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, Solway Car Club has always enjoyed diversity in the activities of its members, and can lay claim to many motorsport 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.
We were delighted to be awarded ‘Club of the Year’ in 2014 by the Motorsport Association (now Motorsport UK).
Throughout the year, we organise a Club Championship consisting of Autotests (tar and loose surface) and Navigational Rallies. Alongside this, we organise, 2 stage rallies; the Euroroute Group Solway Coast Rally, and the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally, which is run as a 3-way collaboration with our neighbours Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs. We also organise a TARGA, and sometimes even a Production Car Trial, various games/quiz nights, and for the sake of variety, sometimes a Pit-stop Challenge and a Treasure Hunt!