Friday, 11 September 2015

RALLY ROUND NEWS September 2015

RALLY ROUND NEWS September 2015
Welcome to Rally Round's September Newsletter. We hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer with plenty of sunshine! 
An Indian summer is certainly on the cards for the Rally Round team as we make final preparations for theThunder Dragon Rally, which starts from Kolkata (Calcutta) on Sunday 1 November. We are pleased to report that we saw all the cars safely loaded at the CARS Europe base at Chedburgh, Suffolk, and they are now on their way to India. As the start of the rally draws closer, the excitement is mounting! 
The Thunder Dragon Rally was fully subscribed, and our two major 2016 events are proving very popular too. Entries for the Paris to Vienna (13-18 June) and the Haka Classic Rally in New Zealand (30 October-25 November) are arriving daily at Rally Round HQ. 
If you would like to know more about these adventures, please email us or give us a call. We will happily advise or send further information.
2016 Haka Classic Rally
Although it is still 12 months away, the Haka Classic Rally in New Zealand has attracted some great entries from Europe and America. Our recce team is led by Rhys Nolan, whose local motorsport experience makes him superbly well qualified for the task - you can read about his background onTeam Page of our website.  
As well as sampling the best food and hospitality the country has to offer, rally participants will explore some of the world's most breathtaking scenery, following remote routes such as the iconic Acheron Road through Molesworth Station and enjoying tests at race circuits such as  Manfeild and Hampton Downs. New additions to an already fabulous itinerary include a visit to theWhakarewarena Living Maori Village and Waimangu Volcanic Valley as well as an exclusive whale-watching tour going out from Kaikoura.
Confirmed entries to date include Brits David Royds and Natasha Newman in their 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, David and Barbara Berks in their 1929 Chrysler 75 and old friends Adrian and Barbara Shooter, who are also taking part in the Thunder Dragon Rally.
They will be joined in NZ by no fewer than six crews from Germany, including husband and wife Andreas and Jacqueline Pohl, their daughters Nathalie and Nicola Pohl and Robert and Gabi Peil, all of whom have yet to decide which cars they will all drive. Also entered are compatriots Jörg and Petra Lemberg in a 1938 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide, Georg Lemberg and Isabel Peil in a 1960 Porsche Roadster and Gerd Bühler and Birgit Deymann-Bühler, who are also joining us on both the Thunder Dragon Rally and Paris-Vienna but have yet to decide what car they will campaign in New Zealand. Confirmed entries also include Steven Harris and Hayden Burvill from the USA, Justin Gan from Australia and Petr Uhlir and Petr Kejdus from the Czech Republic. 
If you would like more information, you may read or download the brochure from the 2016 Haka Classic page of the Rally Round website. Alternatively you may send an email to the Rally Round office or telephone us on +44 1252 794 100.

Haka Classic Rally - Current Entries
David Royds  /  Natasha Newman  -  1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
David Berks  /  Barbara Berks  -  1929 Chrysler 75
Jorg Lemberg  /  Petra Lemberg  -  1938 Lagonda LG45 Rapide
Georg Lemberg  /  Isabel Peil  -  1960 Porsche Roadster
Petr Uhlir  /  Petr Kejdus  -  1967 Jaguar Mk2 3.8
Andeas Pohl  /  Jaqueline Pohl  -  TBC
Nathalie Pohl  /  Nicola Pohl  -  TBC
Robert Peil  /  Gabi Peil  -  TBC
Steven Harris  /  Hayden Burvill  -  TBC
Justin Gan  /  TBC  -  TBC
Adrian Shooter  /  Barbara Shooter  -  TBC
Gerd Bühler  /  Birgit Deymann-Bühler  -  TBC
2016 Paris-Vienna Rally
We are pleased to draw your attention to our fantasticParis-Vienna Competition, in which you could win a free entry to the 2016 Paris-Vienna Rally, worth £5,500. The winner will be drawn at the London Classic Car Show in February 2016 and crews who have already entered the rally in the normal way will automatically be entered into the draw. Full details may be found on the Rally Round website. Good luck!  
Our Paris-Vienna recce team, led by Clerk of the Course Fred Bent with driver Paul Wignall, are currently examining the rally route in detail, writing the road book and investigating a variety of attractions along the way, from wonderful sights to lunch and refreshment halts, thrilling race circuits and private test venues. We look forward to hearing their reports and sharing them with you!
Entries for the event are arriving on a daily basis and we already have competitors from 11 nations in a great range of vintage and classic cars. To see the current entry list, visit the Paris-Vienna page of our website, where you will also find a brochure and an online entry form. If you have any questions please email us or call us on +44 1252 794 100.

Paris-Vienna Rally - Current Entries
 David Royds  /  Natasha Newman  -  1917 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
John Harrison  /  TBC  -  1917 La France Roadster
Charles Bishop  /  Nellie Bishop  -  1924 Vauxhall 30-98
Mark Seymour  /  Chris Seaton  -  1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Jeff Robinson  /  Glenda Robinson  -  1926 Dodge Brothers Tourer
Albert de Mey  /  Nicolas Leonard  -  1927 Bentley Tourer
Steven Collins  /  TBC  -  1928 Bentley 4.5-litre
Ken Fraser  /  Jane Fraser  -  1929 Bentley 4.5-litre
Harry Jurgens  /  TBC  -  1930 Packard 740
Bob Meijer  /  TBC  -  1931 Bugatti T46
Arthur Manners  /  TBC  -  1933 Lagonda M45 T7
Chris Evans  /  Nick Evans  -  1934 Lagonda M45
Simon Mackenzie-Smith  /  Charles Gooch  -  1934 Lagonda M45
Simon Shaw  /  Maria Shaw  -  1934 Bentley 4.5-litre
Irvine Laidlaw  /  Christine Laidlaw  -  1935 BMW 319
John Burton  /  TBC  -  1935 SS 1 Tourer
James Mitchell  /  Anya Jackel  -  1936 MG TA
Michael O'Shea  /  Clive Venning  -  1938 SS Jaguar MkIV
Andrew Bailey  /  Philippa Spiller  -  Bentley (model TBC)
Damian Perl  / Maria Perl  -  1955 Mercedes-Benz SL300 Coupe
Pierre Hallet  /  TBC  -  1958 Jaguar Special (model TBC)
James Fenner  /  Katja Fenner  -  1960 Porsche 356 BTS
Jan Woien  /  Jan Erik Hansen  -  1962 Maserati 3500 GT
Stephen Duckworth  /  Vanessa Duckworth  -  1965 Jaguar Mk2 3.4
Michael Eatough  /  Peter Godwin  -  1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S Fintail
Petr Uhlir  /  Petr Kejdus  -  1967 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 Rally
Gerd Bühler  /  Birgit Deymann-Bühler  -  TBC
Tim Wilkinson  /  Julie Wilkinson  -  TBC
Alastair Caldwell  /  TBC  -  TBC
2015 Thunder Dragon Rally
With the cars en route to Kolkata, our Thunder Dragon Rally preparations are in full swing.
Whilst the crews make final arrangements with regard to visas, insurance and travel plans, Rally Round teams in the UK and India are going over accommodation and event bookings, daily schedules and the details that make Rally Round events so special.
Encountering unspoilt regions and cultures, amazing scenery, rare wildlife and rugged roads, the Thunder Dragon Rally promises to be a truly great adventure. As ever, you will be able to follow our progress through India and Bhutan on theRally Round website.

Thunder Dragon Rally Entries

Max Stephenson / Julie Stephenson  (AUS)  -  1923 Vauxhall 23-60
Bill Bolsover / Biddy Bolsover  (GBR)  -  1927 Bentley 3/8-litre 
Chris Lunn / Nicola Lunn  (GBR)  -  1929 Bentley 4.5-litre Le Mans
Sir Gerry Acher / Lady Joyce Acher  (GBR)  -  1931 Ford Model A Tourer
David Cohen / Adele Cohen  (CAN)  -  1931 Ford Model A
Mark Winkelman / Dorinda Winkelman  (USA)  -  1932 Plymouth PB3 Coupe
Mark Seymour / Chris Evans / Louise Seymour / Sophie Evans  (GBR)  -  1936 Ford Phaeton
Xavier del Marmol / Ines Bodmer  (BEL) - 1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe DHC
Richard Cunningham / Paddy Walker  (GBR)  -  1937 Buick Coupe 40hp
Mark Robinson / Yvonne Fuller  (GBR)  -  1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30
Frank Bird / Ross Oakman / Belinda Oakman  (AUS)  -  1939 Willys Sedan
Jorge Ruiz / Agustin Panes  (SUI)  -  1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
Jose Romao de Sousa / Maria Romao de Sousa (POR) - 1956 MG Magnette ZA
Adrian Shooter / George Harding  (GBR)  -  1958 Morris Oxford
Dougie Lawson / Kate Lawson  (GBR)  -  1959  Jaguar XK150 DHC
  Peter McLaughlin / Jane Kitchel  (USA)  -  1964 Pontiac GTO
Jan van Gemert / Marion Huijbregts  (NED)  -  1965 Ford Mustang
Alastair Caldwell / Snjezana Poljanec  (GBR)  -  1968 Porsche 912
Roger Allen / Maggie Gray  (AUS)  -  1971 BMW 2800CS
Alan Pontin / Carol Jessica Pontin  (GBR)  -  1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 DHC
Gerd Bühler / Birgit Deymann-Bühler (GER) - 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC
Rally Round at Goodwood Revival
Rally Round will have a stand at the Goodwood Revivalthis weekend, 11-13 September.

If you are attending this magical event, do come along to Stand 402 in the "Over the Road" area, just outside the main circuit entrance, and say hello to Liz Wenman, Heidi Winterbourne and the rest of the Rally Round team, all of whom will be happy to answer any questions you may have about forthcoming events or any aspect of vintage and classic rallying. Our lead mechanic Charlie McGowan will also be present to advise on technical matters.
We hope to see you there!
And finally....!
Our digital mechanics are currently working under the bonnet of the Rally Round website, rebuilding the engine for greater performance. We hope you like the improvements we are making. Keep an eye on the news and event pages in particular, and remember occasionally to refresh them in your internet browser to ensure you get the very latest updates. 

Right now we're now off to the Goodwood Revival, so do come and visit us if you can. We are on Stand 402 in the "Over the Road" area. 

Safe and happy driving!

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