We are delighted to announce two great additions to the
Rally Round team – Fred Bent and Rhys Nolan.
Fred Bent is well known in the classic rally world, having
vast experience both as an organiser and competitor. He has been Clerk of the
Course on dozens of events from local club rallies to qualifying rounds of the
FIA Historic Regularity Rally Championship, including the Rally of the Tests,
the Irish Classic Trial, the Three Legs of Mann and the Three Castles Welsh
Classic Trial. He has also enjoyed considerable success as a navigator on
events throughout the UK and Europe, including Le Jog, the Classic Malts, the
Classic Marathon, the Winter Challenge, the Winter Trial, the Icelandic Trial
and the 1000 Mile Trial. Perhaps his most notable achievement came in 2006,
when at the Historic Motorsport Awards he was presented with two trophies, as
Navigator/Co-Driver of the Year and as Clerk of the Course on the event voted
Best Road Rally of the Year.
Fred is writing the Road Book for our 2016
Paris-Vienna Rally and says his aim as Clerk of the Course is to provide an
opportunity for every participant to have fun and enjoy the thrill of driving
great cars on super roads through the most spectacular scenery in Europe.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the planet, Rhys Nolan is
finalising the route of our 2016 Haka
Classic Rally in New Zealand. Like Fred, Rhys has been involved with motorsport
for many years, and cherishes the early memory of carrying wheels for Jim
Clark’s 1967 Tasman Series-winning Lotus 33 from paddock to pits. He
subsequently marshalled at national and international race meetings in New
Zealand and competed in hillclimbs, rallies, regularity trials, motorkhanas,
grass track and circuit races. As a teacher’s salary limited his progress in
motorsport he went on to enjoy several years in highly competitive dinghy
sailing and international-level sand-yachting. This took him to the UK, where he
was inevitably bitten by the historic motorsport bug. Returning to NZ in the
late 1980s, he eventually acquired an Alpine A110 Berlinette from Mexico, and
its total restoration prompted an invitation to co-drive another A110 in the
Targa New Zealand tarmac rally, which he has done for many years (he’s pictured
above right with driver Donald Webster).
With his comprehensive knowledge of
New Zealand’s greatest driving roads and countless other attractions, Rhys aims
to make every day of the Haka Classic a truly memorable experience.
You can read more about Fred, Rhys and the other members of
Rally Round team on the Rally Round website – click here.