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Ric O’Reilly R.I.P. Obituary & Funeral Details.

Dear All,

Following a short illness, we regret to advise the passing of Ric O’Reilly, who many will remember from probably the mid 70’s, when he raced Formula Fords and later a Haggispeed Clubman’s at National Level.

Proud of his Irish roots, Ric became friends with the Irish racing mafia and counted Eddie Jordan, David Kennedy, Derek Daly, Martin Birrane, Michael Roe and The Manley Brothers as friends, who all raced at Aintree.

He mechaniced  in Formula Ford and Formula Three from the late sixties to mid 70’s including a brief spell with Frank Williams and Frank Sytner!

His family were very well known in the Licensed Trade in Liverpool as they owned J.P. O’Briens in Pall Mall….a beer bottling plant and wholesaler to pubs and clubs! and Ric worked in the family business on the sales side.

One of Ric’s trick questions was “How many pubs are there on Scotland Road  (of Cilla Black fame)?”…which was famed for having a pub on every street corner…and a strong Irish Community…Ric, of course, knew all these pubs, in a professional sense, and the answer was..none!. He knew that all the pubs addresses’ were actually the side streets they occupied to get round licensing restrictions!!

He took up professional photography in the late 80’s after a period of poor health associated with the stresses of running the family business and undertook photo reporting for the Liverpool Daily Post and local papers such as the Crosby Herald but his first love was always motor racing , especially the commercial side.

He produced a post-graduate thesis on motor racing sponsorship in the early 80’s…another of his quips was the comment from a very high profile sponsor (may have been P. Morris)…” We know that 50% of our advertising works but don’t know which 50% it is?!”.

The last motor sport event that Ric probably attended in a semi-professional capacity was The Condroz Rally in Belgium in 1990…he was our combined mechanic, tyre, fuel and food support team! Always had a knack of finding good food and beer!

For a few years, Ric was a Director of ACC before moving from his home on the seafront at Waterloo, Crosby to Lytham St Annes in 1997, to study for a Degree in Art and Photography at Blackpool and Fylde College, where he continued to live till he passed away.

He has published some fantastic photos, especially those from the early 60’s and 70’s of mostly Aintree and contemporary events he attended since the late 80’s.

He also had a passion for the coastal areas around Galway, where he had strong family connections and specialised in taking photos of Galway Hookers!..indeed…these being the nautical vessels unique to the area!

My most memorable photo he took (for ACC) is the one he shot at Aintree in 1992 of a future world champion…Richard Burns…receiving his award cheque!..he won his class that day in the Ford RS2000 Challenge.

I knew Ric had an extensive photographic library covering over 50 years of motor racing in the North West…lets hope it can be preserved in some way as a lasting memory.

Deepest sympathy to his family and close friends in the UK and Ireland.

Ric’s funeral will take place at Lytham St Anne’s Cemetery and Crematorium on Wednesday 13th March at 3pm. FY8 4AB.

May Ric Rest in Peace.

Updated 07/03/19  Michael Ashcroft.

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Marshals £500 Bonus Award Scheme Announced!+ First Supported Event Details.

ACC 2019 £500 Marshals’ Incentive Award Scheme Announced! Join us on the first event - Cambrian Rally - 16th February in N Wales!

Marshals Registering for the 2019 Motorfest are now eligible for our new £500 Bonus Awards Scheme!

We are delighted to announce  for 2019 - our new £500 Marshals Award Scheme!

This is to encourage Marshals to assist with Motorfest and also to gain experience with other Motorsport events run by Clubs who are Members of the Association of North West Car Clubs (ANWCC), which is the biggest in the UK, with over 120 Member Clubs.

To be eligible, you must register and attend the 2019 Motorfest as a Marshal and also Marshal on at least 8 ANWCC events of your choice which must be spread over at least 3 different types of events such as Rally, Speed, Race , AutoSOLO etc.

To register for 2019, please use this link:
Motorfest Marshal Registration 2019

Whilst not compulsory, we would encourage you to join our Corp of Marshals, where we provide Training, Safety Equipment, shared transport and refreshments as well as benefitting from our combined experience and expertise.

Our first supported event is the forthcoming Cambrian Rally this coming Saturday 16th Feb.

We shall be assisting with the running of Special Stages 1 & 7 in the fantastic Clocaenog Forest complex just west of Ruthin.

The rally is the first round of The British Rally Championship and has attracted top cars and crews from the UK, Ireland and Europe as well as running classes for historic cars so lovers of Ford Escorts, BMC Minis etc, are also in for a treat!

It will be a full day with an early start but we are treating our Marshals to a well deserved evening meal in North Wales after the event!

If you can join us on The Cambrian, please Contact our Chief Marshal, Stephen Stephen by return on 07846 522635 or email: or myself.

Looking forward to seeing you on lots of events this year!

Michael Ashcroft; Event Secretary
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ACC announce Motorsport UK Medical Day - 19th January 2019 - Aintree Racecourse.

The Club is delighted to announce our first Motorsport UK Medical Day for Race and Rally Licence holders.

The Clinic will be held in the Merryman Suite over looking the historic Aintree Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday 19th January 2019.

Medicals for National Licences are very competitively priced at just £75. ACC Members enjoy a special price of just £50!

If you require an International Medical with resting ECG, these are just £125.

Booking is essential and may be done online or by telephone.

Full details online:

ACC Marshals on Parade! - 100th Aniversary Remembrance Day Parades in Skelmersdale and Burscough

ACC’s Corp of Marshals were once again called upon to put their motorsport and event operational expertise to community use by Marshalling the Parades Routes for both the 11.00AM Parade in Skelmersdale and the 14.00 Parade in Ormskirk.

Under the Command of Chief Course Marshal Lee Reece, both Parades ran like clockwork with a particularly large public gathering at Burscough, which necessitated the closure of the A59 Liverpool - Preston trunk road for an hour.

It was very nice to see the truck drivers held up in this attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony, which was at the War Memorial, adjacent to the A59.

It was a brilliant turnout and a huge thanks goes to everybody involved with the service. A wonderful ceremony and one of our Marshals laying a wreath as a man who’s served in our Armed Forces himself! We will never forget them.

The Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, Cllr Ian Moran was in attendance and thanked our Marshals for their time and effort in ensuring the Parades were run safely and on schedule.

Well done to all our Marshals!

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