The overall winners Jon and Jack Harvey (15) in their VW Golf loved the day and enjoyed being the winners of the very first ground breaking Rally for the Ages. Jon; “It was beautifully organised over a great route and we are very happy to win the first rally of this type, I am also very pleased with Jack’s navigating today – which gave us a great result!
Jack; “It was good today, the navigation wasn’t too hard and Dad drove well. I may think about taking it up as a hobby in the future.”
Jonathan Shepard and daughter Imogen (22) were an impressive second in their BMW 325i, a beaming Imogen saying afterwards; “It wasn’t easy at times but we worked well together, I really enjoyed it, it would be good to do more!”
Father and son Christian and Maximilian Von Sanden (14) were a jubilant third overall in their Porsche 356 Convertible D.
Max was smiling and confident on the podium as he said; “We could have been here before but we were disqualified from an event last year and now we are on the podium, so this is definitely a step up!”
Christian; “He did much better than me! I’m impressed with the way youngsters take to our sport and soak up all the information – Max did a great job today.”
There were three awards for the highest placed competitors aged under 18. Adam Bishop (13) was third on his very first event, navigating Dave Alcock who is a senior member of the HERO-ERA Technical Assistance Crew normally, but this time was driving his Datsun 240Z. He was impressed by Adam, “he was just so confident!”
Poppy Ralph was second in the under 18’s with Beatrice Barclay (15) an impressive winner in the category much to the delight of her proud father Piers. The father and daughter also finished a fine fourth overall in their Alfa Romeo GTV. Beatrice had seemed apprehensive earlier in the day but grew in confidence as the event progressed, smiling and saying how she had ‘loved it’ at the finish.
Motorsport UK’s Rallies and Cross Country Manager, Jonathan Jackson, flagged the 90 crews away from Bicester Heritage and was pleased with what he witnessed; “Regularity rallying is a fantastic discipline to have within rallying as a whole. It’s very popular and ever-growing as we’ve seen, and, Motorsport UK is really pleased to be here today supporting it.
“It is fantastic to find a discipline which is bringing initiatives like this, so we are really pleased to be supporting it. It’s a big thing for us at the minute within the UK rally strategy to be looking at ways in which we can get more people into the sport, particularly younger people. So, initiatives like this are fantastic, and you know, at Motorsport UK we really want to encourage youngsters into the sport.”
David Withers, Chief Executive of Starter Motor, the Bicester Heritage charity that puts young people into old cars and works closely with the Heritage Skills Academy, helped promote the event and entered five young Starter Motor Ambassadors into the event, David; “I think this is our biggest ever assembly of starter motor ambassadors at one single event, all of whom participated in five cars. Plus, we had ambassador Isobel Holman navigating Tim Sawyer in his Escort, a very experienced participant.
“To win the youngest overall crew award with Harvey Fox and Thomas Reed in the Mazda MX5 was a great result, definitely worth all the hard work these young ambassadors put in.”
“We were just aiming to have a load of fun today with stories to tell afterwards. That’s what we did, with the whole purpose of starter motor being to make these cars visible and accessible to the next generation.”