Paddy Hopkirk (& his Mini) Confirmed

Paddy Hopkirk will be greeted with a familiar sight when he flags off the crews at October’s Andy Mort Tour – his own Mini Cooper S!

Although entries don’t open until next month,  Mini Sport of Padiham have confirmed that Paddy’s 1990 Pirelli Marathon-winning car, 6 EMO, will be among the starters. The iconic red-and-white machine is still owned by Hopkirk,and is prepared and maintained by Mini Sport. Managing director Chris Harper said: “We were delighted to be able to facilitate Paddy’s appearance at the Andy Mort Tour, and it only seemed right that 6 EMO should be there too.


“Although Paddy won’t be driving on the day, he will flag off all the cars at West Bradford village hall and then meet up with everyone at the lunch halt, before greeting the finishers back at West Bradford ahead of his much-anticipated talk.” Mini Sport have invited rallyman Steve Entwistle, who drove 6 EMO on last year’s RAC Rally of the Tests – and led for much of the event – to drive the car on the day. Entwistle, from Rishton, near Blackburn, is one of the favourites for victory in this year’s Rally of the Tests in the same car.

Organisers 2300 Club of Blackburn are expecting a bumper entry for the Tour, which takes place on Saturday, October 19. It is run in honour of club member Andy Mort who was competition liaison officer on the Tour of Mull Rally for many years, and a top National-level navigator in his own right. He sadly lost his life in an accident on the 2015 event.
Club chairman Neil Molyneux said: “It promises to be a memorable day out for any enthusiast. Coffee and bacon sandwiches are served to all participants before the first car gets underway at 10am, driving a 120-mile route through stunning Lancashire and Yorkshire countryside.

“There is a lunch halt where crews can purchase snacks and drinks, before the afternoon leg which is due to finish around 4.15pm with the option of a couple of fun driving activities on private ground. “An evening meal will be served at about 5.30pm and after that we have the legend that is Paddy Hopkirk entertaining us with anecdotes and stories from his glorious career in motorsport. “There will also be the chance for to ask Paddy questions before the day wraps up at about 8pm.”


*Entry fee for the Andy Mort Tour is £50 for a car and two occupants. Extra passengers are £15 each. For enthusiasts who cannot take part in the Tour, but would like to come to the Paddy Hopkirk talk, tickets are available at £10 each for the evening meal and entry to see the guest speaker. Pre-booking for these tickets is essential. Regulations and entry forms for the Andy Mort Tour will be out next month, along with booking information for Paddy’s talk, on this website.

Andy Mort Tour 2019

Heads-up – here’s a date for your diary. This year we will be running the Andy Mort Tour, starting at West Bradford Village Hall on Saturday 19th October. The formula will be similar to previous years, with the exception that we plan to bring a very big rally name to the Forum in the evening after the event.

Keep your eyes on our website for more information as and when it’s available

Andy Mort Tour 2018 Results

Finishers Awards

6 timecards were drawn at random from 26 finishers. The ‘winners’ got a bottle of fizz

1 Rob Baxandall Ryan Offord Landrover Defender
23 Peter Croft Amanda Bradley MG MGB GT
24 Julie Wardale David Wardale VW Transporter T6
10 Owen Frankland Pam Frankland MG 3 Sport
22 Colin Taylor Judith Barnes Triumph TR250
12 Ian Harrison Ellie Murray BMW Z4M

Driving Test Awards

The best time in each test won a bottle of fizz

Blindfold Slalom

6 Ian Briggs Angela Briggs Mini Racing Flame

Tennis Balls into Dustbin (8 Scored)

35 Michelle Swallow Lucy Scott Proton Wira

Darts (89 scored)

4 Andy Stanworth Alan Ridehalgh BMC Mini

Best Entertainer

38 Tim Cruttenden Stephen Broadbent Nissan Micra K10 LS

Best Presented Car

Judged by Mr. John Nixon. Award donated by Mr. Terry Martin.

28 Geoff Awde Margaret Breakell MG B

Marshal’s Award

Drawn at random. Selection of Cheeses presented by Wensleydale Creamery.

This was won by Ken Wilkinson.

Andy Mort Tour 2018 – Event Summary by Owen Frankland

The Andy Mort Tour 2018 was run on the 20th October, receiving praise from all involved. One of the Competitors, Owen Frankland in Car 10, has prepared a blog and video on YouTube, which are linked below:

Owen’s Blog, including experiences and some pictures is here: http://www.oily-hands-mg-life.co.uk/oilys-news/andy-mort-tour

The 9 minute YouTube Video is here: https://youtu.be/49LZCwMb53o

Start Times for 2018 Andy Mort Tour

Here is the list of entrants and start times for the 20th October’s Andy Mort Tour. (updated 19th October, 9pm)

CarStartDriverCo-DriverMakeModel
109:31Rob BaxandallRyan OffordLandroverDefender
209:32Charlie WoodwardRod BreretonTalbotSunbeam
309:33Ian RowsonPaul CooperFordRS2000 Custom
409:34Andy StanworthAlan RidehalghBMCMini
509:35Colin CassonAndy BrookFord Focus RS
609:36Ian BriggsAngela BriggsMiniRacing Flame
709:37Nigel WorswickPaula SwinscoeFordFocus RS
809:38Mark SmithJustin MoranSubaruWRX Sti
909:39Roger BroomPamela BroomSkodaCitigo
1009:40Owen FranklandPam FranklandMG3 Sport
1109:41Simon BoardmanRoger MatherVolvoAmazon
1209:42Ian HarrisonEllie MurrayBMWZ4M
1409:44Phil HowarthGeoff MaineMazdaMX5
1509:45Stuart WilsonSam ColmanPorscheBoxster
1609:46Duncan HopkinsonMike HeyesMGCGT
1709:47Damian WhittleMark HughesSubaruImpreza RB5
1809:48John CooperJanet RitsonRoverMini Cooper
1909:49Paul TattersallNeil MolyneuxLanciaStratos HF
2009:50David RosePhil DeanMiniRose
2109:51Ian SwallowVictoria SwallowProtonSatria GTI
2209:52Colin TaylorJudith BarnesTriumphTR250
2309:53Peter CroftAmanda BradleyMGMGB GT
2409:54Julie WardaleDavid WardaleVWTransporter T6
2509:55Michael TomlinsonBarry WilkinsonMazdaMX5
2609:56Phil MerrallSimon RobinsonToyotaStarlet
2709:57Sean HollySarah HollyPorsche911T
2809:58Geoff AwdeMargaret BreakellMGB
2909:59Bill HoneywellVal HoneywellPorsche911 Carrera S
3010:00Andrew OgdenSue OgdenAlfa RomeoGTV 2000
3110:01Stuart MasonFrank SharplesMercedesSL 350
3210:02Keith OglesbyGraham HansonAustin HealeySprite MK 1
3310:03John SharplesStephen BrindleDAXCobra 427
3410:04Clare BurchTugs SherringtonNissanMicra
3510:05Michelle SwallowLucy ScottProtonWira
3610:06James SwallowAndy GillettBMW1 Series
3710:07Ian StansfieldSusan HolmesFordKuga
3810:08Tim CruttendenStephen BroadbentNissanMicra K10 LS
3910:09Helen MeadowsMartin MeadowsSkodaFabia

Andy Mort Tour 2018 – Rally Forum

On the 20th October 2018, we will be holding this year’s running of the Andy Mort Tour, in memory of our fallen colleague. Straight after the event, at around 6:30pm we will be congregating at West Bradford Village Hall.  Bill Honeywell will be host the Rally Forum and we’re pleased to announce the guest speakers list as follows:

  • Bill Honeywell (Chairman)
  • Ian Speedy Harrison
  • Steve Entwistle
  • Tommi & John Meadows
  • Clive Molyneux

The price will be £10 for tickets which also includes supper, or both entry and supper are included in the price of the entry to the Andy Mort Tour. Tickets are available from secretary@2300club.org.