11th April 2016

Somerset RSOC joins the Corinium Run

Somerset RSOC again partipated in the annual Corinium Economy car run organised by the Cirencester Motor club ,the cars gathered at Cirencester football club before setting off on the 126mls route around the lanes of the Cotswolds a route which including two crossing of water fords, the Permashine team used its latest show car a M-Sport R5R Fiesta retuning 30.6mpg around the route.

21 April 2015

Somerset RSOC joins the Corinium Economy Run

Somerset RSOC again participated in the Corinium Economy Run organised by Cirencester Car club; this year being the 12th anniversary of this popular event with 66 classic & modern cars entered. This year the team took a new approach by using a 2015 Ford Focus ST diesel. Fuelling up under the scrutiny of club marshals the crew started from Cirencester Arena for this 120 mile route through the Cotswolds passing through Northleach, Down Ampney, Burford, & Whitney using a “tulip” route road book to guide them. The route is policed by secret check points along the way, and the Focus completed the journey averaging 49.82mpg.


20 Sept 2014 Rallyday, Castle Combe



August 2014 Club night


July 2014 Club night

September 2013 Club night


August 2013 Club night

June 2013 Club night

5th December 2012 - Xmas Buffet Night

Members held an Xmas buffet at the Pipers Inn Ashcott, the evening included a quiz written by Doug which stretched everybody’s knowledge with questions. Covering technical and pricing on Ford cars past & present, RS shows through out the year plus TV related Ford cars , after answering the 31 questions with the best score

Stuart won a pair of PIAA high performance bulbs as used by the Ford WRC Fiesta’s. This was followed by a raffle with Paul winning the first ticket and choosing the M Sport donated Petter Solberg’s Rally GB rally plate from his WRC Fiesta.

The evening was a great success and some much needed funds were raised for the Club and the buffet laid on by the staff of the Pipers Inn was superb.

1st August 2012 - August club meet

27 July 2012 - Club members get special preview of M-Sport Ford WRC cars

Club members Trevor Hawkins and Steve Gerrard plus local Ford dealer Simon Brace were given a very special treat during their recent visit to M-Sport headquarters. They were given the first viewing prior to being released to the public of the latest Black and White liveried Ford Fiesta WRC cars before their journey to Rally Finland. The guys had access to all areas around M sport facilities .

4 July 2012 - Club Night

July 4th Club Night at the Pipers

6 May 2012 - Supercar Club at Goodwood

Members Martin Peters, Trevor Hawkins, Martin & Sue Dunkerton were rewarded for their 4.30am start for Supercar Breakfast Club at the historic Goodwood racing Circuit

By getting premier postions for this very busy meeting, Martin’s Sierra Cosworth shared the start/ finish straight with Aston Martins, Ferraris, Mclarens and Lamborghinis

Trevor and the other Martin RS Focus’s were parked within the paddock garages.

7 December 2011 - Club Awards and Christmas Buffet

The club held its Christmas buffet evening at the Pipers Inn Ashcott which was as always very well supported by our members. The evening included a brilliant Ford related quiz put together by Dougie which caused great banter between the members with Colin coming out the winner with 56 points.

The evening also included the annual awards for best members car from each show attended throughout the year voted by other non club members at the show.

The winners were: Castle Coombe Paul C (Escort 1600 Sport), Sherborne Castle Colin (Escort Cosworth), Ford Fair Martin P (Sierra Cosworth), Fordsport Martin D (RS Focus Mk2), RallyDay Andy (Escort Mexico) and National RS Day Dougie (Escort Cosworth).

24 September 2011 - RS Somerset club members experience a WRC Fiesta

Following preparing and treating the M Sport WRC Fiestas with Permashine at their headquarters at Dovenby prior to Rally France, RS Somerset club members Trevor Hawkins and Andrew Hicks were priviledged to experience passenger rides in the M sport Fiesta at the tarmac shakedown test at a nearby airfield following his passenger ride.

Trevor Hawkins commented “ I was just getting use the mindblowing acceleration when we were on the brakes and my body was subjected to braking forces I have never experienced like before, it was truly one of the once in a lifetime days”

Thanks to M Sport’s Miguel Cunha for arranging the rides




11th July 2011 - Classic Cars in aid of Air Ambulance

Somerset RSOC members participated in the Andy Simms Classic car run recently organized by Burnham on Sea Motor club which supports fund raising for the Somerset & Dorset Air ambulance charity. The tour started in Glastonbury and took a 94 mile route through Somerset and Dorset to its destination at the East Somerset Railway.

During the route it stopped off at the base of the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance base at Henstridge airfield which lies on both counties borders, and the crew showed the tour around the airbase and also the specially equipped helicopter.

21st March 2011 - Take it to the next level

The Team was happy to announce that the team will be competing in the BTRDA Asphault Championship, which is being covered on TV by Special Stage and is shown on Motors TV.

The first round of the BTRDA was the Tour of Epynt 2011, As the Team had only competed on Epynt once before the pair was seeded at car 86 out of 90.

Being their first rally and relying on their own pace notes, the main aim of the weekend was to learn more about developing this new discipline over the very fast Epynt Ranges.

The Team Andrew Hicks and Richard Bliss started well and after the first two stages found themselves 62nd overall and 9th in class.

As the day went on the team progressed getting faster and also working very well together. The team ended the day in 56th overall and 7th in class. A good result as it was their second time on Epynt and first time writing their own pace notes.

Andrew commented:” It has been a good weekend myself and Richard have learnt a lot as a team and also really enjoyed the first round of the BTRDA.”

The crew would like to thank sponsors Permashine, PIAA, Bliss Mobility and National Mobile Windscreens.

The Tour of Epynt 2011 will be on Motors TV,on Special Stage Saturday 9th April at 22:35

24th January 2011 - Brean stages Rally 2011

On the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of January, Stuart Bliss began his 2011 rally championship campaign at his home rally, The K&R Mitsubishi stages Rally, in Brean. Stuart and co-driver Richard Marsh, began the weekend seeded 22nd out of 85 entries, of which the top 20 were particularly strong.

The weather for the first stage was good and Stuart set out on cut Dunlop x22 tyres. Despite an impressive performance matching the quickest time in the class on Stuart wasn’t happy with the set up. Back in the service area the ride height was changed and the tyres switched to Dunlop x12's making for an even better stage.

Never happy until he feels he is getting 100% from the set up, Stuart still wasn’t happy with the front set up. Stuart’s career as a mechanic must have given him a sixth sense with car as in the third stage a tyre split causing a puncture and a 1 minute 20 second loss. That forced another change of tyre, this time though the result was better and a more responsive front meant Stuart was able to come in with a superb time for stage four, despite getting held up at the split!

Things continued to go well for Stuart as he made another good time in stage five. During stage six a slight hay bale clip resulted in a bent track rod but luckily nothing too serious. That brought an end to the first day of the rally with Stuart laying an impressive 2nd in class and 19th overall.

Day two started off well for Stuart, who having been known for his ability to drive well in wet conditions relished on the damp tarmac during stages seven and eight.

Stuart’s outstanding performance continued through the shorter stages of nine and ten with Stuart even pulling quick times when getting caught up behind slower cars. Come the last two stages of the day Stuart’s car was performing just how he wanted and together Stuart and Richard were making exceptional times. At the end of the day Stuart collected his first piece of silverware for the 2011 season coming 17th overall and 2nd in class. A position he was particularly proud of given the line up at the start of the rally.

Stuart would like to say a big thank you to Permashine, Bliss Mobility and his service crew for all their hard work over the weekend; and also to thank all of his friends and family who turned up to support him at his local event.

19th April 2009 - Corinium Run

A Somerset RSOC team of Trevor Hawkins and Andrew Hicks in the Permashine Ford Focus RS joined the other 74 competitors to compete in the Cirencester Car club’s Corinium road run following a tulip style road book through the stunning cotswold country side taking in such delightful places as Stow on the Wold , Chipping Campden and Bourton on the Water with the aim of returning the closest MPG to their pre event stated figure ensuring economy was the aim of the day. The Permashine team achieved 26.60 mpg over the 116 mile route just 4.73% outside their pre event stated figure.