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HRCR Road Rally: North Yorkshire Classic Rally preview

North Yorkshire Classic Rally preview


Due to the Rally’s date change for 2021 and the inability to run past 10.00pm on a daytime permit, the North Yorkshire Classic will return to its roots with a one day event showcasing the best of North Yorkshire and the moors


Starting in Easingwold market place at 08.31, the route will be almost 160 miles with only 40 transport miles so it will be a full day’s work for both crew members, including one of the longest regularities offered in the championship!  The lunch halt will be at a lovely traditional village pub in one of the prettiest villages around,  Appleton-le-Moor


Regular crews will not be disappointed with some of the rallies traditional test venues, however Roger Burkill and his Team have a large new venue which will host most of the tests. It is our first NYC since the loss of John Ruddock, oh how he would have loved to set impossible times at alarming angles whilst always entertaining on these new tests

John Ruddock/Roger Burkill on John’s usual charge ’18 Ilkle


So who should be up at the front on this year’s event, the Porsche of Howard Warren and Iain Tullie,  Darell and Nicky Staniforth in their Mini and the revised entry of Ali Procter and Mark Appleton in a  Peugeot GTi, this revision due to the clash with HERO’s Classic Marathon. Ali was meant to be on the maps for Paul Crosby but Paul has succumbed to the lure of Spain. We may also loose Stephen Owens/Nick Bloxham and Andy and Ros Simpson as both crews are entered on both events!


‘19 winners Darell and Nicky Staniforth 1275 Cooper S


However our potential winners don’t end there, watch out for Dunning/Carr Alfa, Leadbetter/Woodman BMW, Willan/Frost Volvo, the Rodgers Reliant and Isherwood /Johnson Golf GTi. The entertainers are led by Beaumont/Spencer Rapier H120 (that’s the big ugly one – the prettier and 10 year older Rapier of Campbell/Shoesmith is also out lower down the pack). If you think about it that’s one hell of a good mix of cars!


The Mr Tyre Motorsport guest car is being driven by Andy “Ace” Harrison who normally lives and breathes Minis, here at Goodwood in the legendary St Mary’s Trophy

The Experts will take some winning! I chalked up 10 possible winners (you know who you are) that is going to be a hell of a fight, it’ll be interesting to see how many get into the top 10, for the Novices past performances by Parr/Funnell and Hodge/Raine should put them in the hunt but who knows Smith/Blacker Merc 280S should be a good watch!


I finish with a quote from Clerk of the Course Roger Burkill  “overall we are just delighted to see a return to the HRCR Motorsport News Championship and see the old cars out playing again”