Annual General Meeting Report

Saturday 5th January 2013, Springfield Parish Centre

The Chairman, Keith Wright, summarised the 2012 season’s activities pointing out that it got off to a disastrous start. Hard work by members earlier in the year had produced a really good track area. After a ‘trial day’ at the beginning of April when the club’s new Mylaps Lap-Counting System was used for the first time, and the traditional Seasonal Warm-Up ‘Open’ Meeting mid-April, wet weather played havoc with the racing programme. It was at the end of May – and a marathon effort to cut the grass – before the next Meeting could be held, with three Meetings cancelled up to this point.

During the season four Open Meetings and nine Series Meetings were held, with good attendances. Classes raced were 1/10th Electric 2wd & 4wd off-road cars (including Short-Course Trucks), 1/8th Nitro/Electric Buggies and Truggies. Many ‘new faces’ were in evidence and the club recruited several new members. All Meetings were held in a friendly atmosphere and the Timing/Lap-Counting systems worked very well. The use of Personal Transponders by the majority of drivers made life much easier for the Race Controller!

A further three Meetings had to be cancelled due to wet weather and the last Meeting at the end of October – looking promising before the start – had to be abandoned after the first race when the heavens opened! Several cars got stuck in the resulting quagmire but thanks to much-appreciated assistance from Phil Cracknell and Linden Jackson with their 4wd vehicles nobody was left on the field. What an end to the season!

The Treasurer, Jaz Jhita, drew members attention to the healthy financial situation as the club entered the New Year and members agreed that the Membership and Race Fees should remain the same as in 2012 and the present trophy system retained.

After trophies had been presented to the winners of the Braxted Series and Club Champions, and the obligatory Photo-Shoot, the new Committee was elected.

Plans for 2013 were discussed and it was agreed that the club should offer to host a round of the East of England 1/10th Off-Road Regionals. Members also agreed that a Junior Championship should be incorporated into the Braxted Series. It was planned to try to press ahead with conversion of the container behind the present caravan to a new Race Control facility, which would also enable the track to be extended in length by several metres.

The Chairman expressed thanks to all those who had helped in various ways throughout 2012 and looked forward to a successful season in 2013 – hopefully free from the wet weather demons!

Keith Wright
Chairman, MERCC

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