Your feature in the Trinity Term issue on the Oxford University Motor Drivers’ Club reminded Chris Baron and me of our OUMDC days. Chris co-ordinates some veteran members and as a previous secretary (1965-67) provides some history of the club.
It is now some 70 years since the OUMDC was revived after the war. Those were days when undergraduates fortunate enough to own a car were required by the proctors to have a small green light on the front to indicate ownership by a junior member of the University. The club name followed its revival — possibly pre-war — after the proctors had closed the Oxford University Motor Club. It is unclear if this followed a High Street time trial; Longwall Street junction to Carfax or a sprint trial round St Giles!
The proctors were entrusted with the Club’s trophies, but when asked about them in the 1950s they could not be found. In my time with the OUMDC we purchased two trophies, which seem to have disappeared by the time the club officers were asked about them in the 1990s. Would it be possible, please, to ask if anyone knows their whereabouts?
The Targa Plate was given to the overall winner of the Hilary Term overnight rally — usually through the Welsh Borders. At the time night rallies were controlled-speed navigational exercises to which other clubs were invited, including CUAC (Cambridge University), obviously; the Combined Universities Motor Club, which was coordinated by one of our senior members, Pat Stark, who then lived in Kidlington; the Hants & Berks MC; and the Oxford Motor Club. The rally usually began in Burford or Chipping Norton and ended at breakfast time where it began. Craven Arms was another centre.
The Goddard Cup was for the best overall performances in the club events by a member who was still ‘up’. It was bought in memory of a president, David Goddard (Univ, 1953-7?) who was killed driving his Standard 10 whilst doing teaching practice as part of his PG Diploma.
If anyone does know in whose possession these trophies are Chris Baron and I would be glad to know and we would like to see them ‘back in use’ by the present OUMDC.