” In association with T Thompson and Sons Ltd
Whickham & District Motor Club in its 50th anniversary year welcomes you to the Shaw Trophy Classic Rally and the first running of the WDMC Targa Rally. The Shaw has been recognised since its earliest days as a test of driver and navigator and so The Shaw Trophy Classic Rally will continue to run as a Historic Road Rally. It will be open to cars registered prior to 31st December 1981 and will run under a MSA Clubmans permit. It will follow the format of special driving tests linked by public road sections, with some short regularity sections to keep the navigators on their toes.
We also recognise that some historic cars are not eligible for the Shaw Trophy Classic Rally and we also want to make the event accessible to owners of more modern cars and are therefore also running the WDMC Targa Rally. This will run under the new MSA Targa Rally regulations and will follow the same route and format of the Shaw Trophy Classic Rally.
Again we will use the superb facilities offered by the High House Farm Brewery near Matfen as our start and finish venue and we plan to offer at least a dozen tests linked by a road route of just over 70 miles. We are dropping some of the shorter tests from the first two Shaw Classics and plan to include some challenging new tests and sections.
Finally we are once again indebted to Tony Thompson for his continued support of the event through his family garage, without which it would be difficult to run the rally. Indeed it is through Tonys generosity that we have been able to reduce the entry fee for this years event.
We look forward to seeing both previous and new competitors in June for a tour round the scenic roads of mid Northumberland.”