After a tremendous season in the BHRC Malcolm Rich and Arwel Blainey had an eye on the main prize of Category One only for mechanical issues to intervene on the final championship round, the Trackrod Rally in Yorkshire. They were always going to be up against it in their relatively under powered car and that was the case before retirement as the long straights favoured the Lotus Cortina of octogenarian Bob Bean with Miles Cartwright. The intrepid pair hadn't given up though and were not too far adrift should Bob have slipped up or had a problem. Unfortunately a fuel issue caused a misfire which meant retirement on stage 4. It has nevertheless been a great year and if they were told that they were in with a shout for category honours at the start of the year they wouldn't have believed it. Arwel hadn't co-driven ever before the first round which makes it all the more remarkable but he picked it up quickly and others had misfortune and rallies were cancelled and that's how it ended up as it is! 



Boom! Another year, another kart racing evening and a cracker it was too with 15 fired up drivers looking for glory and bragging rights. A mixture of members and non members turned up for the evening arranged by Wayne Palmer and Martin Leonard at the Hereford Raceway near Leominster. After some feisty heats there was a B final followed by the A final, basically the B final was for the overweight over fifties topped up with the younger drivers who were dealt bad luck in the heats! Two lady drivers also took to the circuit for the evening, Liz Rich and Julie Lord acquitting themselves well. The B final was eventually won by Martin Leonard who started from pole and fended off a robust challenge from Malcolm Rich to take the chequered flag while in the A final Luke Barnard to the victory much to the disgust of his employer Craig Jones. Luke will pay for the win over the coming weeks as Craig gives him the worst possible jobs in the workshop! After proceedings a fish and chip meal sponsored by Craig at CMJ Motors was consumed before the CMJ Motors trophy was awarded to Luke. 



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!

Scroll through the pictures below for a flavour of the day,


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!










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