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 – 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 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

Any Mort Tour Update

This year’s Andy Mort Tour is gearing up to be the best yet.

Thanks to the legendary Paddy Hopkirk appearing as the guest of honour, the 2300 Club of Blackburn has seen a surge of interest in the one-day touring assembly, with the original entry limit of 50 cars now extended to 60 .

And the entry list reads like a who’s who of northern motorsport, with a host of names from past and present.

Hopkirk will have the pleasure of flagging of his own car, with 2015 HRCR champion Steve Entwistle taking the wheel of Paddy’s famous Pirelli Marathon-winning Mini Cooper S, 6 EMO, starting at car one.

Geoff Maine and Phil Howarth are back for a third consecutive outing on the Andy Mort Tour – each time in a different car. Both are members of Liverpool Motor Club, competing and officiating.

One of East Lancashire’s most well-known stage rally drivers, Nigel Worswick, is swapping his Ford Escort WRC for a road-going version and starts at seven.

Right behind him is another well-known historic rally crew, Geoff Awde and Peter Ward in an MGB and rounding off the top ten is Ian Harrison, well-known for his exploits in the British Rally Championship in the 1980’s driving a Vauxhall Astra.

Bill Honeywell has a long and illustrious history in rallying, making his debut on the Tour of Mull in 1971. “I’ve done more road rallies than I care to count, and enjoying a long-standing partnership with John Meadows resulting in finishing ninth overall on the 1983 Motoring News Championship.” he said. “When money was tight, I navigated as sat alongside my dad Roy, Mark Harrison, Brian Harper, and Dave Calvert. I now spend much of my time cycling to raise money for cancer charities. I cycled 4,500 miles in one go around Britain in 2011 and climbed all 542 fells in the Lakes. So if anyone wants to donate a few quid to help the fight against cancer, I’ll gladly relieve them of it!”

Starting at car 16 Lisa and Jim Maguire are looking forward to ‘playing out’ in their BMW Cooper S. Lisa used to navigate on rallies but the pair are now officials of Buccaneer Motor Sport Club. Roger and Pamela Broom marshalled on the Tour of Mull for over 25 years and counted themselves good friends with Andy Mort. “He was a great guy and when the 2300 Club organised the first Andy Mort Tour, we just knew we had to be part of it to show support to Andy’s family and friends – and the 2300 Club.” said Roger. They will start at car 24 in a Skoda Citigo.

Former circuit racer Dave Rose is bringing along a car with the same name – a 1989 Mini Rose, one of 500 in Pink White to celebrate 30 years of the Mini.

Former Lancashire Telegraph motorsport writer Jeff Hanson is making his Tour debut with his Mazda MX5. “I covered the sport in the 1980’s with the likes of Hannu Mikkola, Ari Vatanen, Jimmy McRae- and some bloke called Ian Grindrod!” said Jeff. “I tried a few regularities myself, although they were more like irregularities, and was once given a very dubious ‘Crap But Tried’ award by Springhill Car Club, which consisted of a melted conrod.” “My son-in-law Stephen Greenwood is navigating, and his claim to fame is that he once beat Lewis Hamilton is a junior karting race when they were both kids!”

And it’s going to be interesting inside the cabin of John Pinder and David Rowe’s Renault Clio.
“We’re both drivers, so that should be interesting,” said David. “We both rallied back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s in stage and road rallies. More recently, John has been helping his son Luke Pinder in several BRC campaigns. We are both looking forward to the tour and hopefully a targa rally or two.”

*The Andy Mort Tour takes place on Saturday, October 19, starting and finishing from West Bradford Village Hall. More information HERE

Top ten entries:

  1. Steve Entwistle/TBA (Mini Cooper S)
  2. Michael Anderson/Ben Anderson (Mini City)
  3. Geoff Maine/Phil Howarth (MG)
  4. Ian Rowson/Paul Cooper (RS2000)
  5. Andy Stanworth/Alan Ridehalgh (Mini Cooper S)
  6. Mark Smith/Justin Moran (Audi S1 Quattro)
  7. Nigel Worswick/Rebecca Kirsch (Ford Escort Cosworth)
  8. Geoff Awde/Peter Ward (MGB)
  9. Simon Boardman/Steve Crossley (Volvo Amazon)
  10. Ian Harrison/Ellie Murray (Abarth Spider GT).

Chris Ingrams Masterplan & The JEA

A young Chris Ingram applied for the 2013 John Easson Award

“Rally is in my blood. I am driven by my ambition of becoming World Rally Champion and dedicate every day working towards achieving my goals so that not only myself, but my team and my partners will benefit.”

MASTERPLAN “World Rally Champion 2023”

Chris Ingrams

Just turned 20 years old from Manchester, it was quite clear to the judging panel early on in the process that Chris was going somewhere with his confidence and ability to sell himself with pure ambition. He even had a masterplan, just like a business plan, detailing every step and goal along the way in order to achieve his dream of becoming WRC Champion. This set him apart from an already top class entry list. He was even learning French to attract the co-driver he wanted to work with. Late in 2013 it was announced that Chris Ingram had received the award.

With a prize fund of £4,000 contributing to Chris’s entry fees, his chosen rallies for the 2014 season were in the ERC Junior series. Teaming up with French co-driver Gabin Moreau, using a Renault Twingo, the pair showed a very good pace early in the season. Unfortunately they crashed out of the Circuit of Ireland rally, with a very badly damaged car. It looked like their season was over, however, this is where Chris’s ability to sell himself came in. He persuaded Renault to give him a new body shell, bearing in mind Chris’s car was privately funded with no ties to Renault. They too must have seen his potential. With the car ready for the Rally of the Azores in August they finished a credible 2nd in the junior category. The pace was there, the win had to come. Later that month the pair were signed by Peugeot UK to run in a 208 r2. Their financial worries over, they could get down to the business of driving. Rewarding Peugeot UK with their first class win at WRC Wales Rally GB . A fabulous result to the end a great season. 2300club were very proud to support.

The following three seasons would produce great results, ticking off their goals on the way to becoming WRC champion. Teaming up with Peugeot UK then Opel Motorsport, Chris secured one of his main goals to become 2017 under 27 ERC 2wd Champion. Another great result was a class win of over 9 minutes, at Wales Rally GB. Some fabulous results for the team.

Chris Ingram partnered with co-driver Ross Whittock in the Fabia r5 for the 2018 season in 4wd. They were with the privately funded Toksport WRT Skoda Team. They competed against factory and big budget teams with brilliant results. However at the start of the 2019 season the pair found themselves with serious financial worries as their main sponsor had pulled out, putting this years step in the masterplan of becoming the ERC 4wd Champion at risk. Due to Chris’s sheer determination to succeed and to sell himself, he has managed to fund his way through 6 of 8 rounds of the ERC. With the pair leading the Championship by 1 point the funding ran dry, they have had an incredible journey to get this far. Their last event was Barum Czech Rally which had a winning prize fund of €100,000, this could have made all the difference, but sadly was not to be. The pair were leading this rally going into the last stage, when on the last corner of the last stage, the car slid slightly wide losing first position and the prize money by 0.3 of a second. Chris now needs as much support as he can get to finish the season and to stand a chance of being the first British winner of the ERC in 52 years.

There is a GOFUNDME.COM set up by his mum Jo Ingram on his facebook page @chrisingramrally.
Please get behind him & help make this masterplan happen.

Fred Arthur Blundell (FAB) Obituary

Fred Arthur Blundell, who was Chief Marshal and Results Chief on the Tour of Mull, has died just before his 93rd Birthday.

Fred Blundell

His given name was Arthur. Taff Edwards began referring to him as Fred as a gentle leg-pull and it stuck. To his Rallying friends he was and is Fred. To the rest of the world he was Arthur.

For many years Fred fulfilled both of the above roles on Mull. This guaranteed him no sleep for the entire weekend. His genial manner was unaffected and his ability to party when the work was done was legendary.

Fred introduced computerised results to Rallying. In 1979 the Aros Hall in Tobermory was linked to the Philips mainframe in Croydon via a telephone handset pushed into a device with two rubber cups on it. PCs had not yet been invented. This was a success and was soon superseded by an Apple II computer running a tortuous BASIC program that was written by Fred.

Fred will be remembered as a lovely man. He was never visibly flustered even when dealing with a crashed computer program and a queue of results queries from agitated co-drivers. No-one can ever remember him swearing. He was always ready for a joke and a chuckle.

When Fred stood down from his major Club responsibilities he moved into a new role in his 80s. He donned a boiler suit and joined the road crew. This gang was known for their jokes and spoofs as much as for their practical skills and Fred became an integral part.

Fred’s funeral will be at St Josephs Catholic Church, Bury lane, Withnell, Chorley, PR6 8SD on Wednesday, 25th September, at 11.30.

2300 Club Feature on Drystone Radio Radio

Neil Molyneux from the 2300 Club joined Mark Stone on his Drystone Radio show ‘Back Seat Driver’, on 15th September 2019, to talk about the 2300 Club and the upcoming Andy Mort Tour, featuring Paddy Hopkirk

The link to the original show on Drystone Radio is no longer available, but the MP3 excerpt can be played here: 

Andy Mort Tour – Nearly Full!

‘Get your entry in now’ is the urgent message from the organisers of October’s Andy Mort Tour. The 2300 Club of Blackburn have received an unprecedented level of interest since the regulations were published last week. “We were delighted to get almost 20 paid-up entries in the first 24 hours,” explained chairman Neil Molyneux. “Since then the numbers have been steadily rising, and we are now approaching the 40-mark, which leaves us with just ten more spaces left. The Andy Mort Tour has always been popular, but I think the ‘Paddy Factor’ has really taken effect this year.”

Thanks to Mini Sport and their managing director Chris Harper, the club will have the legendary Irish rallyman Paddy Hopkirk as their guest of honour on the day. The Padiham-based Mini specialists enjoy close personal and business links with Hopkirk, and have been entrusted to look after his famous works Cooper S replica 6 EMO, in which he won the 1990 Pirelli Classic Marathon. “Paddy will be flagging off the cars off from the start at West Bradford Village Hall, near Clitheroe, and greeting the finishers later in the day, “ said Chris. “And to round off a great day, there will be an unmissable talk by Paddy recounting some of the highlights of his long and illustrious career in motorsport, followed by a question-and-answer session with renowned rally navigator Ian Grindrod.”

Early entries include 2015 HRCR clubmans champion Steve Entwistle, who will be giving 6 EMO a run-out ahead of November’s RAC Rally of the Tests.

The 2300 Club are also appealing for marshals to help on the day, and volunteers will get a free supper and entry to the talk by Paddy Hopkirk. Anyone wishing to marshal should contact Simon Bibby at