It is sad to have to report the passing of John Price, a stalwart competitor and a six time winner of the Harry Flatters Rally he was also seen on early Gremlin Rallies competing in his fantastic Alpine Renault, indeed even finishing in the top ten. John originally hailed from the Llandrindod Wells area and started competing in the sixties. He moved to the Hereford area at some point and ran a workshop behind Forge Garage in Wormbridge which is still there to this day. In his earlier days he campaigned Escorts and Alpine Renault's but progressed to Porsche before using a number of Renault 5 Turbos. Whilst still working on and maintaining Renault's he moved on to a succession of  Metro 6R4s which again were superbly presented. At various times he also used a Renault 11 and a BMW M3. The club extends its condolences to the Price family.




By Martin Leonard

Just a few words from me about Denis and the time that I knew him. I first met Denis at Cathedine Cottage in the early eighties when I also first knew Stuart, Den had been away for a motor sport 'do' somewhere and arrived back in his Porsche 911. He frightened me to death to begin with but it soon became clear that despite the huff and the puff he was a very nice, knowledgeable person. In particular his knowledge of wine an trying it was truly amazing! I went on a trip to West Cork with him and Stuart amongst others in the days of the Rover SD1 rally car which turned into an epic adventure with a drama before we even arrived in Fishguard when he thought that he had forgotten the clocks which were to be used to time the whole rally. 'SHIT AND CORRUPTION, THE CLOCKS'! was the cry but they were soon found and we moved on into Ireland where the first stop was Ahearne's restaurant in Youghal and of course Den knew the owners and a good evening ensued. The rally was a blur and was inconsequential as the bar of the Courtmacsherry Hotel was the epicentre of the weekend. An all night session after the rally was followed a couple of hours later with a dash for the ferry but not before a return to Ahearne's where lunch was followed by them sending us off with a box of glasses, ice, lemon and tonic to go with two bottles of CDC gin that happened to be in the van! There are other stories but that's enough of that for now!

A few words should be said about his impact on motor sport on a wider scale too, he was a clerk of the course of the International Welsh Rally, winner of the Cilwendeg Rally, a member of the RACMSA board, International Time Keeper and Steward and Chairman of the WAMC for many years. He was also instrumental in finding the Colnbrook HQ when the MSA made the move from central London. As a competitor he loved British cars and he rallied Minis, an Austin Allegro, Morris Marina and a Rover SD1, they were all driven with verve and made many visits to the scenery! That's a very short resume of his achievements, there were many more.

Later on Denis became a key member of Brecon Motor Club and sat as chairman for a number of years, clerked the Gremlin Rally and the Harry Flatters Rally and was instrumental in the Flatters becoming a part of the British Historic Rally Championship on its inception. The Gremlin was loved and loathed in equal measures by competitors but it was always a stern challenge with roads used that had not been used before on Epynt and the surrounding forests and have not been used since. Things did go awry occasionally and I remember one of Den's events where a regularity section came off Epynt down the Cilieni valley to Pentre Bach. We were surprised to find that the tulip road book contained an instruction for a roundabout in the village! Pentre Bach does not and never has had a roundabout.................

In later years Den stepped back from organising duties but was always keen to attend club meeting right up to a nav scatter that was run just after Christmas. He will be missed by us all, he had his moments and his faults but above all he was a very well respected member of the club. Rest in peace Denis, you will be missed.


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.