Well, it was a great event, Mark Weller pulled it off! With great help from Geoff & Gwyneth Tyler-Lyons the event gradually came into being and oddly for a BMC event the sun shone. Thanks must go to a lot of other people, Paddy Sweeney for allowing us to use his fields, all the club members and others who assisted before and on the day and especially to those who used their rally cars to give rides which in turn raised money for Wales Air Ambulance. Same weather next year please!

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Breaking News! Brecon Motor Club are to run events in Africa and California next year. We went for weeks without rain, as soon as the set up crew arrived on the Thursday before the rally it started to spit and drizzle and by the time of the recce heavy showers were falling and come the rally a deluge with high winds was upon us. As a result many foreign governments have been in touch impressed with our ability to attract rain to our events.

The rally itself was a great success again this year under the clerkship of Jason Murphy for the first time. As usual much work was done beforehand which always pays off on the day. That is not to say that there isn't room for improvement, there always is and there won't be any time to relax before planning begins once again. As ever we are extremely grateful to the championships, the Fuchs Oils BHRC, Fuchs Oils RAC Tarmac Championship, the JD Tyres Welsh Tarmac Championship, the Hirefit Epynt Challenge, the Dennis Motorsport WAMC Historic Championship and the JELF Mixed Surface Championship. Without them, the competitors that enter and the marshals who work so hard every time there would be no rally.

And so to the competition, the National A historic rally had a cracking entry and the wet weather provided shock waves in the morning as Nick Elliott emerged as overall leader of both events after two stages. Sadly retirement after stage three thwarted his challenge. Gareth James and Steffan Evans were class of the field for the rest of the day in their Escort RS1800 but were kept honest by Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss in their beautiful hired Escort. Neil Williams and Peter James took the last podium position in their similar car as they also claimed maximum BHRC points.

Category two was won by Simon Tysoe and Paul Morris in their Mk1 Escort RS1600 and Dessie Nutt was back with Geraldine McBride to win Category one in their Porsche 911.

Brecon members fared variously, Jason Pritchard was out in the glorious S2000 Fiesta and was hunting down second place when the differential gave up. Bob Gibbons and Jon Harris were hoping to end a non finishing streak but the oil filter on their Mk2 Cortina decided to undo and the engine lost its oil.

There were some good stories though as Malcolm Rich and Arwel Blainey drove the wheels off 'Bertie' the Anglia to win their class and take second in Category one. Mike Simpson and Dale Gibbons were flying too but gearbox failure slowed them before they could change it in service.

So another year is done but the work is not all over yet! We need to arrange a club night to de-staple the boards and stakes and put them into some sort of order. It never ends!

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What a cracking Tour, the organising team are overwhelmed by the success which was in no small part the work of Dave McIntyre and his route finding skills. Add to that the wonderful weather and the support of the marshals and it turned out to be a perfect blend. The route took a meander from Talgarth to Builth Wells to begin with and wound around to Garth and over the infamous Concrete Road before arriving at Llangoed for morning coffee and some superb freshly baked Welsh cakes. The second third of the route reached up to Llaneglws and then wound down to Sennybridge for fuel and up to Mynydd Illtyd where a lunch break of forty minutes was available at the Mountain Centre. The home stretch was in sight now and a run up the Ystradfellte hairpins and a drive over the Beacons brought the crews to the Talybont reservoir road and final run into Talgarth via Pencelli and Llanfihangel Tallylyn. A quick welcome by the Mayor, William Powell, was followed by a salad buffet at Gwernyfed Rugby Club. 

Tour virgins Andrew & Toose Morton

 

A view from the inside out at Llangoed

 

Routemeister Davidson McIntyre

  

Spot the Lancaster bomber

 

A fine sight at coffee

 

There was a great variety of vehicles in use

Early morning in Talgarth

 

A Ford Falcon in the Wye Valley

 

Running repairs on what used to be known as a Dagenham Dustbin!

 

TR3 on Mynydd Illtyd common

 

Pontfaen on a Sunday morning

The Red Kite Stages was a mixed bag for our members this year from many different points of view, competing and marshalling. The stages were all new for the Red Kite but the dry weather meant very dusty conditions. Crynant was the first stage and Malcolm Rich with Arwel Blainey put in a great time to lead Category One in the usual Anglia. Bob Gibbons was adapting to another new co-driver, Dave Harris, and wasn't too far behind but his challenge ended after the first stage with clutch issues, another DNF, they must end soon. Malcolm struggled on the next two tests with throttle issues and main rival Ricky Proffitt did profit and surged ahead. However Ricky had extremely bad luck on the final stage retiring with suspension failure. Mike Simpson and Dale Gibbons had a great day in class C3 in their Escort, Mike avenging the memories of Carlisle with a solid drive to 22nd overall. Dai 'Block' Jones and Glyn Price also had an excellent day out recording 8th overall in the National B event in their BMW.

From a marshalling point of view the day was very very long, whoever dreamt up the idea of split fields needs to go marshalling themselves, they are evidently not marshals and just pluck silly ideas out of mid air. It is not acceptable for marshals to be left out on the stages from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm. The orgnanisers, Amman and District Motor Club  are not to blame, they have their hands tied so the governing body should address this issue and change the ruling as soon as possible. Anyway, it was a sunny day and the midges weren't out for long in the morning so thanks to Chris Phillips, Austin Brill, Geoff & Gwyneth along with Family Chappelle - Nigel, James, Lisa.

Some of our historic members before the Red Kite Stages!

Well, another two hillcimbs complete and I think a good weekend had by all. Our thanks at Brecon Motor Club to Dennis Motorsport. Brian and Tim for their continued support and for their enthisiastic participation. Thanks also have to go to our customers, the competitors and to all the volunteer officials and marshals who combine to make the event happen.

This year the weather kept true to form and after many weeks of dry conditions it became wet again on the morning. The rain did not dampen spirits though and there were plenty of smiling faces in the paddock. Day one saw Viv Joy in the recovery truck busy too, a few competitors getting over enthusiastic in the slippery conditions! At the end of the first day Colin Satchell who had travelled up from Devon topped the time sheets to take FTD in his very special Peugeot 205 but on Sunday his time of 50.28 in less favourable conditions was surpassed by the extremely rapid Caterham of Simon Rogers with a time of 45.75 with Colin getting down to 47.17.

All in all it was very well supported and the club is grateful to the championships which lend their invaluable support.

Saturday FTD, Colin Satchell

Sunday FTD and course record for Simon Rogers

Ten ladies competed on the Sunday, a fantastic turn out and all were trying extremely hard!

 

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