Castle Combe Rally Day & Goodwood Revival

Two days and two contrasting events; Friday 17th September the IRDC attended the first day of the Goodwood Revival meeting in sunny Sussex, followed on Saturday 18th by a prominent presence at Castle Combe Rally also bathed in glorious late-summer weather.

Commendably, Goodwood paid tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, in which the former Westhampnett airfield played such a significant part in the RAF's defence of this fair isle back in the dark days of 1940 when motorsport was consigned to the back-burner for the duration. As far as on-track activity was concerned, IRDC is pleased to record that one of UK's most versitile competition drivers and honorary IRDC club member Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams was a prominent name on the entry card of several races, achieving close runner up spot in the Richmond Trophy (by 2.7 seconds) driving the unique Ferguson-Climax P99 FWD, fourth in the Madgwick Cup co-driving a Lotus 15 and 6th in the Sussex Trophy co-driving again, this time in a Tojeiro Jaguar and they don't come more varied than that bunch!

Saturday's Rally Day saw the club's gazebo sharing a pitch with the Proton works Satria of IRDC's youngest member Tom Cave's in between Tom's frequent runs on circuit tarmac and imaginative rally stage laid out within the circuit's loose outfield for the occassion. Tom impressed a varied selection of 'guest' co-drivers on these quick sorties! During the day several prominent IRDC members called into the Gazeba for a cup of tea and frank exchange of views on the current progress of the sport in the UK; some pithy comments were duly noted! The IRDC team headed by chairman Shaun Martin, supported by Alun Morgan, Gary Hathaway and Ken Davies also signed up some new members as well as networking among the teams, event organisers and media. A full report will follow in the Winter IRDC magazine.

25th September, 2010