WE ARE RECRUITING AN EVENT COORDINATOR!

Rally the Globe is a Members’ Club that organises vintage and classic car rallies across the world. We are currently looking for an Event Coordinator to join our small but busy Rally HQ in Leeds, to support the team in all aspects of researching, planning, organising and delivering our adventurous programme of events.

The Event Coordinator role is a varied and exciting position, and you will need to work autonomously and manage competing priorities. As the first point of contact for new customers enquiring about rallies, and existing customers who have queries about events, you will need to be able to react quickly and find answers to their questions, whilst building ongoing relationships. You will need to have strong administrative and organisational skills, tenacity, and be proactive and adaptable.

This is an extremely busy role at times, particularly in the lead up to an event where liaising with various venues on final arrangements is critical, and you will also need to provide back-up support from the office to deal with any issues that arise when the rest of the team are on events. You will have the opportunity to be involved in almost all aspects of the work which goes into the planning of our events, making this a fantastic opportunity in a fast-paced and ambitious organisation.

To request a copy of the Job Description & Person Specification, please email info@rallytheglobe.com . You can also contact Loren Price for an informal discussion on 0113 360 8961.

To apply for the role, please submit your CV and covering letter (maximum 2 pages of A4), demonstrating how you meet the criteria in the Person Specification, by email to info@rallytheglobe.com .

Closing date: Tuesday 31st August 2021

Full time role, based Leeds, with the possibility of some home-working and flexible hours.

Salary: up to £25,000, depending on experience

Benefits include 25 days holiday, pension and private medical insurance.

CLOVERLEAF EVENTS REVIVE SPIRITS AS RALLY THE GLOBE RETURNS TO THE OPEN ROAD

• Revival events in Yorkshire and Scotland refresh passions, skills and camaraderie 
• Historic and classic cars venture onto some of the UK’s most spectacular roads 
• Huge demand encourages organisers to run both rallies twice 
• Focus now switches to Highland Thistle and Carrera Italia

Rally the Globe is back firing sweetly on all its beautifully blueprinted cylinders and the not-for-profit Club is once again delighting all owners of pre-1977 vintage and classic cars with unforgettable driving adventures.

No fewer than 16 silent months have slipped past since the curtain came down on the incredible Southern Cross Safari set in East Africa in March 2020, the enforced hiatus, though, has now been brought to a very welcome conclusion with the successful staging of four morale boosting Cloverleaf events closer to home in the UK.

Set in the spectacular scenery of Yorkshire and the west coast of Scotland, these restorative early summer Cloverleafs were specifically designed to raise spirits by reviving passions, refreshing old relationships and forging new friendships. While competitive Tests and Regularity sections were included to dust off both driving and navigation skills, the emphasis was always on putting smiles back on faces rather than the saving seconds on the stopwatch. To that end there were no individual winners, however special team prizes and Spirit of the Rally Awards were presented.

Providing participants with a safe environment in these still ever-changing times, the innovative Cloverleaf format included four days of outstanding driving based around three nights accommodation at the same luxury venue. Entries were limited to Rally the Globe members, with a maximum of 12 crews per event.

“After the recent global frustrations, we were super-keen to start running events that would meet whatever protocols might still be in place this summer,” explained  Fred Gallagher, the Club’s eminent Rally Director. “To that end, we focused our efforts on home soil and on finding suitable spots which offered both the safety of sole occupation as well as easy access to some of the UK’s greatest driving roads.”
 
“The original plan was to run one of these in Yorkshire and one in Scotland but, because of the extremely large number of entries we received, we decided to run both a second time thus ensuring everyone could get an overdue run.”

The exciting prospect of refreshing friendships and rediscovering the excitement of the open road also attracted a wonderfully eclectic entry of cars. Joining the ever-popular 1920s Bentleys, Porsche 911s, Datsun 240Zs, Aston Martins and Triumph TRs were less known motoring icons from yesteryear, including an AC Aceca-Bristol, Maserati Indy, Austin A90 Westminster, Jaguar Mk1, Citroen DS 23 Pallas, Talbot AV105, Rover P6 and Ford Escort Mexico. A couple of notable American cars were also on the quadrifoglio roster: a Chevrolet Fangio Coupe and Chrysler ’75 Roadster.

The two Yorkshire Cloverleafs (11-14 June and 12-15 July) were based at the idyllic Yorke Arms in Nidderdale just 25 miles from Rally the Globe’s headquarters in Leeds. The first afternoon’s action commenced in the beautiful stately splendour of Bowcliffe Hall and the rally finished three days later with lunch at the Michelin starred Angel at Hetton.

In between the carefully devised route through the Yorkshire Dales and over the Yorkshire Moors treated participants to wonders of ‘God’s own country’, taking them past the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, Wensleydale Creamery, the Tan Hill Inn (Britain’s highest pub) and the magnificence of Castle Howard.

Staged north of the border, the other two Cloverleafs (22-25 June and 19-22 July) were equally spectacular. They were centred at Laudale House – a sensational  residence at the heart of the 13,000 acre Laudale Estate on the Scottish west coast’s remote Morvern Peninsula.

Once all the paperwork was completed, a lone piper set competitors on their way from the beautiful village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond. This  time the memorable 76 hour driving adventure featured the famous ‘Rest and be Thankful’ climb, the awe of Glencoe, the wild beauty of Ardnamurchan peninsula (the most westerly point of mainland Britain) plus a magical trip to the epic roads and landscapes of Mull via the Corran Ferry… all en route to a five star conclusion at Cromlix House – the luxury hotel owned by tennis star Andy Murray serving up an ace finish to an ace event.

“Everybody was just delighted to get back out onto the road again and loved every single minute of both events ­– the feedback has been absolutely tremendous,” reported a delighted Gallagher who was equally pleased to see the Rally the Globe team back in the saddle. “It’s hard to imagine that the UK has any better driving roads than those that thrilled us in Yorkshire and Scotland and, perhaps more importantly at the moment, the camaraderie was just as excellent.”

Club Chairman, Graham Goodwin who participated in two of the Cloverleafs, was one of the many to heap praise on the excellence of Gallagher’s crack team. He lauded: “Planning and staging any rally is difficult but to do so many in such a short space of time, and in the current climate, is a truly fantastic achievement. These events were the perfect tonic we all desperately needed.” 

With spirits now raised by these four very welcome escapades, Rally the Globe is now gearing up for a return to Scotland in September before the reintroduction of more intrepid international fixtures later in the autumn.

Having whetted appetites with the two Scottish Cloverleafs, the longer and even more spectacular Highland Thistle Rally (2-7 September) includes five days of awe-inspiring driving through the glens and mountains. Starting and finishing in historic St Andrews, the 1,250-mile journey – significantly different to the one savoured by those on the Cloverleaf – travels through Scotland’s most iconic landscapes with a standout overnight halt in the rugged splendour of  the Isle of Skye.

The following month’s Carrera Italia promises to be every bit as astounding with ten days of stunning driving through the majesty of the Ligurian Alps, Italian Lakes, the Dolomites and Tuscany.

“A very limited number of places are available on both the Highland Thistle and Carrera Italia,” reported Gallagher. “However, following the huge success of our Cloverleafs, it’s fair to say that excitement is building and interest in those few remaining spots is predictably strong.”

LIVING LA DOLCE VITA – CARRERA ITALIA RECCE

Boarding an aeroplane on 24 May for the first Rally the Globe recce outside Great Britain since September last year felt very strange indeed.

Jim Smith and I had been through the full range of getting a negative COVID PCR test, uploading it to the airline website, arranging the post-trip quarantine tests (normally they are on days two and eight but luckily there is the option to pay extra and get released on day five, essential for those of us going to the Yorkshire Cloverleaf), filling in the locator forms, ensuring we had enough masks etc. etc.

Being over cautious as ever I was at the airport at 04:45 for a 07:15 flight and was through all the checks and security by 05:00! 

Arriving in Italy was equally simple providing one had all the paperwork at hand and could convince the immigration officer that it was definitely a work trip. Within the hour Jim and I were at the venue for one, or two, of the finest test venues of the event. We were effectively given the run of the amazing venue and have planned a surprise or two for the lucky competitors.

After a good night’s sleep we headed to Lake Como but unlike those on the event we reluctantly continued past The Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Regularities were explored, coffee halts checked and lunch menus scrutinized. Despite it being the end of May many roads were still closed by snow, but by the end of the day plans for Day 3 of the rally were falling into place. 

Next morning the Dolomites amazed as ever, and we got some inspiration for the 2022 Vintage event in that region. A very special, family run, lunch halt was discovered before the run to Cortina.

Having recced the Dolomite region extensively last year we then head to Verona where the fabulous Due Torri Hotel is ready to welcome us. Parking is as much of a challenge as it was in Trujillo during Carrera Iberia but, as ever, we will find a solution.

After three days in the mountains it was a change to be on the plains of central Italy. The Modena region has been home to all the great (and not so great) Italian marques and we have a couple of treats in store. Then across the Appenines via the famous Futa Pass, where a fine lunch is in store, and down to Rimini and its Grand Hotel overlooking the Adriatic.

From the coast we headed towards Tuscany and a mediaeval village that has been miraculously transformed into a five-star hotel. Along the way we found some great regularities among picturesque scenery and historic towns and villages.

Day nine of the rally sees us in the Chianti region and its glorious views. The lunch halt hotel has its own network of roads and we have been promised their use for a variety of tests and regularities, all on smooth asphalt. We descended to the Mediterranean and the beautiful resort of Santa Margherita Ligure, where we discovered a pair of well-known historic rally competitors, and their beautiful Ferrari, had checked in just in front of us. We must have chosen the right place!

For the final day of the rally we found some absolutely tremendous driving roads; the challenge was putting them all together. After much scratching of heads, a plan was devised and the event will be competitive right to the end. The Royal Hotel in Sanremo will be a fitting place to both start and finish Carrera Italia and we particularly look forward to the gala prize-giving dinner and welcoming our new President.

For Jim and me, however, there were still two days of work. The roads behind Sanremo are some of the greatest classics in the history of rallying. However, the severe storms and floods of October 2020 have left their mark and we frequently had to backtrack due to washaways and road closures. We did, nevertheless, find a great route and surprising venues for coffee and lunch. The afternoon saw us in the wonderful wine region of Barolo and we currently plan to end the day with a little tasting! Our overnight halt was used by Ferrari in 2020 for the European press launch of the Roma so again we feel we have chosen well….

Day two of the rally, and the final day of our recce, sees us crossing the plain between Turin and Milan before heading to the Italian lakes. Hills are in short supply as are regularities. However, this is more than made up for by the number of great test venues available to us. This will be a day to be remembered, particularly by the drivers. Our route took us right past Malpensa airport which is where we started and after 3,100 kilometres of recce we reluctantly said “Arrivederci” to Italy.

It had been a whirlwind tour but been great to get back on the road. The rally promises to be a cracker. Don’t miss it!

ARI VATANEN JOINS RALLY THE GLOBE AS CLUB PRESIDENT

  • Inspirational new role for much-loved international motor sport legend 
  • World champion renews winning partnership with former co-driver Fred Gallagher 
  • Finnish star eager to experience the ‘spirit and comradeship’ of Rally the Globe adventures 
  • New-look calendar welcomes new members and entries 

Rally the Globe is honoured to announce that motor sport legend Ari Vatanen will be its very first Club President. 

Now aged 69, the illustrious Finn is one of the most revered and respected rally drivers of all times, being crowned as World Champion in 1981 and, thereafter, winning the epic Paris Dakar Rally no fewer than four times. He was also one of the idolised heroes of rallying’s revered Group B era and, more recently, served as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2009. 

With such an international sporting and political pedigree, Vatanen is the perfect figurehead for this ambitious, not-for-profit members’ club established in 2018 to incite, enthuse and entertain all owners of pre-1977 vintage and classic cars with unforgettable driving adventures all around the world. Moreover, it is also a prominent role that Vatanen clearly relished accepting. 

“I’m honoured and touched,” he admitted. “These historic rally events have real appeal; they are full of spirit, comradeship and enjoyment and that’s my kind of lifestyle. I love going back in time and looking at all these cars from the past and I’m really looking forward to being part of this very special atmosphere when I attend future events.”   

The high-profile appointment also reunites Vatanen with his former co-driver Fred Gallagher, the well-respected Ulsterman who is one of the founding forces behind Rally the Globe. Together the pair won the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies with Citroën Sport in 1997 and also teamed up to score a famous podium finish on the Safari Rally when sharing an Escort WRC for the Ford factory team in 1998.

“I know now, as then, I will be in very good hands,” endorsed Vatanen. “Fred had a very calming and reassuring effect on my driving and it’s the trust and friendship that we have built up over the years which has energised me to accept this wonderful position as Club President of Rally the Globe.”  

Having first-hand knowledge of Vatanen’s immense capabilities and magnetic charisma Gallagher, too, is understandably excited to be renewing their collaboration. 

“Ari is just a magical character and I have no doubt that his affiliation and involvement will help us to raise awareness for all the amazing events we have planned,” enthused Gallagher, the Club’s eminent Rally Director. “He has terrific contacts in both political and motor sport circles, and his incredible charisma will be an inspiration to us all.”

“It is a true honour to have someone as well respected and loved as the great Ari Vatanen as our Club President,” confirmed Club Chairman, Graham Goodwin, himself a long-distance historic rally winner when sharing a 1925 Bentley Supersports with wife Marina. “I know our members will relish sharing unforgettable times and experiences with such a true legend during future Rally the Globe adventures.” 

Looking ahead, to revive the spirits of its members with some welcome escapades, Rally the Globe has devised an enticing calendar aimed at rekindling driving passions and convivial camaraderie as national lockdown protocols are lifted post pandemic. 

The evocative action recommences in the UK with four single hotel based ‘Cloverleaf’ rallies, before the reintroduction of more intrepid international fixtures in the autumn. Initially these overseas events will be based in Europe before once again venturing further afield in early 2023. 

October’s splendid Carrera Italia is one event to which Vatanen is particularly looking forward as it will start and finish in his old rallying haunt of Sanremo. 

YORKSHIRE CLOVERLEAF RECCE

Fred Gallagher and Mark Appleton headed to a gloriously sunny Yorkshire recently to finalise plans for the two editions of the Yorkshire Cloverleaf in June and July. Starting at the stately Bowcliffe Hall, they ventured down dales, across moors and to the seaside in search of the best roads that the county has to offer, and some interesting and slightly different tests for crews to experience. Our accommodation will be at The Yorke Arms, a country house situated in the breathtaking Nidderdale countryside.

You can sample just a little bit of the beautiful scenery that will be on offer in the short film from the recce below.

Although the June dates for both our Yorkshire and West Highland Cloverleaf events are full, we are accepting Reserve List entries in case a place does become available, and we do still have a few spaces on both the July dates. If you would like to find out more, please email info@rallytheglobe.com .

VIVA CARRERA ESPAÑA!

  • New Spanish adventure added to Rally the Globe calendar
  • From Barcelona to Santander in spring 2022 
  • Mountain roads, race tracks and luxurious hotels en-route
  • Entries now open to pre-1977 classic and veteran cars

With the optimism of a clear roadmap out of lockdown ahead, Rally the Globe has its pedal-to-the-metal creating new competitive adventures for those crewing much-loved vintage and classic cars.

Fuelled by this renewed enthusiasm and excitement, a revised calendar of events was confirmed last month and that future programme is now further enhanced by the addition of the alluring Carrera España, entries for which are now open.

Set in the warmth of welcome spring sunshine in Spain and open to all cars built before the end of 1976, Carrera España will run from 24 April to 5 May 2022 and will explore the empty, scenic roads in the northern part of the fêted Iberian country.

Running to Rally the Globe’s much-admired Carrera format, the meticulously researched driving route will run entirely on asphalt surfaces. The overnight camaraderie will be experienced at hotels chosen specifically for their luxury, comfort, style and, perhaps a little quirkiness to make them all-the-more memorable. The inclusion of Regularity Sections, often set on twisty mountain roads, plus Timed Tests arranged at permanent motor sport venues will add the captivating element of competition so enjoyed by both drivers and navigators.

The route for the Carrera España will start outside the enchanting seaside city of Barcelona and finish 11 days later in Santander, the beautiful resort famous for its eye-catching beaches and mouth-watering cuisine.

Guaranteeing a fast start, the opening day includes tests at famous circuits as well as challenging regularities in the Pyrenees. From Barcelona in the region of Catalonia, crews will travel through the wonders of Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon, Galicia and Asturias before finally arriving on the Cantabrian coast. Evenings en-route will be spent in a variety of top class hotels including Benedictine monasteries, a mountain lodge and even a mediaeval fortress.

“Like the greatest of grand touring GT cars, our Carrera events are created for both competition and comfort – and the Carrera España will have both those two pleasures in abundance,” promised Fred Gallagher, Rally the Globe’s well-respected Rally Director. “The event travels through seldom seen, traffic-free parts of northern Spain with gloriously open roads through some truly stunning scenery. The hotels are equally impressive and no doubt where every day’s adventures will be revisited, shared and, perhaps, sometimes embellished around the dinner table!”

Rally the Globe’s previous visit to Spain for the Carrera Iberia in 2019 proved an instant success with entries selling out swiftly. With numbers again limited to avoid overcrowding, keen participants are advised to register their interest without delay.

For those eager for some restorative driving adventures in the meantime, this autumn’s Highland Thistle Rally and Carrera Italia still have a few remaining places on their respective entry lists.

Based in St Andrews the former is a magical trip to and from the spectacular Isle of Skye via the Scottish glens, lochs and mountains. The latter is an equalling alluring journey through the dramatic Dolomites and idyllic lakes of northern Italy.

RALLY THE GLOBE CHAIRMAN’S SUMMARY – 2020

Dear Members

2020 was the year in which Rally the Globe completed its first long overseas rally, the Southern Cross Safari.  This was an exceedingly difficult event to organise, which probably explains why Kenya and Tanzania are seldom visited by Vintage and Classic car enthusiasts in such a rally format.  Exceptionally, there has never before been a competitive rally which has managed to successfully navigate the red tape required to get permission to drive through the very special Masai Mara and Serengeti game parks.  It is a credit to the contacts and determination of our World Champion co-driver Fred Gallagher that we managed to do just that, and Marina and I will never forget this once in a lifetime trip.  To drive an open topped Bentley through a game park bigger than Wales and to watch the vast migration of animals in this natural setting was amazing.  Navigating heavy rain, washed out roads and swarms of locusts en route was the icing on the cake.  Unfortunately, we arrived back to the UK with a bang. 

From here on in events were postponed and cancelled one after another and it felt like travel and related companies were collapsing like a stack of cards.  Sadly, two of our fellow rally companies have closed their doors for good and this makes us more determined than ever to fly the endurance rally flag.  We have a rally family to support and look after and we intend doing just that.  

From an RtG point of view our plans for the remainder of 2020 were hit hard.  As a result of the UK national lockdown, we had to cancel our Celtic Challenge rally and our Round the World rallies.  I was particularly gutted at the prospect of cancelling Round the World because this marathon had not even been attempted for 20 years and at 30,000km was more than twice the distance of the well-known Peking to Paris.  It’s the prospect of challenging ourselves, creating new events and going to special places which motivated us all to set up the RtG club in the first place.

Whilst we are a not-for-profit club, we are still a commercial business run by experienced business people.  Given the turmoil in the motor sport and travel markets last year I thought I should give you a quick update on our financial position at the end of 2020.  This is because I, like you, would not want to place my money in the care of a company I did not have confidence in.  I would want to know that they are on top of their figures and operating model.   Fortunately, not by accident but by design of having an excellent Finance Director and an experienced long-distance rally team, RtG had the best insurance in place to cover our cancelled rallies from 2020.  In common with other companies, we will be unable to sensibly insure against communicable diseases going forward so must remain vigilant and only commit funds, your funds, with utmost care and due diligence.  

I am pleased to report that our income for 2020 was £1.3 million and despite refunding rally entrants in full to the tune of £1.03 million we still made a small operating profit during this extremely challenging year which is already reinvested in our coming events.  As an indication of Members’ confidence in our business, we also finished the year with over £1 million in cash and continue to manage our cashflow and currency exposures to the highest standards.  In summary your money, our money, is safe with us.  

Looking ahead we are delighted to be launching our new and innovative Cloverleaf rallies in 2021 and look forward to returning to the open road for our Highland Thistle and Carrera Italia events later in the year.  We get the ball rolling in 2022 with the much-anticipated Generations Rally in the English Lake District before moving on to the annual Carrera offering, next year exploring the glorious northern regions of Spain on the Carrera España.  There’s then six weeks to draw breath before setting out on a proper Challenge, rallying along a fantastic route from Ypres to Istanbul.

During the summer months, we leave the roads to the tourists and cyclists but at the end of September we will be back in the rally-heaven that is the Dolomite region of northern Italy for our first event solely for pre-war cars.  

We accept that the world will not be open to rallying overnight and you will probably have noticed that all our rallies to the end of 2022 have a European focus.  This is a deliberate decision taken to keep our crews, our team and your money as safe as possible.  2023 will start with a bang in the shape of our first Marathon event with the Road to Hanoi – 4 weeks exploring the lesser-known parts of South East Asia.  I know from experience that this area of the world is one of the best and Marina and I cannot wait to return.  

The directors are delighted with our 2020 results in what was a terrible and difficult financial climate, and we have confidence in the future of the club and our diverse array of rallies.  I would like to thank them on your behalf for their first class and selfless service to the club.  There is a fantastic team working at Rally the Globe and we cannot wait to get back on the road shortly.  Watch this space for challenging, new and innovative events going forward.  

Graham Goodwin

Chairman, Rally the Globe

SKIPPING A GENERATION

It is with regret that Rally the Globe announce that the innovative Generations Rally, scheduled for the end of March, will not now be going ahead in 2021.  Although the delay to this exciting new event is disappointing for us all, it has unfortunately become the only sensible course of action.

As a result of the huge increase in Covid-19 cases throughout December and January, all parts of the UK are currently locked down with schools, hotels, restaurants, offices, and many other workplaces forced to closed to reduce the chances of virus transmission.  The politicians are linking the end of this current period of lockdown to the successful vaccination of high-risk groups of the population and, although vaccinations are being administered at an unprecedented rate, the absolute best scenario is that the lockdown may start to be lifted just a few weeks before crews were due to convene in the Lake District.  

In addition, it is becoming clear that the lockdown will be eased cautiously, and that we are likely to return to a multi-tiered regional system.  Due to inevitable restrictions on accommodation, hospitality venues, and group gatherings the Generations Rally would only be able to run if all of the areas it passes through are placed in lower tier areas.  This appears unlikely, at least initially.  On top of that, Competitors and Officials residing in higher tier areas would be unable to attend the event and those travelling from overseas would be subject to the new stricter restrictions on international travel, that include both a requirement for a negative test before setting out and a period of quarantine on arrival.  

Bearing all of these elements in mind, Rally the Globe have taken the view that the chances of being able to run any event, especially one that lives up to the high standards we set ourselves, are slim.  It would therefore be neither prudent, nor responsible to press on with arrangements for the event, so instead we have taken a timely and clear decision to reschedule it.  

The RtG team have spent some time assessing different options and searching for an alternative date when the grip of the pandemic will have reduced sufficiently to ensure safe travel and socialising.  After considering factors including availability of accommodation, likely weather, tourist traffic in the National Parks, hours of daylight, and the other events on the busy Rally the Globe calendar, we have decided that the best course of action is to delay the event by a full year to the weekend of 25-27 March 2022.

We have already informed all of the crews entered in 2021 of the change of dates and, although most are still planning to join us, some places are likely to become available on this previously over-subscribed event.  If you would be interested in joining us in 2022, an entry form is available from info@rallytheglobe.com. 

GENERATIONS RALLY 2021 ATTRACTS NINE FRAZER NASH CARS

The Generations Rally has proven to be a very popular early season draw and, next March we are very much looking forward to welcoming at least 50 crews to the start line on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, in-laws and soon to be in-laws will be thrown together for a weekend of fun, motorsport and a bit of Northern exposure to boot.

The Rally has attracted a great field of entrants with some exceptional cars as well, but it is the Frazer Nash company who are fielding the biggest team, with a total entry of nine. And, from this quirky, much loved but shortlived brand, six of them are chain driven models with the other three being the slightly more civilised BMW 328 variant.

Of this chain gang, no fewer than four are TT Replicas which were built from 1932 to 1938 and were the most numerous Nash’s to have come out of the Kingston Upon Thames works.

Founded by Archibald Frazer-Nash in 1922, the original company failed in 1927 but, a new company, AFN Limited, was created from the ashes.

They continued to produce Frazer Nash cars with the famous multi-chain transmission until the Second World War, whereafter they made another 85 vehicles before ending production totally in 1957. All of these post-war cars had conventional transmissions.

We spoke to a few of the Nash crews who have signed up for this inter-generational challenge and they gave us a few insights into what they’re bringing, why they’re bringing it and who they’ll be sharing the experience with.

Bill and Olivia Holroyd, 1932 Frazer Nash TT Rep’

Chassis number 2026 started life as a Tourer in 1931 and was raced at Brooklands by D.A. Aldington, part owner of the company. In 1933 it was re-bodied as a TT Rep and sold to Albert Tinker, a Yorkshireman who insisted that the new car be given the identity of the most famous works car of the time – MV 3742, chassis number 2065. It then lived a fairly easy life with another two owners before being acquired by Bill in June 2019. Bill says that “I love the quirkiness of the chain drive – and the car in general. It is a unique driving sensation”.

“We are using the TT for the Generations Rally because it is a short event and it should be great fun to really get to know the car. There is no roof, but hey it never rains in the Lakes!”

Patrick and James Blakeney-Edwards, 1928 Frazer Nash Saloon

If the Frazer Nash’s are something of a factory team, then it must fall to Patrick to be the team principal and director of engineering. Founder of his eponymous motorsport company, there’s not much Patrick doesn’t know about pre-war cars and Frazer Nash in particular.

He’ll be accompanied by his twelve year-old son James as navigator, who will be the youngest competitor on the start grid. According to his father, James is obsessed with cars. He’s surrounded by them and has learned to drive already, in an Austin 7, at the age of 8. “We’ve done some VSCC events already and he’s fiercely competitive and can get really cross when things go wrong. His first rally though will be a step up for him with a defined role and serious responsibilities to deal with”.

“What could be more fun however than spending three days with your son in this sort of environment, although I can’t imagine the amount of times he’ll say that the notes are wrong and we may even spend some time following the other crews”.

It’s certainly not going to be an easy ride for him and after a hard day on the road, Patrick expects him to muck in every evening with the spanner checks and maintenance tasks.

“Luckily he likes maps, geography the company of adults, and handbrake turns”.

Craig and Cosmo McWilliam, Frazer Nash Super Sports

The records show that there were maybe 115 Super Sports built between 1924 and 1929 and chassis number 1139 was built at the Kingston Works in July 1927, it was described as three-seater Super Sports and given the registration PK3764.

Whilst the car itself is a veteran of many an event, its owner, Craig McWilliam only “bought it two years ago – so I’m a newbie to the Nash world (though I have had vintage cars for quite a few years).”

“My “other car” for example is a 1926 Twincam Sunbeam super sports – a lovely car but my wife doesn’t want to drive it as it’s too big. So we got the Nash – sporty, light, easier to drive, a great club and also fun to slide round corners”.

“Our car is a 1927 Anzani powered Super Sports – so a proper vintage Nash. It’s a well-known original car, with some well-known club luminaries as owners in the past. Many of these people used the car for very strenuous rallies – so I am really hoping it will be good enough to get up these Lakeland hills – should be better than the Sunbeam up the narrow twisties!”

“The car went into the garage with a broken starter motor last December – and we had a terrible attack of the “whilst we are here’s!” Anyway – the chassis is back together and the body is back on now and it should go off for painting soon… “

“My son, Cosmo, is coming with me – he will have recently turned 17 so I keep telling him he could take the wheel for a bit… He prefers moderns!”

Maybe after a few days with this little cracker though he’ll change his mind?

Theo and Olivia Hunt, 1933 Frazer Nash TT Rep’

Theo is no stranger to this car and revels in its nimble handling and effortless acceleration. He’s also a student of mechanical engineering so was more than happy to wax lyrical about the darker, and more oily parts of his Nash.

“It is an original meadows powered car with a wide type Elkington body. Not much is known about its pre-war activities, however it was recorded that it started life as a blue and white car, which is terrible to think about.

“We have owned AMF since 2011, which may not seem like a long time but is almost half my life and, ever since we bought it I have always had a fascination with everything about it. I can vividly remember the first time I drove it at the age of 15 around Goodwood Motor Circuit, (a pretty special place to fall in love with a car)”.

“There are so many special things about Frazer Nash cars which make their owners adore them, however, the most important is the way that the cars drive. Pre-war Nash’s have a weird and wonderful transmission which combines to make the most magical driving experience”.

He continues “the rear axle of a Frazer Nash is solid, no differential, this leading to the most ludicrous handling characteristics. As a Nash driver you will find yourself with an arm full of opposite lock around most corners when travelling at speed, and you are always pleasantly surprised how the low ratio steering allows these slides to be caught and controlled rapidly. The steering is a ¾ turn, lock to lock. The transmission, combined with the lightweight nature of these cars means that it can change direction on a six-pence and will always ensure big smiles when drifted around a race track or a quiet village roundabout.

“Given the opportunity I would drive them everyday. For rallies in the UK they are unbeatable, I can guarantee that the driver smiling the most at the end of the day will be clambering out of a Nash, gasping for a pint and desperately stretching their sore back. They may not be the most comfortable, or the most powerful, but they are the most fun and can be darn fast when they need to be. Being a Nash owner also means being a Nash mechanic and, a tinker in the evenings is an occupational hazard.

I will most certainly be wandering around the car park in the evenings offering a hand where I can; as long as I’ve completed all my post thrashing checks first!”

I cannot wait to shock my mother, Olivia. But, I’m sure that she will try and give me some stern words beforehand, and then her competitive streak will come through along with cries of FASTER FASTER!

I hope that there will be a proper Chain Gang spirit during the Generations Rally and I’m so excited for an awesome rally, and the premise of it is brilliant!”

Martin and Georgemma Hunt, 1937 Frazer Nash-BMW 328

Martin has campaigned this car far and wide and is no stranger to the challenges of a rally in a small open car. Daughter Georgie however is a relative newcomer.

“The Frazer Nash-BMW has been our rally car of choice for short events for the last five or six years. In addition it occasionally comes out to circuits for pre-war events. The car was unbelievably ahead of its years when it was built in 1937. Obviously it was built in Germany by BMW, but it was one of the 48 or so right-hand drive examples which were imported into the UK by Frazer Nash. It still has its original six cylinder, 2 litre BMW engine, which makes the most glorious noise, sounding more like a Cooper Bristol than a pre-war BMW! It’s an incredibly nimble car, and really quite easy to drive, without the need for the tricky double declutching that is required in most pre-war cars. It doesn’t have a huge amount of luggage space, so it’s ideal for an event like the Generations Rally, which is a hub and spoke event, without the need to transport luggage in the vehicle.

I will have my daughter Georgie in my car, who has never done any motor events before and says she is not going to try and compete with her brother and mother…that’s going to lead to an interesting dynamic because given (her mother) Olivia’s navigational skills and competitive nature, I reckon that they might do quite well in this rally!”

Rory and Diana Henderson, 1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328

Rory is tackling the Generations Rally with his mother, Diana, in the family’s Frazer Nash-BMW 328, which is no stranger to rallying as it claimed outright victory in the 1939 RAC Rally, driven by AFP Fane.

Rory says “for the Generations Rally, I have been allowed behind the wheel under strict instructions to obey my navigators’ orders! Having previously rallied a Bentley with my fiancé Anastasia, I’m looking forward to tackling the various routes in something slightly smaller and nimbler”.

“My father Gavin is swapping the 328 for the Bentley, with Anastasia as his navigator, so we are all looking forward to some friendly family rivalry along the way!”

INTRODUCING THE CLOVERLEAF

The team at Rally the Globe are not sedentary souls, and have seized the opportunity of this prolonged hiatus in globetrotting to bring forward an idea from the “wish list” and trial a new style of event in the shape of a Cloverleaf.

We are planning two Cloverleafs in the first half of 2021 that, despite being in different parts of Britain, will share a similar format. These events will:

  • Have no more than a dozen cars.
  • Have a single luxury base in a special location with exclusive use of all the accommodation and facilities.
  • Span four days (and three nights).
  • Have a competitive element although the emphasis will be on fun, smiles and the unexpected more than on the stopwatch.
  • Embrace exclusive and personal experiences that are not normally possible with a larger rally group.
  • Encapsulate great driving, great food & drink, and great friendships.

We are confident that this new style of event for Rally the Globe will prove popular and entries are sure to be at a premium so, initially at least, they will be reserved for Members only. As the concept is for a small and exclusive event, we will not increase the number of entries available. That said, if there proves to be a demand, there is nothing to prevent us from repeating the events later in the year.