History of the Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car Club
The Club was formed in 1920, solely for motorcycle events, and the first to be held was a Reliability Trial, for which the Cope Cup was presented by the owner of the Pomme D'or Hotel, and then progressed to Hill Climbs, with many venues, prior to settling for the picturesque setting of Bouley Bay.
Sand racing was introduced at Greve d'Azette, later at St. Brelade's Bay, Millbrook and St. Ouens, which is where the majority of events are now held.
Cars were included in events a few years after the formulation of the Club and the majority of vehicles at that time were sports cars.
The International road Race was held on Victoria Avenue in 1947/48/49/50 and 52 and contrary to belief was not discontinued because of the major accident, but due to the heavy financial burden placed on the Club.
The Club of today, runs in the region of six events each year with around 550 members of which approximately 100 are juniors, who form a big part of the club taking part in motorcycle events from six years old. Safety is paramount, and all events are run under the auspices of the RAC MSA and the Auto Cycle union regulations.
The Club is indebted to all local Authorities for granting permission to run a heavy programme each year, in addition the St. John Ambulance Brigade who perform an invaluable service.
This year four hill climbs will be held at Bouley Bay on Easter Monday, Liberation Day 9th May, and August Bank Holiday. In addition to these dates, the prestigious National Hill climb will be held on Thursday in July and attracts a considerable number of contenders for the British Hill Climb Championship from the Mainland and Guernsey, together with top competitors from Jersey riders and drivers.
Four sprints are held on the Five Mile road each year for bikes, cars and karts along with an ever growing number of classic and vintage machines.
Sand Racing is held approximately once a fortnight from the end of May through to September and includes Junior and Senior motorcycle competitors. The majority of cars are Production cars in classes of 1300cc: 1600cc and 2000cc and during the last three years these have proved to be most entertaining and popular with both competitors and spectators alike. Evets are held at St. Ouens, West Park and Millbrook sands.
Trials are held regularly during the winter months from October to March and we are grateful to the Landowners for granting permission to use their land. Groups include seniors in Expert, Clubman and Novice and juveniles in various age groups.
Motocross is held on the Sorel headland and eight are scheduled, along with the popular two day event, again attracting Mainland and French competitors, in October.
Special Stage Rallies are organised and a two day event on in October and Jersey is fortunate to have some excellent results. Navigational rallies are organised for night time events and Auto Tests are held at Les Brayes Car Park and these prove to be most entertaining.