“2015 will be our twelfth running of the Tour of Cheshire. A daylight Historic Road Rally comprising of a number of special tests and regularity sections organised by a team of regular road rally competitors from Knutsford and District Motor Club Ltd. The event is based about nine miles south of the historic city of Chester and runs on scenic lanes of Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
The event format will be similar to our previous events on the basis of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’. The route will use areas we have not visited before as well as some we’ve not used for some time. In view of the planning permissions gained on two of our old favourite special test locations we will be using them both as it may well be the last time before they are covered in houses.
Talking of special tests we are trialling a new scoring system for the tests, one which will probably be adopted by the HRCR for their championship in future years. I would particularly draw your attention to the test groups and scoring system referred to in sections 5 and 17 of the supplementary regulations below.
Signing on will take place at the Bickerton Poacher Inn, Bulkeley, SY14 8BE (MR 117/524 545) where Friday night food (at a reasonable price) will be available. Trailer parking will be available, for those who must, at Beeston Cattle Market which is a few miles away.
We are pleased to welcome HRCR Championship contenders but our event is designed to be suitable for both novices and experts. There will be no ‘plot and bash’ and the overall schedule will be relaxed. We will issue some handy navigational tips but there should be nothing to trick you in the instructions given.
Please note the entry fee includes morning coffee, lunch and a hot prize giving buffet supper.
Knutsford and District Motor Club are extremely grateful to our regular sponsors for their invaluable support and I would urge you to use their services as this, hopefully, will see their continuing support in the future.
To encourage entries from pre-1960 cars you will note we are again giving special awards for this class of vehicle.
The North West Air Ambulance has again been chosen as our nominated charity (we have now raised some £13,000 for them) and I hope you will join our efforts to support this very worthwhile cause. Once again, we expect to have a good attendance from some of the rallying names of old from the ranks of Ecurie Cod Fillet – and there will be some ‘entertainment’ by a rally celebrity prior to the prize-giving.
Our organising team and I look forward to welcoming you to Cheshire. If you have any questions please do let us know, and if you cannot compete then why not offer to marshal?
Mike Harrison, Clerk of the Course”