Club news - May 16

Berwick-upon-Tweed has a long history as a town hosting battles between the English and the Scots. Indeed, records show that control of the town changed hands no fewer than 13 times before England finally claimed it as its most northerly outpost in 1482.

Thankfully the bloody conflicts of yesteryear are a thing of the past as nowadays battles between the two countries have more of a sporting flavour. Take for example the Berwick Classic & Targa Rally where crews from both sides of the border put their driving and navigational skills to the test in a bid for national bragging rights.

This annual two-day event took place last weekend with a capacity 60 car entry lining up at the start, in the shadow of Berwick’s famous three bridges, for Saturday’s opening leg. Forming part of the English challenge were Quentin James from Kirkham and Tom Howe from Lea who were flying the flag for Blackpool South Shore Motor Club in their Citroen C2 GT.

Saturday’s opening 50 mile leg to the South and West of Berwick was designed to test the navigators to the full with a pair of lengthy regularities before the drivers honed their skills on a brace of tests. The Shore duo were happy to come through unscathed finishing 18th overall and fourth in class in the overnight standings.

Sunday’s 110 mile route took competitors north of the border starting with a test at the Torness Power Station. An intense competitive schedule was then made up of three regularities and a further 14 tests before surviving crews reached the Dunbar finish. After a long day James and Howe made the finish third overall and collected awards as class runners-up, picking up a useful points haul in their bid for honours in the 2016 NESCRO Rally Championship.

The Classic Rally was won by Yorkshire crew John Ruddock and Roger Burkill in a Ford Escort Mexico whilst Craig Wallace and Clifford Auld evened things up for the Scots taking victory in the Targa Rally in a Toyota Corolla.

Quentin James/Tom Howe (Citreon C2 GT) on the Berwick Classic & Targa Rally.