Sponsored by Weir Engineering.
Roll of Honour
A list of all previous winners can be found here.
Many thanks to Russ from http://www.90right.com For most of the photographs.
40 glorious years.
Our first Wyedean Forest Rally took place in October 1975. The organisers were young, enthusiastic and still in their teens or early twenties. What they lacked in experience they made up with hard work and a desire to “make it happen” for the Forest of Dean and their club.
Little did they know that some 41 years later, now a lot older and clutching bus passes, that many would still be organising “The Wyedean” and that it would become a premier event in the motorsport calendar.
It is a fantastic journey that they have made, the Wyedean has suffered from sub zero temperatures, gales bringing trees down on the stages and knee deep snow, but still the events went ahead with no cancellations.
Many people have come and gone over the years, but each has added something to the event and have left with knowledge of having been part of something special.
The experience our organisers have gained over the years has only added to their polished professionalism which has gained many accolades over the years.
Our Clerk of Course.
Phil Turley was a founder member of the Forest of Dean Motor Club and has been CoC for every event, a record that I believe is unmatched by any other club.
Now clutching his bus pass which he received many years ago he is still the driving force with a keen eye for detail and a quick mind to resolve all those issues that inevitably arise during the event.
Phil was also one of the first to obtain his radio controllers licence, that was back in the day when it ran on 86mhz.
For the mathematicians
Using fingers and toe's many will come up with 41 years since 1975.
In 1980 the World Rally Championship decided to use the Forest of Dean, and as they were bigger than us and had fancy jackets, clip boards and pens we gave way.
Whilst we welcomed the WRC to our forest it was decided to avoid this little event by moving our future events to the spring where it has remained.
Did you know ?
Back then the Chrysler Alpine was launched, Microsoft was founded , Maggie Thatcher was made leader of the Tories (fortunately beer was only 28p a pint) and the average weekly wage was £50.00 - £60.00, and finally, the 1975 British Grand Prix was won by Emerson Fittipaldi.
So why not join us as we celebrate this milestone and be part of history in the making.
A celebration of rallying in the Forest of Dean.
The Forest of Dean Motor Club was formed in July 1967 and ran the first Wyedean Stages in October 1975 and this has ran continuously since.
The first event was a battle between Graham Elsmore, David Stokes and Frank Pierson, they headed the field all day and finished in that order. Graham won the next two Rallies to complete his hat trick.
The entry fee was an eye watering £27.00 for 54 stage miles, the winner, however, did collect a prize of a cheque for £40.00.
Neil Henderson has chronicled all motorsport events held in the Forest of Dean this can be found by clicking the link in the left column.
To celebrate our 40 years of running the Wyedean, Neil is producing a booklet which covers every Wyedean Rally since 1975 this will include 16 pages of colour photographs and antidotes from competitors.
To describe in detail each of the 40 rallies is a huge undertaking, fortunately Neil has become a walking encyclopaedia and the book, for some, will have many little known details which he has unearthed.
The book is not for profit, all proceeds after printing costs will go to the Air Ambulance and the Dylke Hospital.
If you have any memorabilia you would like to share, I am sure Neil would be delighted to hear from you, just use the contact page on the Dean Rallies website.
More details of how you can obtain a copy will be posted here.
Weir Engineering Wyedean Forest Rally Results Top 10 overall in 2014
|1. David Bogie/Kevin Rae||0:42:59|
|2. Paul Bird/Aled Davies||0:44:01|
|3. Luke Francis/John H Roberts||0:45:29|
|4. Ollie Mellors/Alex Lee||0:46:14|
|5. Russ Thompson/Andy Murphy||0:46:22|
|6. Roland Llewellin/Jamie Edwards||0:47:23|
|7. Matthew Robinson/Sam Collis||0:47:40|
|8. Jim McNeil/Tom Hughes||0:45:20 +2:30|
|9. Rob Smith/Ross Weir||0:47:50|
|10. Paul Davy/Roger Allan||0:48:19|
Full Results. Click the link to the BTRDA results page Clicky Link
Our sponsor for the Wyedean.
The father-and-son team behind laundry equipment manufacturers HJ Weir Engineering Co. Ltd. & Weir Laundry Equipment Co. Ltd is taking its love for rally driving to a new level by sponsoring the Chepstow Racecourse-based Wyedean Forest Rally for three years starting in 2014. The event, which takes place on 14th February, will henceforth be known as the Weir Engineering Wyedean Forest Rally.
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of flatwork finishing equipment, the family firm’s business has no obvious connection with rallying, but Rob and Ross Weir are enthusiastic participants in the sport and are both keen to support the Forest of Dean Motor Club, organisers of the event.
“It’s good to support a local motor club at a local event,” says MD Rob, 60. “It’s a well-organised event, they are all volunteers and they put a lot of work into it.”
The Wyedean Forest Rally holds special significance for both the Weirs. Rob was a keen rally driver in his younger days but gave up when son Ross, now 30 and a director of the firm, was a toddler.
The Wyedean Forest Rally was his final event before retiring and it was also the same event that later got him back into driving.
“Two years ago the Forest of Dean Motor Club approached us to see if we had a suitable facility in which carry out scrutineering for the rally,” he says. “We accommodated them and provided warehouse facilities. When we watched the rally that year, Ross said that I should have another go. I got the bug back and decided to do something reckless, just at the age when most people are packing it in.”
The pair bought a Subaru Impreza, built by Rob Smith Rallying Ltd., and started driving as a team, with Rob as driver and Ross as co-driver, starting with the Wyedean Forest Rally in 2012. They have since enjoyed considerable success, most notably at the Sol Rally in Barbados where, two years in a row, they have been placed second in their M8-A category in 2012 and International Historic 2013.
HJ Weir is particularly looking forward to being sponsor for the fortieth anniversary celebrations of the Wyedean Forest Rally in 2015 and plans are already afoot to mark the event in style.
Clerk of Course.
Oakdene, 32 Park Road
Berry Hill, Coleford
Gloucestershire GL16 7QU
01594 810161, 07896 967443
0121 313 1416
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