Brecon Motor Club crews suffered mixed fortunes at Weston Park recently,there were two events held over one weekend with historic cars and crews running on the Saturday and moderns on the Sunday. Brecon Motor Club was superbly represented on the Saturday with Bob Gibbons and Jon Harris seeded at number one in the lovely Mk2 Cortina. Seeded at number two were Mike Simpson and Dale Gibbons, Mike has now bought Bob's orange Escort Mk1 and this was its debut. Also out was Kenny Owen co-driving for Stuart Anderson in his stunning Chevette HSR.

Unfortunately things didn't get off to a great start for Bob and Jon, the slippery tar of Weston Park offering little grip and sending the Cortina off across the grass and through a fence. Despite a stage maximum the car was relatively undamaged and the rest of the day served as a good test. Mike and Dale on the other hand were rusty on stage one but thereafter challenged for the overall lead all day eventually having to settle for a highly commendable second overall, not a bad debut it has to be said. Kenny Owen had a good day too finishing fifth overall and they all look forward now to the Dixies Challenge in May when battle will recommence. (Chevette photo credit Paul Lawrence)

Sunday saw Josh Jones and Tom Davies out in Josh's Peugeot 205 GTi after club member Jonathan Davies damaged his Darrian on the Tour of Epynt. The new pairing were into their stride straight away and they finished a very decent 22nd overall.



An epic weekend for Brecon Motor Club whether competing or marshalling, Jason Pritchard took the overall win with Phil Clarke in his 05 Focus WRC which was almost predictable considering Jason's top form at present. What wasn't as expected was the pace of Craig Jones with Shaun Layland in the familiar orange Mitsubishi. Lying as high as fourth overall a small mistake led to a 20 plus seconds time loss and sixth place was the eventual result. Nevertheless they punched above their weight and learnt lots. Craig's brother Josh was out on Epynt for the very first time and with the experienced Mike Bartlett brought their Peugeot 205 GTi home in a commendable 29th overall despite suffering with a lowly seeding. Jonathan Davies was enjoying a very good run in his revamped Darrian but unfortunately an Epynt sheep stepped out at the wrong time resulting in a substantial amount of damage to the fibreglass flyer.

Marshalling was a proper challenge with rain, hail and high winds but a number of members were representing the club at service in and out, as radio cars and as spectator marshals. Special thanks is due as it was most inhospitable.



















Many thanks to the twenty six marshals who volunteered their time to help on this year's Rally of the Tests, it was a great day and the event was eventually won by Paul Wignall and Mark Appleton in their Alfa Romeo Guillueta Sprint. Below are some images from the day from Mark Griffin & Martin Leonard.


Alright don't get excited, it's a clean story of a boy and a girl who went to Caerwent for the first time with their rally cars, nothing else. BMC members don't have a big history of competing at Caerwent but for the Patriot Stages Craig Jones and Lisa Chappelle both popped their cherries. Craig, accompanied by Ian Taylor was out to try the newly installed Drenth gearbox in the EVO9 and immediately posted his intent with a fifth fastest overall time. A few teething issues with the new 'box for the rest of the day saw a bit of movement up and down the leader board but sixth overall was the fine final result.

Lisa Chappelle wheeled out the familiar white and pink Saxo and also had a new co-driver in Ryan 'Sheep' Jones who kept things on the boil. Passing two cars on stage one boosted confidence for the day and 48th was the result with a good few cars in their wake.





The next Brecon Motor Club Social Meeting will be this Wednesday 3rd October from 7.30pm at Brecon Castle Hotel.

In addition to the social gathering, we will continue with Part 2 of the Navigation Training for beginners, this is intended as an introduction to the skills needed and the techniques used for road rallying and although this is aimed at newbies, it will be a good opportunity for any drivers or navigators who may have already competed on road rallies or participated in club navigation events to gain a better understanding of the skills needed.

 With the darker evening now upon us, Brecon Motor Club is continuing with its policy of providing an opportunity to gain map reading and rally navigation skills in advance of the impending navigation events planned over the next six months. Come and join the fun, lads and dads, mums and daughters- this will guaranteed to provide a fun introduction to rally navigation for all the family plus a good grounding for moving up to competitive motorsport in the future if that’s what you aspire too!

There will be a number of experienced rally navigators on hand to help with guidance. Please bring along a 160 map, roamer, pencil and eraser, Roamers will be available on the night if you need one, provided by The Basic Roamer Company.


The first winter nav-scatter event will be on Wed. 21st November- Called ‘Twm’s Trials & Tracks’ starting from Brecon Golf Club

Rules and regulations for the series are now available, please message series coordinator- Mark Weller for these. The provisional dates of other events are as follows-

 Wed. 5th Dec.- Bethlehem & Back Table Top Rally (Brecon Castle)

Thurs. 27th Dec.- The Turkey Run Nav-Scatter (Red Lion Llangorse)

Wed 23rd Jan.- New Year’s Revolution Nav-Scatter

Wed. 20th Feb.- Valentine Lovers Lanes Nav-Scatter

Wed. 20th March- March Map Madness Nav-Scatter

Wed. 17th April- Buds ‘n’ bends Nav-Scatter




Brecon Motor Club has been sent two complimentary ‘2018 World Rally Passes’ plus a car pass and vouchers for a pair of programs for this week’s Wales Rally GB. These complimentary tickets are sent out to all MSA Motor Clubs. Brecon Motor Club members may bid on these and the highest bid will get the tickets with the amount offered donated to a charity as chosen by the Club Committee at next week’s Committee meeting. These Passes are under the care of Brecon MC Secretary Mark Weller.

The value of these passes is £99.00 each, plus the program costs of £9.00 Each. To put this in prospective an online ordered day pass costs £28.00 and A single stage pass purchased on the gate costs £30.00.

Please send your bids by text to Mark Weller on 07711885388, or via the Brecon Motor Club facebook group. At the time of sending this email, bidding stood at £85.00 with a much higher proxy bid offered.


Further details of this weeks WRC event are on the web site-



THURSDAY 4th- 08:00 Clocaenog Shakedown, 19:00 Tir Prince

FRIDAY 5th- 06:45 Deeside Service, 07:57 Clocaenog, 08:33 Brenig, 09:49 Penmachno, 10:43 Slate Mountain

SATURDAY 6th- 05:30 Deeside Service, 08:00 Llanidloes Refuel, 08:35 Myherin, 09:15 Sweet Lamb Hafren, 10:24 Dyfi, 10:59 Gartheiniog, 12:08 Dyfnant

SUNDAY 7th- 07:22 Elsi, 08:08 Gwydir, 09:16 Great Orme , 11:36 Llandudno Regroup, 12:30 Ceremonial Finish




Aaron Arnold has produced a club news-letter that’s attached. Aaron has however made the decision to stand down from the club committee so anyone who has the time and skills to contribute to this task and who wishes to put themselves forward, please do let us know.




These are lots of stage rally events plus many road rallies and historic events coming up over the next few months that the club will be involved with and helping out on some come and join the team-


Sat. 10th November- 

HERO RAC Rally of the Tests

Brecon MC will be running two test on Epynt for this popular historic event and will need a large team of 15 marshals for this task. We will need to set up the tests at midday with the first car due at 2.00pm. Club members should meet at the SENTA storage shed at Sennybridge Camp at 10.00am and attend to equipment preparation tasks before traveling up to the range for further details please contact Martin Leonard, Home: 01874 658463, Mobile: 07974 244413, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sunday 25th November- 

Griffin MC Drovers Challenge (Epynt Ranges)

Details are to be confirmed however the club will be manning time control or start or finish in this event.


Saturday 8th December (night)- 

HERO Le Jog Historic Endurance Rally

Brecon MC will be attending to numerous time controls near Brecon on the Saturday Night of this four day historic event.


To commit to your involvement or for further details please contact club secretary Mark Weller of Club Chief Marshal Nigel Chappelle- Home tel: 01874 622655, Mobile: 07803 548345, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Marshals are also need on the following events and although Brecon MC will not have an official team presence the organisers will require marshals and some club members have an involvement with each of these events


13/14th October-        HOVAC 1000 Lanes Road Rally

Sun. 21st October-      Carmarthen M.C. 2018 Fairfield Merlin Stages Rally (Pembrey)

Sun. 21st October-      Barcud MC Chris Hellier Memorial Targa Rally (Tregaron)

27/28th October-        Teifi Valley MC Rali Cilwendeg Road Rally

Sat. 3rd November      Herefordshire MC Showground Stages (Builth)

3/4th November         Epynt MC Powys Lanes Road Rally (Builth)

1st/2nd December      Newtown &DMC Eagle Road Rally (Newtown)         

Sun. 30th December    Carmarthen M.C. Jaffa Stages (Pembrey)