. even if one broke down just after the stop line. Fantastic support from our marshalling friends again, thank you to everyone who attended.

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27th April 2019 Pirelli International Rally

Back to Kielder forest for this event, Jon Binns as stage commander, four seasons in one hour. A good day setting up and then hail on rally day. With an incident in the second half of the stage we lost the historic section and had to reroute the cars for their road section back to service, a few hours wait before we restarted to complete the allocate field of cars, the stage was stripped and put back into A1 order before a well deserved hot meal and a few pints.

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10th 11th May 2019 Manx National Rally

Karen Spencer back in control as Stage Commander with just under 14 mile of closed road in the St Marks area. Whilst the weather was very wet in set up the sun shone bright for St Marks stage, it was typical Manx roads, fast and flowing with a few chicanes and tightened junctions. Absolutely first class stages and the safety delegate praised the stage set up.

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3rd 6th October 2019 Wales Rally GB

By now you will have probably seen the official route announcement for Wales Rally GB 2019. https://www.walesrallygb.com/innovations-power-wales-rally…/ Buccaneer Motor Sports Club is proud to be able to confirm that we will be book-ending the event again, as we did in 2017. On the morning of Thursday 3rd October, Karen Spencer starts the proceedings by commanding the Shakedown stage at Gwydir Forest. At the other end of the event on Sunday 6th October, Jon Binns will be commanding the Power Stage at Brenig once again. Event staffing will be via the Rally Stage Team (RST) online database system as usual. (www.rallystageteam.co.uk). For all roles other than radio, please register via RST in the normal way. However for these stages and a few others that fill very quickly, the event is trying a new approach for radio crews. If you would like to register as a radio operator on either/both stages, please contact the relevant Stage Commander. We very much hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be an epic championship battle to the end of the year.

21st 25th November 2019 Roger Albert Clark

More details to follow but you can be sure we will be in there with a stage http://racrmc.org/roger-albert-clark-rally/news

Jack Frost rally Jan 2018

The Jack Frost rally kick started our year, doing timing duties in a blizzard and working with our friends at Worksop & District motor club

Cambrian Rally Feb 2018

A drive to North Wales for Llyn Elsi stage on the Cambrian rally. Our team provided timing support and in stage / Radio support.

Malcolm Wilson - Snow stops event

Due to extreme weather the Malcolm Wilson and Border counties rallies were cancelled. We had provided a stage commander and team for the Malcolm Wilson as well as chief marshals, we were looking forward to the Border counties rally as radio crews. Hopefully next year will be kinder to the events and volunteers

Rally North Wales March 2018

We provided radio cover on this event, 2019 see's our team running a stage which we are really looking forward to.

Pirelli rally April 2018

Back North to the scottish borders for this long standing event, we have won best stage of day many times. We really enjoy the long stages and set up, its also a social experience and we appreciate there times when forests require logging however the mud it leaves behind can be sticky

Isle of Man, Manx National Rally May 2018

Another year of attending this event running a stage, this year it was 14 mile of St Marks. We worked with W&DMC and special guest Alan Page the MSA Training executive learning timekeeping duties, we also supplied one of the MSA Timekeepers.

Carlisle stages June 2018

This was very interesting, we ran 3 stages overall, The event was hard on cars with up to 14 cars having failures on one stage. We had dust then rain and hail stones, a very mixed day, luckily the rain kept the midges at bay for a while. We also provided recovery on this event.

GFOS - Goodwood Festival of Speed June 2018

Our annual trip down south to have a wonderful social experience with our friends at Worksop & DMC. 11 BMSC members joined WDMC to supply half the rally stage and activity field marshals. 4 days camping but its very interesting.

Pendragon stages Aug 2018

A single venue stage in Cumbria, The stage commander, Deputy SC and timing team member were BMSC, looking forward to returning to this event next year.

Trackrod Rally September 2018

Another year of Trackrod brings BMSC on roles such as Safety car, in stage and radio and working with the organisers dealing with the awards after the event.

WRGB October 2018

BMSC were honoured to be the first UK team on WRGB to run a closed road stage on the UK's premier event.

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Poker stars rally November 2018

A first time for this event but still working with Manx Auto sport club.

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Grizedale stages 8th December 2018

A 17 mile stage through the Lake District forests which is commanded by Jon Binns, support from the rest of BMSC team. Chief marshal Dave Brodie is also looking for volunteers for stages.

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Christmas Stages 16th December 2018

A nice day in pretty good weather, just cold. We carried out in stage radio duties, start line timing and Motorsport UK time keeping. Neil Wearmouth on the clocks for the first time did a great job.

W.R.G.B 2019

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Buccaneer Motor Sports Club is proud to be able to confirm that we will be book-ending the event again, as we did in 2017. On the morning of Thursday 3rd October, Karen Spencer starts the proceedings by commanding the Shakedown stage at Gwydir Forest. At the other end of the event on Sunday 6th October, Jon Binns will be commanding the Power Stage at Brenig once again.

BMSC History

Where it all began, over 80 years ago

In the beginning

The Blackburn aircraft motor club was the initial incarnation of BMSC can be traced back to October 1936. The first newspaper report was as follows The Blackburn Aircraft Motor Club a newly-formed sports section of the Blackburn Welfare Society of Brough held their first reliability trail yesterday. An entry of 30 received, an excellent figure for a new club. Rain had saturated the course, but the standard of driving was high and no accident or breakdowns were reported. The competition ended with tea at the Bell Hotel, Driffield.

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Sir Stirling Moss gets a win

Stirling Moss bags wins at Brough

Way back when....

Early days

The date of this race meeting was 3rd October 1954, and it was organised by the Blackburn Welfare Motor Club of Brough, East Yorkshire. Costing one shilling, this programme described the two- and four-wheel races that were due to take place that day. The cover features an advertisement for Brown's (Witham) Limited of Hull, a specialist in all the popular British motorcycles of the day, including those produced by BSA, Norton, and Excelsior. They also stocked Watsonian and Nicholson sidecars. The rear outer cover (not shown) advertised Jordan's of Story Street in Hull, a dealer in new and used machines. A peek inside the front cover reveals a similar full-page ad, this time for Shearsmith's of York, another retailer of fine British bikes including Velocette, AJS, DOT and Sunbeam.

Team Members

Chris Andrews

Stage commander, in stage marshal and radio

Chris spent a long time as a spectator and then moved into marshalling and went from learning the ropes as a Deputy and Safety officer to a stage commander, he currently commands the club stage on the R.A.C rally.

Ali Binns

Timing & Radio marshal

A very competent timing and radio marshal, he began aged 4 when his Dad had to deal with an incident and he carried on collecting car numbers on his own without being asked,,a chip off the old block. Currently at Lancaster Uni he gets out on events when he can.

Jon Binns


Jon Binns has been a stage commander for over 100 events and works with Motorsport UK on the Trainers working group and is the UK's marshals representative on Motorsport UK council. Jon competes on classic test events as a navigator, previously he navigated in stage events. Jon is an International training instructor and has delivered training in Eastern europe and the Isle of Man. He enjoys all roles on rally stages and is an avid Formula 1 fan.

Lis Binns

Timing & Radio Marshal

Lis is an extremely competent timing and radio marshal. She makes a great bacon butty on the start line. Her "back room" duties have been the "back bone" of the team, she sorts out the marshals goodies, just dont mentioned fleeces to her. Lis has been known to attach 200 badges to lanyards and count pens in their hundreds. Always supportive and always cheerful

Julie Branton

Club Member

Julie is a club member, she enjoys the social aspect of club membership

Simon Branton

Committee Member

Simon has been club chairman but is now a committee member and helps to steer the club along the straight and narrow, he has a love of sports cars

Dave Brodie

Stage commander

Dave is a recent addition to BMSC, he has been SC on WRGB and is now reaffirming his knowledge of timing, he does stage set up and timing and recently was SC on the Pendragon. Dave usually carries chief marshal roles on the Malcolm Wilson and other Cumbrian based events.

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Neil Cahill

Recovery, SSU, all marshalling roles

Neil has been stage commander on events including Jim Clark and he carries out radio coordinator roles as well as radio and timing duties. For 6 years he was the WRGB staffing officer. These days he concentrates his time on CR3 a motor sport SSU (fast response vehicle) and recovery vehicle as well being the training officer for AMRO. Neil also collaborated on MSA training for Isle of Man and his role as an MSA trainer.

Ian Clare

Radio and timing

Ian has been a stage commander for many years, he now spends his time mostly at Oulton Park driving the fire truck or in Europe marshalling in Germany, Belgium etc. He has mentored many stage commanders and is involved with stage set up, radio and timing duties.

Matt Dent

Committee member and WRB logistics expert

The interchangeable Matt and Gary - they are well versed in the specialist subject of finding tea rooms with cake Matt and Gary work as a team on stage build, timing and radio duties

Rob Forster

In stage marshal

In stage marshal, Trainee Radio marshal

Nick Gordge

Radio & In stage Marshal

Nick began rallying as a driver in a Vauxhall Astra 23 Years ago, he also supported other club members with his mechanical skills before taking on in stage, timing and radio roles.

Bob Fisher & Joy Hewson

Committee members

Bob is a radio controller but does a lot of start line radio roles on stages Joy , also a radio controller also juggles her Motorsport UK trainer role and she competes on tests. They are well known in the work of endurance trails like Le Jog as organisers and marshals

Rik Hinchliffe Kate Hinchliffe

Everything, very well

Rik is a stage commander and scrutineer as well as being DSC and SO, he is a very good timing and radio marshal too. Kate is a radio controller, has been DSC and SO as well as rally trak coordinator and operator, Kate does radio and timing. Both are proficient in race duties too from IO to post chief and flag wavers, Kate currently is secretary of some race meetings.

Karen & Leon Humphries

Club Members

Karen & Leon are both regular competitors on car trials, auto tests, 12 cars and scatters, they are just starting to compete on targa rallies too. They are a very competent timing crew and often found assisting stage teams with build and operations. Leon is a stage commander and Karen is the ANCC secretary.

Mark Johnson

Instage marshal

In stage marshal, also a great supporter of trips oversees raising money for men with cancer issues.

Tony Johnston Margaret Johnston

Radio specialists but capable of timing at a high level too

Tony and Margaret started off in the world of race, doing every job very well from post chief to grid start line, then they branched out into rally and never really looked back. They are very competent radio operators and have good timing knowledge. Margaret has been stage spectator officer and both were on stop line WRGB radio duties.

Trevor Leathley

Chief marshal

Trevor has been involved with the club for more years than he cares to remember and is the chief marshal and produces the club newsletter. He is also a stage commander and takes on most roles found on a stage.

Jon Leckenby

In stage marshal, Radio, Timing, Safety Officer

Jon has been marshalling for more years than he cares to remember and has competed on rallies as both a driver and navigator, and on autotests. Jon has the dubious task of arranging for over 50% of the rally marshals at Goodwood Festival of Speed which he controls with Rules 4 & 8, humour and added sarcasm.

Richard Lilley

Radio & Timing

Richard has held just every job on a stage including stage commander, he is well placed to drop into any job and has a very laid back attitude, never flusters.

Jim Maguire

Stage Commander , Deputy, Safety Officer

Jim has many talents, radio was his predominant role until he joined BMSC, now he commands and all other senior stage roles.

Lisa Maguire

Radio is a speciality but also Stage Commander roles

Lisa is very nearly a radio controller, one last step to take, she is also a stage commander, deputy SC and safety officer. Her stage set up is pretty awesome too.

Matt Maguire

Radio, Timing, In stage marshal

Michelle Mounton's favourite cadet marshal, Matt is usually found behind a radio but he is quite a whizz on timing too, this guy will go far and no doubt be one of the UK;s youngest stage commanders if he carries on at the rate he is going. He isn't bad at stage set up too.

Matt Parkinson

Radio, timing and in stage marshal

Matt is still under 25 but has crammed a lot into to his rallying - he also gives his mechanical skills to support endurance motoring events in Europe for support to Men's cancer charities. Matt is a radio and instage marshal and is a great help with his trusty van on stage set up.

Martin Pullan

Committee member

Martin took up motorsport as he was advised it was cheaper and less time consuming than flying gliders... he finally realises this was bad advice. He started navigating internationally and continued in this role for 25 years on events that were the precursor to WRGB. He had some top 3 results in a variety of cars. When not competing he began marshalling and doing radio duties but his love of gadgets come to the fore and he is now an MSA Time Keeper. Martin has also been a stage commander, safety officer and DSC.

Gary Prosser

Committee members

The interchangeable Matt and Gary - they are well versed in the specialist subject of finding tea rooms with cake Matt and Gary work as a team on stage build, timing and radio duties with FF being their specialist subject on WRGB

Dawn Quinn

Instage marshal, Sector Marshal, Timing Marshal

Dawn'll Do it is her catch phrase, whatever job she has been given is done with confidence. Always a popular team member and ready with a quick joke or two. Dawn has been marshalling for 12 years and enjoys the laughs on stage.

Phil Reade

Timing marshal

Phil "the shirt" Reade is one of our specialist timing marshals, a wicked sense of humour and an interesting choice of hats.

Trefor Rowlands

Instage marshal and Timing marshal

Trefor is our Welsh member, he also owns and drives a TR7 in Classic events, navagated by Jon Binns. Trefor is a very prolific stage build team member, always ready to help out and has a wicked dry sense of humour.

Martin Scoley

In stage, Radio, Timing Marshal

Martin is a recent member of BMSC, he has joined us on WRGB assisting Karen Spencer, Isle of Man trips and his plans for 2019 are to join the team on a trip to Rally Germany too.

Karen Spencer

Vice Chairperson & Web Mistress

Karen started out navigating in an Austin Maestro, it was an interesting experience which resulted in her taking up marshalling. Karen carries out radio and timing duties as well as in stage duties when she can. Currently Karen is a stage commander on the Isle of Man on the Manx National and Poker stars rallies and also on Rally North Wales. She is a Clerk of Course and Motorsport UK trainer. Working with Jon Binns and Neil Cahill to provide training on the Isle of Man. Luckily she was chosen to attend the FIA Geneva training session for new to marshalling, 2017 Saw her as the first woman in 25 yrs to run a stage on WRGB, Shakedown.

Neil Wearmouth

In stage marshal

Neil has been marshalling for a couple of years now, he started with the Trackrod rally. He enjoyed the day and the company of the marshal he was allocated work with, then he did his on line learning. Neil has since been on over 20 events and only attended a couple of small incidents which his training helped him deal with efficiently and accurately. Neil joined Buccaneer MSC and has worked along side the team and increased his knowledge, he will be starting timing keeping later this year on the Christmas stages.

Martin Wildsmith

Club Secretary

Martin is predominantly a timing marshal on all events up to and including WRGB, his analytical mind means no mistakes, he also keeps the club on the straight and narrow with his role as club secretary and GDPR expert.

Andy Woodward

Club Member and ex treasurer

Ex club treasurer, Andy has been a member for more years than he would like to remember.. still takes part in a caper event with his family.

Web Mistress & Contact details

  • Halifax, UK


Our Skill Set

Clerks of Course

We currently have two licensed clerks of course, One National A and one National B

Our Ethos

BMSC Multi Skilled members

Stage Commanders

We are very lucky to have active Stage Commanders and another 3 who have been Stage Commander and therefore carry experience

Radio Controllers

We have 3 licensed radio controllers, always bring a spare to an event, just in case


Just one of these, but well worth having the knowledge on a stage start

MSA Time Keeper

Two of these

Motorsport UK Trainers

We are proud to share our marshalling skills as Motorsport trainers

Rescue & Recovery

We enjoy the skills brought by a licensed rescue and recovery member

Social events

  • 03/08/2019 03:55 PM
  • South Cave, Brough, UK

To be held at Matt Dent's house - more details to follow

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  • 21/12/2019 08:00 PM

Venue and date to be decided.

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  • 26/12/2019 08:00 AM
  • Brough HU15 1EQ, UK

More details of this event closer to the date from Joy and Bob

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