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This years Tour was a great success with all 44 entrants showing up and enjoying a wonderful day touring the beautiful Berkshire countryside, judging by the compliments received you certainly enjoyed the day.
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2007 Classic Harvest Tour Entry list

Car Driver Co-Driver X Make/Model Year Reg
1 Phil Digweed Maria Digweed Click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine SIV 1965 DFY 555C
2 Michael Bird Lucy Bird Click to view pictures Triumph TR6 1974 XLH 988N
3 Matthew Ollman Peter Gal Click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine 1967 RLU 380E
4 Colin Woodage Mark Church Click to view pictures Morris Mini Cooper 1968 MRD 222F
5 Paul Richardson Kenneth Edwards Click to view pictures Rover P6 1963 151 FLK
6 Richard Mitchell Susannah Schraider Click to view pictures MGB Roadster 1977 TTL 827R
7 Keith Phillips Lesley Miller Click to view pictures Morgan 4/4 1963 XSV 379
8 Mel Chittock Mellie James Click to view pictures Triumph TR3a 1959 PAS 827
9 Mike Artivich Jenny Artivich Click to view pictures MGB Roadster 1972 KFP 292K
10 Neil Lott Darryl Cleevely Cick to view pictures Escort Mexico Mk 1 1970 XCV 683J
11 Steve Morris Trudie Brown Click to view pictures Volvo Amazon 131 1967 LHA 360E
12 Martin Madge Robert Madge Click to view pictures Volvo Amazon 1967 OUC 1F
13 John Barton Janice Barton Click to view pictures Sunbeam Rapier IIIa 1961 YCJ 259
14 Richard Sloman Sandra Sloman Click to view pictures Ford Cortina Mk1 1966 NFB 369D
15 Paul Rogers Helen Rogers Click to view pictures Mini Cooper S 1967 SRR 84F
16 Laurence Jacoby Julia Jacoby Click to view pictures Volvo Amazon 122S 1964 BFL 118B
17 Terry Powell Janet Powell Click to view pictures Rover P6 V8 1973 SFL 2L
18 Ralph Dalton June Dalton Click to view pictures Sunbeam Rapier IIIa 1962 7027 DD
19 John Unwin Jill Unwin Click to view pictures Reliant Scimitar GTE 1982 TPN 328X
20 Pete Morris Helen Morris Click to view pictures Porsche 911S 1973 7 GNP
21 Cliff Talkington Margaret Dunster Click to view pictures Morris Marina TC Conv 1975 HGM 518N
22 Dave Lucas Vi Lucas Click to view pictures Subaru Justy 1984 D292 KUE
23 Barry Redmayne Anne Redmayne Click to view pictures Triumph TR3a 1959 VFF 252
24 David Rouget Anne Rouget Click to view pictures MGA FHC 1958 WGH 708
25 Julian Pacey Sara Pacey Click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine SV 1968 RBB 681F
26 Jeremy Hunter Robin Hunter Click to view pictures Daf 66 Marathon Coupe 1974 VXG 966N
27 Tony Borrough Daniel Borrough Click to view pictures Sunbeam Rapier V 1967 JLT 701E
28 Ed Chamders Mags Sizer Click to view pictures Morris Minor Traveller 1968 RJH 280F
29 Graham Brennan Adrian Cullimore Click to view pictures Austin Healey 100/4 1955 WAE 387
30 Nick Harrison Glen Mason Click to view pictures Hillman Hunter GLS 1972 FPM 497L
31 Cliff Doe Julie Doe Click to view pictures Riley 1.5 1962 336 YBH
32 Heather Olsen Tim Olsen Click to view pictures Morris Mini Cooper S 1965 528 EMO
33 Richard Prescott Ellen Prescott Click to view pictures Austin A35 1958 SER 429
34 Jon Daniel Lela Daniel Click to view pictures MGB 1973 UYO 274M
35 Richard Moss Natalie Moss Click to view pictures Sunbeam Rapier SIIIa 1963 464 FXW
36 Geoff Glover Kay Glover Click to view pictures Sunbeam Tiger 1965 DYW 171C
37 Terry Secker Pip Secker Click to view pictures MGC GT 1968 TRK 466F
38 Nick Barnes Liz Barnes Click to view pictures Austin Healey 100/6 1956 RSJ 526
39 Yvonne Unwin Geoff Richards Click to view pictures Reliant Scimitar SSI 1987 E243 WMB
40 Tony Childs Jane Child Click to view pictures MG TF 1955 RSK 796
41 Martin Moore Graham Moore Click to view pictures MGB GT 1974 XCP 483N
42 Andrew Spindlow Sarah Spindlow Click to view pictures Reliant Scimitar GTE SE6a 1979 BRD 344T
43 Peter Grist Bob Jackson Turner Click to view pictures MGB GT V8 1974 WJX 72M
44 Johnson Kane William Kane Click to view pictures Volvo PV 544 1962 WFF 261

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

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


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Classic Harvest Tour - The Organisers view

This year's Classic Harvest Tour had a wonderful family feel to it, with most of the marshalling crews and no less than 31 of the 44 entries consisting of family teams. This was probably one of the reasons why everyone was in such good humour and that, in turn, made the whole day enjoyable, not only for the entrants but also for the marshals and organisers.

After the usual vehicle checks and some bacon butties, crews set out from the start near Reading on a gentle run which roughly followed the course of the Kennet and Avon canal. This section mainly used open roads, and gave crews plenty of opportunity to learn how to follow the detailed Harvest Tour road book. Like the previous three Tours the road book had been designed to try to ensure that it would be very difficult to get lost and even the very young navigators on the event soon got used to it.


The first section ended at Crofton Pumping Station off the A338 south of Hungerford.Here crews had forty minutes to stroll around the historic site, and take advantage of the excellent home made cakes available in the café.

The second section began with a trip along Chute Causeway, a curved Roman road that provides splendid views over Wiltshire, Berkshire and Hampshire, after which crews were issued with the first of a series of navigational handouts designed to show newcomers to rallying the sort of things that could be encountered on classic road rallies. On this event they are purely optional and only define ways through complex junctions. So whether crews try to solve them or not it makes no difference to their ability to follow the route. So as they drove via the picturesque villages of St Mary Bourne and Ashmansworth, those who wanted to, tackled instructions based on crossing odd and even grid lines and on a straight line diagram.

At lunch time the event was given permission to assemble in the Newbury Town Square pedestrian precinct, and particular thanks should go to the members of Newbury's Dolphin Motor Club who volunteered to help ensure the safety of the many spectators who turned up to view the cars as well as the security of the cars themselves. As a result of their work crews were able to relax and enjoy lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants surrounding the square.

The last section set off westwards from Newbury before skirting around the north of the town and then using most of the roads between the A4 and the M4 on the way back to the start/finish venue. Again navigational handouts were made available for those who wished to try them, this time using compass directions and map references as well as another straight line diagram, presented as a picture of a Sunbeam Rapier.

By 4 o'clock crews were making there way back into the start/finish hotel to swap tales of daring do over afternoon tea. They were then all presented with a souvenir award and were soon on their way home grateful of an early start on what for many was a very long journey.

The organising team were delighted to receive a number of positive comments from entrants and would like to thank the many marshals who helped to make the event such a success.

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The Classic Harvest Tour - 2007 Entrants reports

An experienced rallyist view - Cliff & Julie Doe

My first Historic event was the 1992 Highland Fling Rally, a five day event based in Aviemore. The previous autumn a friend of mine suggested we take up the sport in his 1958 MGA Twin Cam. He had driven on UK night rallies during the 80's in a Midget and I had some experience of night rallying in Germany in the early 70's in an Austin Maxi. It seemed a good idea.

I undertook a correspondence course in rally navigation and encouraged by my performance felt that the rest of the cobwebs would be cleared away during some genuine competition. However, there remained some serious doubts with regard to the aspect of timing and particularly with regard to something called regularity. No one we knew could tell us anything about it, but by reading various articles we felt we would manage alright with our stop watches provided we purchased a Halda trip meter. However by the start of the first event it was quite clear that we were still in the dark.

If only there had been a 1991 Classic Harvest Tour!


My present rally car, a 1962 Riley 1.5, has competed in many events in the past, but now rests in semi-retirement for one reason or another; so it seemed a good idea to get back to basics via some non-competitive motoring on some of England's pleasant country roads.

The final instructions arrived and we were both pleased to see that there were a number of stops for tea and coffee, and even bacon butties on offer prior to the start. Things were really looking up. Scrutineering on the day was performed efficiently without the normal zeal of some event scrutineers and we managed to find parking outside the Comfort Hotel, which was the start and finish venue. Luckily I had some newspaper to catch the oil which the engine thinks it doesn't need.


Starting at car 31 we noted the departure direction of car 30 and figured that he was correct in going left. The first 36 mile morning section took us west to Crofton Pumping Station housed in a Grade 1 listed building by the Kennet and Avon Canal roughly 6 miles SW of Hungerford. The pumping station provides the power to pump water to the summit of the canal, some miles away, where it provides a continuous supply to assist the passage of boats. Apparently, every time the lock gates open, 73,000 gallons of water disappears downstream.

All was going well on the first section until a forked tulip was mis-read and we headed off to Greenham Common! On regaining our composure, we found ourselves baulked by two later cars. Hee-ho, at least the tea at Crofton was refreshing. The car park attendant there was up to his job checking we all paid, but cannot have witnessed so many cars in his car park before!


The next 35 mile section to the lunch halt at Newbury took us first onto the Chute Causeway, a first for the crew of Car 31. The instructions told us to enjoy the experience of the stunning views from this Roman road - and we certainly did. The instructions failed to mention however that we were soon to be in the land of the Personal Challenge. These were not of Roman origin, but were little tests of our lateral thinking, and once attempted, would take us on slightly different routes at certain junctions, giving us cause to record different code boards, thereby giving proof to having met the Challenge.

We paused to examine the first handout and the Navigator decided she didn't want any more personal challenges that day other than to follow the road book; so we forged upwards and onwards to Café One on Newbury Town Square for lunch; but not before the route took us past every signpost that was ever made to direct people to Faccombe, a lovely village.

Lunch over it was time to collect the oil-stained paper again and head back to the finish via the Pang Valley where a cunning alternative route for those who chose not to swim the River Pang was provided with an instruction to approach the post-Pang junction from the SW. At that point, the sun disappeared and the compass-less Riley managed to achieve a wrong approach. I was on the point of letting off steam when I was reminded that it was just good fun and that I should have seen the Marshall facing the other direction of approach! Remembering the old adage of 'Navigators tell Drivers where to go', we pressed on towards the finish via the spectacular avenue of oak trees at Bucklebury, the only part of the route which was familiar to us.

After much quenching of thirsts, we were read the Riot Act by Terry (sorry, given the results), and the finishers medals were presented to us by Helen. Terry and Pip Secker, our hosts for the weekend, had secured a long overdue best personal score, having met all the challenges, and with our approach of just enjoying the scenery we had finished just where we were seeded.


A very well managed event over some truly outstanding countryside. The Marshalling was comprehensive and for those who tried the navigational challenges, the results were quickly and expertly handled. We really enjoyed our first experience of the Harvest and will be back for another personal challenge next year. This is indeed a superb introduction to Historic rallying and should be on the 'Things to do' list of anyone with a classic car and a sense of adventure.

Cliff & Julie Doe

 

A novice’s view – Ralph and June Dalton

An early rise for us on Sunday was followed by a pleasant 45 minute run through the backroads of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, and that was only getting to the start of this year's Harvest Tour; surely one of the best run events of its type in the UK. Others were more determined, having come from far flung corners of England. This was the 2nd year we attempted the run, but the first time we have tried to keep to the suggested timetable. So how did we do?

Well Terry maintains that in order to finish first, first you have to finish. At least we achieved the finish!


We actually only wrong-slotted once, early on, when heading for Greenham Common runway. That was a shame really, for it was about the only time that I was late enough to avoid being early into the manned control, one of many on this years tour, thanks to the army of much needed volunteers.

June had decided as soon as I mentioned it that she was NOT going to do any timing - so I drove and operated the stop watch whilst she wrestled with the sometimes devious, always entertaining tulip roadbook. I was secretly looking over at her pages so I would be familiar with the junctions and this seemed to have the effect that I was always at least a few secs early at the controls, rather than dawdling and getting there on time. Having NOT read the final instructions, I had forgotten that lateness was acceptable, but being early was frowned upon as it meant I was going too fast!


The best thing about Terry's course was the amazing scenery we were confronted with, especially the fabulous vistas on the old roman road, the first curved one I have ever come across. A stop at the Crofton pumping station gave a swathing view over the canal, I love industrial archaeology and I had a good look around before settling down to tea and cakes in the pleasant company of Richard and Sandra Sloman (Cortina) and John Barton and his partner (Rapier IIIa). We all stopped for petrol at the allotted garage, our IIIa Rapier, being the same sage and velvet green colour as John's made a lasting image on the forecourt. Richard and Sandra were late at the lunchtime control as they took rather too long to fill their trusty steed.

The town centre gathering of all the event cars generating much local interest, whilst we ate at a canalside hostelry. Many were caught out on the route away from Newbury despite the excellent maps in the roadbook, I think mainly because they had failed to spot the appropriate page! However June did a great job of guiding us through the afternoon. Any bits of paper handed through the window were dealt with in June's inimitable style - they ended up on the floor! So much for our personal challenges, however it was probably best as it kept the air from turning blue on a few occasions! The LWAT instructions were renamed to "Look out! - Wrong Approach, Twit" If you want to know what it really means, then you'd better book yourself onto the next tour which is already half full.

We made it to the finish despite the odd horse-box, Sunday driver and flooded ford, and We enjoyed the prize-giving over a coffee before wending our way through the back-roads (avoiding the M4 turmoil thank goodness).

As ever, our thanks go to Terry, Helen and his incredible team for organizing such a stunning event.

Ralph and June Dalton

 

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