Winner of the 2017 John Easson Award

2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 John Easson Award.

Lancashire driver Tommi Meadows was chosen as the winner of this year’s prestigious award which is worth a total prize fund of £6,000.

Tommi Meadows being awarded 2017 John Easson Scholarship Award by Allan Durham of 2300 Club

The 17 year old was the choice of the judges after very careful deliberation, which saw the three finalists travel to Preston to take part in interviews with the panel of judges.

Tommi emerged as winner after a very close run contest with fellow finalists, Lincolnshire driver George Lepley and Lancashire Co driver Chris Clarke-Simkiss

This year the judges, Former Tour of Mull Clerk of the Course Clive Molyneux, former international co driver Ian Grindrod, Bury rally driver John Cope and guest judge 2016 JEA winner Sam Bilham faced a very difficult task in choosing the winner, Clive said, It is unfortunate that there can only be one winner, however we feel Tommi will be a worthy recipient of the John Easson Award and of course we wish runners up George and Chris the very best of luck with their continued rallying”.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award.

Allan Durham
2300 Club John Easson Award Scheme Manager

John Easson Award – 2017 Finalists

2300 Club are pleased to announce the finalists of the 2017 John Easson Award.

George Lepley -Driver
Tommi Meadows – Driver
Chris Sharpe-Simkiss – Co-Driver

The Award selection committee will meet the finalists on the 1st December and following an informal interview the winner of the 2017 JEA will be decided.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award and wish them continued success in their rallying.

The Andy Mort Tour will be followed by the 2300 Club all-star Rally Forum

The Andy Mort Tour will be followed by the 2300 Club all-star Rally Forum.

The 2300 Club all-star Rally Forum will follow the Andy Mort Tour in the finish venue at West Bradford Village Hall.

The 2300 Club is fortunate to have some star names amongst its members and friends. The forum will be hosted by Ian Grindrod and panellists will be Daniel Barritt, Daniel Harper, Ron Beecroft and John Millington.

Again the emphasis will be on fun and entertainment. Audience participation is welcome.

For those who cannot take part in the Tour but wish to go to the Forum, entry to the forum is £10 and includes a hot-pot supper which will be served at 6.30pm. Please reserve your ticket by email to secretary@2300club.org.

These events will be a great day out with the opportunity to spend time with fellow motorsport enthusiasts. We hope that you will join us.

Preliminary Start Times for 2017 Andy Mort Tour

Here is the preliminary list of entrants and start times for the 21st October’s Andy Mort Tour. We have a few pending entries, so this list will probably change in the run up to the event. We still have space if you’d like to join us. (updated 19th October, 9pm)

Car Start Driver Co-driver Make Model  
1 10:01 Nigel Worswick Rebecca Kirsch Ford Escort Cosworth  
2 10:02 Charlie Woodward Rod Brereton Talbot Sunbeam  
3 10:03 Lee Sharples Frank Sharples Audi RS4 Avant  
4 10:04 Andy Stanworth Alan Ridehalgh BMC Mini  
5 10:05 Geoff Maine Phil Howarth Rover 216 Cabriolet  
6 10:06 Martin Oglesby John Parker Opel Kadet GT/E  
7 10:07 Steven Lee Geoff Powell BMW Z3M Coupe  
8 10:08 Andrew Ogden John Hartley Alfa Romeo GTV 2000  
9 10:09 Owen Frankland Pam Frankland MG 3 Sport  
10 10:10 Roger Broom Pamela Broom Ford Puma  
11 10:11 Mark Smith Justin Moran Subaru WRX Sti  
12 10:12 Kevin Barcock Ashley Bury Honda S2000  
13 10:13 Gary Sykes Carole Sykes Porsche Boxter  
14 10:14 Ron Beecroft John Millington Lexus RX450  
15 10:15 Duncan Hopkinson Mike Heyes MG CGT  
16 10:16 Simon Boardman Alan Barnes Volvo 131  
17 10:17 Ian Rowson Paul Cooper Mitsubishi Lancer EvoII GSR  
18 10:18 Tom Hooley Brian Hooley Ford Focus  
19 10:19 Stephen Cawley Sheila Cawley Mercedes SLK 230  
20 10:20 David Steggles Paul Rhodes Audi A2 Withdrawn
21 10:21 Jan Molyneux Neil Molyneux Mini Cooper D  
22 10:22 Damian Whittle Mark Hughes Ford Escort RS2000  
23 10:23 Peter Wright Jim Wright Subaru Outback  
24 10:24 Bill Honeywell Valerie Honeywell Porsche 911 Carrera S  
25 10:25 Anne Nolan Keith Nolan Mazda MX5 Sport  
26 10:26 Phil Merrall Simon Robinson Toyota Starlet  
27 10:27 Ricky Williams Mick Gardner Mk2 Escort RS2000  
28 10:28 Kris Coombes Louis Baines Nissan Micra  
29 10:29 Sean Holly Sarah Duthoit Jaguar XJS  
30 10:30 Tim Cruttenden Stephen Broadbent Nissan Micra K10 LS  
31 10:31 Martin Young Terry Martin Peugeot 208  

The “Andy Mort Tour” & “All-Star Rally Forum” – 21st October 2017

Following on from last year’s successful Andy Mort Tour in October 2016, the 2300 Club are organising a similar event this year in memory of former club member Andy Mort.

The event will be called the Andy Mort Tour and will take place on the 21st October 2017 and is a gentle run around Lancashire / Yorkshire. It is not a timed or competitive event and is classed by the MSA as a ‘Touring Assembly’ – for the layman that is code ‘for a leisurely scenic run in the country on proper Tarmac roads.’ … so no need for roll cages, sump guards, etc! There will be prizes for the correct route as well as best turned out car etc etc. The navigation is via Tulips from a supplied Road Book.

The Event Regulations and Event Entry Form (complete on screen) or Event Entry Form (print, fill in by pen & post) are now available, by clicking on the document names. If you’re sending your entry form by post, please tell us your email address too. Please send completed forms to secretary@2300club.org or by post to: Andy Mort Tour, c/o Stuart Pye, 112 Whalley Road, Wilpshire, Blackburn, BB1 9LJ.

In the meantime a few details to whet your appetite are here:

  • Start & Finish venue will be 9:30am at West Bradford Village Hall (BB7 4TE)
  • Morning route of approximately 65 miles
  • Lunch halt (approx. 1 Hour)
  • Afternoon route of approximately 65 miles
  • There will be some fun driving tests near the finish venue
  • The Entry Fee is £50 (2 people) which will include a light breakfast and hot-pot super at the finish venue. Extra passengers cost £15
  • All makes and types of vehicles are welcome
  • Entry includes the 2300 Club all-star Rally Forum (see below).

The Andy Mort Tour will be followed by the 2300 Club all-star Rally Forum. This will follow the Andy Mort Tour in the finish venue at West Bradford Village Hall.

The 2300 Club is fortunate to have some star names amongst its members and friends. The forum will be hosted by Ian Grindrod and panellists will be Daniel Barritt, Daniel Harper, Ron Beecroft and John Millington.

Again the emphasis will be on fun and entertainment. Audience participation is welcome.

For those who cannot take part in the Tour but wish to go to the Forum, entry to the forum is £10 and includes a hot-pot supper which will be served at 6.30pm. Please reserve your ticket by email to secretary@2300club.org.

These events will be a great day out with the opportunity to spend time with fellow motorsport enthusiasts. We hope that you will join us.

Winner of the 2016 John Easson Award

 2300 Club 2016 John Easson Award

2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 John Easson Award.

Bingley rally driver Sam Bilham has been chosen as the winner of this year’s prestigious award which is worth a total prize fund of £5,000.

The 20 year old was the choice of the judges after very careful deliberation, which saw the three finalists travel to Preston to take part in interviews with the panel of judges.

Sam emerged as winner after a very close run contest with fellow finalists, George Lepley and Meirion Evans

This year the judges, co-driver “legend” – Ian Grindrod.  Motorsport News Rally Journalist Jack Benyon,, Bury rally driver John Cope and guest judge 2015 JEA winner Matthew Jackson faced a very difficult task in choosing the winner, Judges chairman John said, It is unfortunate that there can only be one winner, however we feel Sam will be a worthy recipient of the John Easson Award and of course we wish runners up George and Meirion the very best of luck with their continued rallying”.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award.

Allan Durham
2300 Club John Easson Award Scheme Manager

 

“Andy Mort Tour” – Report by Alan Barnes of Preston Motorsport Club

Here is the full report on the 2300 Club Andy Mort Tour, which will be published imminently in the SD34 Spotlight E-magazine. It was written by Alan Barnes of Preston Motorsport Club, who has given permission for us to publish it here …

2300 Club Andy Mort Tour

Many of the members of 2300 Club may be past their ‘collect bus pass’ age but there is life in the club yet and they proved it by organising an excellent touring assembly in honour of member Andy Mort.

Andy, as many readers will be aware, succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident on the Mull Rally last year when co-driving for John MacCrone, who came back this year to win the event and dedicate the emotional victory to his friend.

I never met Andy but he was, by all accounts, a larger than life character, and paying tribute to him, 2300 Club Chairman, Neil Molyneux told the post-touring assembly gathering that Andy would have ‘found ways of enjoying the touring assembly more than anybody else’.

The subsequent laughter told its own story about Andy – he was someone who was an industrious member of the 2300 Club committee, someone who gave his heart and soul to the sport he loved so much.

So, to the touring assembly. Simon Boardman aka Simon Bee had posted a mention of it on my Facebook timeline on my return from the Mull Rally. Would the long-suffering Mrs Sally Barnes feel generous enough to issue a pass out so that I could go and play out? There was a chance to take part in the event with Lancashire Automobile Club president and all-round good guy John Hartley, in a beautiful red Porsche 964.

Apart from anything else I wanted to acknowledge what the 2300 Club was doing for Andy Mort. I had been on Mull in October 2015, competing on the same rally, like many other Spotlight readers, when the tragedy involving my fellow Lancastrian occurred. Here was an opportunity to pay my respects.

I explained the situation to ‘her indoors’ in such terms and the answer was in the affirmative. She’s a darling, what would I do or be without her?

A quick phone call was made to John and the touring assembly was on. Saturday October 22 dawned cold and misty and on arrival at Mytton Fold Golf Club there was the old, familiar sight of orange direction arrows baring the name 2300 Club.

A convivial breakfast of bacon barmcakes, coffee and tea, gave many old friends a chance to say hello and catch up and we signed on, collecting a stylish name plate for the car, a roadbook, containing simple Tulip instructions to take crews from the start to the lunch halt via a series of check points where your time card was signed by marshalls or where you had to write down a code from a codeboard.

Seeing so many old faces from when I started rallying in the early 1980s was a lovely experience. Charlie Woodward, Rod Brereton, Ian Grindrod, Trevor Roberts, Walter and Pat Bateson – Pat doesn’t appear to have changed a bit, a great servant to motorsport but don’t mess with her! – and so many others including the hard-workin Stuart Pye who dealt with entries and helped make the event run so smoothly.

Soon we were on our way and the route took the cars down to the De Tabley bridge over the Ribble, via Dinckley. After heading up Gallows Lane and via Hurst Green we found ourselves motoring past Stonyhurst College and up onto the back end of Longridge Fell where Trevor Roberts was manning a check point.

I don’t know how old Trevor is now but I remember the way he chaired Clitheroe Motor Club with such style and command when I was a beginner aged 18 or 19. A true motorsport legend, a top man and so nice to see him still involved in helping the 2300 Club.

The route then took us via Bashall Eaves and Cow Ark up to Slaidburn and up Lythe Fell, via the Four Ringstones loop and on to Mewith Head and north to the A65 near Ingleton. A bit of slottery around the Burton in Lonsdale, Wenningon and Bentham area saw us head pas Dan Willan’s coach firm up the Roman road at Casterton and up to a checkpoint, manned by Ian Grindrod and Clive Molyneux at the start of Barbondale. What a road this is, with a series of crests and yumps that we naturally did not take other than cautiously in the Porsche.

From Barbondale we travelled via the cobblestoned village of Dent and out via what the old timers call Dent Station White. It is in fact a C-class road but is quite rough in places, though nothing I have seen lately is as rough as the Hill Road on Mull. Travelling over this road brought memories flooding back of flying down this road in the mid-80s on the old Motoring News road rally rounds such as the Bolton Midnight and the Devil’s Own. They were the days! Just further to the north of Dent Station White were Mallerstang and Tan Hill, again classic molorland road rally roads – but we instead headed east towards Hawes for the lunch halt.
The second half saw us pootle over Fleet Moss and then up to Arncliffe before heading down the yumpy, bumpy Pen-Y-Ghent road to Stainforth – all classics.

We headed back to Mytton Fold Golf Course via Tosside, Bolton-by-Bowland and Downham, travelling over the back end of Pendle Hill via Barley and out towards Sabden Fold and Whalley.

On arrival back at HQ Pat Bateson presented us with a souvenir key ring apiece, with the 2300 Club logo engraved on it. A nice touch, thank you! And over the obligatory post-event pint, John and I chatted amongst friends, having a laugh, having fun. I had enjoyed a lovely day in the company of a great enthusiast in John, who really is one of motorsport’s great characters. His car is a joy to travel in, so nimble, so direct, so much power on tap. I want one, but I will never be able to afford one!

What else did I learn? Well, I know that these touring assemblies are a gentle but excellent way for newcomer navigators to learn the art of map reading and using tulips, with an element of timekeeping also involved. I will be mentioning this aspect when I next see members of Preston Motorsport Club. A lot of our younger members are keen to dip a toe in the waters of rally navigation and these events make great sense for them to hone their skills.

I also learned that we take the countryside around us for granted far too much. The colours of autumn were evident all around us and what a stunning backdrop those mountains and fells made as we buzzed along in our cars.

This was the second event the 2300 Club has put on since running its last Tour of Mull in 2009. Hopefully there will be more events to follow, not least a proper stage rally if the road closures act ever comes into being in England.

Those roads used on this route, devised by Walter Bateson, are all quality roads. What a sight, what an experience a proper rally in full-on stage cars would be for those lucky enough to participate. Here’s to hoping it happens one day!

Alan Barnes
Preston Motorsport Club

Here are a few photos, kindly provided by Alan to go with his report