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July Club Night Cancelled

There will not be a Club night at Newnham Court on 10th July as we have our outside visit later in the month.

July Club Night Cancelled

30/06/2027 June Regularity Run

Congratulations to Mark & Sue Watson who won the June Regularity Run. Full results can be found on the June Reg Run Page.

30/06/2027 June Regularity Run

Tour of Kent 2024

The next Tour of Kent will be held on Sunday 6th October 2024. Full details of the 2024 Tour will appear here in due course. We look forward to meeting Tourers old and new in October 2024. Blackpalfrey Motor Club's Annual Tour for Classic Cars continues to support Demelza Hospice Care for Children and we thank you for your generosity towards this charity in previous years. In 2022, thanks to your support £1300 of much needed funds were raised by the Tour of Kent.

Tour of Kent 2024

Free Shipping from Don Barrow Navigation Equipment

Don Barrow are the latest addition to our Members Benefits section. They have very kindly waived the cost of postage to anywhere in the UK. please visit the Members Benefits section in the top menu for more details.

Free Shipping from Don Barrow Navigation Equipment

27/06/2024 Highway Newsletter

We are pleased to welcome Sue Watson as the new editor of the club newsletter Highway. Sue has some very large shoes to fill as she takes over from our esteemed former Chairman Brian Millen, who did a fantastic job of editing Highway for many years. If you are a regular competitor then expect to hear from Sue as she endeavours to find features to fill the pages. If you have any stories, reports, articles, pictures, etc that you would like to see included in Highway then please send them to Sue at . We wish Sue the very best of luck in her new role and look forward to perusing her first Highway in due course.

27/06/2024 Highway Newsletter

Club Rally Championship

The 2023/24 Club Rally Championship. Don't forget to register your Rally Results with our Championship Administrator, Dick Athow -

Club Rally Championship

Join Us

Blackpalfrey's annual subscriptions are only £15 single, £20 for joint (family) members living at the same address or only £5 for under 25's.

Members Subscriptions are due on 31st March each year, but new members who join after 1st January will not need to renew until 31st March the following year.

To join the Club or renew your membership you can now access our online membership system here.  Your details will be held securely and payment is via Paypal, credit or debit card and for those who prefer it cheque.  Our privacy and data protection policy is published on the bottom of the 'Join Us' Page.  For further information about membership please contact our Membership Secretary, Lee Busbridge, at or click on the name on the contacts page.

About Us

The Blackpalfrey Motor Club was formed in 1965, by a group of rally enthusiasts, as an amalgamation of the Black Horse (a Public House) Car Club from Tunbridge Wells and the William Palfrey Limited (an engineering company) Car Club from Rochester. 

We formed our base in Maidstone and immediately applied for R.A.C. Motor Sport Division (now Motorsport UK) recognition, in order to promote Motor Sport at club level in the South East. We became a limited company in about 1972.  In the mid '70s we became aware that not being affiliated to a town was a disadvantage and we changed the name to 'The Blackpalfrey Motor Club of Kent'. 

In the early years we promoted annually three night road rallies; the Hughes Rally, the Hassel Rally and the Harris Rally, three Autocrosses, Production Car Trials, Grass Autotests and Social events, including Dinner Dances attracting 350 guests etc.  In the 1980s we moved on to promote Slalom Autotests and Sprints on West Malling Airfield, but unfortunately these events came to an end with the development of the Kingshill complex on the old airfield. 

In 1996, we decided that the future of the Club would be with the development of the Classic Motorsport and social scene in Kent and the annual Hughes Historic Rally, with 150 mile road section and tests on private land, was born. In 2004 we ran our first Tour of Kent for cars 'over 20 years old and newer 'interesting' cars'.....and here we are today



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Dick Athow


Brian Millen

Vice Chairman and Treasurer

Andy Elcomb

Club Secretary

Phil Smith

Competition Secretary

Grahame Standen

Chief Marshal and Club Stickers


Trevor Hawkins                

Club Clothing

Lesley Busbridge

Club Safeguarding and Environmental Officer

Lee Busbridge

Membership Secretary and publicity

Sue Watson

Highway Editor

Steve Thompson

Webmaster and StreetCar

Hughes Rally

The 2023 Hughes Rally took place on Saturday 27th May 2023. The full results are available on Hughes Rally page.

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