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Monthly Archives: January 2009

wyedean-media09-no1x1What better way to spend a Monday than out watching rally cars?! We were at the annual Wyedean Media Day and once again we were looked after by the Forest of Dean Motor Club impeccably. In the morning the guests were taken out for some adrenaline fuelled rides before we got our turn to go out in the afternoon.

Our thanks go to all the crews who gave their time and incurred wear and tear on their cars, along with all at FODMC who ensured the day ran smoothly.

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redkite09-no2The now familiar season opener treated us fairly well this year, (the weather held off until just after the last car!). With Damian Cole out before stage 1 Michael O’Brien took a well deserved, if expected, victory in his latest Focus WRC. Behind him Dave Brick took his ageing Impreza Gp.A car to second place, just over a minute back, with Geoff Underhill third in his Impreza WRC S9.

In the Historics Terry Brown took a comfortable victory from Gareth Lloyd. Behind the Escort MkII pairing David Stokes took third in his Escort MkI, after an event long battle with Lloyd. Mark Solloway retired on the final stage from what was second place, after setting fastest times on the mid event stages. Read More »

hayepark09-no1Another fine day over in Haye Park for an excellent days action. With several runs in each direction to keep the spectators entertained, over the 5.5 mile stage. Local man Shaun Gardener took the honours again but there was plenty of action throughout the field.

Joe Price and Henri Grehan continue to entertain and impress in their ‘Voodoo Escorts’, plus there was the late entry of a certain Peugeot Cosworth which ran with mixed success through the day. A host of others entertained too with sideways driving throughout the field.

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mini-groupAnother start of the year trip to the Heritage Motor Centre beckoned as the HRCR had their annual open day, at Gaydon. This year was totally dominated by Mini’s, as the Longbridge (& Cowley) icon celebrates it’s 50th year.

Examples of other historic cars were also on display plus, as in 2008, there was an autotest in a closed off part of the public car park. The cold and crisp conditions certainly made that more entertaining too! Read More »