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Funky Elephant Rally 2003

Basingstoke Motor Club + Wessex Motor Club

26th/27th April 2003

Clerk of the Course: Phil Kendall

Route: 140 Miles

Maps: 185 & 196

Starters: 38

Winners: Steve Cole/Bob Blows (Peugeot 205 GTi)

The Funky Elephant Road Rally developed into a battle between Steve Cole/Bob Blows and Dominic Worsfold/Matt Fowle. Both crews cleaned all sections bar that around Barnetside/Froxfield. On that critical test Cole/Blows dropped a minute less than Worsfold/Fowle, thus giving them their third win in last four runnings on the event.

The rally, which was jointly promoted by Wessex and Basingstoke Motor Clubs, used a 138 mile route and was a round of the ‘Rally 2003’ Championship. It attracted 38 starters, all of whom made it to the Finish although three were outside their time limit and thus could not be classified as finishers. Each of the four classes were given slightly differing navigation dependent on their experience, however all were eligible for overall awards. The Clubman Rally was a separate event.

Olly Smith/David Coles came home on third place. They had dropped just two minutes in time penalties, but a missed code board added ten minutes to their total and denied them victory.

Geoff Skillen/Ian Collings, benefiting from the easier Semi-Expert navigation, were clean of time penalties for the entire event, but two missed board relegated them to fourth place. Chris Moore/Dick Howatt took fifth despite a severe lack of brakes in the second half. The leading Novice crew was Robert Jacobs/Alan Coombs who were sixth overall.

Tim Warburton/John Upham teamed up together for the first time in several seasons but struggled to be competitive having the more difficult Masters navigation; they finished in eighth. Phil Collings/Mark Collings (Peugeot 205 GTi) finished 11th after missing four boards; they had had to contend with a loose exhaust and brake problems throughout the night.

In the Clubmans Section, aimed at beginners, Ben Paddick/John Thompson took the category win in their VW Golf.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Steve Cole Bob Blows Peugeot 205 GTi 3m 00s
2 Dominic Worsfold Matt Fowle Peugeot 205 GTi 4m 00s
3 Olly Smith David Coles Ford Fiesta 12m 00s
4 Geoff Skillen Ian Collings Ford Mondeo 20m 00s
5 Chris Moore Dick Howatt Peugeot 106 Rallye 29m 00s
6 Robert Jacobs Alan Coombs Chrysler Sunbeam 29m 00s
7 Andy Garrett Susan Broughall Peugeot 205 XS 31m 00s
8 Tim Warburton John Upham VW Golf GTi 40m 00s
9 Toby Jeffries Chris Gage Vauxhall Nova 48m 00s
10 Carl Gibbs Lizzie Pope Peugeot 205 XS 48m 00s
11 Graham Child Kevin Ablitt Ford Escort Mexico 53m 00s
12 Phil Collings Mark Collings Peugeot 205 GTi 54m 00s
13 Jeff Brown Kirstie Lilley Ford Fiesta 79m 00s
14 Bob Wisniewski Paul Lettington Vauxhall Nova GTE 90m 00s
15 Simon Phillips Rob Watson Vauxhall Nova 1F 54m 00s
16 Roger Dowgill CROW Toyota Corolla GT 1F 88m 00s
17 Rob Aslett Paul Spencer Peugeot 205 GTi 5F 249m 00s
18 Dave Bushby Steve Bubb Peugeot 205 GTi 7F 188m 00s
19 Roy Gillingham John Green Rover 416 GTi 7F 324m 00s
20 Tim Daltry Paul Fillis Ford Escort RS2000 8F 269m 00s
21 Chris Simmons Mike Stayte Peugeot 205 GTi 8F 323m 00s
22 Maria McKenzie Roger McKenzie Ford Escort 11F 395m 00s
Clubman Rally
1 Ben Paddick John Thompson VW Golf 14m 00s
2 Russell Goodrun Gareth Lewis Ford Fiesta 51m 00s
3 A Lawley Nick Clarke VW Polo 52m 00s
4 Ed Butler Calum Maciver Colt Lancer GTi 74m 00s
5 Steve Porter Simon SMith Ford Sierra 1F 139m 00s
6 Graham Yates Richard Arnold Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 143m 00s
7 Dan Moss Rob Stevenson Peugeot 205 GTi 2F 193m 00s
8 Toby Butcher Andy Lightfoot Alfa Romeo 147 Tspark 3F 248m 00s
9 Jason Mortlock Bill Smith Ford Sierra XR4x4 6F 278m 00s
10 Elaine Freer Chris Hynds Ford Escort 7F 403m 00s
11 Chris Johnson Andrew Seal VW Scirocco 8F 527m 00s
12 John Sedgewick Louise Towers Peugeot 205 GTi 10F 381m 00s
13 Roy Cuthbert Pete Dickie BL Mini 18F 578m 00s