Andy Mort – A Tribute

A much-loved member of the 2300 Club, Andy Mort lost his life in an accident on the 2015 Tour of Mull. Twelve months later, the club decided to honour his memory with an annual event, and four years on, the Andy Mort Tour goes from strength to strength. Roger & Pamela Broom are just one of many of the crews taking part on Saturday, they were personal friends of Andy, and this is their story:

“My husband Roger and I marshalled main time controls MT2 and MT8 on the Tour of Mull for over 25 years. Over that time we got to know a good few of the 2300 Club members, including Andy Mort. On some occasions, particularly when there was a serious incident or hold-up, or even a cancellation, Andy was often the person who would jump in and be our ‘extra hands’ and liaison with rally control. He was a great guy, and when the 2300 Club organised the first Andy Mort Tour, we knew we just had to be part of it. Initially, it was to show support to Andy’s family, friends and the 2300 Club. Now we take part to celebrate and remember Andy and also because it’s a great event to do. Thank you the 2300 Club!”

Andy Mort Tour – Peter Croft

Peter Croft is typical of many competitors who have achieved high-speed success in motorsport before moving to a slightly more sedate, but equally enjoyable, events like the Andy Mort Tour.

“My introduction to motorsport began with hot rod racing on the Oval tracks in the late 1960s and early 1970s, finishing fifth in the British championship race at New Brighton driving at 1600cc Ford Anglia.”

“Lack of funds and a young family insured and in forced lay-off, but after that I took up road rallying in the late 1970s, first with a self-built mini and then a Mark one Ford Escort, culminating in winning the Clitheroe DMC championship.”

“After another absence, I started racing a Westfield in the Kit Car Championship, before switching to a Sylva Phoenix kit car with reasonable success. After that, I contested the MG Car Club Championships in an MG Midget until 2011.”

“In recent years, I have taken part in the Fellsman and last years Andy Mort Tour in an MGB GT with my partner Amanda Bradley, and we are looking forward to Saturday very much.”

Andy Mort Tour – 1 week to go …

The countdown to the Andy Mort Tour has started. With just four days to go, excitement is building – thanks to a record entry of 55 cars and crews all eager for a great driving day and the chance to meet Paddy Hopkirk. And it’s the ‘Paddy Factor’ that is expected to make this year’s Andy Mort Tour the best yet. “We’ve had a fantastic response, and it was very soon apparent that we would have to extend our limit of 50 cars to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend,” explained Neil Molyneux, chairman of the 2300 Club of Blackburn. “Having Paddy here to meet and greet everyone, and then give a talk at the finish, is going to make the day very special. The icing on the cake is having Paddy’s two cars, 6 EMO and 33 EJB taking part. The organising team have worked very hard to put on an entertaining route that everyone will enjoy, and we hope all the crews will finish the tour wanting to come back again next year.” And it’s not just the crews who will be busy preparing for Saturday. Course car driver Neil Johnson faces a race against time getting his ex-Thierry Neuville Fiesta ST ready after damaging the steering last time out on the Little Devils Tour. The car was used by the current WRC front-runner in the Belgian Rally Championship in 2008.

Fortunately, Neil works for a BMW dealership, so should be able to get a last-minute replacement if it all goes wrong. Whatever he turns up in, he’ll have long- standing 2300 Club member Pete Kenyon on the maps. ‘PK’ was entries secretary when the club ran the Tour of Mull closed road rally, and is a familiar figure in the trials bike world, officiating at many national and international events, along with his brother Roger. Keeping up the family links, Roger will be at the other end of the field as the last car on the Tour. The start venue at West Bradford Village Hall will be open from 8am on Saturday morning, and the organisers ask all crews to arrive at least an hour before their scheduled start time. Each car has an allocated car park space, please do not park on the grass verges on the main road. Cars will leave at one minute intervals, with the first ten cars flagged away by Paddy, who will have the pleasure of seeing 6 EMO, his Pirelli Marathon – winning Cooper S, at car one, followed by 33 EJB, the replica of his 1964 Monte Carlo Rally-winning Mini. Both cars are expected to attract a huge amount of attention throughout the day, and will be taking part in the optional Super Special Test, which takes place after the finish control in West Bradford. “Andy Mort was a fun-loving character and would have appreciated everyone taking part in this element of the day,” explained Neil Molyneux. “We are looking forward to seeing friends old and new on Saturday, even the weather is looking promising!

The 2300 Club of Blackburn would like to thank our event starter Paddy Hopkirk MBE, Chris Harper and Mini Sport of Padiham, Gary Young and Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group, Educational Printing Services Ltd, West Bradford Village Hall, the Millstones, and all the marshals.

Andy Mort Tour – Entry List, Start Times & Final Instructions

Please find below links to the documents for competitors for the 2019 Andy Mort Tour:

Entry List & Start Times

Final Instructions

 

No Time Driver Co-driver Car
0 10:00:00 Neil Johnson Peter Kenyon Fiesta  ST
1 10:01:00 Steve Entwistle Mark Appleton Mini 
2 10:02:00 Michael Anderson Ben Anderson Mini 
3 10:03:00 Geoff Maine Phil Howarth MG ZS120
4 10:04:00 Ian Rowson Paul Cooper Ford RS2000 
5 10:05:00 Andy Stanworth Alan Ridehalgh Austin Mini Cooper S
6 10:06:00 Simon Boardman Steve Crossley Volvo Amazon
7 10:07:00 Nigel Worswick Rebecca Kirsch Ford Escort Cosworth
8 10:08:00 Ian Harrison Ellie Murray Arbarth  Spider GT
9 10:09:00 Bill Honeywell Valerie Honeywell Porsche 911 Carrera S
10 10:10:00 Duncan Hopkinson Charles Hopkinson MGC GT
11 10:11:00 Keith Oglesby Graham Hanson Austin Healey Sprite MK 1
12 10:12:00 Lisa Maguire Jim Maguire BMW Mini Cooper S
13 10:13:00 N/A    
14 10:14:00 Paul Tattersall Neil Molyneux Lancia Stratos HF
15 10:15:00 Angela Briggs Ian Briggs Austin Mini Racing Flame
16 10:16:00 Owen Frankland Pam Frankland MG 3 Sport
17 10:17:00 John Sharples Catherine Gaskell DAX Cobra 427
18 10:18:00 Tommi Meadows Sam Colman Morris Minor 1000
19 10:19:00 John Cope Richard Winstanley Audi  RS 4 Avant
20 10:20:00 John Hargreaves Clive Molyneux Triumph  TR7 V8
21 10:21:00 Roger Broom Pamela Broom Skoda Citigo
22 10:22:00 Diane Brereton Rod Brereton Suzuki Ignis Sport
23 10:23:00 Peter Wright Jim Wright Rover Mini Italian Job
24 10:24:00 Ian Daws Johnathan Atthay Porsche 911
25 10:25:00 John Cross Sarah Cross Porsche 911
26 10:26:00 John Vipond Susan Smith Volvo  294
27 10:27:00 Phil Scholes Andrew Tolson VW Golf GTI
28 10:28:00 David Sanderson Olga Stecko Mazda MX 5 MK1
29 10:29:00 Les McGuffog Kev Haworth Austin Healey 3000 MK2 Wrks Rep
30 10:30:00 Damian Whittle Mark Hughes Escort  MK 11
31 10:31:00 David Rose Caroline Barcham Mini Rose
32 10:32:00 John Cooper Janet Ritson Rover  Mini Cooper S
33 10:33:00 Peter Croft Amanda Bradley MG BGT
34 10:34:00 Bill Ingham Stuart Ingham Austin Mini Cooper S MK 11
35 10:35:00 Clare Burch Tugs Sherrington Nissan Micra 
36 10:36:00 Bryan Ryding Neil Caulfield Porsche 911
37 10:37:00 Stuart Anderson Chris Thirling MGB Roadster
38 10:38:00 Rob Baxandall Ryan Offord Land Rover Defender
39 10:39:00 Ian Hardy Carol Hardy Marlin Roadster
40 10:40:00 John Hartley Nigel Bentley Porsche 964
41 10:41:00 Ian Stansfield Stephen Holmes Ford  Escort
42 10:42:00 Andrew Barritt Suzanne Barritt Porsche 911
43 10:43:00 Simon Rothschild Alan Shaw Ford Escort RS 2000
44 10:44:00 Philip Dean Aideen Dean Audi  A4 Avant
45 10:45:00 Peter Downs Fidelma Downs Dax  Cobra 427
46 10:46:00 Jeff Hanson Stephen Greenwood Mazda MX5 Mk1
47 10:47:00 John Pinder David Rowe Renault Clio
48 10:48:00 Jim McDowall Rob Harris Hillman  Avenger Estate
49 10:49:00 Michael Tomlinson Barry Wilkinson BMW Compact
50 10:50:00 Stephen Byrne David Byrne Lancia Fulvia
51 10:51:00 Jackie Parkinson Jim Brindle Mini Estate
52 10:52:00 John Cook Mark Harder MG MGA Roadster
53 10:53:00 Jonathan Brown Tim Brown Porsche 911
54 10:54:00 Roger Kenyon Dave Thomason Skoda  Fabia Scout

Andy Mort Tour – Latest News

There will now be two famous rally Minis leading away the field on next week’s Andy Mort Tour. Paddy Hopkirk’s amazing replica of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini, 33 EJB will now be appearing, joining 6 EMO, the car he drove to victory on the 1990 Pirelli Marathon. The original 33 EJB is now housed at Gaydon, and has become an illustrious icon, defining the success of both Hopkirk and the Mini in what is acknowledged as a golden era of the sport.
33 EJB


The replica was built by the late Graham McConnell to the specification of the 1964 car, and is looked after by Mini Sport of Padiham, who enjoy close personal and business links with the legendary Northern Irishman. 33 EJB will be driven by Mini Sport’s Michael Anderson, with his son Ben, an accomplished stage navigator in his own right, reading the maps. They will start at car two, behind 6 EMO which will be driven by Steve Entwistle and Mark Appleton. Paddy has generously allowed Mini Sport and Entwistle to use the car on the RAC Rally of the Tests, and with the event just four weeks away, the pair will be using the Andy Mort Tour to get re-acquainted with one another – their last event together was back in 2015.

“To see 33 EJB and 6 EMO on the Tour will be amazing, and for any Mini or historic rally enthusiast, they represent a famous era in the sport,” said 2300 Club chairman Neil Molyneux. “The Tour is getting very close now, and we are very happy with the quality and the quantity of the entries received, and we expect to be issuing the final instructions to everyone this weekend.”

And there’s another works replica car among the entries, with Ilkley Motor Club member Les McGuffog bringing along his newly-acquired Austin Healey 3000 Mk2 for a run-out with well-known rally organiser Kev Haworth in the co-driver’s seat. The club were also delighted to see two former John Easson Scholarship winners on the entry list for this year’s Tour. Tommi Meadows, winner in 2017, has been a frontrunner in this year’s BTRDA R2 Rallye Cup, and fresh from his outing on last weekend’s Wales Rally GB, he’ll be on the startline at West Bradford Village Hall. But it will be in something more sedate than his Fiesta R2 rally car – a Morris Minor 1000!

And a late entry sees 2008 Scholarship winner Phil Scholes also out enjoying the lanes of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Sadly, there have been a couple of withdrawals, with Geoff Awde forced to give the Tour a miss following problems with the diff on his MGB, and Mark Smith, who has taken part in all the previous Andy Mort Tours, will also not be appearing. So with less than two weeks to go, there are still a few places left, anyone interested can visit www.2300club.org for the entry form and details – but be quick!

AMT 2019 – Lunch Stop Menu

The Following options will be available at the Lunch Stop on the 2019 Andy Mort Tour:

  • Homemade Soup of the Day – £4.50
  • Hot roast Sandwiches – £5.50
  • Egg mayonnaise / Cheese & Pickles Sandwiches – £4.95
  • Chips – £2.50
  • Coffee Station – £1.50
  • A selection tray-bakes, Muffins & Confectionary are also available to buy

Appeal for Marshals for October 19

The 2300 Club have issued an appeal for marshals for this month’s Andy Mort Tour, which takes place on Saturday, October 19. Starting and finishing at West Bradford Village Hall in the Ribble Valley, this year’s event has Paddy Hopkirk as guest of honour, flagging away the cars at one minute intervals, and waving the chequered flag at the finish.

“It’s going to be a very special day for everyone, drivers, navigators , officials – and marshals,” said club chairman Neil Molyneux. “We are looking for anyone who could help with marshalling duties on the day, no previous experience is necessary, and in return we offer volunteers a free bacon roll breakfast, supper and entry to the talk by Paddy”

“We have an amazing array of cars – and drivers – entered, so the opportunity to see some iconic
machinery, such as 6 EMO, Paddy’s Pirelli Marthon-winning Mini Cooper S, a works replica Austin Healey 3000, and a Lancia Stratos is not to be missed.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Chief Marshal at simonbibby@btinternet.com.