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Dansport Historic Rally Preview



Dansport Historic Preview


With less than 2 weeks to go the Dansport Historic Rally to be held on the 17th October promises 5 Regularities, 7 Tests (4 loose and 3 tarmac) and an evening Time Control section all on Maps 119 and 110.

The organisers are confident that they have adhered to all Motorsport UK’s Covid-19 guidelines with full PPE for marshals and social distancing measures in place for crews and officials.

The full entry of 60 cars will leave the Peak Edge Hotel Start at 12.30 p.m. on Saturday and head into the Peak District before travelling North to the Moors and Dams surrounding High Bradfield.

The entry is made up of 24 Masters, 15 Experts and 21 Novices, leading the crews away will be Howard Warren and Iain Tullie in their Porsche 911, Iain is a previous winning navigator on the Dansport. They will be followed by Paul Crosby and Ali Procter also in a Porsche and Matt Warren and Andy Pullan in their Escort Mexico. However the list goes on as a who’s who in Historic Road Rallying with Isherwood/Canavan, Leadbetter/Woodman (another former Dansport winning navigator), the Staniforth’s, Dyas/Taylor, the Vokes’s, Bloxham/Powley and Willan/Frost rounding out the Top 10. Further crews, believe me it’s not been the easiest entry to seed, with eyes on the prize include Beaumont/Fish in their rare Rapier H120, locals Turner/Herriot in the much missed ex Brad Piercey Talbot Sunbeam, Joy/Fowle in their wonderful 1959 Lotus Elite and Powley/Goff still rallying together some 45 years after their Motoring News heyday and looking forward to the evening section in their Imp.

The Expert class continues with some mighty crews that will feel obliged to get one over “the Masters” Head/Raeburn, Everitt/Dixon, the Humphreys and the Binsteads head the Class but watch out for Andy Harrison/Peter Scott in the ex Berwyn Williams London Sydney Land Crab and former Motoring News winner John Edwards-Parton with Ian Doble in their MGC (I assume the Lancia is not ready yet) and Mark Goodwin/Anthony Davies who might have their TR 7 out if ready instead of the trusty Dolomite.

The Novices are led away by Graeme Cornthwaite/Lyndsey Procter’s ultra quick 1380 Cooper S with Fildes/Savage, the Thompsons, Raine/Hodge and the Cliftons all in hot pursuit.

Matlock Motor Club is indebted to all our marshals who have made the event possible in these difficult times and to our entrants for their generosity in supporting our chosen Charity, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. Matlock Motor Club is also proud to announce that our Rally will be carbon neutral through the Clubs carbon offset donation.