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Route: 150 Miles
Maps: 165 & 175
Winners: Steve Cole/Bob Blows (Peugeot 205 GTi)
Windsor Car Club and High Wycombe & District MC once again combined to organise the Swan Rally. It used a 150 mile route on maps 165 and 175 and was a round of the Rally 2002 Road Rally Championship. The rally was supported by Stanwell Trailers.
The route definition for the Masters, Experts and Semi-Experts was by tulip diagrams. Crews were supplied with a route book containing over two thousand five hundred tulip diagrams, however only nine hundred were used. Marshals identified to navigators which number diagram was the start of that section. The method was highly successful with crews being unable to guess the route prior to any section starting.
In an attempt to encourage newcomers the Novices were given a marked map, complete with route, for the first half and the tulip diagrams for the second. The Clubmans were given marked maps for the entire event. The Swan proved to be a great success with the only major problem being a lack of marshals.
The rally turned out to be a battle between Steve Cole/Bob Blows, Matt Fowle/John Upham and Mike Biss/Cath Woodman, the latter crew being undefeated since November 2001. The matter was decided when Biss/Woodman missed a code board soon after the petrol halt, one of only two crews to do so, the resulting ten minute penalty dropped them to fifth. Cole/Blows then went on to take their third successive win on the Swan.
Matthew Fowle/John Upham took the runner up spot; they had led until the last section when they lost time looking for a triangle control. Phil Collings/Mark Collings came in third to make it a Peugeot 205 1-2-3, in fact Peugeots filled eight of the top ten places.
Ian Mepham/Sue Speller debuted a new Toyota Corolla but were severely delayed when a rear brake caliper broke on the car, they eventually finished fifteenth.
As Novice crews were provided with easier route hand outs they weren’t eligible for overall awards. The clear class win went to the Citroen Visa of John Stephens/Paul Stephens who were twenty minutes ahead of Mark Lodder/Mark Hickman at the Finish.
In the Clubmans Rally the winners were Paul Thomas/Chris Green, on the navigator’s first rally, with Martin Andrew/Julian Ellis second.
Of the thirty-five starters all but five made it to the Finish.
|1||Steve Cole||Bob Blows||Peugeot 205 GTi||2m 54s|
|2||Matt Fowle||John Upham||Peugeot 205 GTi||4m 37s|
|3||Phil Collings||Mark Collings||Peugeot 205 GTi||8m 10s|
|4||Dominic Worsfold||Neil Worsfold||Peugeot 106||10m 28s|
|5||Mike Biss||Cath Woodman||Peugeot 205 GTi||11m 48s|
|6||Phil Kendall||Ian Collings||Peugeot 309 GTi||17m 20s|
|7||Paul Wright||Graham Coker||Ford Escort||17m 48s|
|8||Doug Kingsley||Ben Greenfield||Vauxhall Nova GTE||18m 15s|
|9||Chris Moore||Tom Jenkins||Peugeot 106||18m 15s|
|10||Rob Dance||Graham Dance||Peugeot 205 GTi||19m 40s|
|11||Gavin Braddock||Chris Hill||Vauxhall Belmont||19m 57s|
|12||Mark Butler||Peter Barnard||Peugeot 205 GTi||26m 42s|
|13||Clive Anstey||Verity Anstey||Vauxhall Nova GTE||27m 10s|
|14||Paul Swindells||David Coles||Peugeot 309 GTi||31m 16s|
|15||Ian Mepham||Sue Speller||Toyota Corolla||36m 58s|
|16||Graham Child||Kevin Ablitt||Ford Escort Mexico||40m 10s|
|17||Simon Jenvey||Les Parsons||Ford Ka||73m 12s|
|1||John Stephens||Paul Stephens||Citroen Visa||25m 13s|
|2||Mark Lodder||Mark Hickman||Vauxhall Astra GTE||56m 30s|
|3||Chris Powney||Chris Head||Peugeot 309 GTi||1F 49m 34s|
|4||Sam Collins||Oliver North||VW Golf||1F 56m 13s|
|5||Dominic Taylor||Phil Haines||Mazda 323 Turbo||2F 83m 55s|
|6||Lee Robinson||Daniel Robinson||Ford Escort||10F 398m 56s|
|7||Emily Newman||Andrew Tarling||Citroen AX GT||11F 263m 10s|
|1||Paul Thomas||Chris Green||Vauxhall Astra GTE||20m 01s|
|2||Martin Andrew||Julian Ellis||Saab 9000||42m 05s|
|3||Rob Reynolds||Colin Hiscock||Mazda 323||56m 56s|
|4||Dominic Worsfold||Neil Worsfold||Vauxhall Corsa GSi||125m 12s|
|5||Chris Wise||Ben Smith||Peugeot 205 Rallye||1F 61m 16s|
|6||David Edmunds||Dominic Jeans||Peugeot 205||1F 130m 25s|