The Tour of Cheshire lives up to its reputation maintaining a full entry of 80 cars and there are still a couple of reserves hoping to join in the action
This year the Rally has joint “Clerks” in Mike Harrison and Graham Raeburn but on the day we’ll only see Graham as Mike and Lorna are lying 3rd in the New Zealand Classic with 8 days still to go….it lasts 21 days!
The event continues its association with MSV by running a number of Tests at Oulton Park on the circuit there is a general track-day running so any spectators can flit between the 2 events always remembering Jonathan’s Circuits are known for the best burgers at lunchtime! As well as Oulton, word has it that the Cheshire Showground will host a regularity.
So who’s who on the entry list, with the absence of last years winners the Bricknells (Roger is still recovering from hip surgery), 2018 Champions Ian Crammond and Matthew Vokes will lead the cars away from the Bickerton Poacher Inn, current Championship leaders Howard Warren and Iain Tullie are at 2 followed by 2019 Champion Richard Isherwood who has Ian Canavan fit again and back in the navigators seat.
The list goes on with Crosby/Procter, Mellings/Carr, Tayor/Bodset and Bloxham/Frost, Niall no doubt still celebrating a great win on the John Robson navigating for Bevan Blacker. First of the Experts running at 18 are Clive Baty and another top night navigator Gary Evans, they are followed by Jones/Hughes and the Binsteads. Further down at 24 are former Motoring News stalwart John Edwards-Parton and Ian Doble out in the Mr Tyre Motorsport Lancia Fulvia. Michael Wood and Roger Fildes have teamed up with Roger trying the navigators seat for the first time in ages.
Ian Crammond and Matthew Vokes 2nd in the 2019 TOC, can they go one better. Photo by Tony North
Keith Jenkins and John Youd are a new partnership (though thinking about it they may have run together 50 years ago) and the poor old Martins are at it again, first Anji was called Morgan at the awards and now Clive has become a Colin (you expect it with Phaff but they must be scratching their heads).
Novices are led away by Dominic Hodge and Peter Raine from James Thomas and Thiago Kathirasoo and the inspirational Stuart Anderson with daughter Emily in their 1937 Bentley though the Cliftons may be hard to beat in this Class.
Cars to look out for other than the Porsches, Escorts, Cooper S’s and Alfa ………well for me it’s David Astbury’s Renault Alpine and Peter Joy’s Lotus Elite everytime.