A brief history of Durham Automobile Club

(Durham Motor Club) was formed in 1952 by a group of Motoring enthusiasts who, among other things, liked to take part in the Monte Carlo Rally.

For the next 10 years the Club provided each year several competitors for this prestigious event. For its first 10 years the Club met at the Cock O’ the North Hotel. By the early 60s, as Rallying became more professional, a new range of members evolved, competitive and determined, rather than the “jolly chaps” who started the Club.

After a short period at the Garden House pub, the Club moved to the Salutation at Framwellgate Moor, where it was to remain for the next 20 years. With the rise in popularity of club level motor sport the Club boomed for the next 15 years with membership exceeding 300. The main activities for members, apart from the strong social scene, were Road Rallies and Autotests, with some members moving on to the highest level.

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DAC meeting venue

We meet at the Honest Lawyer hotel, Croxdale Bridge, Croxdale, Durham, DH1 3SP

Every Wednesday night at 8pm.

Interested in joining DAC?

The current fees are £12 for single and £15 for family/joint membership.

Junior/Student members who require a club card £5.

Family membership is only available to partners who live at the same address and includes membership for their children up until the age of 16, or they require a competition license.

No club card will be issued for any child, as set down in section 6.3 of the Articles of Association of DAC Ltd., unless they have paid the Junior/Student membership.

Club membership is valid to the date shown on your membership card. You will need to be a member of a club if you want to take part in any event DAC or an MSA affiliated club organises.

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Recent Photographs

Durham Automobile Club members are very active in motorsport. A list of disciplines that Durham Automobile club members take part in are listed in the Club history page. But this is not an exhaustive list as there are lots of disciplines in motorsport from Auto Tests to Circuit Racing and a Durham Automobile Club member will have taken part in one of these disciplines at some time during the clubs history.

Here are a few pictures of Durham Automobile Club members in action.

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