Dermot Carnegie and Paul Bosdet in Dermot's familiar Ford Escort won the first Three Castles Trophy, a Targa Rally for classic cars held over eighteen special tests on Friday June 9th in a sunny North Wales.
Taking an early lead, the duo turned in a dominant display, chased valiantly but in vain by Mark and Sue Godfrey (Ford Escort) and Graham Walker and Sean Toohey (Lotus Elan Sprint). Last year's Trial winners, Bodfan and Beverly Jenkins, were a fine fourth overall in their Jensen GT, and first Expert crew home.
The winning margin of just over a minute masks a dominant display in which Carnegie, seen here setting fastest time at Glan y Gors circuit, was bested on only one test.
A stunning performance from Ed Abbott, with son Will in his glorious Jaguar XJ-S V12, had the crew up to third at one point, before two late test errors dropped them from contention. Jenkins/Jenkins by no means had the Expert class all their own way, but in the end came through strongly to build a class winning margin of just twenty three seconds over Roger and Julia Bricknell in the family Golf GTi.
There was a similar winning margin in the Novice category, where Steve and Kate Sly's tyre-smoking TR6 bested James and Debbie McAlister's glorious Lancia Fulvia 1600HF by twenty-five seconds, while Vintageant honours went in the end to Jon Radgick and Sandra Nattas' Aston Martin Mk II after a spirited display by Malcolm and Martin Davies in their Alvis Speed 20 had them ahead for most of the day.
Both Novice crews received a surprise bonus prize of tyre vouchers to the value of £400 and £200 respectively from event supporters Vintage Tyres, while fellow event supporter North Wales VW Sales Director Tony Gibbons presented the Spirit of the Rally Award to the unlucky Paul and Ros Tomlinson, who refused to give up after a brake caliper failure and were able, with support from the Brit Assist assistance service and NW VW facilities, to rejoin the event before lunch!
Full results are available here.
Photo: Ian Crammond