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.

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).

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 simonb@2300club.org.

The Wait is Nearly Over!

The regulations and entry form for the 2300 Club of Blackburn’s eagerly-awaited Andy Mort Tour will go live on their website on Sunday, August 4 at 10am.
And it promises to be a memorable day in more ways than one, with the organisers mapping out a route with a difference this year.
“We have spent a long time making sure it will be substantially different from previous years, and we’ve found some lanes that many people will probably have never seen before,” explained club chairman Neil Molyneux.
“All of these roads are non-damaging and perfectly passable in a road car, so there’s no need for sump-guards or roll cages. There is no competition element, it’s all about the enjoyment of driving on some of the best roads in Lancashire and Yorkshire.
“We also looking forward to having Paddy Hopkirk with us for the day, which will make this year’s Andy Mort Tour very, very special. Although Paddy won’t be driving, he’ll be at the start at West Bradford Village Hall to meet everyone, and flag the cars off. He will then join us at the lunch halt at Blubberhouses before greeting the finishers back at West Bradford.
“The day will finish in style with a talk by Paddy on his momentous career in motorsport, hosted by the equally-legendary rally co-driver and 2300 Club member  Ian Grindrod.
“It promises to be a fantastic day out for any motoring enthusiast, and we anticipate a lot of interest.”

*The  Andy Mort Tour is a non-competitive ‘Touring Assembly’ starting and finishing at  West Bradford Village Hall, near Clitheroe 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.
Open to any ‘vehicles of interest’, the Tour will see crews embarking on a scenic route of at least 100 miles using simple navigation of tulip diagrams or map references, with code-boards and marshalled checkpoints.
With a limit of 50 cars allowed, the organisers expect the entry list to fill very quickly.
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, along with booking information for Paddy’s talk, will be on the club website www.2300club.org or their facebook site: Tour of Mull by 2300 Club.

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.