| Entry List | Picture Gallery | The Organisers View | Entrants Reports |
Return to Front Page
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.
2007 Classic Harvest Tour Entry list
|1||Phil Digweed||Maria Digweed||Sunbeam Alpine SIV||1965||DFY 555C|
|2||Michael Bird||Lucy Bird||Triumph TR6||1974||XLH 988N|
|3||Matthew Ollman||Peter Gal||Sunbeam Alpine||1967||RLU 380E|
|4||Colin Woodage||Mark Church||Morris Mini Cooper||1968||MRD 222F|
|5||Paul Richardson||Kenneth Edwards||Rover P6||1963||151 FLK|
|6||Richard Mitchell||Susannah Schraider||MGB Roadster||1977||TTL 827R|
|7||Keith Phillips||Lesley Miller||Morgan 4/4||1963||XSV 379|
|8||Mel Chittock||Mellie James||Triumph TR3a||1959||PAS 827|
|9||Mike Artivich||Jenny Artivich||MGB Roadster||1972||KFP 292K|
|10||Neil Lott||Darryl Cleevely||Escort Mexico Mk 1||1970||XCV 683J|
|11||Steve Morris||Trudie Brown||Volvo Amazon 131||1967||LHA 360E|
|12||Martin Madge||Robert Madge||Volvo Amazon||1967||OUC 1F|
|13||John Barton||Janice Barton||Sunbeam Rapier IIIa||1961||YCJ 259|
|14||Richard Sloman||Sandra Sloman||Ford Cortina Mk1||1966||NFB 369D|
|15||Paul Rogers||Helen Rogers||Mini Cooper S||1967||SRR 84F|
|16||Laurence Jacoby||Julia Jacoby||Volvo Amazon 122S||1964||BFL 118B|
|17||Terry Powell||Janet Powell||Rover P6 V8||1973||SFL 2L|
|18||Ralph Dalton||June Dalton||Sunbeam Rapier IIIa||1962||7027 DD|
|19||John Unwin||Jill Unwin||Reliant Scimitar GTE||1982||TPN 328X|
|20||Pete Morris||Helen Morris||Porsche 911S||1973||7 GNP|
|21||Cliff Talkington||Margaret Dunster||Morris Marina TC Conv||1975||HGM 518N|
|22||Dave Lucas||Vi Lucas||Subaru Justy||1984||D292 KUE|
|23||Barry Redmayne||Anne Redmayne||Triumph TR3a||1959||VFF 252|
|24||David Rouget||Anne Rouget||MGA FHC||1958||WGH 708|
|25||Julian Pacey||Sara Pacey||Sunbeam Alpine SV||1968||RBB 681F|
|26||Jeremy Hunter||Robin Hunter||Daf 66 Marathon Coupe||1974||VXG 966N|
|27||Tony Borrough||Daniel Borrough||Sunbeam Rapier V||1967||JLT 701E|
|28||Ed Chamders||Mags Sizer||Morris Minor Traveller||1968||RJH 280F|
|29||Graham Brennan||Adrian Cullimore||Austin Healey 100/4||1955||WAE 387|
|30||Nick Harrison||Glen Mason||Hillman Hunter GLS||1972||FPM 497L|
|31||Cliff Doe||Julie Doe||Riley 1.5||1962||336 YBH|
|32||Heather Olsen||Tim Olsen||Morris Mini Cooper S||1965||528 EMO|
|33||Richard Prescott||Ellen Prescott||Austin A35||1958||SER 429|
|34||Jon Daniel||Lela Daniel||MGB||1973||UYO 274M|
|35||Richard Moss||Natalie Moss||Sunbeam Rapier SIIIa||1963||464 FXW|
|36||Geoff Glover||Kay Glover||Sunbeam Tiger||1965||DYW 171C|
|37||Terry Secker||Pip Secker||MGC GT||1968||TRK 466F|
|38||Nick Barnes||Liz Barnes||Austin Healey 100/6||1956||RSJ 526|
|39||Yvonne Unwin||Geoff Richards||Reliant Scimitar SSI||1987||E243 WMB|
|40||Tony Childs||Jane Child||MG TF||1955||RSK 796|
|41||Martin Moore||Graham Moore||MGB GT||1974||XCP 483N|
|42||Andrew Spindlow||Sarah Spindlow||Reliant Scimitar GTE SE6a||1979||BRD 344T|
|43||Peter Grist||Bob Jackson Turner||MGB GT V8||1974||WJX 72M|
|44||Johnson Kane||William Kane||Volvo PV 544||1962||WFF 261|
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)
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.
Return to top of page
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.
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