The Solway Car Club was founded in 1957 when a group of enthusiasts first met in the Royal Hotel in Castle Douglas and established the common aim of enjoying their shared interest in motor sport and in competing against each other.
A prime mover in the early days was the local doctor; Peter Kerr, and he was the President of the Club for 25 years before retiring and handing the Presidency to another founder member, Ron Smith, who carried on the tradition until his untimely demise in 2001 after 20 years of entertaining the membership with his tales of members deeds and misdeeds (some true, some not-so-true) at his Dinner Dance Speech. From the outset the Solway Car Club has always enjoyed diversity in the activities of its members, and can lay claim to many motor sport achievements in rallying, racing, autocross, karting and navigation, but the principal motivation of the Club has thankfully not changed - raw enthusiasm and enjoyment of all things mechanical and speed-related.
Throughout the year the Club organises autotests (tar and loose surface), navigational rallies, 2 stage rallies (usedcarparts.co.uk Solway Coast Rally and the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally) and a Production Car Trial. Also various games/quiz nights and for the sake of variety sometimes a pit-stop challenge and a treasure hunt!