The Regis Rally on October 11 brought
the HRCR Clubmans Championship to a close for 2008. A favourite event
for many which meant that the often end of season entries disadvantage
swelled the starters to 49.
The entry list was awash with the regular names that come out on these
one-day combos of road regularities and special tests. Several crews had
a point to prove or points to win. Dave Hughes/Andy Gibson were the top
seeds with the objective of scoring a hat-trick of Regis wins. Jonathan
Hancox/Richard Lambley, Warren/Jean Chmura, and Geoff Twigg and Dave
Taylor had different sights being the remaining contenders who could
drive or navigate away as 2008 Champions.
The map and venues were classic Regis using OS 197 to good effect with
the usual visits to Goodwood and Tangmere for tests, but unusual in that
the tests came together in a block during the afternoon. The excellent
Amberley Working Museum again hosted the start and finish.
Navigation on the road was Mick Briggs's (Clerk of Course) varied but
straightforward plotting which requiried care rather than cerebral
There were three regularities before lunch: a 30-minute pre-plot for the
first followed by two plot and bash sections.
Narrow leaders after regularity 1 were Richard Dix/"Crow" – a new
(navigator turned) driver/navigator pairing who were together to
practice for their outing on the Rally of the Tests, albeit in an MGB GT
rather than the planned Zephyr which was still being prepared. The lead
was short-lived with Cliff/Paul Doe taking a clear lead after those
nearby notched up unexpected penalties. At lunch the Does held an eight
second lead from Hughes/Gibson with Ian Crammond/Nigel Raeburn a further
six seconds adrift.
The podium stayed the same after regularity 4, but on the penultimate
regularity the Does were a minute out on one of the timing points, and
Jim Deacon/Dave Wilson came into contention after lifting themselves
clear of an early mistake.
Heading for the tests the leading three navigators: Gibson, Wilson and
Raeburn, were about to see whether their drivers could match their
timing and navigation performances.
Clear fastest on the first seven tests were Geoff Twigg/Graham Carter
but a five minute error on regularity 2 had already confined them to the
lower ranks and they retired on the next test.
Overall driving tests stars were Horsborough, Keel and Deacon, the
latter putting his crew within six seconds of the leaders Hughes/Gibson.
The final Mickularity regularity, however, turned into a nightmare for
Deacon/Wilson and Crammond/Raeburn, who both missed a codeboard – the
awkwardly placed 13th PC on the event. The errors gifted a comfortable
win to Dave Hughes/Andy Gibson for the third year in succession. Richard
Dix surprised himself with a good run on the tests to take second with
“Crow”, beating a recovering Cliff Doe/Paul Doe into third on a tie
The ultimate accolade went to Jonathan Hancox/Richard Lambley whose
fourth place secured them as HRCR Clubmans Champions after a consistent
run throughout 2008.
1 David Hughes/Andy Gibson (MG Midget) 713
2 Richard Dix/Ray Crowther (MG B) 777
3 Cliff Doe/Paul Doe (Riley 1.5) 777
4 Jonathan Hancox/Richard Lambley (Triumph TR4) 846
5 Peter Keel/Paul Maynard (Triumph Dolomite Sprint) 853
6 Jim Deacon/Dave Wilson (MG B Roadster) 883
7 Richard Scott/Flora Scott (Mercedes 280SL) 890
8 Peter Horsburgh/Alistair Bell (Morris Mini Cooper S) 891
9 Ian Crammond/Nigel Raeburn (Mercedes 280SL) 905
10 Dean Marley/David Gill (MG BGT) 905