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This years Tour was a great success with a record 45 entrants enjoying a wonderful day touring the beautiful Berkshire countryside, judging by the compliments received the event was a great success.
Helen, Terry & the Team
"It is difficult to know where to begin to thank you for your organisation of
the Classic Harvest Tour yesterday.
"To be honest, I've little idea of where I've driven for 120 miles,
"I look forward to seeing your photos – especially those of the Ford.
"Congratulations you did it again - super event and kept the challenge going so much
"Many thanks for a splendid day - we thoroughly enjoyed the route,
Follow the links to see pictures of every car entered on this years event, Terry's report and reports from Newcomers Colin and Mark and the experienced crew of Terry and Janet Powell.
2008 Classic Harvest Tour Entry list
|1||Kenneth Edwards||Paul Richardson||Rover P6B||1963||151 FLK|
|2||Matthew Ollman||Peter Gal||Sunbeam Alpine||1967||RLU 380E|
|3||Michael Bird||Brian Morton||Triumph TR6||1974||XLH 988N|
|4||Mel Chittock||Mellie James||Triumph TR3a||1959||PAS 827|
|5||Terry Powell||Janet Powell||Rover V8 3500S||1973||SLF 2L|
|6||Colin Woodage||Mark Church||Morris Mini Cooper||1968||MRD 222F|
|7||John Unwin||Jill Unwin||Reliant Scimitar GTE||1982||TPN 328X|
|8||Yvonne Unwin||Geoff Richards||Reliant Scimitar SSI||1987||E243 WMB|
|9||Edward McLaren||Barbara McLaren||Triumph Roadster||1949||TSJ 346|
|10||Mike Artivich||Jenny Artivich||Mercedes||1972||KFP 292K|
|11||Paul Rogers||Helen Rogers||Mini Cooper S||1967||SRR 84F|
|12||Julian Pacey||Sara Pacey||Austin A40||1968||RBB 681F|
|13||George Shackleton||Robin Shackleton||MGB GT||1972||MAR 190L|
|14||Nick Barnes||Liz Barnes||Austin Healey 100/6||1956||RSJ 526|
|15||Graham Brennan||Adrian Cullimore||Austin Healey 100/4||1955||WAE 387|
|16||Howard Nelson||Beverley Nelson||MG||2002||WA52 NFJ|
|17||Neil Lott||Darryl Cleevely||Escort Mexico Mk1||1970||XCV 683J|
|18||Adam Hieke||Richard Sloman||Triumph GT6||1967||SUF 798H|
|19||Martin Madge||Robert Madge||Volvo Amazon||1966||OUC 1F|
|20||Steve Morris||Trudie Brown||Volvo Amazon 131||1967||LHA 360E|
|21||Barry Redmayne||Anne Redmayne||Triumph TR3a||1959||VFF 252|
|22||Cliff Talkington||Margaret Dunster||Morris Marina 1.8TC Convertible||1975||HGM 518N|
|23||Peter Houghton||Sheila Mawdsley||Austin Healey Sprite MK1||1960||604 XUD|
|24||Richard Scott||Christine Scott||Mercedes 280SL||1968||BLF 48H|
|25||Philip Lloydabbott||Jasmine Vaughan||Humber Hawk||1955||OTM 297|
|26||Nigel Bartram||Tina Bartram||JBA Falcon Tourer||1980||RFK 45W|
|27||John Barton||Janice Brown||Sunbeam Rapier IIIa||1962||YCJ 259|
|28||Ed Chambers||Mags Sizer||MGB GT||1968||RJH 280F|
|29||Lorimer Burn||Richard Duncalfe||Daimler SP250||1960||250 BOL|
|30||Jim Porter||Joe Porter||MG TF||1954||LKU 720|
|31||Ian MacKenzie||Peter Martin||MGB GT V8||1973||OFR 531M|
|32||Sue MacKenzie||Liz Martin||MGB GT V8||1974||THK 500N|
|33||John Smith||Chris Campsall||Suzuki Cappuccino||1994||M510 RWG|
|34||Ian Martingale||Stuart Martingale||Ford Escort||1969||JPP 207G|
|35||Sally Rowe||Adrian Collins||Ford Escort||1981||PFL 224X|
|36||Chris Langdon||Heather Langdon||Morris Mini Cooper S||1970||RVC 254H|
|37||Chris Parkes||Pam Spurling||Saab 96 850 Sport||1964||BNE 252B|
|38||David Walton||Pauline Walton||MGB GT||1967||HMR 531E|
|39||Martin Saunders||Ruth Bardsley||Ford Escort RS2000||1980||YUY 228W|
|40||Tony Brown||Steven Brown||Ford Escort Mexico Mk1||1972||GNK 923L|
|41||Nick Gurney-Sharpe||Andy Sharpe||MGC GT||1968||XUR 497F|
|42||Juliet Holland||Catherine Holland||Austin Mini Cooper||1968||TJJ 808F|
|43||Brian Dwelly||Janette Dwelly||Morris Minor Saloon||1959||226 ENY|
|44||Charles East||Dick Hall||Ford Prefect 107E||1960||XHO 389|
|45||Stephen Brown||Luke Allies||Sunbeam Talbot||1980||PLE 715W|
year we were pleased to have professional photographer Tony Large with us,
please visit his website to view his superb selection of pictures.
Tony Large website link (click on the 'rallying' link)
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Classic Harvest Tour - The Organisers view
After weeks of bad weather it was great to see the sun peeking through the early morning mist as we set out from the start hotel south west of Reading.
The bulk of this year's route took place in the Chiltern Hills, so the first task was to get to the opposite side of Reading using the straightforward and easy to follow tulip road book that took crews via mostly wide open roads around the south of the city and then via the Land's End ford near Twyford where a small crowd had gathered to watch the cars go through. Most managed well with just a couple of crews having to remove their shoes and socks and to push their cars to dry land. Then after crossing the Thames in the beautiful Sonning village, the first leg came to end at the Herb Farm in Sonning Common where crews took a break to enjoy some delicious pastries.
The second leg started with crews being presented with the first of seven navigational challenges. These are just for fun, but they do give navigators some sense of the sorts of navigation they could be confronted with if they took part in a navigational road rally. On the Harvest Tour it makes no difference whether navigators tackle the handouts or not since they only show the correct route through complex junctions and make no difference to the overall route taken.
Much of the second leg passed through ancient Chiltern woodland, over half of which have remained wooded for at least the last 400 years, and by now the sun was streaming through the trees making some beautiful views for the crews as they wound their way first westwards and then back towards the north and east via narrow lanes through the villages of Rotherfield Peppard, Stoke Row, Bix and the Assendons. The leg finished with a run through Gussets Wood where the sharp eyed were able to spot a massive herd of deer in the valley beside the road, as they ran down to the final manned checkpoint.
Lunch was taken in the picturesque village of Hambleden, which is a genuinely beautiful spot. With its brick and flint cottages nestling against a backdrop of the Chiltern Hills and the extensive woodlands of the Hambleden estate it is in every film location scout's address book, listed under quintessential English countryside. 101 Dalmatians and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were filmed here, as were television productions such as The Village Affair, Midsomer Murders and Daniel Deronda.
Many people took lunch in the village pub whilst the remainder ate their picnics in the parking field, which was kindly loaned to the event by the Hambleden estate.
Unfortunately the lunch break was soon over and crews set off on a long loop around the whole area already explored, including visiting some of the higher hills, where spectacular views over Oxfordshire were to be found. Here the wooded areas of leg two were left behind in favour of the open rolling countryside east of Wallingford. But this made no difference to the lanes which continued to be narrow and twisty.
A trip over the toll bridge at Pangbourne finished the event, and weary crews started arriving back at the hotel just after four o-clock for a welcome cup of tea and a snack. All crews that finished were presented with finishers awards and by six o-clock, were off on what for some was a long trip home.
For us another
Classic Harvest Tour had come to an end, and all of the hard work to put the event
on seems to have been worthwhile, as a number of entrants were kind enough to
compliment us. But of course it takes a lot of people to make the event a success,
so I would like to thank everyone involved and hope they enjoyed the day enough
to want to come back again next year.
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The Classic Harvest Tour - 2008 Entrants reports
An experienced rallyist view - Terry & Janet Powell
The 5th Harvest Tour on 21st September, built on the success of the previous tours providing an excellent days motoring for the 45 entrants.
A stunning array of cars were present from Sunbeam Rapiers, MGs through to Mini Coppers and Healeys with the most successful crew of Matthew Ollman & Peter Gal in the Sunbeam Alpine who attempted all of the optional rallying features and gained only 1 penalty, whilst the crew of Ken Edwards and Paul Richardson in the ex works Rover 3500s. had only 2 penalties
As my navigator and I had taken part in the previous tours we decided to change seats which gave me the opportunity to navigate for the first time, and Janet the chance to drive, a number of crews had decided to do this with some very interesting results.
Starting from The Comfort Hotel just south of Theale in Berkshire the route was through some wonderful Berkshire countryside, the choice of going through a ford was taken by most crews, with an alternative route if required, the coffee halt at Richard Scott's Herb Farm at Sonning Common was a welcome break on a lovely sunny day.
The next section took us through the lanes of the Chilton valley and a lunch halt in the picturesque village of Hambleden, famous for featuring in such films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and 101 Dalmatians. The Stag and Hounds pub where lunch was arranged had been pre booked via the organisers for those who wanted a meal.
The final section was more woodland lanes dappled with sun, soaring Red Kites in the distance and quiet Chiltern villages, thence back to the Comfort Hotel where tea and sandwiches were laid on while the crews chatted about their day and the results were calculated.
The road book was easy to follow, with navigational hints and concise descriptions, the organisers had introduced an optional personal challenge that took the form of hand outs at various controls that gave alternative routes and the use of false code boards, even some of the experienced crews found this difficult to say the least.
Congratulations are due to the crews with the least number of penalty points, commiserations to Robin and George Shackleton who won the Ecurie Golden Boot award for the worst placed experienced crew who changed seats, a most pleasing result, Robin, navigating, managed to take an incorrect route, miss read instructions and many other misdemeanours, perhaps he should stick to dog breeding and his lawnmower sales.
This is a great event for novices and experienced crews alike, next year we shall be back, we would not miss it, Terry and his Team should be congratulated on the smooth running of this friendly, value for money day out.
Terry and Janet Powell
A novice’s view – Colin Woodage and Mark Church
The 2008 Harvest Tour marked our third time on the event, unlike the two previous tours in which we just followed the route on the road book and not attempting any personal challenge handouts.
This time we decided to give them a go and see what happens. Much to our surprise we completed the event with only 6 penalty points. To date our best result.
We put this down to taking a more steady pace and attempting the personnel challenges, as not doing them soon mounts up unwanted penalty points.
Once again as on previous tours a great route was found by the very professional and friendly organizing team.