The major event of the series was the Classic Trophy which was a 5 day event in June, these were even longer days and longer distances between marshalling points. The rally finished in Laon, France where Jonathan Bowles took a picture of a group containing some of the 'beginners' competitors, namely Rob Lyall, Derek Skinner, Don Barrow Willy Cave, Dave Kirkham & Colin Francis OBE. Beginners indeed! the group have probably won more rallies between themselves than any other photographed group ever taken. The picture appears below.
The following list is compiled at random.
George Hulme, Geoff Whittaker (my cousin), Roger Fowler, Pam Haggie, Reg McBride, Terry McBride (Reg's son), Jim Bullough - Eulogy, Bill Harding, David Hulme, Pete Barrow, Frank Grange, Bob Rigby, Ron Wilson, Phil Simister, Derek Astle, David Cowan, Paul Malpass, Bill Small, Roy Kirkham, Geoff Haggie, Timo Makinen, Andrew Cowan, Roy Fidler, Ian Hall, Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams, Eric Jackson, Trevor Fearn, John Bloxham, John Sprinzel, Ian Harwood, John Hopwood, John Brown, John Hill, Ron Gammons, Arthur Hobson, Neil Wilson, Bobby Parkes, Peter Banham, David Hack, Mike Street, Mike Colledge, Peter Boyce, Cec Offley, Adam Wiseberg, Derek Oldham, Steve Colclough, Graham Maxwell, Angus Ashton, Colin Webb, Adrian Batson, Henny Cate, Chris Robinson, Shon Gosling, Pam Butterworth, Elgan Davies & Peter Harper.
With special thanks to my late Mother & Father, Alice & George Barrow (Alice Barrow, George Barrow) who always encouraged me with my motorsport endeavours; little did they know, what was fully involved.
Chatsworth Rally Show 2008
Out of all the above 23 BRC Champions 16 are ECF Members
Non ECF Members in Grey
Back Row L to R - David Higgins, Gwyndaf Evans, Guy Wilks, Phil Short, Phil Mills, Ari Vatanen & Chris Sclater
Middle Row L to R - Marko Ipatti, Don Barrow, Martin Holmes, David Richards, David Llewellin, Robert Reid, Mike Broad & Ian Grindrod.
Front Row L to R - John Bloxham, Roy Fidler, Russell Brookes, Jimmy McRae, Malcolm Wilson, Will Sparrow, Nigel Raeburn & Stig Blomqvist.
Although Motoring News created probably the best and most fiercely fought Rally Championships of the 1960's, under the guidance of the various 'Verglas' editors of the day, namely Stuart Turner, John Brown, Roger Willis, Gerraint Philips and others. Where they would have front page headlines and meticulous full page 'in sight' reports of the previous week ends Rally. The current editors of Motorsport News seem to be totally blind to these facts when compiling their weekly 'That was the week that was'. Rarely do you see any mention in either of their '30 years ago' or '40 years ago' write ups of those 'derring do' events which quite obviously accounted for the bulk of their sales.
Perhaps you never know ?
Don Barrow the 'King of the Navigators' [Eric Bailey - Motoring Correspondent - The Daily Telegraph 16/12/95] © 1999 - Copyright Don Barrow
© 1999 - Copyright Don Barrow
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