Friday, 31 July 2015

RALLY ROUND NEWS - July 2015 Rally Round Driving Adventures

Welcome to Rally Round's Summer Newsletter. We hope it finds you well and happy, wherever you are in the world.

Here in the Rally Round office we have been busy sending out event brochures to our most valued customers and friends. You should have received yours by now, and we hope you enjoy them. If they haven't arrived, or if you would like more copies, please
email us and we will happily post them to you. Please also let us know of any change of address, so we can keep our records up to date.

Have you visited the
Rally Round website recently? As well as the latest news about our forthcoming events, the site continues to expand with a wealth of advice about car and event preparation and a beginners' guide to rallying. Another great new feature allows you to buy copies of any of the photographs in our picture galleries, where hundreds of images from past events include competitors and cars, spectacular scenery and striking compositions, all taken by professional photographers. We've linked up with leading online photo-printing site PhotoBox, so with a just few clicks you can choose almost any size and format, from large framed or unframed pictures on canvas to desk photos, coasters and more - the range is quite amazing, and they make wonderful gifts or personal mementos of past adventures.

Now as we head into to high summer, please be aware that the Rally Round office will be operating on reduced hours during August, although we will of course respond to any enquiries as soon as possible. We will be back to full-time operations from September, when amongst other things we'll be gearing up for November's Thunder Dragon Rally to Bhutan. 
Hawker Restorations
For those who share our interest in all things mechanical, and as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we'd like to recommend the new website of Suffolk-based Hawker Restorations, the world's leading restorer of the Hawker Hurricane and other vintage aircraft.

Hawker will have a marquee at the
Silverstone Classic race meeting on 24-26 July, and will be displaying a part-restored Mk1 Hurricane, one of only two survivors, alongside a 27-litre Rolls-Royce Merlin aero engine. The Hawker stand will be located on the Jet Village Green, where visitors are very welcome to examine the aircraft in detail and admire the amazing engineering involved in its restoration. It's often said that the Hurricane was 'simpler' than the Spitfire, but that's far from the truth. Perhaps even more amazing is the fact that a restored, fully airworthy Hurricane costs less than some sports cars! Speaking of cars, we are also happy to recommend the equally new website of sister company Hawker Racing, where the same top-flight engineering skills are applied to historic road and racing machines.
Rally Round Roadshow
Rally Round will be attending some major events in the coming months, including this weekend's Silverstone Classic, where the Wenman boys will be racing a Jaguar C-Type and a Cooper Bristol. Do please come and see us, whether to discuss forthcoming rallies such as the 2016 Haka Classic, for which we've found some spectacular roads and circuits (see below), or to catch up with our Rally Co-ordinator Heidi Winterbourne, who will be delighted to see old friends as she returns to the forefront of the rally world.

We will also have a stand at the
Goodwood Revival on 11-13 September, where you will be welcome to join us for light refreshments throughout the weekend. Looking further ahead, we'll be returning to the London Classic Car Show in February 2016. If you would like a complimentary ticket, drop us an email and we will put you on the guest list.
Haka Classic Rally 2016
We are delighted to report that we have completed the detailed route planning for next year's Haka Classic Rally in New Zealand. It includes some of the best driving roads anywhere in the world and the landscape is simply breathtaking.

The rally starts from Auckland on 30 October 2016 and winds its way from the North to the South Island, finishing in Christchurch on 25 November 2016. Highlights include the Forgotten World Highway, the Black Birch Range and several famous race circuits. Our man on the ground in NZ is Rhys Nolan, who not only has a vast knowledge of the country but is a top-class rallyist, so knows how to find roads that offer both spectacular scenery and an unforgettable driving challenge.
Paris-Vienna Rally 2016
With entries already flying in from near and far, the Paris-Vienna Rally is shaping up be an unmissable event on the 2016 calendar. Celebrating the epic Paris-Vienna race of 1902, the rally will run from 13-18 June 2016 on fabulous roads, starting from the Royal Palace at Fontainebleau and traversing the Alps to finish with a gala dinner at the exquisite, imperial-style Hotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg in Vienna. Although a competitive rally, the schedule has been planned to offer comfortable daily distances for even the oldest cars, while also allowing you to spend time in two of Europe's most romantic cities if you wish.

Click on the photo above for the latest list of entries.
Rally Round Race Team Update
Thank you very much to everyone who sponsored the Rally Round ladies to run the Race for Life in May. We are pleased to announce that with your support, we smashed our fundraising target and raised a grand total of £1,220 for Cancer Research UK. So thanks again, and don't worry - we won't be doing it again for at least another year!
And finally....!
We love a good book, and it's always nice to recommend the best of them.

We were privileged to attend the launch of Christian J Jenny's 'The Jaguar Sports Car Collection, A Personal Endeavour'. This is a must-have volume for enthusiasts, beautifully designed and presented with a huge amount of technical detail on one of the world’s foremost collections of sporting Jaguars, plus reviews of key models that defined the marque's history. It may be purchased at
Paul Skilleter Books.

On a more adventurous note, we are very pleased to let you know that a friend and fellow petrol head, Kate Tojeiro (daughter-in-law of the late great racing engineer John Tojeiro), has written 'The Art of Possible'. A few years ago, Kate found herself completely alone and slightly terrified astride an off-road motorbike in the foothills of the Pyrenees, facing a slippery, 45-degree ascent. This experience turned out to be the catalyst to writing a book, which involved a two-year journey meeting and interviewing extraordinary people who have overcome incredible hardships and difficulties to reach their potential. They include individuals from many different walks of life including business, sport and the charitable sector, and their stories make a great and inspirational read.

You may watch a video of the launch
here and the book is now available to order from Amazon. Kate herself will soon be returning to the track with a fabulous Ford Mustang, and we very much hope she will be joining us on next year's Paris-Vienna Rally

That's about all for now. We'll be back in September with some particularly exciting news, and hope to see you at Silverstone or Goodwood. In the meantime, we wish you a serene and sunny summer.

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