Get it Sideways Stages Rally 2020
Saturday 4th April
Entries open on Saturday 1st February at 12:00 Midday
Round 3 of the Dave Cooper Winter Series will be held on Friday 17th January 2020 using Maps 163 and 162 and is approximately 49 miles in length. This round is being hosted by Cirencester Car Club and run by Martin Saunders and Dave Gregory
Sign on will be at the Cheltenham Clubhouse from 18.30, and there will be a 10 minute drive out to the Start. The finish will be at a pub approximately 20 minutes from Cheltenham where light refreshments will be provided.
Please register your interest on the provisional entry list here – http://cheltmc.com/12-car/
New Motorsport UK rules for 2020 require that both the Driver and Navigator have a minimum of RS Clubman competition licences to compete in this event. These are obtainable free of charge from Motorsport UK here –
Please apply as soon as possible, you will get an acknowledgement of your application via email which we will accept on the night so bring along a printout. We are not planning on taking applications on the night so please do it now.
We are also looking for Marshals on the night so if you can help please let me know.
We hope to see you on the 17th
Many thanks to all who took part in the last nights annual Christmas Cracker Treasure Hunt, especially those who travelled from Durlsey, Ledbury and California! I hope you all had fun and enjoyed the route and even some of the devious clues and anagrams. Every question was answered by at least one Team, so the route must have been about right, I can assure you there was no fog last week when we set the route out.
You did well finding the treasures, but I’m not sure how some of your Jokes scored 4 out of 5, Neil’s standards are low..!!!
Special thanks to Rich C for helping organise the route, clues, results and drinking beer with me whilst you were all out enjoying yourselves, a tough job.
Congratulations Dave & Emily, scoring the same points as Chris & Fran, but beating them by 130,000 on the Tie Break question.
The Tie Break question was “According to www.ukpopulations.com what is the estimated population of Cheltenham in 2019. Have a guess yourself then check the link above
Hope to see you all soon, Quiz of the Year tonight at the Club and the 12-Car series resumes on Fri 17th Jan
Jon S & Rich C
PS – “What did Santa do when he went speed dating”
“He pulled a cracker”
4 out of 5 ?
Thanks to the marshals on another cold and damp night; in no particular order they were: Glynis Langford, Dave Gregory and Rich Clayton, Paul Batting & Elaine Ward. Special thanks to Jeremy Cooper for his help with the route and putting the boards out, along with his partner Nicole manning controls.
Due to flooding we had a last-minute change to the route between TC4 and TC5 which would have gone via Roel Gate and through the Lower Harford Ford. Re-writing the Novice card was simple but the Expert card, which had the Ford as a ‘via’ changed to ‘avoid’ and SH176 changed from avoid to via meant that there was then a shorter route that missed the code-boards through Naunton. These boards have been deleted from expert results. A code-board in Cutsdean had been removed by a resident.
First overall, Rich Smith and David Evans had a fine run and dropped just 2 minutes into TC4 whilst Dave and Emily Evans were 4 minutes late into the same control, arriving just behind Rich and Dave as the minute rolled over.
Craig Owen and Tim Bell, from Ross-on-Wye, missed the board at Didbrook and another on the final triangle on the herringbone through Shipton Gorge. Jeff and Josh Wheeler missed the boards at Notgrove and the Shipton triangle. Newcomers Adam and Holly Lister did well to get all the time controls without a pre-marked map, albeit missing five code-boards. Kev Smith retired at TC5 following an argument with a bank that damaged the radiator.
Bob Blackstock & Jeremy Cooper
Sad news: Relayed from an announcement on the Forresters Car Club page…
“For anyone who hasn’t heard We have lost Alun “Lofty” Thompson. Our thoughts are with the family and friends.”
For those who are unfamiliar with his considerable contribution to Motorsport, Alun, known as Lofty Revovery, has been there to rescue many stricken rallyists over the years. Many Cheltenham Motor Club, Cirecnester Car Club & EMCOS members will remember seeing Lofty recovery at all the Down Ampney & Wyedean rallies. He was also very often spotted out at classic car events.
The family have now made the arrangements for Alun’s funeral. It is on Wednesday 27th November 2019, 3pm at Langstone Crematorium.
The family ask that bright colours are worn to celebrate his life but if you wish to black that’s fine.
Out running finish time control
12 Car Nav-Ex – Friday 18th October 2019