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LIZ WENMAN
RALLY DIRECTOR

Rally Round’s founder and Director is a genuine motorsport enthusiast. Having previously followed Superbikes, Liz has been involved with historic cars for many years alongside her husband and stepson, both of whom compete. Liz has driven on several events from the Pyrenees Rally to the Tour of Wessex and has navigated on the 2003 and 2007 Mille Miglia, the Rallye des Alpes and the 2010 Peking-Paris. It was that experience that inspired her to set up her own rally company, focusing on customer care and relaxed competition, allowing ample time to socialise and explore the wonders of the world. Liz originally trained as a research biochemist but subsequently ran a successful hospitality business, organising more than 150 events from weddings and art exhibitions to music festivals and fireworks displays. An active member of the Royal Geographical Society, she also has extensive experience in travelling and working abroad. Rally Round’s success is based on her superb organisational skills, extensive experience in business management, customer service and marketing, common sense, humour, enthusiasm and spirit of adventure.

KIM BANNISTER

Kim is the latest appointment to the Rally Round team and is already playing a key role in event planning and organisation. Renowned route designer, experienced MSA Steward and Clerk of the Course on countless international events including four Peking to Paris Motor Challenges, seven Flying Scotsman Rallies, three Classic Safaris, three World Cups, two Trans America Challenges, the Lombard Rally and much more. Kim’s knowledge, diplomacy and attention to detail are hugely valuable assets, and his experience is exceptional. From Asia to Africa, Europe and the Americas, the list of countries he has rallied through is too long to list.

Kim developed his passion for cars and rallying at a tender age, joining the Craven Motor Club and competing from the age of 15. The following year he began an apprenticeship as a mechanic and rapidly rose through the ranks into car sales, dealer management and consultancy while simultaneously indulging his love of motorsport at all levels. In 2005, after more than 12 successful years in the motor trade, a call from Heidi Winterbourne presented an opportunity to move into full-time rally organisation. Kim immediately gave up his automotive consultancy directorship to work on the 2007 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. The resounding success of that event led him to design the route and act as Clerk of the Course on four more Peking to Paris rallies and many other events. Kim has established himself as one of the world’s most experienced route designers.

Following Heidi’s resignation in 2012 and the unfortunate death of Philip Young in 2014, Kim recognised the need for a fresh approach to classic rallying. He was therefore pleased to receive another call, this time from Rally Round, which offered exactly that – sporting events for enthusiasts who want to explore and enjoy distant lands without the pressures of relentless, car-breaking competition. “It’s an honour to be part of such a talented and enthusiastic team,” he says. “They’ve worked really hard to establish Rally Round as a standard-setting organisation, meeting the need for exciting, safe and sociable rallies and focusing on customer service. I’m sure that’s the way forward for classic rallying, and I’m looking forward to exploring new horizons and contributing to the success of future events, including some that I’ve always dreamed of organising… I can hardly wait!”

FRED BENT

Route designer for Paris-Amsterdam 2018 and Clerk of the Course on the 2017 Paris-Prague and 2016 Paris-Vienna rallies, Fred knows what it takes to create a great event, having vast experience both as an organiser and a competitor. He has been Clerk of the Course at dozens of events from club rallies to qualifying rounds of the FIA Historic Regularity Rally Championship. In fact, (for 10 years) at 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. These include Le Jog, the Classic Malts, the Classic Marathon, the Winter Challenge, the Winter Trial, the Icelandic Trial, the 1000 Mile Trial and the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. Perhaps his most notable achievement came in 2006 when at the Historic Motorsport Awards he was presented with two trophies. These included Navigator/Co-Driver of the Year and as Clerk of the Course on the event voted Best Road Rally of the Year.

Fred is currently working on the route of our 2019 Paris-Biarritz Rally, a thrilling competition exploring some of the most exciting roads in France and Spain.

DR JOHN LLEWELLYN

Rally Doctor John, who hails from Wales, trained as a GP in the mid-1980’s then headed overseas to work in sports, expedition and travel medicine, general practice and public health. He worked and travelled in remote and difficult environments such as the Australian outback, Asia and South America. Also, John embarked on a six-month role as a ship’s surgeon and a brief period looking for landmines in Afghanistan. After a couple of years providing medical care to a mixed community in western Ethiopia, he joined the UK Foreign Office in 1993 as a Regional Medical Officer. While in this post he looked after staff and their families in South Asia and East Africa. He spent 12 years working in Delhi, travelling widely in India and escorting classic car rallies. Between 2010 and 2017 John has been based in Ghana, West Africa, specialising in the planning and provision of healthcare for Diplomatic Service staff and their families. Early 2017 John returned to his position in Delhi. John also advises on health protection in distant lands. Catering for the medical needs of classic car rallies is right up John’s street, and his wide-ranging experience, professionalism, calm demeanour and wry humour are invaluable assets to the Rally Round team.

DAVID WENMAN

After joining the London Stock Exchange in 1968, David went on to become an entrepreneur in the equity field, selling his company to Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in 1990. He has ‘retired’ three times but is still active as a serial business angel and in mentoring and voluntary work. David has been an avid classic car collector since buying a Jaguar MkII in 1986. Five years later he acquired his first racer, a 1952 Connaught A Type, which he still campaigns in events organised by the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA), the Goodwood Revival and Monaco Classic. Over the last 10 years, he has also owned and raced XK120, C-Type and Lister Jaguars, an Aston Martin DBR4 and an ERA R12B. David’s rally driving experience includes our own Paris-Prague and Paris-Amsterdam rallies, the Rallye des Alpes, the Mille Miglia and the 2010 Peking to Paris.

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THE MECHANICS

Rally Round is very fortunate in being able to call on a pool of enthusiastic mechanics with countless years of experience in everything from contemporary Formula One engineering to historic car restoration. They are a rare breed of highly skilled, resourceful and creative people who thrive on challenges and will do their utmost to keep you on the road. They travel as a crew of two in well-marked fully fitted out vehicles capable of a mind-boggling range of repairs to keep the cars on the road. For more information, see our On the Event Advice page.

“A stupendous rally, really outstanding. Extremely well organised and action packed. An abiding memory will be of the great camaraderie and endless laughter.
We cannot think of a single thing that would have made it better”

Adrian & Barbara Shooter (1930 Ford Model A) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“Thank you for three unforgettable weeks, the mixture of laughter, friendship, culture, history, driving and fun. What a cocktail!”

 

Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“Retro-Speed magazine can thoroughly recommend Paris-Madrid. A great event and great fun but still a challenge. We enjoyed every minute”

Peter Baker (1939 Citroen Traction Avant) – Paris-Madrid Rally 2014

“Words cannot express how amazing this rally was – truly a once in a lifetime experience!”

David & Adele Cohen (1931 Ford Model A) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“What a trip! Another fantastic Rally Round effort – seamless logistics, excellent route and wonderful activities. Once again you and your team created a superb experience. We had a fantastic time in Japan and we look forward to our next outing!”

Paddy Walker & team (1937 Buick Coupe) – The Samurai Challenge 2017

“This wonderful rally will live long in the memory”

Octane magazine – Paris-Madrid Rally 2013

“The best, most exciting rally we have ever done”

Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“A fantastic rally – we thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Ries & Lenie Oostlander (1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S) – The Samurai Challenge 2017

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