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2005 Classic Harvest Tour Entry list

All of the entrants pictures have now been uploaded, they're a great reminder of a fantastic
event and we look forward to seeing you again in 2006.
Many thanks to our professional photographer Tony Large for allowing us to use his pictures which
he took on the day. Please have a look at his website where you can buy either prints or hi-res JPG's

Many thanks, Tony Beale - Classic Harvest Tour webmaster

Car Driver Co-Driver   Make/Model Year Reg
1 John Barton Janice Brown Sunbeam Rapier IIIa 1961 YCJ 259
2 Angela Ohren-Bird Pamela Reid Sunbeam Rapier III 1960 700 GAF
3 Neil Lott Chris Slusarski Escort Mexico 1970 XCV 683J
4 Dave Pizzey Martin Madge Austin A40 Farina 1964 CBW 156B
5 Neil Cridland David Parrott Sunbeam Rapier IV 1964 ATU 871B
6 Steve Morris Geoff East Volvo Amazon 131 1967 LHA 360E
7 Ralph Dalton June Kelly Sunbeam Rapier III 1961 357 RPJ
8 Lyle Cathcart Jim Cathcart Volvo Amazon 1966 OGC 27D
9 Paul Eade Chris Devenish MGB GT 1976 NRW 576P
10 Gary Bigwood Julian Marsh Mecedes 230SL 1965 CKL 537C
11 David Park Eunice Park MGB GT 1973 OMG 996L
12 Ralph Lodge Rebekah Kinchin Sunbeam Rapier H120 1968 NMP 444L
13 Tony Beale Susan Bowles Sunbeam Rapier IIIa 1962 7027 DD
14 Robin Shackleton George Shackleton Triumph TR4 1961 93 LNK
15 Terry Powell Janet Powell Jaguar E-Type 1965 CEN 878C
16 Ray Moore Georgie Moore Sunbeam Rapier V 1966 MLC 516D
17 Phil Digweed Maria Digweed Sunbeam Alpine IV 1965 DFY 555C
18 Barbara Morris Margaret Banks Singer SM Roadster 1953 UVS 793
19 Matthew Ollman Peter Gal Sunbeam Alpine 1967 RLU 380E
20 Richard Mitchell Susannah Schraider MGB Roadster 1977 TTL 827R
21 Michael Bird Lucy Bird Triumph TR6 1974 XLH 988N
22 Alistair McCrae Sylvia McCrae MGB GT 1967 SWJ 869F
23 Ian Martingale Stuart Martingale Ford Escort Mk1 1973 OHK 716M
24 Adrian Collins Lys Bowerman Ford Escort Mk2 1980 PLF 224X
25 Barry Blake Nigel
Sunbeam Rapier IV 1966 HHU 42D
26 Tim Sutton Sally Sutton Sunbeam Rapier I 1957 68 AHW
27 Kenneth Edwards Paul Richardson Rover P6 1963 151 FLK
28 Chris Langdon Heather Langdon Mini Cooper S Mk2 1970 RVC 254H
29 Graham Haggis Michelle Harris Triumph Stag 1973 PAN 927L
30 Stephen Brown Simon Platt Ford Escort 1971 DMD 771J
31 Sheila Love Trevor Page Triumph TR3a 1958 XFO 119
32 Richard Sloman Sandra Sloman Ford Cortina GT 1966 NBF 369D
33 Ken Bunyan Janice Bunyan Sunbeam Rapier IV 1964 EPE 456B
34 Simon Green Robert Green Sunbeam Rapier I 1957 871 BKJ
35 Jonathan Bury Chris Grange Porsche 911 1973


36 Francis Roberts Caroline Roberts Triumph TR4 1964 BOD 167C

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Harvest Tour 2005 Picture Gallery

This year we were pleased to have professional photographer Tony Large on board, please visit his website to view his superb selection of pictures.

Tony Large website link
(click on the 'rallying' link)


An early start at the Comfort Inn

Car number 1, first car away at 9.30

One of many controls

A busy control!!

The beautiful Mini Cooper

Time for lunch for Ken and Janice

Barbara and Margaret still smiling after the 2nd leg

Rover 2000

The cars arriving at Basildon House

Porsche 911

1958 Triumph TR3a

Basildon House

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Classic Harvest Tour - The Organisers view


Sticking to its previously tried format, this year's Classic Harvest Tour presented a non-competitive guided tour through the delightful scenery of the Thames Valley, with some optional rally-like features thrown in for those who wanted to get a taste of what classic car rallying can be like. The one notable exception being speed, since, unlike a rally, this event did not require cars to go quickly.

The first rally-like feature (and this one not optional) was a quick vehicle safety check, and many crews were surprised at how thorough this was. However, all cars successfully passed eventually, and their crews could tuck in to the bacon butties provided in order to build up the inner man (or woman) in preparation for the day ahead.


At 09.30 crews began to set off for a gentle run across the bridges at Pangbourne, Henley and Marlow, the first being one of the few privately owned toll bridges left in the country. In addition to running alongside the stretch of the Thames where the Henley regatta is held, this leg took in some spectacular views across the valley and, more importantly gave crews a chance to get used to the Harvest Tour's detailed road book.

A short coffee break was taken in the clubhouse of the busy Booker Airfield before the second leg took crews back towards Pangbourne through the southern edge of the Chilterns. On this leg, crews were introduced to the idea of manned controls where navigational handouts were presented, showing the route to be taken through complicated junctions, although those who chose to ignore them could choose their own route without getting themselves lost.

The first handout introduced the concept of grid references, after which accurate distance reading was needed to find the correct route through a lay-by before another handout gave numbered grid lines to cross, and a third used points of the compass to define the correct route across Rotherfield Peppard common.

Route controls were placed at strategic points to make sure that any crews who were completely confused, could be put back on route. However, the location of one of these attracted crews straight to it, rather than completing a two mile loop before getting to it.


A one and a half hour break at Basildon House gave people an opportunity for some lunch, and look around the cars before starting on the last leg. This took to the lanes of West Berkshire, where the roads can be very twisty, and some of the junctions are extremely tight, so for a while the emphasis was on driving rather than navigating. Never the less accuracy was still required to ensure the correct loops were taken, even though the route was designed such that a mistake would not result in the crew getting lost.


Again the first handout of the leg used grid references, but this time defining the route not to use, and the use of the word NOT had many people confused. Then a crossing grid lines handout created more confusion as it was reversed, and finally there was another 'not via' reference handout. These brought crews to Bucklebury ford where a four-wheel drive vehicle with tow-rope and a large can of WD40 was positioned to help people through. The only thing missing being water - the ford was completely dry, and a big disappointment for some.

The last few miles used some tight bumpy lanes to bring cars back to the start hotel where afternoon tea was enjoyed whilst souvenir awards were presented to every crew.

Happy Rallying.
...and remember, to finish first, first you have to finish.

Terry Schraider


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The Classic Harvest Tour - 2005 Entrants reports

A firstimers view

Some 25+ years ago whilst at Art College in Taunton, Somerset, I drove a grey and black D registration 1966 Sunbeam Rapier Series V, so it was fitting that my first event as a driver (I've done a few as a navigator) should be with the Rapier Owners Club.

My Rapier belonged to my Grandfather and he had donated IT to his grandchildren to learn to drive in when his eyesight began to fail in his late 60s. I remember that 1725cc engine being a bit of a beast for an 18 year old - and thirsty too, even in 1979 it used to cost me almost a 1 to run just over 15 miles a day, although the carburettor was a bit tricky to set up and I never managed to perfect it.

It was a great car and I have many fond memories spending summer holidays visiting scrap yards all over Somerset getting cheap parts and Smiths dials to keep her in one piece and to pass that dreaded annual MOT. My brother fitted an 8 Track machine and one of the few cartridges we owned was Sheer Heart Attack by Queen...sadly it was rust that got the Rapier in the end.

A couple of friends suggested Julian and I come along to this year's Classic Harvest Tour. As a first time driver along with novice navigator Julian Marsh we were going to use Julian's brother-in-laws Mercedes 230Sl, but alas the body shop still had the car on the Friday so had to come in my Ford Focus instead.

We arrived at the Comfort Inn bright and early and had a quick look around at some of the competitors - followed by the days briefing by Terry Schraider and bacon butty and too many cups of coffee. This was the perfect start for the morning ahead. One early tip I should pass on, just have one cup as you won't have time to stop for the next couple of hours.

I had neglected giving the car the once over the day before and the eagle eyed scrutineer found my off side front tyre was borderline, just legal but wouldn't pass an MOT, it was a close call but we were allowed to continue. It was even more embarrassing for me as my navigator Julian Marsh works for the Met.

As we turned up in a modern car we were relegated to the rear of the pack, car 10 was now running 38th. We had plenty of time at the Comfort Inn to watch everyone go off and were looking forward to the morning ahead.



Robin Shackleton and Ralph Lodge had given us a few tips hot on the heels of a recent 4th place in the Isle of Bute Rally in their Ford Anglia. For the Harvest Tour Ralph was joined by his daughter Rebekah as navigator and were using his H120 Rapier, Robin and his son George had blagged an immaculate TR4 for the whole weekend, rumoured to be worth almost 40,000, I think Robin had convinced the owner he needed an extended test drive so went to the Goodwood Revival on Saturday, followed by the Harvest Tour on Sunday.

Anyone new to classic car events will be a little confused by the Tulip map, basically you travel straight ahead unless directed to do otherwise. In addition, we chose to synchronise times given on the route map to the miles travelled to keep up an average speed recommended by the organisers, sounds simple, well I can assure you it's not. Just when you start to get a little confident you overshoot a junction or end up going too fast or too slow. It was good practice for the real thing, and I understand that even experienced crews were caught out a few times on this Harvest Tour.

We realised that the check points placed to keep us on course would probably only be manned for half an hour or so after all the cars had passed so, as the last car out we couldn't afford to get lost too badly otherwise they'd have packed up and moved on.

It didn't take us long before we got lost in Henley, through getting into the wrong lane, but having realised our mistake, we followed some good advice and retraced our steps to the last known position and tried again (slowly), eventually we realised the error of our ways but by then the total timing and miles were completely out, we then decided to click the trip at every junction and keep on going, we arrived late but at least learnt an early lesson, don't sight see and don't go too fast!


We really enjoyed the rest of the morning seeing parts of the home counties we'd never knew existed. We eventually came into Wycombe Air Park with what we thought was about 20 minutes rest before the next leg of the route. By this time I rushed into the Gents and Julian ordered lunch and sat down to plan the afternoons route. The clubhouse was a really pleasant setting with Gliders taking off and helicopters buzzing around. Suddenly we realised we were the only Tour people left in the clubhouse. All that was left were a couple of Doner flyers for a rally out of Gaydon left by Terry Powell, luckily Julian had picked up our afternoon card and off we went towards the Chilterns.


The afternoon saw us settle in and possibly get a little over confident, those tricky little turns marked up 0.16 / 0.03 can really mess things up, I should have taken Robin's advice and got Julian to mark them ahead with a highlighter pen (if we'd had one), they won't get overlooked next time.

Onto Basildon Park - having an extra half hour here gave us the chance to walk around and chat to other competitors and have a closer look at some of the cars all parked up outside the front of house.

The final section of the day ran through the Pang Valley, its all of a blur a day or so later but I remember forests, stud farms and a few tight corners, probably put in for the Rapiers benefit, if I remember the turning circle was quite good, it would have been good to have video'd the cars on one junction as it was almost a 3 point turn - I bet Terry Powell's E-Type had a few problems!

By the end of the day we realised that we'd missed quite a few POP (proof of passage) signs during the Tour but particularly enjoyed the final leg arriving back at the Comfort Inn for a well earned tea and sandwich!

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Terry and his team at the Sunbeam Rapier Owners Club for organising such an enjoyable day out. Its the ideal introduction to classic car rallying. For anyone out there who ever thought shall I have a go, book up for next years Tour now, you'll love it. Its also worth remembering the whole day out is not a lot more than an average restaurant meal for 2!

Gary Bigwood First event as driver
Julian Marsh Navigator (first time out)


An experienced rallyist view

The Sunbeam Rapier Owners Club Competition Department organised the 2nd Classic Harvest Tour on Sunday September 18th 2005. 35 cars including 11 Rapiers had entered the event. My usual Rally Car is the H120 Rapier owned by Ralph Lodge only on this event he had forsaken me to let his daughter take the navigators seat for the 2nd time ever. So without a car or a navigator I arranged to borrow the immaculate Replica Works Triumph TR4 that Clive Manvers had built [Manvers Triumph.01359 244417] and my son George would take the navigators seat. We have been busy during the year in the HRCR Clubman's Challenge so we expected this to be a breeze.



We had not considered Terry Schraider's cunning enough because although the event was billed as a no frills classic tour with a tulip road book, if you chose to try out some of the example navigation provided, there were still a few stings in the tail. The start was from the Comfort Inn near Reading and the first thing to do was to calibrate the trip meter which was straightforward as it is a Retrotrip and easy to do.

This ensures that we have a very accurate device for measuring the actual distance between reference points. This is a non-competitive event, but you can attempt to keep to the suggested time schedule if you wish, bearing in mind that there are no penalties for lateness, which again we thought would be easy but as a driver who is often trying to make up time it was difficult to grasp the concept of 'its OK being late'. My right foot twitched every time we were slow and we did arrive at one control early, breaking a cardinal sin. The run to Wycombe Air Park was straightforward and we found ourselves in the groove, with George getting to grips with the suggested time schedule.


After a quick cup of coffee at the air park we were off on the next leg through the Chilterns, which was a pleasant run through villages like Lower Assendon where the Golden Ball Pub was used in an episode of Midsomer Murders. Cars found themselves spread out and we stuck behind an MG, the driver obviously not realising that if someone is on ones tail one usually pulls over to let them through, we were held up for several miles and not wishing to put the lights and horns on we were more patient and polite than we could ever have managed on an HRCR event!

Then came some sneaky junctions, long way around triangles and code boards carefully placed to lead us off the route. This combined with optional handouts through the window making use of Compass Points, Map References and Grid Lines kept the navigators busy working out the right direction whilst the drivers were eagle eyed for the code boards.

We were doing well and the lunch halt at Basildon Park was marvelous. The new Pride and Prejudice movie was filmed here although there were no Mr. Darcys in evidence. The cars lined up outside the front of the House an original Mini Cooper, a beautiful and rare Series 1 Rapier, an Austin A40, Ford Escorts. MGB's, more Rapiers and a growling Rover P6. Many of these cars had their own Rally pedigree created in the 1960's and 70's.

After lunch it was time to tackle the Pang Valley with its twisty lanes over the chalk downlands, heathland and rolling farmland interspersed with ancient woodlands, Disaster struck we were talking, minds off the event and around the corner we stumbled straight into a control early.....I had not listened to Terry to remember NO PENALTIES FOR LATENESS, my natural instinct to make up time had taken over again. We proceeded along demoralised by such a stupid mistake when in the window came handout No 5...it looked very strange and it took some time to realise that the instructions were back to front.. at last it made sense. The route proceeded to Yattendon where the inter distances suddenly disappeared and were on our old favorite, tulips with no distances. Around the final corner and we were back at the start for a sandwich and coffee.

The TR4 had run beautifully, most cars had completed the route and several had done really well even though they had limited experience. This event is a wonderful introduction to Historic Rallying, if you chose to try the navigation it is certainly not easy, but does give a wide spread of the types of navigation one can come across. The route book is straightforward, thorough and comprehensive. Terry and Helen have put a lot of effort into this event and the very helpful team of marshals need a mention as their cheery smiles never make one feel quite such an idiot when one is told others have made the same mistake. On behalf of all the participants I would like to say a big Thank You to Terry and all his team. Next Year on Sunday 17th September 2006 dust off your car, it does not have to be a Rapier and come and join the fun. I am looking for a car already as the improvement Ralph made with his daughter may mean that I am sacked again next year.....

Driver: Robin Shackleton
Navigator: George Shackleton

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