Winter Classic 30th December 2017
Following previous years successful events the Winter Classic will once again run to the same popular formula starting at midday in the Newbury area and running to around 19.00. The event will be able to run a couple of interesting sections in the dark for a couple of hours. We are not using Plot n Bash navigation as previous years and have straight forward route instructions. We are including a new concept in regularity that we think you will find fun and easy to do. This rally is designed to be a fun day out where you may want to leave your serious hat at home. But still competitive for those who wish to joust for the lead! Permits are currently being applied for, regulations will be published on this page in late July.
Examples of navigation can be found on the link below, link sections will be sent out with final instructions. The 2017 rally will use only tulips, grid lines and marked maps including London road books, however competitors will need map numbers 174, 184 and 185 to complete the route.
ENTRY LIST OPEN WITH ENTRIES TO DATE
Entries to date (December 21st)
2016 Chris Head – Dave Bardwell VW Golf GTI
2015 Paul Crosby - Andy Pullan Porsche 911
Above the all weather roads of Salisbury Plain
Dave Bardwell’s report of last years event
The Winter Classic Rally
January 3rd 2015
What do rallymen do after all the Festive seasons activities ? Of course there is normally the HRCR day at Gaydon, but not a lot else for the clubman. This thought obviously crossed the mind of Roger back in the summer and as if not busy enough already with the imminent Wessex Rally in February, decided that VCRR would try to develop a new event to the calendar , again in the South and using the quiet lanes of southern Berkshire and eastern Wiltshire , including Salisbury Plain.
The 26 entrants who arrived at the Hungerford start must be grateful to Roger for persevering against a variety of bureaucracies to put the event on at all. This meant that some of the tests were not run as intended but incorporated into regularities. No matter, still some different roads to be enjoyed and even these were enhanced by the foul weather that meant deep water abounded both in the lanes and on The Plain .
The 12.00hrs start proved relaxing whilst by finishing at 18.30 most crews could enjoy some supper before leaving. Eight sections were provided, equally split around a coffee break at the Antrobus Arms Hotel in Amesbury. Pre plots were given out at signing , with the remaining details 30 minutes before the off.
These were all basically straight forward and included some marked maps, references, tulips and a herringbone. With just the occasional twist to remind the more experiences crews of the Carpetbaggers Rally of old , including a lovely section with 9 speed changes wrapped up in some text on the sheet…..those who failed to pre-prepare this information into their own table could well have been very confused.
The early afternoon thus ran South out of Hungerford out to the first regularity along the edge of the Berkshire Downs using spot heights and grid lines, in order . A link over the A34 then took the varied crews to the second , herringbone section over ‘ the ‘ Watership Down and towards Whitchurch . It was then a shorter jogularity section looping North of Andover but using the great lanes around Tangley, fortunately the timing of the rally meant there was hardly anyone about; ideal ! Last before lunch was a short section, on the graded and hilly army roads East of Tidworth [ presumably one of the intended tests. ] Enjoyed by all in the already fading daylight.
The hour or so coffee break preceded some sections on the by-ways over the military roads of Salisbury Plain , these being still ‘ open ‘ due to the shut-down over Christmas. The first ran West, in jogularity and employing unmarked triangles that were explained by diagrams with all data being over printed on the marked map handout .Quite straight forward.
Regularity 6 was a long marked map , with due times given for marked up ITCs. Plus of course more triangles .By now it was well dark and just finding your way over the Plain was the main challenge, there were so few features to assist..The last section on the Plain was by plotted grid lines and spot heights now taking crews back towards Tidworth . Finally , a tulip section around the isolated Chute causeway at 30 mph and with no speed changes , brought the cars back close to Hungerford.
Awards were quickly produced by Rallyroots and an atmosphere prevailed at the finish of having just completed a rally made quite demanding , not by the organisers but by the weather, the dark and the territory. Great stuff.
Lets hope that VCCR can be persuaded to put this rally on again next year, it would be a worthy start to anyones calendar , and with probably no hotel bills .
1st Paul Crosby / Andy Pulman- Porsche 911
2nd Cliff England /Peter Rushforth – Triumph 2000
3rd Neil Oakley / Fred Gallagher – Volvo PV 544
1st Semi Chris Head / David Bardwell- Triumph Dolomite HL
1st Novice Stephen Hall / Duncan Brown - Lotus Elan
Full results can be found on RallyRoots.com under Winter Classic