Sunday 21st September

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Classic Harvest Tour 2014 Entry list and running order

Car Driver Co-Driver X Make/Model Year Reg
1 Bill Limbrick Celia Limbrick Click to view pictures Volvo 131 Amazon 1969 KER 825G
2 Dorothy Critchley Paul Critchley Click to view pictures MGB GT 1972 MMK 120L
3 Steve Denny Amanda Denny Click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine GT 1966 HRX 133D
4 Ken Edwards Steve Edwards Click to view pictures Triumph Stag 1974 HIA 7917
5 Michael Bird Kevin Hancock Click to view pictures Triumph TR6 1974 XLH 988N
6 Matthew Ollman James Spencer Click to view pictures Sunbeam Alpine 1967 RLU 380E
7 David Diver Hannah Regan Did not show Alfa Romeo GT1600 Junior 1976  
8 Paul Gerring Jan Gerring Click to view pictures Triumph TR5 1968 SAO 440G
9 Andy Simpson Roz Simpson Click to view pictures MGB GT V8 1974 UWY 132N
10 Graham Hallett Trent Clark Click to view pictures Ronart W152 V12 1978 GHH 202
11 Mike Statton Hilary Statton Click to view pictures Austin 1300GT 1972 TND 579K
12 Mark Highfield Julie Highfield Click to view pictures Morgan 4/4 1968 KWM 685G
13 Brian Dwelly Janette Dwelly Click to view pictures Morris Minor 1000 1959 226 ENY
14 Colin Woodage Jason Field Click to view pictures Mini Cooper 1968 MRD 222F
15 Ian Mackenzie Peter Martin Click to view pictures MGB GT V8 1973 OFR 531M
16 Sue Mackenzie Liz Martin Click to view pictures MGB GT V8 1974 THK 500N
17 Paul Burton Arlene Burton Click to view pictures Austin Healey 100/6 1957 664 YUB
18 Sarah Blezard Martin Carpenter Click to view pictures Triumph TR6 1974 GOA 939N
19 Ian Orford Bob Jones Click to view pictures Mantra Murena 1982 MSF 611X
20 Ralph Page Andy Page Click to view pictures TVR S3 1990 H215 POA
21 Joern Schaenzler Andrew Barker Click to view pictures Porsche 911 Carrera 1984 KBN 911
22 Ian Martingale Julie Martingale Click to view pictures Ford Escort 1969 JPP 207G
23 Robert Madge-Miall Lisa Moulder Click to view pictures Volvo Amazon 1967 OUC 1F
24 Steve Morris Rob Thomas Click to view pictures VW Golf 1995  
25 Peter Hickman Joan Hickman Click to view pictures Austin Healey 3000 1960 MPV 158
26 Richard Sloman Steve Weston Click to view pictures Ford Cortina Mk1 1966 NBF 369D
27 M Cook-Butler Terry Butler Click to view pictures BMW E30 M3 1989 F797 KGP
28 Fred Wakeling Frances Wakeling Click to view pictures Porsche 911 Carrera 1984 B397 RLO
29 Neil Lott Darryl Cleevely Click to view pictures Ford Escort Mexico Mk1 1970 XCV 683J
30 Alan Wakeman Gilly Horton Click to view pictures Lotus Elise   XBY 526G
31 Tony Huggett Rita Wilson Click to view pictures Sunbeam Rapier III 1960 KSK 450
32 Amanda Terry Alan Terry Click to view pictures MG TF 2003 R15 APT
33 Lee Vincent Sue Vincent Click to view pictures Riley 1.5 1958 LFF 171
34 Dave Hansford Jill Hansford Click to view pictures Austin Healey 3000 1961 229 OWD
35 Peter Houghton Sheila Houghton Click to view pictures Austin Healey Sprite Mk1 1960 604 XUD
36 Karl Boulton Alan Boulton Click to view pictures Triumph TR6 1969 XYN 29G
37 Peter Fitzgerald Karen Bell Did not show Hillman Imp Van 1969 RVP 93G
38 Eddie Mace Susan Mace Click to view pictures Triumph TR8 1982 JGH 76X
39 Malcolm Grubb Madeleine Grubb Click to view pictures MG Midget 1971 VCD 698J
40 Nick Barnes Danielle Barnes Click to view pictures Austin Healey 100/6 1956 RSJ 526
41 Tony Beale Wendy Gaston Click to view pictures Mazda MX5 Mk1 1993 L973 EWP
42 Simon Robbins Joan Robbins Click to view pictures Reliant Scimitar GTC 1981 HSC 7X
43 Johnson Kane William Kane Did not show Austin A35 1957 306 ATO
44 Michael Hayward May Hayward Click to view pictures Ford Sierra XR4i 1983 A269 MHK
45 David Burton Helen Burton Click to view pictures Mercedes 280SL 1969 BLF 48H
46 Michael Beckley Gillian Beckley Click to view pictures Morgan Plus 8 2000 X88 MOG
47 Richard White Richard Scott Click to view pictures Volvo 1967 GAW 623D
48 Nick Gurney-Sharpe Duncan Mathewson Click to view pictures Mini Cooper S 1967 SMT 76F
49 Steve Edwards Mike Edwards Click to view pictures Rover P6 B 1963 151 FLK
50 Chris Phillips Gethin Phillips Click to view pictures Austin Healey Sprite 1967 JCP 851E
51 Paul Davies Tracy Davies Click to view pictures Porsche Carrera 3.2 1987 D788 UGB
52 Kate Large Jennifer Large Click to view pictures Toyota Yaris 2001 Y974 RJB
53 Ray Guiver Barbara Guiver Click to view pictures MGF 2000 Y241 SPX

Picture Gallery

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

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

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Organiser’s Report

Putting together an event that goes into the Chilterns is never easy. Despite being so close to large areas of habitation the area can seems surprisingly remote and the major difficulty is usually in locating suitable venues for coffee and lunch halts.

So this year we decided to keep both stops just south of the Thames and found two venues we thought would be suitable. So problem solved? – well, not really!

Having found or venues, we set about planning an interesting route between them and, as is our normal approach we then drove the route three times to do an initial rough measurement, then an accurate measurement to build the road book and finally a check on the draft road book to ensure everything had been transcribed properly. After all this, everything was in place. Then a couple of days before the event we drove the route again to produce our customary pot hole report and found that a village we were due to pass through was holding a fun run on the day of our event, and would close most of the roads in the area. A re-route using main roads was the only solution, so more work was required to plan the re-route, draw the tulips and print sufficient copies to be included in the road books.

Our weekend started on Saturday when we arrived at the hotel to set up for signing-on and the navigation training session. This started at 4 o-clock, and 22 people sat through the presentation and tackled the navigation exercises. This was to prove useful for those who had entered the scatter rally later.

Thanks to Mike and Hilary Stratton who had volunteered to scrutineer the cars of those who had entered the scatter, and those who had arrived early to stay in the hotel overnight. After that, 36 people sat down to eat dinner efficiently served by the hotel staff. After dinner, 12 crews set off to do the scatter rally whilst everyone else settled down in the bar. 

The scatter rally required crews to visit up to 12 locations in the local area, using whatever route they wished, within a maximum of one and a half hours. So that gave Helen and I our first opportunity to relax for a while.

Winners of the scatter were Richard White and Richard Scott in the Volvo that they used to do the 2013 Peking to Paris rally. Apparently they felt that the Harvest Scatter was slightly easier than that event.

A sunny Sunday morning saw the arrival of the remainder of the 50 car entry, and the tour got under way smoothly with a trip around the south of Reading, including the hurriedly arranged re-route.

A control just over two miles from the start surprised a few people, and a large triangle further on that required accurate measurement in order to take the correct route resulted in a lot of crews failing to find a proof of passage board.

The Sea Cadets of Training Ship Guardian hosted the morning coffee stop in their headquarters on the bank of the Thames near Henley. This was a popular stop and crews enjoyed sitting on the river bank watching the river traffic in the warm sunshine.

With a couple of exceptions, the next short section used major roads to visit the villages of Holyport, Bray, Taplow and Cookham, and then a short optional map reading section was included before the lunch stop.

As we approached the lunch break venue at Bisham Abbey we saw an enormous queue of traffic heading into Marlow on the route we were to take after lunch. Apparently this was due to some event that was taking place in Marlow High Street. So we had to quickly arrange another re-route to stop the event grinding to a halt in solid traffic.

The afternoon route consisted of 55 miles in the narrow lanes of the Chiltern Hills, using many of the roads that were always included in the night road rallies of the seventies and eighties. Unfortunately, due to our not having as many marshals as we are usually blessed with, controls were well spread out and crews must have wondered whether they were still on route at times.

A final problem thrown at us was a road works traffic light that had been set up since our last reconnaissance, and this provided a substantial delay. Seven minutes for us, but nine minutes for others. Never-the-less, crews arrived back at the hotel at a reasonable time to enjoy the afternoon tea provided and to collect their finishers awards.

By soon after six o-clock everybody had left so we were able to clear everything up before setting off to do some of the route again to collect proof of passage boards, a task that we finally completed the following day.

As ever, this was an exhausting weekend for us but it was made worthwhile by the number of people who took the trouble to personally thank us for our efforts at the finish, and by the various emails we received in the following days.

Now we have a few months off before starting the planning for next year.

Terry Schraider

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Entrant's report - Mike and Hilary Stratton

This was the 11th annual Classic Harvest Tour, organised by Helen and Terry Schraider in association with Windsor Car Club.
The tour was the 15th round of the HRCR Scenic Tours 2014, sponsored by Clayton Classics. Keeping with it’s previous format, the action started on Saturday afternoon at 16.00 hours with a complimentary session on rally navigation.
This PowerPoint presentation covered all the types of rally navigation that would be found on the tour and the scatter rally. It also gave a very good introduction to entrants thinking of moving on to a higher level of Historic Motorsport. During the session, a number of practical tests were issued - just to make sure we had all been listening to teacher Terry!

Scrutineering opened at 18.00 hours for those who had elected to enter the optional scatter rally that would take place after the evening meal. 12 crews had signed up for the 1.5 hour run, with 11 of these taking their route cards at 20.30 hours. One very interesting car entered in the scatter, crewed by locals Richard White and Richard Scott, was a Volvo that had competed on the last Peking to Paris event and was still running on the same set of tyres, despite having covered over 7000 miles! Perhaps because of all this experience, the two Richards came home winners of the scatter rally.

Now to the main tour on Sunday: the organisers had received 53 entries and 50 of these made the start control at the Comfort Hotel Padworth near Reading. A beautiful autumn morning greeted the crews and the display of wide-ranging cars in the car park was quite stunning. Running at Car 10 was the magnificent Ronart W152 powered by a Jaguar 5.3 litre V12 engine, crewed by Graham Hallet and Trent Clark. Another very interesting car was an ex-works Rover P6 B - still with the registration number of 151 FLK - which Steve Edwards was driving with Mike Edwards reading the road book. This car has quite a history, starting life in the 60’s as a mechanical development car; it was then used by the late Tony Cox with works support to clinch two UK rally championships. Around 1972, the original 2-litre engine was replaced with the much more powerful Rover V8 and used by Gary Whitcombe and John Hemsley of Army Team fame. Current owner - dad Ken Edwards - has used the car on 5 Circuit of Ireland Retro Rallies as well as LeJog. Ken is very keen to document the history of this car - if anyone can help fill in the gaps in its life, Ken can be contacted at

At 09.15 hours, Car 1 - the Volvo 131 Amazon of Bill and Celia Limbrick - left MC1 for Section A, entitled Reading Bypass, that would cover 35 miles. To avoid a run down the M4, the route used the very nice roads via Burghfield Common (the village here dating back to the Bronze Age) and then onto Grazeley Green. Sadly, at Tulip 34, a re-route had had to be applied, due to another event taking place which had closed the roads - a big disappointment and more hard work for Helen and Terry. Rejoining the original planned route at Tulip 57, we continued though Sindlesham and then to Shurlock Row - this part of the route containing 2 LWATs - remember yesterday’s lessons! For the uninformed, LWAT stands for ‘long way at triangle’ - get it wrong and you have missed one of the carefully-placed code boards!

Passing through Hare Hatch and Wargrave brought the tour route to MC2 In at the Training Ship Guardian. The Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets of the Training Ship served coffee and cakes at the break - a fine place to take the first pause on the banks of the River Thames in the morning sun. Section B - named The Thames Valley - would use the area between Henley and Marlow, adding another 22 miles to the tour. This section would use the jogularity method of route description - remember the lessons once again! After passing through Aston and Hurley, we were treated to a fantastic sight of a flock of red kites flying above the car. We then traversed some splendid forest roads that took us to Holyport, before the famous village of Bray, known for gorgeous houses and an abundance of fine dining establishments. A crossing of the River Thames brought the crews to MC3.

Leaving MC3, we now had a choice of attempting another optional navigational challenge in the form of a London Map. To those not familiar with this style of route directions, the 7 points marked on a map had to be visited using the shortest route and observing the correct directions of approach. This style of navigation dates back to the first 1951 London Rally - hence the name! We decided to try out our newly-found skills around the roads in the Burnham Beeches, but sadly our results were not good - there were 5 code boards to be recorded on the correct route, but we only found 2! We think the report will read, “Could do better”! For the entrants not wishing to take this challenge, they could follow the road book direct to the lunch halt at Bisham Abbey, which dates back to 1260. Today, the grounds house one of the 5 Sports Centres run on behalf of Sport for England.

After a well-earned rest, Car 1 left the Abbey at 13.38 hours for Section D - Chiltern Hills – the longest section of the day at 55 miles. Another spanner was thrown into the organisers’ works, with congestion being a problem on the river bridge crossing, so a quick re-route took us through the delightful town of Marlow. The terrain had now completely changed, with a lot more hills and forest roads, which were an absolute joy to drive. The route went via Skirmett, Ibstone and Turville Heath to the splendid village of Hambleden. Along the way, the views on this clear day were breathtaking. We then drove past the National Trust’s Greys Court, en route to Highmoor, followed by Stoke Row and Checkendon. In this section, there was also an opportunity to park and visit the Maharajah’s Well. More very quiet interesting roads took the tour route onto the main A4074 to link up with the B4526 towards Goring. After passing the Llama Farm, we arrived in Whitchurch-on-Thames for a final crossing of the river over the newly re-furbished toll bridge that had been re-opened only days before the tour. Fortunately the tolls had been waived for the first 5 days, so we could cross without paying the 40p toll!

Just short of the main A4, was the site of Main Control 5 and the end of the tour. Less than a mile brought the crews back to the Comfort Inn for afternoon tea and the finishers’ awards. When one takes into account all the pre-event problems of “Will the Toll Bridge be finished in time?”, other events closing roads and the Highways Agency ‘helping’ by digging up a main road junction and adding 4-way traffic lights, it took fantastic organisational skills to overcome all these problems. Congratulations to Helen and Terry for another superb weekend, a splendid road book that contained 343 route directions and all the other paperwork to go with it that was first-class. Our thanks also go to all the marshals who gave up their time and worked so hard to make this tour take place. A final comment from Ken Edwards, “I thought it the best so far!”.

Our sincere thanks to Peter Fieldhouse for proof-reading and editing our report.
Hilary and Mike Stratton plus Dippy - Car 11              

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