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The earliest information we can find about a motor club in the area dates back to the early nineteen hundreds under the name of Berwick Motor & Cycle Club, possibly making the club one of the oldest in the UK.

Interrupted by the First World War it seems to have taken sometime to reform, eventually doing so in 1935 under its current name, running events at Haggerston Castle and subsequently moving on to utilise the wartime airfields at Winfield and Charterhall as sprint and race tracks. While these venues are no longer used for racing they still figure in the club's calendar of events.

The club has enjoyed many golden years, not only from the great events it has run like the Border and Jim Clark Rallies or the race meetings at Winfield and Charterhall, but from its club members and none more so than Jim Clark. Introduced to Berwick & District Motor Club & motorsport by his friend and club member Ian Scott Watson, Jim's career started at the club with basic driving tests and club races through to the Border Reivers years, the team Jim raced for set up by local Ford dealer Jock McBain, Farmer and brother in law Alec Calder and of course friend Ian Scott Watson all of whom were club members also, and on to his Formula 1 career with Lotus and his two world championships. They were also the men behind the Border Motor Racing Club, which became the Scottish Motor Racing Club and has went from strength to strength over the years.

Over the years there have been several more well known local heroes involved in international motor sport, with Berwick & District Motor Club proud to boast among it's members names like Club President Andrew Cowan who won the Scottish Rally in 1962 and 63 with his good friend, local farmer and club member David Thomson,Andrew also went on to win the London to Sydney rally twice finish runner up on the Paris - Dakar Rally in1985 and lift the Scottish Rally Championship in 1976, not mention victories in the Southern Cross and Bandama Rallies. Vice-President and Ladies World Rally Champion Louise Aitken-Walker MBE,William Stoddart, Dominic Buckley along with his sons Dom and Neil and navigators Claire Mole and Doug Redpath also Doug Niven and Cameron Binnie on the race circuits to name but a few that everyone will recognise.

Bringing things right up to date Duns Rally Driver Euan Thorburn joined the BDMC elite by winning the 2013 BTRDA rally championship, the 2014 Scottish rally championship, both at the wheel of his ex works Ford Focus WRC, and the 2017 Scottish rally championship, this time at the wheel of an Ford Fiesta R5.

The Club has built a reputation for putting on quality events that competitors want. The Jewel in the BDMC Crown is The Jim Clark Memorial Rally, now probably the most popular rally in the country it is the only one held on closed public roads on the British mainland and a regular fixture in the British Rally Championship calendar. Also on the Club calendar are our annual Autocross at East Ord, a couple of Classic Rallies - The Berwick Classic (which from humble beginnings has grown into a major event and a round of the NESCRO Historic Championship) and The Johnston Trophy, Navigational events - The Buglass and The Chairman's Challenge, as well as club autotests and other club events, plus trips to other events to marshal. Added to that, the Club is always on the lookout for new venues and events to put on.

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