I am very sorry to have to report that today, sadly, the last Annual General Meeting of the club was held. It was agreed at the previous AGM in January 2016 that should a new venue not be found after another year the club would really have no option but to close. Unfortunately, no new venue has been forthcoming and the club is therefore being wound up after 32 years. From its origins as Springfield Buggy Club in 1984, racing at Perryfields School, to off-road racing at Braxted as Mid-Essex Radio Car Club (MERCC) we will have many happy memories. The club has always had a good reputation for its friendliness and the efficient running of its Meetings and will, I am sure, be missed by many – both members and non-members.

At the AGM it was agreed that, following disposal of the club’s assets, all monies received would be donated to charity – the charity/charities to be decided in due course. Initially, it is only right that various items of equipment should be offered to members. Following this, remaining items will be offered for sale to other clubs and via the media – watch this space!

I should like to thank all those who have supported the club over the years, and a special thank you to those club members (and others) who have always so willingly given their spare time to help in all sorts of ways for the benefit of the club. Also, I should like to thank Southend Radio Control Car Club with whom we have always had a very good working relationship when running the ’Joint Series’ Meetings over many years and I wish them all the very best for the future.

It only remains for me to say that, whilst it is the end of an era for us, on the positive side other clubs will benefit from the support given to them by former MERCC members. Long may radio controlled car racing continue!

Wishing you all the very best,

Keith Wright
Chairman, MERCC

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