Well, yet another successful Classic Car Show and all made possible with support from the Brecon & Radnor Express and the efforts beforehand of Mark Weller, Andrew Powell and Sandie Wickens. The set up was completed by hard working Brecon Motor Club members under the watchful eye of chief stewards Geoff Lyons and Gwyneth Williams, soon to be Lyons. The Brill clan and Dave McIntyre were also key to success along with Phil Arnold, David Thomas, Martin Leonard and club chairman Chris Phillips. Aaron Arnold was about too and captured some great moments with his camera. Thanks also to RST and Gwernyfed Rugby Club for their assistance with stewarding and car parking. Last but not least thanks must go to the Sweeney family for making the venue available. Apologies if anyone has been left out, it's not personal!
The year has been very busy so far for Brecon Motor and its members, the Red Kite Rally kicked things off in February and the club marshalled the finish of the Crychan stage. Any chance of getting cold soon disappeared when Dai Block and Glyn parked their BMW in a ditch close them. The resultant effort meant plenty of excercise was had and mud was evenly distributed. Please send any laundry bills to Dai.
The historic section was competitive again and Jason Pritchard opened his account in search of a hatrick of championship wins with second place to a flying Nick Elliott, both in their familiar full house Escorts. Jason suffered a little from a first stage, first corner indiscretion which possibly knocked confidence and lost a handful of seconds.
New member Mike Simpson contested his first rally for 35 years with Dale Gibbons reading the notes and Dale must have wondered what he had let himself in for when they flew off on the same bend as Jason losing a lot of time and even more when they dicovered that a tyre had also punctured. After that warning things settled down and their pretty RS2000 was a model of reliability taking them to a finish with much needed experience in the bank.
Craig Jones didn't compete but the green machine was wheeled out as 0 car. Craig has attended the MSA Safety Car Team training and did a great job for the organisers. He was asked the Thursday before the event and had to change the clutch, change the manifold and swap the suspension to be ready!
The AGM came again and we are now in possession of shiny new chairman. Chris Phillips has stepped into the role and we look forward to getting the much vaunted gazebo! Reputations are now at stake. Seriously, the club needed a boost and Chris should be ideal with his no nonsense approach. There are a number of roles still available to be filled (including secretary) so don't be afraid to speak up if you would like to help.
The Gremlin rally was ressurected at the beginning of March and sincere thanks go to Craig Jones, James Chappelle and Wayne Arrowsmith for bringing it all together. It is a massive challenge to organise an event like that and doing a day job and raising children makes it even harder. On the night it went well with Will Arrowsmith and Ceri Davies taking their third consecutive victory.
Many thanks to Brian & Tim Dennis who supported the rally once again, it is much appreciated and one of rallyings longest running sponsorship agreements. Any proceeds from the rally will be donated to Usk House Hospice, a local charity which we are proud to assist.
Lastly, the club marshalled at the service area on the Tour of Epynt and Bob & Dale Gibbons entered in their lovely Escort Mk1. Bob seems to be getting to grips with it now and dallied around the top ten until a few small issues dropped him back slightly, a great effort nevertheless.