Monday, March 22, 2010

WCR40, momentum gathers

Yes, it's Rolls Royce - and it wasn't the only one on the Rally!

I was at Gaydon for the second organisers meeting yesterday, things are gathering momentum and it's looking like a pretty special day.

The role call of cars is growing and it's really impressive that so many have been identified and tracked down but to see so many owners committing to bring them is great. Some will not be roadworthy, some won't be pretty, some will not even be on 4 wheels BUT they'll be there and in one place. Frankly I'm amazed and feeling privileged to be part of it all. Even the long lost and reclusive XJB302H is promised, yes Paddy Hopkirk's 2.5 PI that finished fourth will be there. Apparently the owner made contact at Race Retro and confirmed - so a big well done and thank you to him.

We've got over 20 original competitors confirmed, with another 20+ mechanics and support crews also coming. Top that up with other marathon rally competitors and many of the World Cup organising team also coming and you've got a lot of very knowledgeable people there. We'll be giving them all name badges and the idea is that you make them welcome, talk to them and generally confirm or debunk some of those WCR myths you're heard.

I've put together an inside program of films and chats with several of these personalities - 5 chats in all. I've also got 6 films to show, some of which haven't been seen in the UK before including competitors home movies.

All in all I have a program inside covering some 6 hours with breaks so you can come and go as you like.

Now I also have a plea for you Blog readers - this event is being done on a shoestring by clubs coming together to put on something memorable. We don't have a great deal of money and necks are on the block to make this a great day - favours are being called in and the generosity of some enthusiasts is commendable (you know who you are - thank you). So, what can you do? Well you can do a lot really, you can buy a ticket up front from the 2000 Register shop and ensure we get a few quid commission from Gaydon - the event itself is free, the ticket gets you into the museum but if you buy it at Gaydon on the day, we get nothing. It's a good deal too because the door price of a Gaydon ticket is £9 and an advance purchase from us is £7.50.

Also, the other money generator is a souvenir program that has now grown to 42 pages of colour pictures, interviews, comment and information from competitors, organisers and such. It's not your usual advert packed throw away although there are adverts in there from sponsors who have helped get the event funded. This is something for you to keep, use to get autographs, give you some information and help us pay for the day.

Slipped inside a few of these will be a Willy Wonka style golden ticket or two - prizes include a couple of "Rally Rides" in World Cup cars, replica rally decals and whatever else we can beg borrow or steal. There's talk of a free sticker too. Cost will be a fiver and with shows like Race Retro costing £20 these days, I think it hits the mark of providing value for modest money.

More information as and when I get it, I have to fit in scanning a monster box of Ford pace notes and a 4 day trip to Poland. Life sure ain't dull here at Chinn Towers.

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