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2nd Lombard Revival Rally

Endurance Rally Association

24th-27th November 2005

Lombard Revival 2005

Rally Director: Philip Young

Clerk of the Course: Ken Owen

Maps: 108, 109, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 124, 125, 126, 127, 129, 130, 135, 136, 137, 140 141, 146, 147, 148, 149, 152, 160, 161, 162, 164, 171 & 174

Start: Kassam Stadium, Oxford

Finish: Llandudno Promenade

Starters: 106

Photographs: M&H Photography

Winners: Jamie Turner/Graham Dance (Rover Metro)

Jamie Turner/Graham Dance took a last minute victory on the second running of the Lombard Revival Rally. The battle for the win was in doubt throughout the four day event, with a number of crews taking their turn at the lead.

Lombard Revival 2005
Mike Biss/Cath Woodman (Vauxhall Corsa)

The 126 starters that left Oxford City FC’s Kassam Stadium on Thursday faced a tough challenge, a 1,200 mile route which included 52 selectifs. As they set out the coldest weather for some years hit Wales, where the meat of the event was to be found.

Leg 1 - The Prologue

Competitive motoring started in the early evening with four short tests in the Didcot area. The main outcome of these tests was to confirm the pre-event prediction that the Turner brothers would be the pace setters. They returned to start venue in the top two places, Owen seven seconds ahead of Jamie. However it was noted that the relatively inexperienced crew of Dale Glover/Sean Ward, on only their fourth rally, were in third, and would have held second but for a cone penalty.

For two crews the rally was already over; John Hall/Simon Brown broke a drive shaft on their Polo, while Neil Lloyd/Robert Lloyd had the engine fail on their Volvo, the latter navigator had been the youngest competitor on the rally.

Leg 2 - Oxford to Chester

Lombard Revival 2005
Owen Turner/Andrew Dadswell (Rover Metro)

There was a close battle for the lead throughout the second day as crews tackled fourteen selectifs. Owen Turner/Andrew Dadwell stayed at the front until the third Silverstone test when Jamie Turner/Graham Dance took charge. The two crews swapped the lead over the next four tests. At the very slippery Morkery Wood it was Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie who took their turn at leading; they had had a bad start to the day, sliding into a tyre barrier at Finmere. They then made a major effort over the next few tests, finding the longer open tests more to their liking and they held first place through Morkery and Twyford Woods.

Owen Turner then got back in front on the first run thorough Woolaton Park, a position he and Dadswell were to retain until the overnight halt. However things weren’t as rosy as they might have seemed, the Metro’s gearbox had started to make ominous noises and by Chester Glover/Ward were just one second behind.

Andy Rowe/Cat Lund had been within the top five when a rear wheel-bearing problem caused them to miss the Morkery Wood test. Graham Parkinson/Andrew Duerden got their Astra lodged on a bank at Bruntingthorpe, they lost five minutes and held up Garry Preston/Mike Sones and John Cotton/Jill Cotton in the process. The Cottons still managed to hold seventh place at Chester.

James Tyson/Neil Harrison and Iain Freestone/Nick Kennedy were both lying inside the top ten when their cars failed them – Tyson with electrical failure and Freestone with a broken gearbox.

Kevin Wilson/Paul Gaunt had been amongst the pre-event favourites, however they only got as far as Silverstone before a ball joint pulled out on their AX. They fitted a new drive shaft and cut to Chester, but their rally ended with transmission failure early on Saturday morning.

Leg 3 – Chester to Newport

For the first two days crews had run in the order that their entries had been received, for the third leg they were re-seeded according to their positions at lunchtime on Day Two. Due to an erroneous penalty Glover/Ward had been in 70th place on the set of results used for the re-seeding. The mistake was rectified but by that time the starting positions for Day Three had been determined and the pair were to run well down the field.

Wales had been hit by heavy snow on Thursday night and then a hard frost on Friday, this meant that conditions in the Llandegla, Ceri and Radnor Forests were decidedly difficult. Crews were faced with fifteen selectifs during the day, ending with a long run through Caerwent.

Lombard Revival 2005
Jamie Turner/Graham Dance (Rover Metro)

The first test of the day, Llandegla, was to be decisive. Later runners obviously had an easier time through the wood, with all top ten times for the selectif coming from crews running in the second half of the field. Glover/Ward, 70th on the road, took full advantage, they secured the fastest time of all, twenty seconds ahead of anyone else and, more importantly, two minutes up on Owen Turner and a minute faster than Jamie Turner.

However the Kings Lynn pairing were unaware of their position and kept up the pace, beating the test bogey at Radnor and Ceri, where once again later runners had the advantage. They had a three minute lead by the lunch halt and maintained that margin for the rest of the day, even though running later on the road was a handicap in the afternoon as the frost returned.

At the front of the field the crews were left guessing as to how Glover/Ward were getting along. However it was immaterial to Owen Turner, the gearbox on his Metro finally failed on Radnor, a broken bearing allowing the oil to drain out. They missed the rest of day while affecting a repair and returned for Day Four.

Hawkins/Tullie had established themselves in second, this was despite the fact that running on 14 inch wheels they didn’t have the option of running on narrow tyres on the icy forests. Matt Fowle/Peter Joy were on 13 inch wheels and changed tyres in time to tackle Ceri, Jamie Turner/Graham Dance did the same for Radnor.

By the end of the day Hawkins/Tullie were three minutes behind Glover/Ward, but a minute ahead of Turner/Dance, who in turn were three in front of Fowle/Joy, the latter being the leaders in the 1300cc class.

There had been in close battle for the lead of the 1000cc class. Jane Edington/Gary Edington and Colin Bound/Shaun O’Gorman had swapped the lead a number of times, before Edington hit a log and broke a shaft in Athelston’s Wood, she had to miss out the Chepstow test before repairs allowed her to tackle Caerwent, but any chance of a class win had been lost.

Caerwent saw John Cotton/Gill Cotton take a maximum after a drive shaft broke, however the Banhams service team were able to replace the item and they survived to tackle Day Four.

Leg 4 – Newport to Llandudno

Lombard Revival 2005
Dale Glover/Sean Ward (Vauxhall Nova)

The final day proved to be the sting in the tail, crews had to contend with an icy return to Caerwent and then frozen snow at Halfway and over Epynt, even some of the road sections were a challenge. To a certain extent the event was more reminiscent of a 1950s Monte rather than the RAC. One corner at the Mid Wales Activity Centre caused particular problems with virtually every crew that tackled the test hitting the Armco; the test was eventually stopped.

As in 2004, there was to be a dramatic final day to the Revival. Due to the problems with the road timing the organisers had been forced to issue amendments to the time schdule throughout the event, a new schedule for Day Four was issued at Newport. Glover/Ward were to fall foul of the change.

Having maintained their comfortable lead through the first four tests of the day, they left the Brecon Time Control at the original planned time, this was in fact 18 minutes early, they thus incurred a 36 minute penalty and dropped out of the top ten. It’s unlikely that this incident actually lost them the win, they drowned out in the ford at Sweet Lamb, losing two minutes. Combined with other times, it seems that they would have finished second.

Lombard Revival 2005
Matt Fowle/Peter Joy (Peugeot 106)

The battle for the lead was now between Hawkins/Tullie and Turner/Dance. They were separated by a minute at the start of the day and this margin was maintain until the eighth test, when Turner pulled 30 seconds back, on the next test he was in the lead. Hawkins wasn’t beaten yet though and re-took first place on the Sweet Lamb selectif, but it was for only one test, Turner took the top spot back on the very next test. The gap was just 15 seconds when they entered Legends Park, Hawkins was charging, perhaps a little too hard, during the test a hard landing cracked the sump on his Corsa and he was out.

Turner/Dance survived the remaining two tests to take the win, finishing ten minutes ahead of Fowle/Joy. The 2004 winners were fortunate to finish as their 106's head gasket failed on the final test.

Ninety-four crews made it to the Finish, of these only a dozen had managed to complete the whole route without either missing at least one selectif or taking a test maximum.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Jamie Turner Graham Dance Rover Metro 5h 21m 10s
2 Matt Fowle Peter Joy Peugeot 106 Rallye 5h 30m 48s
3 Mike Biss Cath Woodman Vauxhall Corsa 5h 37m 42s
4 Steve Pashley Richard Pashley Vauxhall Corsa Sport 5h 40m 57s
5 Duncan Williams Nick Darkin Peugeot 106 XSi 5h 41m 38s
6 Graham Parkinson Andrew Duerden Vauxhall Astra 5h 43m 10s
7 Dave Smith Pete Johnson Vauxhall Astra 5h 45m 24s
8 Ray Gravestock Tim Ball Vauxhall Nova SRi 5h 46m 10s
9 Paul Heal Mathew Heal MG ZR 5h 47m 55s
10 Keith Farrance Dick Lines Peugeot 106 Rallye 5h 49m 29s
11 Colin Bound Shaun O’Gorman Nissan Micra 5h 50m 04s
12 Freddy Camp Stuart Wood Ford Puma 5h 50m 55s
13 Robert Evett Paul White Vauxhall Nova 5h 52m 14s
14 Andrew Actman Paul Draycott Daihatsu Sirion 5h 53m 49s
15 Nigel Green Emmett O’Duffy MG ZR 5h 53m 50s
16 Nick Pollitt Andrew Lees Peugeot 106 XSi 5h 54m 33s
17 Andrew Smith Alan Hill Peugeot 106 XSi 5h 54m 52s
18 Paul Cunningham Lisa Roberts MG ZR 5h 56m 57s
19 John Cotton Gill Cotton Citroen AX GTi 5h 56m 58s
20 Stephen Sawley Rob Johnson Peugeot 106 Rallye 5h 57m 36s
21 Dale Glover Sean Ward Vauxhall Nova SR 6h 00m 06s
22 Martin Flight Paul Lewis VW Polo 6h 00m 23s
23 Richard Sandilands Jon Sandilands Nissan Micra 6h 01m 54s
24 Garry Preston Mike Sones Vauxhall Nova 6h 03m 06s
25 David Lomax Nigel Long Peugeot 106 Rallye 6h 07m 35s
26 Nick Payne Anthony Preston Ford Fiesta 6h 08m 05s
27 Peter Barker Willy Cave Rover Mini Cooper 6h 09m 57s
28 Karen Young Nigel Young Perodua Kelisa 6h 11m 00s
29 Andy Rowe Cat Lund Peugeot 205 Rallye 6h 12m 25s
30 Peter Morgan James Savage Suzuki Swift GTi 6h 14m 41s
31 Steven Powell Alan Thomas VW Polo 6h 16m 22s
32 Rob Reynolds David Coles Peugeot 106 Rallye 6h 16m 26s
33 Martin Kernahan Bill Hitchcock MG ZR 105 6h 16m 31s
34 Christian Vaughan Stuart Leach Peugeot 205 Rallye 6h 16m 31s
35 Alan Pettit Alex Back Rover Metro GTi 6h 19m 15s
36 Alastair Barnes Simon Ayris Peugeot 106 XSi 6h 19m 37s
37 Alan Wakeman Ian Perry Citroen AX 6h 20m 57s
38 James Campbell Thomas Campbell Proton Satria 6h 21m 03s
39 Paul Rowland John Stanger-Leathes Citroen AX GT 6h 21m 25s
40 Roger Stevens Michael Stevens Seat Arosa 6h 22m 41s
41 Peter Gregory Graeme Presswell Vauxhall Corsa SRi 6h 24m 04s
42 Marc Tipping Tony Jolly VW Polo 6h 24m 50s
43 Michael Byrom Jason Byrom Rover Metro 6h 26m 52s
44 Alastair Caldwell Saskia Koning Peugeot 205 Rallye 6h 29m 29s
45 Stephen Hodge Jonathan Soames-Waring Vauxhall Corsa 6h 30m 46s
46 Mark Banham Paul Haylock Suzuki Ignis 6h 30m 47s
47 Ian Jones David Jones Vauxhall Corsa SRi 6h 32m 19s
48 Andy Bown Michael Knott Peugeot 106 XSi 6h 39m 40s
49 Terry Douce Philip Douce Vauxhall Nova 6h 41m 33s
50 Matthew Endean Jon Taylor Fiat Uno Start 6h 43m 52s
51 Jeff Orford David Muir Proton Satria 6h 50m 01s
52 Stephen Palmer Malcolm McFall Nissan Micra 6h 56m 06s
53 Rob Navin Ian Varney Nissan Micra 6h 57m 13s
54 Ted Howles Mike Gray MG ZR 6h 58m 24s
55 Jeremy Hunter Peter Moss Citroen AX 7h 02m 23s
56 John Rees Wyn Jones Peugeot 106 Rallye 7h 07m 17s
57 James Matthews Matthew Green Skoda Felicia LXi Plus 7h 08m 31s
58 Philip Swain Oliver Swain Suzuki Swift GTi 7h 10m 22s
59 Mark Ensoll John Banks Mazda 323 LXi 7h 10m 54s
60 Julian Rhodes Jonathan Belford Renault Megane Coupe 7h 14m 12s
61 Trevor Skinner Laura Skinner Nissan Micra 7h 19m 36s
62 John Flynn Richard Wise Citroen AX GT 7h 19m 53s
63 Ray Johnson-Wood Tony Brooks MG ZR 7h 21m 55s
64 Owen Turner Andrew Dadswell Rover Metro 7h 23m 44s
65 Kim Eaton Clive Martin Renault Clio 7h 27m 10s
66 Charlie Campey Faye Campey Peugeot 106 XSi 7h 28m 24s
67 Nigel Gray Christine Gray Vauxhall Corsa Sport 7h 29m 01s
68 Jerry Flint Paul Flint Rover 25 7h 30m 11s
69 Andrew Beaumont Roger Waters Peugeot 205 XS 7h 39m 01s
70 Oliver Chappell Dennis Watts Peugeot 205 XR 7h 43m 51s
71 Robert Stein-Rostaing Gordon McCree Peugeot 106 Rallye 7h 45m 04s
72 Stuart Cariss Linda Cariss Ford Escort Sport 7h 50m 33s
73 James Parman Mark Hamilton Skoda Favorit 7h 51m 54s
74 Andy Glossop Chris Taylor Ford Puma 7h 51m 56s
75 Richard Dipple Bob Dipple Peugeot 106 XSi 7h 59m 27s
76 Roger Stanford Paul Train Skoda Felicia 8h 03m 28s
77 Robert Belcher Robert Francis VW Polo 8h 03m 52s
78 Steven McIlroy Stephen Woodward Peugeot 106 Rallye 8h 08m 42s
79 Ann Weir Brian Weir Skoda Felicia 8h 13m 39s
80 Mike Hall Andy Hall Vauxhall Astra 8h 15m 13s
81 Geoff Lobb Chris Holliday Vauxhall Corsa 8h 18m 51s
82 Jeremy Coulter Angus Watt Seat Ibiza 8h 19m 10s
83 Andy Griffiths Richard Warren Peugeot 106 XSi 8h 24m 48s
84 Clare Rhodes Fiona Leggate MG ZR 8h 25m 16s
85 Clive Alcock Bob Hargreaves Peugeot 205 Rallye 8h 27m 01s
86 Jane Eddington Gary Eddington Citroen AX 8h 30m 28s
87 Doug Brown Robert Ellis Vauxhall Nova SR 8h 31m 15s
88 Peter Engel Emmerson Engel Vauxhall Nova SR 8h 48m 30s
89 Simon Banham Craig Grist Citroen AX GTi 8h 50m 30s
90 Martyn Baker Mark Johnson Citroen AX GTi 8h 55m 18s
91 Neil Wilson Tony Davies Ford Puma 9h 01m 15s
92 Martin Holdsworth Richard Mellor Peugeot 205 9h 16m 29s
93 Alan Shrimpton Richard Briddon Peugeot 106 Rallye 13h 21m 11s
94 Nicky Porter Colin Francis Mitsubishi Spacestar 15h 39m 34s