The trouble with going on holiday is that sun, surf and a pleasant glass of vino take priority for once over reporting motor club crew antics. From what I have gleaned the Red Dragon was a mud bath due to unseasonably wet weather but a few crews braved it with Jason Pritchard rediscovering his mojo to finish a close second to Nick Elliott, both in Ford Escort RS1800s.
Bob and Dale Gibbons are desperate to lift the Category One title in this years BHRC and were able to score points at their leisure as all their adversaries stayed away. Bob didn't enjoy the power sapping stages but prospects for the year are now much brighter.
Craig Jones was rapid once again in the green BMW but a number of mechanical issues caused by the rough conditions pinned him back enough to lose out to his main class competitor. Dai Block and Glyn Jones made a small error and rolled the yellow BMW very gently which put them out but the car was repaired very soon after getting it home.
The Mewla Rally was contested by Jon Hawkins who sat with Mark Jones in his rapid BMW after a late entry was placed. All was going well with a top ten result on the cards before mechanical woes intervened. James & Lisa Chappelle posted a rare retirement, the Mini taking a dislike to the long fast stages and deciding to stop braking.
The Woodpecker was the next event for Craig, Dai and Glyn with both Beemers fettled for action again. Craig was fast on stage one but a couple of off road excursions on stage two put paid to a decent result. Dai and Glyn fought on all day but they also dropped down the order at one point for an unknown reason.
The Manx and Caerwent await and there will be a record number of crews out. Three BMC crews are off to the Isle of Man and four crews will be out at Caerwent. If anyone wants to write a personal account of their adventures on these events feel free to write something and send it to Martin Leonard