About Blackpalfrey

The Home of Historic Road Events in the South East

The Blackpalfrey Motor Club of Kent Limited is recognised by Motorsport UK for the organisation of motor sport events and is a member of the Association of South Eastern Motor Clubs (ASEMC) and the Association of Central Southern Motor Clubs (ACSMC).

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Club Nights

Blackpalfrey Club Nights are on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month at The Park Gate Inn, Ashford Road, Maidstone, ME17 1PG, from 7:30 pm.


The Club's newsletter 'Highway' is published monthly by email and the Editor always welcomes contributions from members. 

History of the Club

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 the Motor Sports Association) 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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