Here at Rally Round we don’t
just organise spectacular driving adventures in far-flung regions. We’re rally
enthusiasts first and foremost, so we’re very much looking forward to the VCRR
Tour of Wessex this coming weekend (Friday Feb 13 to Sunday Feb 15).
of the team are competing, not least Rally Round Director Liz Wenman and Julie
Hanly (a member of our 2014 Road to Mandalay Rally support crew) in PDU 20, the
historic ex-works Triumph TR2 in which Maurice Gatsonides and Rob Slotemaker
won a Coupe des Alpes on the 1954 Alpine Rally (pictured above on the 2014 Paris-Madrid Rally).
Liz is naturally hoping to challenge
husband David and son Andrew, who are campaigning the ex-works, ex-Paddy Hopkirk 1966 Mini Cooper S that won the 1967
Circuit of Ireland, as well as Rally Round Route Designer Mark Appleton and his
father Dick in another (1965) Mini Cooper S. We are also very pleased to see several former Rally
Round event participants taking part, including Xavier del Marmol and Dan
Erculisse (1953 Triumph TR2), Heidi Winterbourne and Peter Hall (1969 Triumph GT6), Julian Reddyhough and Gus Pope (1965 Rover 2000 TC) and Dean and Kendal Golding (yet another Mini Cooper S, this one from 1960).
With a 600-mile route around
Devon and Somerset, including 40 regularities and tests on tarmac, gravel and
forest roads in daylight and in darkness, it remains to be seen whether any of
the Rally Round crews can challenge the leading classic rally names on this highly regarded
event (see the VCRR webpage for the full entry list), but if they fall by the
wayside they can at least look forward to seeing a friendly face, as our very own
Charlie McGowan is acting as Chief Scrutineer and providing mechanical support services
in ‘Zulu’, one of Rally Round’s Land Rover 130-based mobile workshops. Clerk of the Course Roger Hunt is another familiar figure, and no less friendly as long as you do exactly as he says!
The 2015 VCRR Tour of
Wessex starts from the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford at dusk on
Friday (Feb 13) and spends two nights at the Thistle Hotel in Exeter before the
finish and prizegiving at Shepton Mallet on Sunday afternoon (Feb 15). We will
of course keep you informed of our progress via twitter, facebook and this
website. If you’re in the area this weekend and see us on the road, give us a wave!