Cars to the Claydons Classic Tour
Last Saturday, 3rd September Oxford Motor Club promoted a classic car tour starting at the Cotswold Wild Life Park at Burford and club members Chris & Gethin Phillips wheeled out their 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite to support the event. Not a long event that culminated at Claydon Manor near Milton Keynes at the first running of the Cars at the Claydons classic car show taking in a sixty mile route through the scenic rural Cotswolds.
A modest yet quality entry of 23 cars left at 09:45 led away by a 1924 4.5lt Bentley Le Mans after sampling the delights of the now regulatory bacon butty - albeit the start for the Brecon Motor Club crew was some 97 miles prior leaving the Peoples Republic of Talgarth at a little before 7! Having tackled the route without mishap Claydon Manor was reached by lunchtime where crews were to free to enjoy the delights of a small but interesting collection of classics from a 1914 Fraser-Nash race car right up to an original road going Ford RS200 still on its original Pirelli P7 tyres. The rain had just started to fall and as some of the "polishers" ran for their car covers (what's that all about??) the BMC crew relented, dug out the soft-top and headed West for the 120 mile home ward jaunt through some pretty horrendous rain.
Fortunately the weather had eased by the time they reached Three Cocks enough to enjoy an alfresco pint at The Old barn and just in time to see fellow BMC crews of Craig Jones and Dai Bloc pass on their way back from the Woodpecker Stages dragging their respective BMW cars behind them - obviously too focused to enjoy a beer! A successful first time classic run for Oxford MC and well worth the effort particularly as several of their members are very supportive of Brecon's events.
This Sunday Brecon Motor Club will be holding a Treasure Hunt followed by a BBQ.
The Treasure Hunt is being organised by Dave McIntyre and it will be starting from Tafarn y Garreg GR 160 - 850172 with participants leaving between 1 pm and 2 pm. All are welcome and if you intend having a bash let Dave know on 01685 723783 or 07748 536604
The BBQ will take place from 3 pm at Lakeside Club House at Llangorse Lake, tickets are £12 each and can be obtained from Mark Weller.
Monday August 8th 2016
What a classic day Brecon Motor Club had at the Mountain Centre again this year. Club Chairman Paul Evans and wing man Mark Weller attracted over 350 vehicles for display making the show one of the biggest in Wales. The dedicated charity for this year was Wales Air Ambulance and a healthy £750 was raised to benefit their cause. A small auction took place at the end of the day and thanks go to Chris Jones of McCartney's for his fine efforts. Thanks must go to the hard worked stewards who were busy the whole day.
Everyone present appeared to enjoy themselves and burgers and ice cream sold in huge amounts. Below are a few images from the day.
Well, that's another Harry Flatters Rally put to bed and firstly thanks must go to all the members who helped in whatever way, big or small. Thanks also to our band of officials and marshals without whom it would never happen and not forgetting the competitors who support our event so well each year.
The rally was a challenge to run in the new safety delegate era but despite some scheduling frustrations the day went very well with just the odd hiccup thrown in by competing crews! Winner of the rally for the fifth time was Abergavenny man Damian Cole with Craig Drew in the hot seat in their Ford Fiesta WRC. The win wasn't straightforward however as a high speed excursion on the first special stage meant they limped though the last few miles with a puncture. A concerted effort thereafter saw them overhaul Andy Fraser and Michael Calvert in their powerful Darrian. Fraser had been on for second place overall but a stop line fire on the final stage put paid to that, the efforts of Port Talbot Motor Club marshals and the unstinting help of fellow competitors prevented a total loss. This elevated Adrian Spencer and Mark Hewitt to second place in their much modified Subaru Impreza WRC, an errant sheep redesigning the profile of the car. Final podium place was taken by the evergreen Bob Fowden with Paul Wakeley in their similar Subaru. Bob won the very first Harry Flatters Rally in 1985 and still can't get enough of it!
Damian Cole & Craig Drew leap to overall victory in the National B event
In the prestigious Historic Rally Melvyn Evans started as he meant to go on and headed the field all day in his Hoosier shod Escort RS1800. Behind him there was carnage as Jason Pritchard blew his engine, Rob Smith rolled, Will Onions also blew his engine, Eian Pritchard suffered engine problems and Joe Price couldn't select gears properly. All this meant that runner up Neil Williams and Peter James scored maximum points in the British Historic Championship from Guy Woodcock and championship leader Paul Barrett who did well to get fourth overall with pinto power.
Flatters success at last for Family Gibbons
Of the locals, with the demise of the two pronged Pritchard challenge faltering it was Malcolm Rich who was first local home in 13th place and third in class in the Rich Landscapes RS1800. Club members Bob & Dale Gibbons kept their noses clean this year and won Category One in their lovely Mk2 Cortina. Phil Jones and Joe Eiliot debuted Phil's newly built 1275GT Mini but disaster struck with retirement on the very first bend of the rally when the gearbox failed.
Heartbreak for Phil & Joe on Stage One, Bend One
Melvyn Evans & Patrick Walsh marching on to National A Historic Rally honours
Looking resplendent in tarmac trim Jason Pritchard's Ford Escort RS1800 (above) and Eian Pritchard's identical car (below) both suffered engine issues.
And just because we like it, a flying shot of fourth placed Paul Barrett & Dai Roberts
The annual karting trip to Herefordshire Raceway is almost upon us, Thursday August 11th is the date for the evening session. Last year we had tremendous fun with a contingent from Builth joining us to spice it up. Can Craig Jones hang on to the title or will close challenger Steve McPhee be there to spoil his day? If you want to come along let Martin Leonard or Wayne Palmer know and we will get you booked in. The evening ends with a fish and chip dinner delivered to the club house.