Wheels Magazine December 2001
Well, after waiting some 3 months for it to be published, the majority of the last edition of this modest tome still resides in various ‘Insignia’ sorting offices throughout the realm. Hell, I even had to pay the 61p to retrieve my own copy, and I write most of the bloody thing! Just to explain that last statement, the completed mag is e-mailed to Potts, who adds his ‘Chunterings’ and then prints and distributes the hard copy. We were all amazed when he turned up at the Club without the Mag and told us they were, “in the post.” The next week he was blaming some poor grey-haired old lady in a Sheffield post-office for selling him the wrong stamps. Was it proof of another ‘senior moment’ or is he just a tight banker? (Take over the posting if you want to!!)
Apologies to those of you who didn’t get a copy if you were short of 61p or just couldn’t be arsed to go and get it. Those of you who’re not too old to have missed the computer age can still read it on the fabulous BDMC web site.
The Larkspeed League Championship presentation bash on Saturday 24 November at Pontefract (Pontefract!) went very well. It’s a good job Robert Newlove from NHMC rang on the Wednesday to ask if I were going, otherwise I wouldn’t have known it was on. Mind you he threw me a red herring by saying it was on the Friday. Good job the wife spotted the date on the notice that Matthew only managed to give me the Thursday before, otherwise I’d have been chasing up the M62 on the wrong night!
SEOC were more boisterous than usual on the night. There were people under the table, on the table and being pinned to chairs whilst various unusual words were written across their foreheads. The disco was on from the word go, which prevented normal conversation (TOG!) with all the autotest competitors present. With most of the events being autotests this year there didn’t seem to be many competitors from the other motor sport disciplines.
Downer of the night was hearing of Tim Sargeant’s death from a heart attack on 19 November. A member of Knutsford Motor Club, Tim was a regular autotest competitor on many events throughout the UK in his 2 litre Dutton. It was a joy to watch him sliding the car around with absolute precision taking him to many wins on various events and championships. This year I was often competing in the same class as Tim, Heepy now sporting the 1293cc engine, and only managed to beat him once at Bolton. He will be sadly missed and it’ll be strange just seeing his brother Bob at next year’s events on his own. Commiserations to Tim’s wife Elaine and the rest of his family.
Alan Larkin was present to dish out the cheques to representatives of the top 10 winning clubs. Surprisingly some clubs were not represented and forfeited their winnings.
BDMC were just edged out by NHMC from 5th spot to 6th at the last autotest due to JT and Shorty making their comeback at the wrong time (for me that is). One more BDMC competitor on the event could’ve probably prevented it, but that was at the risk of banishing yet another club member forever!
Made myself even more unpopular than usual by taking two of the raffle prizes and leaving early. A Yokohama Forest Rally jacket and Sparco quilted jacket looking like a good return on my £2 outlay for the evening! The wife bought the drinks so it was perfection personified! If anyone else would like to take over the job next year, see Matthew.
Thanks go as usual to all the contributors to the Mag; Petchy must be suffering writer’s cramp by now. I’m still waiting for Danny’s promised report as I write this. Tim Rodgers also put in a few hours work to produce a full Cossack Rally report.
Good to see a BDMC crew winning the Beaver Rally, for the first time in 9 years I think. And, who better to navigate Dave Twilton to victory, but my regular 12 car rally navigator, Petchy. Congratulations to them both on a popular win.
The ANCC Autotest Championship went quite well this year, first in Class 3 being my reward for a very busy season. I had been leading it for many months and was hopeful of taking first overall. Dave Mosey and Steve Morten had other ideas though. Steve competes in class 2 and won all 8 class awards this year, giving him a perfect score. Unfortunately for championship organiser Dave Sowman, Dave Mosey also got 8 class wins all on the same events. No tiebreak could separate them so they ended up joint winners. Congratulations to them both.
For those who missed it, the annual Christmas Quiz, organised by NHMC was another very good night. Our best team, ‘sole’ could still only manage 4th, but there were many laughs along the way. One of them was Oggy who decided it was a good opportunity to call in and distribute his 12 Car details for the 20th December. Another distribution came in the shape of our illustrious Chairman with his Christmas cards. Obviously didn’t want to risk purchasing another batch of duff stamps!
In similar vein, I’d like to take this once a year opportunity and wish all our readers around the country a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, safe in the knowledge that I now won’t have to send you all a bloody card!
Welcome to the last issue of Wheels for 2001. This issue has been weighed at the Post office and should reach you without any cause for you to visit the post office. The magazine will be issued during the following months for 2002: -
Please note that magazines will only be sent to those who have rejoined for 2002. If anyone has competed on an event and wishes to share their experiences please contact either Howard Everingham or myself. If you do not have the facilities to type your report then a handwritten one will suffice.
These are now due for renewal and I am pleased to advise you that the committee have agreed to keep these at last years price of £10.00 for a sole membership or £12.50 for a joint membership where 2 people reside at the same address. Membership applications are included as a separate sheet in the magazine. You are reminded that as an existing member you will qualify for Thursday Night Championship points until the 14 January 2002. After that date you will only get points 14 days after your membership has been renewed. Would all Life Members please complete an application form and return to Carl Briggs, 368 North Road, Hull, HU4 6DD. Your membership card will be sent to you in the post.
This has been set for Friday 1st February 2002 again at the Portland Hotel in Paragon Street Hull. The cost of the meal and disco will be £12.50 per person, which again has been subsidised by the club. The menu is as follows.
Cream of Vegetable soup or
Smoked Salmon served with a dill and lemon mayonnaise
Supreme of chicken with a white sauce or
Deep filled apple pie with Chantilly cream or
Brandy snap baskets filled with fruits and cream served with a fruit coulis
For those who are short of cash after the Christmas festivities, post-dated cheques for January 2002 will be accepted and will be banked on Monday 4th February 2002.
At the AGM, it was agreed that the club would reimburse club members part of the cost of a licence provided the following conditions are met.
· The Member purchases a licence from the MSA before the end of April 2002
· The Member competes and enters in an event under the name of Beverley and District Motor Club before the end of April 2002
· Results for the event together with an entry list are shown to the Chairman or Vice Chairman before the 21st May 2002.
If the following are met then the club will reimburse the member as follows.
National B and above £15.00
The 2001 Maple Garage Beaver Rally ran on the weekend of 1st/2nd December and attracted an entry of 44 crews of which 42 actually started at MTC1.
The ice that had eluded the crews from the previous years returned with vengeance and claimed the hopes and aspirations of two local crews on the last time card. Tim Rodgers navigated by Chris Brown from Lindholme Motor Club was the first to visit the scenery on the uphill section towards Givendale. This is a particularly nasty bit of road as it is very uneven and the camber is all over the place. A minor amount of body damage was caused together with a brake pipe being pulled off during recovery. Gavin Smith with navigator Mike Ogram was the second to visit the scenery at the infamous Yapham 90’s. Gavin managed to park his Peugeot well off the road and next to a tree but caused only superficial damage. More damage was done in the recovery of the car as the door mirror was damaged.
Dave Twilton ably navigated by Mike Petch in a standard Vauxhall Vectra eventually won the event by almost 90 seconds from Mark Turner and Richard Pashley in the road rally prepared Peugeot 205. Last year’s winner Iain Tullie and driver Carl Hawkins had a nightmare of an event with their Vauxhall Nova getting stuck in third gear in the early sections. To compound matters they stopped in the transport section to effect repairs to enable them to compete on the rest of the event. However Iain thought that he was in the neutral section and dropped 15 minutes worth of road penalties. They decided to call it a day at the first petrol halt.
The leader at the end of the first time card was Andy Beaumont and Danny Robinson who managed to almost clean the first regularity section dropping only 3 seconds on Wawne Common. It just goes to show that if you know the road it is an advantage. Dave Twilton and Mike Petch were second quickest at 1:01 with Gavin Smith and Mike Ogram a further 19 seconds adrift. The only retirement on the first timecard were Oliver and Jeremy Cook with a gearbox failure. Dave Bennett and Oliver Jopson had assumed a lead in class 1 whilst lying 17th overall with total time penalties of 6:20. Tim Rodgers navigated by Chris Brown dropped time through misplotting up to STC5 and then did not realise that the next section was timed to the second.
Thing started to go wrong for Andy and Danny on the second card with 6 minutes of penalties all caused by booking into a control early. (Timing lessons are available at special rates). Dave and Mike now assumed the lead that they were not to relinquish for the remainder of the event. Gavin and Mike now climbed to 2nd overall with Mark Turner and Richard Pashley now assuming the third podium slot. John Dimbleby navigated by his 14-year-old son was just over a minute adrift in fourth place. Sandie & Paul Taylor from Whitby Motor Club in their Peugeot 205 decided enough was enough when their power steering gave up at STC17. They had been lying in 23rd place after picking up a 5-minute penalty for missing a route check. Dave and Oliver had dropped to 21st overall at the end of card 2 bust still retained 1st in class C.
Time card three saw Dave and Mike further stretch their lead with time penalties of 1:08 for the relatively short sprint from Granny’s’ Attic to Bainton and back to petrol via Goodmanham. Most of the top crews dropped time on the regularity section only but Andy and Danny picked up further penalties for booking into the control early. The biggest clanger of the night went to Dave and Oliver who failed to notice that the marshal had not signed their time card at STC27 thus picking up a fail. To make matters worse, Dave’s dad manned the control.
The last time card, which took competitors on an anticlockwise loop to the finish, saw many competitors again dropping time on the regularity through Millington, as was the intention. Andy Beaumont and Danny Robinson were again quickest on Millington with a total penalty of 37 seconds. Richard Hill and Paul Holmberg managed to be the only other crew under a minute with 51 seconds being lost.
And so it was that everyone returned to the finish to a hearty breakfast and to await the results. These were quickly produced and a few rattles were thrown out of the pram. This did not affect the overall results and were declared final at 7:45.
My thanks go to all those who came out and helped, marshalled, competed and sponsored the event. It was a pleasant surprise to receive 3 e-mails from competitors thanking me for the event and wanting to come back next year for a similar style event.
The calendar for 2002 has now been decided. Please check the calendar to see if you are organising a Thursday night event. If you are unable to put on an event on that date, please let me know as soon as possible so changes can be made. Wherever possible members will be advised in the next magazine but very short notice changes will be advised on a club night. The dates with a shaded background are when a committee meeting will be held. If you have any concerns that the committee should discuss, please raise them with me.
Foot and Mouth disease nearly over, it was a change to get back to road rallying even though Mike and I would only compete in one rally this year. With only the Beaver after this and as I am clerk of the course this does preclude me from competing. As usual, the event started in the Grantham Meres Leisure centre following noise and Scrutineering on the outskirts of Grantham.
Tim and Danny were also competing on the event in the Peugeot 205 that Tim has recently acquired. We all met at the Humber Bridge car park along with Phil Burton, Matt Blood, Andy Beaumont and Carol who had come along to support us and also to try and win the control of the night award. We managed to make Caenby Corner before Tim pulled into a garage complaining of an overheating engine. He thought that the problem was a faulty fan and managed to affect a temporary repair. However this only lasted a few miles before he had to pull over again. A piece of wire from the boot light meant that the fan was on permanently but at least would keep the engine cool. It turned out that the radiator was partially blocked with sludge and a couple of flushes with clean water managed to alleviate the problem.
Mike had now fettled his new acquisition with the addition of a sump guard and new exhaust and had some knobbly tyres on the front to cope with the whites of Lincolnshire. Memories of getting stuck on last year’s event were still in Mikes’ mind.
The pre-plot information gave us the last few miles of the route, which was almost identical to last years. This gave us the route, certain controls and location of the not as map triangles.
At out allotted start time we collected the first route information, which was a copy of Grantham town centre with the route to the first control, indicated. We were also given two sheets of not as map diagrams. Yes Danny, there were 2 sheets.
The first section was a regularity timed to the second with three not as map junctions to be used. The actual route was grid lines and spot heights but the absence of practice meant that I was a little rusty on this section but still managed to come in 17th quickest. A short drive through Ancaster took us to RTC4 and then some relatively simple route handouts.
Mike Petch and Graeme Potter on the 2001 Cossack Rally.
At STC7 a lot of crews managed to drop some time including us dropping a minute. The reason for this was three not as map junction all within 150 metres of each other. As well as trying to plot the spot heights and grid lines in jumbled up ascending alphabetical order we also had to look for the not a map junctions. This also meant that Mike was now able to test the handbrake as we managed to traverse each grass triangle in the wrong direction on three occasions. Eventually normality came upon us and we managed to reach the end of the section.
A further minute was dropped at STC9 as we missed a slot into a farmyard to collect a passage check that was manned. A herringbone took us to NTC11 and some friendly faces from Beverley & District Motor Club Limited in the form of Andy, Carol, Matt Blood and Phil Burton. The section from NTC11 to STC12 caught out most crews as all but one dropped time through plotting the 10 out of order tulips.
A transport section took us to Bulby south south east of Grantham. The next handout of grid lines and spot heights took us via STC14 where most people dropped time and STC15 where time was recovered. A short neutral through the village of Pickworth brought us to NTC16 and another out of order tulips to be tackled in ascending alphabetical order. We managed to drop a further minute on this section but recovered it at the next control.
A herringbone took us via STC21 to SMTC22 where no time was dropped. A hairpin just outside Great Ponton saw Mike making generous use of the handbrake to the amusement of the spectators. A short trip to a petrol halt saw Mike make the foist foray under the car to check if everything was OK. The exhaust was blowing a bit so Mike tightened the nuts up a bit to cure the problem.
At MTC23 Mike and I had a look at the map to try and project where the next section would be going. About 400 yards from the control there were 2 lay byes that could potentially hold passage checks. True to form they were in the lay byes.
From TTC25 descending alphabetical tulips tested the grey matter. A little consternation ensued as one of the tulips seemed to indicate a T-junction when in fact it appears on the map to be a junction right. No problems were encountered as we made our way on the white at a quicker pace than in the past. At NTC27 the route handout took us via two IRTC’s to RTC30. The route had been used in the past so we knew where the not as map references were. Mike also recognised this from previous years and headed straight for the points as we crossed over the disused railway. We appeared to be quite slow on this section as the old grey matter took some time in plotting the route and the map references of the PC’s. The regularity took in some very muddy whites and already cars that started ahead of were stuck in the mud. The knobbly tyres were working a treat pulling us through the muddy conditions.
At RTC30 we had already guessed where the route was going as previously plotted blackspots had given the game away. At this control we set off at the same time at car 18 as he had dropped 4 minutes on the last intermediate regularity control. Mike was determined to get ahead of him and managed this at the first junction where he passed him on the outside of the hairpin left. The horns were now out as we headed off down the road. The next 45 right caught Mike out a bit as the car decided that it did not want to keep on the black stuff. A very large fish tail saw us almost visit the scenery with car 18 rapidly approaching us. This little moment over we continued on the section pulling away all the time. The white was no problem as we shot down it at almost ballistic speed. It was nice to see our club members marshalling at the end of the section. A broad grin was on my face as that was by far the best section of the event by far. However the results showed a different outcome as car 18 had posted a faster time than us despite being behind us.
Tim Rodgers and Chris Brown on the 2001 Cossack Rally.
Using coloured road only, we headed for the halfway petrol halt at Gonerby Services. Again by studying the not as map diagrams, I was able to guess where we were going. As we approached the fourth junction, I noticed the white lines across the road indication that we should be stopping here. Mike was fully committed as we went round the sweeping 60 left only to see a flashgun go off. (Are the marshals now using technology to check for gives ways). This now put us in a panic as we could potentially get a fail for not stopping at the junction. It later turned out to be a spectator as no give way penalties had been given. At the halfway petrol Mike again tightened up the nuts on the exhaust as it was beginning to blow again.
From MTC36 to NTC39 we used a white that caused all crews to drop some time. Part of the route is not shown on the map so this was arrowed and it almost seemed like doing a stage rally. On the way to NTC39 Mike was worried about the exhaust as this was beginning to blow a bit more. We decided to pull up outside the control and try to tighten up the nuts again. Conveniently there was a drainage ditch where Mike parked the car thus enabling him to crawl underneath. “Oh s*?t came voice from under the car. We have got a fuel leak.” Mike hastily looked for a self-tapping screw to stop the leak whilst I did the little Dutch boy impression by crawling under the car and trying to plug the hole to stop further fuel leaking away. Tim and Danny now came in to the control to try and assist. Tim decided to further pull his car to bits by taking a screw from the door trim to try and stop the leak. Alas the screw was a touch too big. Mike managed to stem the flow of fuel with a self-tapper and a wrapper from a Galaxy Bar. We had dropped to within 12 minutes of OTL before we managed to set off knowing that the last few miles contained a number of whites.
The last route handout was a herringbone, which was drawn to match the route to be taken albeit on a larger scale. We managed to plot this quickly and tried to recover some lost time. From STC40 the route was known so it was just a case of go for it, and try not to get OTL. The white at Cocked Hat Plantation was very rough with potholes almost as big as a car. The white at Thompson’s’ Bottom caused no problems even though the trees seemed to be coming into the car as it was very overgrown.
After IRTC44 we drove through Welbourn where the exhaust decided that it was time to part company from the down pipe. Mike was absolutely gutted and was ready for giving up. I told him that the quickest route to the finish was the rally route and we could only carry on until a marshal decided that the noise was too loud and took our time cards away from us. We incurred a five-minute penalty whilst looking at the damage and this brought us to within three or four minutes of OTL. The last section was relatively straight with only three passage checks on not as map junctions to be traversed. We finally made it to MTC47 in the Halfway Pub on the A46 near Swinderby. The final results for Beverley & District Motor Club Limited crews were as follows.
Gavin Smith/Mike Ogram 8th
Mike Petch/Graeme Potter 21st
Dave Bennett/Oliver Jopson 26th
Tim Rodgers/Danny Robinson 28th
Tim Rodgers has at last prised the championship from Graeme Potter who has held it for the last three years. By coming to the club nights and participating in the social and motoring events has earned Tim this accolade. Matthew was second 13 points behind Tim with Mike Petch coming third a further 5 points behind.
Howard has been scouring various publications and has come up with a photograph. Send him your entry by the end of January 2002 to be in with a chance of a couple of bottles of wine.
Ian Gibbins competed on the Circuit of Wales in November with Steve Wood in his Mini Cooper S. Ian and Steve won their class on their first outing on this event. A report from the event can be found in the magazine.
The following picture shows some members of the club in the early days. The trophy shown on the bonnet of the car is now used as the Grovehill Trophy for our 12 cars.
Picture courtesy of Hull Daily Mail Publications.
The picture was taken after a treasure hunt in 1960. The car is a Rochdale GT and was built by Arthur James from Beverley. The car is built around a chassis from a 1937 Ford Prefect.
The club has in its archives some 16mm film showing various activities that the club ran in the 60’s and 70’s. We are in the process of transferring these to video so they can be kept without the film deteriorating.
The end of the page beckons so all that remains for me to do is wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Well I’m going back to mothers!
Sunday 4 November
Helping Hands Autotest
Larkspeed League Championship
Alwoodley Motor Club
End of term bash! The last Larkspeed League event for the various clubs to determine those final placings in the championship. No conflicting events this time so there were some ‘big guns’ out, noticeably Dave Mosey in his Mini Special along with wife Adele who’s getting pretty handy with the car herself. David Haigh was also out in his Special, bent on revenge from our last meeting. An entry of 38 would keep the tests busy all day.
The day started innocuously enough. I miscalculated the travelling time to Melbourne airfield and arrived at 08.25, almost before the organisers. Due to some foot & mouth restrictions still being in force we had to use a particularly rough track to access the area for the event. This would cause problems for two of the competitors very early in the proceedings.
Once Heepy was unloaded and scrutineered there seemed a lot of time to kill ‘til the 10.30 start. The weather was quite good, but colder than I’d anticipated due to a stiff breeze (it’s a bloody airfield for goodness sake!). Chance to get warm walking the tests once the organisers got to work. It was a bit worrying when I saw a couple of them with a tape measure, checking the width of one of the finish ‘gates’ though. Never seen that done before.
The arrival of John Taylor and Dave Short with the new Mini Special created some diversion. Having hacked off the roof around the start of the foot & mouth crisis, believing there to be no more events this year, they put themselves in a bit of a predicament. Many events were missed due to the slow progress of the rebuild, much to the annoyance of Robert Newlove who wanted them out on Larkspeed events. The car certainly looked the part though. The new paintwork had taken a bit of a dowsing in the huge muddy puddles on the rough track and Shorty was already berating John for tackling it, “like bloody Colin McRae.” Shorty had been worried about the loose spare wheels banging around inside the Mini as John had proved once again that company cars do go quicker than private ones, even with a trailer behind. Things were brewing!
The event was yet another result of the foot & mouth problem, it was originally planned as a road rally. The organisers were at pains to point out that they hadn’t put on an autotest for some years. This became obvious whilst walking test three. There was a lot of reversing on it the diagram, but no ‘line of sight’ to determine a change of direction, so effectively it could be driven forward (look - just see me at the club and I’ll explain it!). We’d all sussed it out when Ian Bovill from Sheffield & Hallam spragged to one of the organisers. Next thing we knew there were extra white lines being put all over the test to make us drive the thing in reverse. There was a price on Ian’s head for the rest of the day!
I got off to a reasonable start trying to hang on to the times of YSCC’s David Haigh who wasn’t about to let me through to another win. He’d got his Special well wound up, but even he couldn’t touch the times of Dave Mosey.
John Taylor and Shorty had decided to press on with the tests and go with the early runners. Shorty agreed to drive the first three before handing over to John. However, he came off the third one with a face like thunder. One of the hydraulic pipes from the handbrake was seriously leaking fluid, testament to John’s earlier ‘rally stage’ with one of the loose wheels hitting the handbrake hydraulic pipe and bending it. The problem had manifested itself on test three leaving Shorty with a virtually useless handbrake. As we all gathered round to see what the fuss was about, John was given a very public chastising whilst we all looked on with interest. It carried on for a surprising amount of time, during which JT went very quiet. In an attempt to deflate the situation I clouted John across the shoulder and told him it was all his fault. I don’t think it did the trick!
Fortunately Ilkley’s Richard Wood had a pipe-flaring tool (oooh!) and married life was brought back to some normality. Shorty’s temper would not have been calmed by JT pulling 4 seconds on him over those first three tests though, once the pipe had been fixed.
During the second run of the tests Heepy developed a similar problem highlighted by some very wide 360° handbrake turns. I usually have to stick my head out of the window to see the cone, but on this occasion it was about 2 or 3 feet away. Back in the paddock the removal of a rear brake drum revealed a wheel cylinder leaking fluid onto the left-hand brake shoes. Not much, but enough to reduce the efficiency of the handbrake. With no spare and fearing my first retirement of the season I belted around the paddock in search of replacement parts. The ‘Odd Couple’ would be my saviours, Shorty appearing with a brand new wheel cylinder to save my day.
During the repairs I had to break off to walk the next test. Lucky I did. The Alwoodley organisers, for some reason, had decided to join two of the tests together and run it once as test 7. It was huge! To be fair though it did flow well and proved to be very enjoyable. However, it did take some competitor’s over a minute and a half to drive it and with no other tests set up it took about an hour and a half to get everyone through. Good for me though, lots of time to finish Heepy’s brakes. The residue of fluid on the brake shoes did affect them for the rest of the day though.
Test 8 should’ve run at the same time as 7, but was scrapped due to two reverse 360°’s in the ‘wrong’ direction with a fear of car’s rolling over (yes, yes, I’ll explain that one too if you ask!).
By this time Dave Mosey had stamped his authority on the event and was looking unbeatable. David Haigh was edging away from me on each test in 2nd and Adele was waiting for me to make a mistake so she could grab my 3rd place. In class 1 Gerald Holdroyd was making a good job of it in his 1100 Mini. Father and son pairing Steve and Ben Morten were locked in a three-way battle with Graham-I’ve-got-the-legs-of-a-giraffe-Hepworth in Class 2. Husband and wife, Chris and Lorraine Leeming were showing the rest of Class 3 how to chuck a rear-wheel-drive Escort around and have fun! Richard Wood was struggling round using second and reverse gears, first being reluctant to remain engaged. He was putting in some good times though.
Drizzling rain was now adding to the cold of the day and making a lottery of the tests, depending on whether you got a dry run or not. Steve Morten had volunteered to approach the inexperienced organisers when some of the tests needed adjustment. Number ten in particular had a 4 cone box we had to drive into and perform two stop-astrides. It was so small that the Subaru Impreza (yes!) of James Haigh wouldn’t have even got in the box. Alwoodley were happy to accommodate most of the changes, which made for more driveable tests.
Test 11 was very interesting. Not a complicated one by any means, but I got it wrong walking it. Dave Mosey pointed out my error, Adele cursing him for his honesty! The first three cars to tackle it all had washouts! One of them was Ian Bovill, so we all agreed justice had been served for his blabbing earlier in the day! Shorty may have concealed a smile when JT got it wrong. Some 10 drivers had washouts on that test including joint ANCC Autotest winner Steve Morten! No one could put their finger on why such a simple test produced so many washouts, but when I drove it there was an overwhelming desire to go the wrong way round one of the cones. Must’ve been the wrong ‘flow’ or something.
That washout for Steve Morten was just enough for son Ben to sneak through to take first in Class 2 from his dad by 4 seconds and a creditable 5th overall. Smug mode! Gerald Holdroyd’s washout on the same test didn’t prevent him from a Class 1 win however and Chris Leeming remained clean (?) to grab the Class 3 laurels from spouse Lorraine.
As expected from the winner of four championships this year, Dave Mosey romped home to FTD over 23 seconds clear of second placed David Haigh, who kept his day clean. Me ‘n’ Heepy were a further 11 seconds down in third. Must get a Special. Adele Mosey held 4th overall and also took the Ladies award.
After loading Heepy up I went looking for JT & Shorty to see if they’d kissed and made up. No sign of them at all. Their mixed day had left them in 10th and 12th respectively, a new car and rusty brain cells requiring some work before the next season starts. I wouldn’t have minded being a fly on their windscreen on the way home though. On second thoughts, maybe not. We all know how John drives don’t we Shorty!
2001 Beaver Rally
By Tim Rodgers
Noise 96db. Scrutineering OK. Expensive Coffee. Start. Wrong Slot.
Dropped Time. Red Mist. Police Helicopter. Ice. HEDGE. SH#T. Retired.Breakfast. Very nice man (AA).Home. Bed. The end.
Thanks to :
Hage &Sally Peacock (29) for stopping.
Matt and Phil for the tow out.
Deg, Rachel and Binnsy for pushing.
The AA man for laughing all the way to Hull!!
Friday 1 February 2002. Portland Hotel. Tickets £12.50 (subsidised, so get your bottoms there!)
See Matthew Atkinson
Complete with newly manufactured Alex E Carr sump guard and new brake linings, the old XR3i finally made it to a full night out with Gunner Potter on the maps. The convoy to the Grantham start contained Tim Rodgers and Danny Robinson’s Peugeot, Dave Bennett and Oliver Jopson’s Mini, with Mr and Mrs Beaumont as chase car. After setting off from the Humber Bridge we met the other Beverley crew of Gavin and Mike at the start, who came complete with recovery truck. The night’s problems began when we had to stop to help rewire Tim’s cooling fan, then a minor wrong slot as we all went different ways. Meanwhile Tim and Danny had to stop twice to flush out and refill his entire cooling system on his way to the start. “We’ve had our problems for the night” said Tim.
Noise okay, but scrutineer too keen on a bit of corrosion on the inner wing, ONLY A BIT! After signing on and plotting the second half ‘pre-plot’ section it was time relax, take photos of Gavin ‘Hamish’ McSmith for the magazine and wait (unfortunately, photos haven’t made this issue). I was glad of having some knobbly tyres and two spares.
We’re off! Car felt good, but appeared down on power because of the larger diameter front wheels and therefore incorrect speedo reading as well. Probably wasn’t down on power really, just not as quick as the Laguna. Early on we visited at least three grass triangle letter boards the wrong way round, hand-braking neatly in, only to be staring at the back of the board. Who cares, it was fun anyway!
Potts had a lot to plot with loads of ‘not as map’ bits to go back for after we’d missed them, but we are a bit rusty this year. We just kept pushing on, even flying over the rough stuff with decent tyres and a sump guard. Then a couple of photos through a large ford and puddles of mud. Everything was going well. We approached a Standing Give Way too quick, so hand-braked and slid for about 20 yards sideways before stopping. We were even facing the correct way! Unfortunately the next time we didn’t stop at all, sliding sideways flat into 45° left at T-junction and straight through. There was a slight possibility of a fail for that, but it turned out okay. Nobody there.
Still going well we reached our next ‘moment.’ I remember being flat downhill into a 30° right with gate straight in front, only to find people blocking the way. It was actually a slot hairpin left (where are navigator’s when you want one-Ed.). Much handbrake, left lock and screeching tyres. We got very close to the gate but round we got, HEY! HEY! marvellous!
On the way to second petrol there was a slight chuffing from the exhaust manifold flange. It passed noise check okay though, then it was repaired by parking up a kerb and crawling under. Bit tricky to get at the bolts above the sump guard, but I thought it’d be okay. A few controls later we had to park up a grass bank and crawl under it again as it had worked loose, only losing road time in a neutral section. The third time I had to crawl under in the mud, I heard a trickling sound to find petrol spurting from a pinhole in the front of the fuel tank. This was a good opportunity for Graeme to climb under and get as muddy as me to plug the offending hole with his finger. Meanwhile I tried to find a suitable self tapping screw and some chocolate wrapper foil to seal it with. Thanks to Tim for giving me a screw, but it was too big (story of his life! Ed.).
There was no time to secure the exhaust any further as OTL was approaching. Had to be a bit more cautious over the loose now, which was a shame as one section through the undergrowth turned out not to be too rough anyway, but didn’t want to take any risks with the fuel tank. Then disaster. The manifold cracked and dropped off at the flange in a neutral section. Back underneath in the mud I discovered that it couldn’t be fixed and looked like were out. No marshal would let us continue with what was effectively a missing exhaust.
I was all for heading directly back to the finish which was only about 10 miles away by now, but after some persuasion from Graeme, pointing out that the most direct route was actually the rally route anyway, we might as well press on until someone told us otherwise.
So, being as quiet as possible and freewheeling on tick-over into controls we carried on. Nobody held our time cards, although they should have done really. We finally made the finish, covered in mud, smelling of petrol and in need of a good fry up breakfast. I must admit, I was getting a bit fed up towards the end, but in hindsight it was all part of what was a bloody good nights rallying. I was amazed to find we had matched our seeding position and finished 21st overall out of 60 cars.
Congratulations especially go to David Dimbleby for navigating his father John home in 9th overall in his first full night event, finishing just adrift of Gavin and Mike in 8th. Dave Bennett and Oliver Jopson made 26th overall, after having to be towed out of a mud bath by his dad and sister during the night, dropping a fair bit of time. They came home clean of fails, if not of mud. Tim and Danny unfortunately picked up a fail late on in the event, dropping them to 28th from what would have been 22nd behind us.
So, all in all a fantastic event. Just need to make a tank guard, clean off the s**t and mud, yes it smells of both, but it will go again.
12 Car Championship
(or was that 6 car)
Monday 12th November 2001
Starting from the lay-by just North of Brandesburton, Matt put on a route covering maps 107 and 101.
With the event being so soon after four Beverley crews had been competing on an excellent, but tough Cossack Rally, a change to the usual teams was evident. Gav Smith and Oggy were resting the 205 Gti in favour of a Tata pickup, testing I believe for the Beaver Rally. As I had not had time to repair my XR3i for the event, Matthew had again invited Richard Walton along to drive for him in his Alpha, whilst a few phone calls on Sunday and Monday found an eager Deg Burton, complete with Proton Lotus Rocket Car or something as my mount (the car, or Deg?-Ed.). Other crews on the event were Andy Beaumont and Danny Robinson, Andy with a new surge of enthusiasm after watching us all compete at the weekend. Welcome visitors from Border Motor Club, namely John Savage and Paul Rhodes. And finally Peter and Sam Bennett from York, another enthusiastic team who had been out marshalling on the Cossack Rally.
Deg and I had been seeded at Car 1, straight into an easy section on spot heights taking us to Skipsea via a near major visit into a hedge on a 90° right near Dunnington. Apparently Richard and Matthew had a similar but closer skirmish with a hedge as well. Up onto map 101, for those of us who had one with us, and once we had found the slot at Burton Agnes next to the hall entrance, onto some fast flowing sections to Boynton, Grindale and Reighton before turning South via Burton Fleming and the short cut at the grass triangle at Thwing. Everything was going well and Deg was flying. We were now heading for Kilham down a two and a half mile straight. I missed the triangle on a ‘white’ half way along, so we had to go back for the code board only to find there wasn’t one. We had about a mile to the control at the end of section, but just as we turned round, the clock in the car ticked onto the minute we wanted. Less than a minute, more than a mile, “fast as you can Deg”. At a hundred and twenty miles per hour plus we arrived at the control, Andy and Danny parked up, Carl and Jo Briggs were manning it. GET OUT OF THE WAY, WERE COMING! Screeching into the control with the window down I shouted for my time as we come to a halt. Made it! That was fun!
From here, plotting a dozen black spots to avoid, we go back onto 107 at Lowthorpe. I remembered not to go the long way round the grass triangle before STC8. It was not the shortest route, as I found to my cost on the last event, picking up a fail. Okay this time though. Next was a circular herringbone, check the ‘white’ doesn’t ‘go’ at Great Kelk and then onto Brandesburton, skirting past Beeford and North Frodingham for a last fast charge around the back of Leven to finish at the Hare and Hounds for a drink.
Excellent event, excellent fun! And to boot, we won. Thanks to Matt for a brilliant night’s sport, thanks to Deg for driving me round, I could get into this navigating lark, its good sport.
Making it a Proton 1, 2, Andy and Danny came in second with Richard Walton and Matthew in 3rd, too late now, but someone should have had a letter board off route. Crew of the rally award goes to Gavin and Mike for finishing at all in the Tata Pickup after dropping time having to drive to Carnaby to borrow map 101 from Richard Watts to complete the event.
“Do you have to squeeze it in a peculiar way?”
Matthew Atkinson puzzling on the complexities of a Scalextric hand control.
“The racecourse is as level as a billiard ball.”
“He dribbles a lot and the opposition don’t like it – you can se it all over their faces.”
“Is there a special way of holding it?”
Julie Allison – another one struggling with Scalextric controls.
Maple Garage Beaver Rally
1st/2nd December 2001
A healthy entry of 40+ cars set off from Maple Garage Sproatley this year, led away by last year’s winners Carl Hawkins and Iain Tullie in their Nova GTE. As the top four were seeded in last years finishing positions, car 2 was Dave Twilton and myself. Not having done any night events on the maps since last year I questioned the seeding somewhat as we looked around at the company and the machinery at the start. “Oh well, never mind” I thought, we can only do our best, no pressure, except everyone was asking if we were going to go one better this year. The turn-out from Beverley was excellent with most of the usual 12 car crews present. Gavin & Mike were at 5, Gav having to bring out the Peugeot as he was not allowed to use the Tata as he wanted. Andy and Danny were in the Proton at 14, Tim had to find a last minute navigator, namely Chris Brown, running at 26 in his Peugeot 205 GTI with Dave Bennett and Oliver Jopson at 35 in their Mini. There were also some familiar faces from over the river, John and David Dimbleby from Lincoln in car 20, now BDMC members and John Savage and Paul Rhodes from Border Club in yet another Mini at number 36.
Competitive straight from the start, via Burton Constable Wood, but not around Smithy Briggs as I was guessing, took us to the first Regularity Section timed to the second down Wawne Common. After this section we spotted Car 1, Hawkins/Tullie parked up with gear selection problems. They were not to be seen again, leaving us first on the road as we headed towards Beverley and the next competitive section, which started on the Malton road allowing me to put away Map 107.
Looking similar to Gibby’s last 12 Car, we then set off around Bishop Burton, heading for Monckton Walk. All familiar territory to me, if not so much for Dave, who was going faster than the beams from his lights I think, as we couldn’t see a lot. We were now heading toward Hotham. Everything was going very well, but more importantly, we were still clean. There was a slight route problem at the end of the next section, Holme-On-Spalding-Moor, due to the route hand out not being available at the control to take us to the next competitive start. I guessed we’d be going around Holme Common. It was eventually resolved by Roger Hage ringing all the organisers on his mobile until he got the correct location. This was not where I was guessing the route would take us, although it turned out Graeme Potter originally planned it as another Regularity Section timed to the second.
The next section took us around Spaldington, then north to Foggathorpe before winding round to Hayton. Noise check followed, then first petrol at Shiptonthorpe.
With Matthew organising the results by computer, positions up to the first time card were posted showing a Beverley 1,2,3. An incredible time down Wawne Common saw Andy and Danny leading in the Proton, about a minute ahead of us, with Gavin and Mike in 3rd despite spinning in Wawne Common.
After petrol the route took us down from Arras with all local stuff. The next section, timed to the second, included Cawkeld and Goodmanham before second petrol, again at Shiptonthorpe. It was now getting very frosty and slippery in places. We were on higher ground, so extreme care was required. However, Dave went straight on at downhill T-junction, left was not an option. SLOW DOWN!!!!
By this time we were now leading as, unfortunately for them, Andy and Danny had picked up some penalties. This dropping them down the leader board. Gavin and Mike were now holding 2nd place. The word was that Millington was on. Timed to the second Gavin needed to take some time out on us, planning an attack via his usual trip straight over the top at Millington Hairpins. This is not an option for a standard car! By the time we got there and found we were going up the hairpins, rather than down, Gav’s plan was foiled. Andy and Danny turned out to have been fastest on this section as well.
We were nearly home now and couldn’t afford to make any mistakes. It was very icy and one minute dropped would lose us a possible victory. One fright was noticing a time card mistake after leaving the control. I had to run back to the control and get it corrected, leaving us only just time to get into the Regularity Control after Millington.
Up to Great Givendale and then Bishop Wilton, where Tim and Chris unfortunately went off, we then headed south. We nearly left the road ourselves just before the Yapham 90’s, but eventually made it. I had to steady Dave down, as he tends to go quicker and quicker. I almost had to shout at him once but everything went okay. He drove brilliantly as ever and to top off the night we had actually WON!!!
Unfortunately Gavin and Mike had gone off at Yapham in exactly the same place we nearly lost it, throwing away 2nd overall. In an amazing 3rd place were John and his 13 year old son, David Dimbleby. A good run from Border Motor Club crew Savage/Rhodes got them the first novice award, after our own crew of Bennett/Jopson picked up a fail. Rumour has it that a close family member didn’t fill in his time card properly.
The pressure will be on next year, but we’re up for it!!! Thanks to Graeme and all the team and marshals for a brilliant night out.