Presentation by Mike Harrison & John Bloxham
It's that time of year once again. The dust has been blown off the maps and my team are beavering away planning our 2017 event.
The plans for 2017 Tour of Cheshire are well advanced for the activities on Saturday 4th March 2017 and the prologue of scruntineering and an evening of plotting and socialising on Friday 3rd March.
Fortunately the plans for building on Beeston Cattle market have not progressed, which is good news for us - not so good for Wright Marshall ( to whom we are most grateful for its use) and as you always seem to enjoy the Beeston tests we will be going there for a testing time on Saturday as well as the usual Friday scruntineering.
The route is planned and fully measured. We will be starting and finishing as usual at the Bickerton Poacher and believe it or not, I found some more 'new' roads and great regularities for you. Also new test venues, plus some old favourites.
The regulations will become 'live' mid December and entries will open at 09:00 hrs on January 3rd 2017.
For more updates check out this website.
My team and I look forward to seeing you all in Cheshire for our 2017 event on 4th March.
A few of Tim Sawyer's 2016 pics
Show off! - He only needs three wheels
Don't 'wrong slot' on this test - OR Else
A40 in a BIG hurry
Pirouetting around the cones
Hang on DAD! - That's the 4th bath this week
MK1 Escort - Getting the power down
Come on Pop - Shape yourself - Turn LEFT
Step on the GAS man
This is our historic daylight road rally which first ran in 2004. The format is typically about 12 ‘Special Tests’ on private land and 6 to 8 Regularity Sections on the public roads joined up by relaxed Transport Sections. Total mileage is about 140 and largely within the county of Cheshire although we have had excursions into adjacent counties and even into Wales.
Graham Maxwell was the event’s originator and he was Clerk of the Course in 2004, with Nigel Raeburn taking over from 2005. Nigel had responsibility for the road sections and Shon Gosling (Assistant CoC) for the special tests. In 2009 Mike Harrison took over as CoC with Lorna Harrison i/c admin and road sections and Duncan Wild i/c the tests.
From its outset we have tried to make the event more than just a good rally but a real ‘occasion’ with scenic venues and route, good quality food at lunch and the finish, coffee and tea (or even ice cream!) stops and a sense of history created by the presence of many rally stars of old who come along to marshal, present awards etc.. Alan Jolley has done a great job persuading so many old timers to come along and we have had awards presented by Roy Fidler, Russell Brookes, Tony Fall, Barrie Williams, John Bloxham and Stuart Turner and others as well as ‘cabaret’ spots by Tony Mason, Stuart Turner, Peter Valentine and Barrie Williams and others while waiting for the results to be finalised.
The event is a round of the HRCR (Historic Rally Car Register) Clubman Rally Championship and the ANWCC Historic Road Rally Championship which has assured us of a good entry in both quality and quantity with competitors coming from all corners of the country. The cars have to be pre-1985 which means they are mostly sports cars like MGAs, MGBs, Austin Healeys, Spridgets, TRs etc or Minis, Mk 1 Escorts, Cortinas, Rapiers etc – which make a fine sight when all are gathered at the start or finish. We have managed to get close to a full field of 75 cars most years.
Our Test venues have included some famous Cheshire locations (Capesthorne Hall, Tatton Park, Jodrell Bank, Oulton Park, Cholmondeley Castle etc) and some less notable like Middlewich Sewage Works! In 2008 we ran a super 18 mile Time Control section at Swynnerton Army Camp. We have a good relationship with the Bolesworth Castle Estate near Tattenhall who have provided us with a number of good venues. Recent events have used Beeston and Shrewsbury Cattle Markets and the ‘Tarmac’ factory site at Delamere as popular test venues. In 2004 the Rally HQ and start/finish was Radbroke Hall but for 2005 we moved to Cranage Hall, a conference centre near Holmes Chapel, in 2009 we had a split signing-on/start/finish with Demon Tweeks/Tattenhall/Booths Hall and in 2010 we moved to the Wild Boar Hotel at Beeston and we have stayed there until 2014 when we moved to a nearby pub, the Bickerton Poacher.
We are very grateful to the varied array of sponsors who have helped the event either financially or materially – the finances of such an event are a delicate balancing act. We need around 200 marshals to run it effectively and are grateful to our own members and those of other Clubs who make this possible. A key feature of our event has been our link with the North West Air Ambulance charity and we have raised in excess of £20,000 for their much-needed funds.
Nigel Raeburn - 12th November 2016
Previous Winners - Tour of Cheshire
|2016||Matt Warren||Andy Pullan||MK1 Ford Escort|
|2015||Matt Warren||Guy Woodcock||MK1 Ford Escort|
|2014||Andrew Mallagh||Paul Harley||Porsche 911|
|2013||Matthew Warren||Cath Woodman||MK1 Ford Escort|
|2012||John Ruddock||David Taylor||MK1 Ford Escort|
|2011||Howard Warren||Cath Woodman||Porsche 911|
|2010||Howard Warren||Cath Woodman||Porsche 911|
|2009||Neil Dowie||David Taylor||Triumph GT6|
|2008||Bob Taylor||Jeanne Taylor||Austin Mini|
|2007||Paul Hernaman||"Crow"||Porsche 911|
|2006||Jim Deacon & Dave Wilson||Escort RS2000||Peter & James Opie||Triumph TR3A|
|2005||Nick Payne & Anthony Preston||Ford Cortina MK1||Mike Tomlin & Peter Ward||Alvis TL 12/60|
|2004||Adam Wiseberg & Cath Woodman||Porsche 911||No Clubmans this year||:|
The Historic Rally Car Register
2017 HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship
Consisting of 13 events
Tour of Cheshire
|March 26th||North Yorkshire Classic||Yorkshire|
|April 9th||Ilkley Jubilee||Yorkshire|
|May 13th||Leukaemia Rally||South Wales|
|June 4th||Hughes Rally||Kent|
|June 18th||East Anglian Classic||Norfolk|
|July 2nd||White Rose Classic||N & E Yorkshire|
|July 22nd||Ross Traders||Hereford|
|August 6th||St Wilfrids Classic||Yorkshire|
|September 2nd||Vale of Clwyd Classic||North Wales|
|September 23rd||HERO Challenge||Worcester|
|October 7th||Devils Own||Lakeland|
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