to submit an entry form were David and Julia Harrison (pictured below with their 1958 Porsche
356A, aka ‘Molly’), swiftly followed by Australian Frank Bird, who drove last
year’s Thunder Dragon Rally in a pre-war Willys Sedan but will tackle our Japanese
adventure in a classic 1972 Jensen Interceptor. Fellow Aussie Malcolm Rose is
bringing his 1967 Mustang Convertible while Roger Allen and Maggie Gray have
yet to declare what they will drive.
in their well-travelled 1934 Talbot 95, while England’s Paddy Walker hasn’t yet
revealed whether he will bring the 1937 Buick Coupe in which he and Richard
Cunningham won the Spirit of the Rally award in Bhutan. From Portugal, Fellow
Thunder Dragon participants Maria and Jose Romao de Sousa also have a car
conundrum, torn between their 1956 MG and the 1968 Volvo with which they won our
Road to Mandalay Rally in 2014; either way, they have given Rally Round such a
glowing report that friends Mario and Anna Faldini are coming too.
Ulrich Wartenweiler and Hana Sauer haven’t confirmed their car and nor have our
German pals Gerd and Birgit Buhler, but Rudi and Helga Friedrichs are bringing
their beautifully prepared 1932 Alvis Speed 20. It won’t be the only example of
the marque if Herman and Vera de Jong decide to enter the 1937 Speed 25 they
drove in Burma, and they won’t be the only Netherlands crew as we’re also looking
forward to seeing Bert Kersten and former Paris-Madrid competitor Cees Willemse,
both of whom have yet to nominate their car and co-driver.The list goes on, with places already reserved for Charles and
Nellie Bishop, Bill and Biddy Bolsover, Adrian and Barbara Shooter, Hans
Middleberg, Maria Desara and Adrian Berry. We’ll also be happy to see Xavier del
Marmol and Ines Bodmer return with their revitalised 1937 Chevrolet Master
DeLuxe, and to welcome back Dean and Kendal Golding, who made their rally debut
on the Road to Mandalay with a 1969 Rolls-Royce Corniche found on Ebay; we may
expect to see a sportier set of wheels on the start line in Fukuoka!
Will you be there too? Entries are still pouring in to Rally Round HQ, so to avoid disappointment we strongly advise you to contact us as soon as
possible. In the meantime we are delighted to announce the appointment of two
highly experienced rally officials – Peter Rushforth as Route Designer and
Clerk of the Course (see the Rally Round Team page on our website for more details),
assisted by Deputy CoC John Bayliss, who will also handle the Results. They
will both be flying out to Japan at the end of June to drive the entire route
and write the roadbook. You may of course peruse the event itinerary, along with the regulations and a useful Q&A, by
downloading the brochure on our Samurai Challenge event page, or by
requesting a hard copy from the Rally Round office (don’t forget to include your
postal address). We look forward to hearing from you!
where we hope to see lots of friends old and new. If you don’t have a
ticket for this wonderful event you can still catch the action online – click here.