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HRCR Road Rally Championship – The Cotswold Historic Rally preview

The Cotswold Historic Rally – preview


I’m really pleased for Gavin Rogers and the Tavern Motor Club team, I’m starting to understand the hard work involved in organising our events but the reward when the organisers achieve a full entry makes the effort worthwhile. Gavin was the first to call me back in 2018 following a plea from competitors to see the Championship spread more evenly across the country, so here we are and I for one can’t wait !


We’re going through something of a purple patch in our Sport at the moment, I understand there is a pent up will to get back out there which explains the chase to get entries in, however the quality of crews entered is really exciting


The Cotswold includes in order of entries received Ian Crammond/Matt Vokes, Jon Dunning/Henry Carr, Paul Crosby/Andy Pullan, Dave Leadbetter/Cath Woodman, Martin Neal/Simon Harris (and these two reckon they’re Experts!), Stephen Owens/Nick Bloxham, Steve Head/Graham Raeburn (another Expert crew?), Dan Willan/tba (someone’s in for a quick ride!), Thomas and Roger Bricknell, Tim Tordff/Ian Frazer (new to regularities but oh so quick on the lanes), Clive and Anji Martin (not sure who’s quicker Clive or  Colin – father or son – Anji won’t say), Darell and Nicky Staniforth, Angus McQueen/Mike Cochrane (fresh from HERO success), Howard Warren/Iain Tullie, Harvey Steele/Martin Pitt,  James Griffiths/James Howell and Matt Warren/Ryan Pickering (Lordy! they’re back) – all these lot are winners!


This makes me think of two things 1) how the heck are “oldies” like me and Peter Rushforth expected to get a half decent result? and 2) if you are just starting out in our Sport don’t get disillusioned, you’re just up against the best – they say it’s character building!


In the guest car we have Martin Short whose racing CV spans 5 decades starting with Formula First and graduating through the Metro, Rover and TVR Tuscan Championships to British GT. A runner up spot in the Bathurst 24 hour in a Mosler followed, then a 3rd in class at Daytona. Back to Brit GT’s winning the Championship in 2003, before a long love affair with the Le Mans 24 hours best result being 4th overall in 2007. Whilst continuing to drive and win in the likes of Dutch Supercar and Britcar Martin’s recent challenges are in race car development with the likes of Praga and more recently Brabham.


Tavern MC used to organise the Bristowe a much respected round of the old MN Championship in the ‘70’s so it’s a real pleasure to welcome them back into the current Motorsport News Historic Road Rally Championship


Gavin and Carrie Rogers winning the 2014 East Anglian