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