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Old 6 Oct 2004, 12:18 (Ref:1116831)   #1
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Many of my mates are now on there way to Spain for the Tour Espania. Would it be an idea to run a similar event in U.K.Five days,Five circuits,ten stages,sounds like a good idea.Nothing has been attempted since the Avon Tour. Cars up to 1970 with papers or taking part in a championship like Top Hat.Seasons events in a week.Any views with competion and regularity as Tour Auto.
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Old 6 Oct 2004, 12:41 (Ref:1116860)   #2
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This was planned about five years ago as a revival of an event that once had a Citroen SM in it - there were various problems and the project fell apart
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Old 6 Oct 2004, 15:57 (Ref:1117092)   #3
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Roger albert Clark? Le Jog?
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Old 7 Oct 2004, 06:14 (Ref:1117691)   #4
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my idea would be to replicate the european events like Tour Espania and Tour de France.60 competition cars and 60 regularity.Daytime running and mixing circuit racing with smooth tarmac stages.Ample road time so there should be no problems as happened in both France,Italy and Spain in the last year The entry to cover cars as diverse GT40's.pre war Bentleys,Escourts,Mini's etc.A much different concept to Le Jog and any other event held in U.K.
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Old 7 Oct 2004, 08:19 (Ref:1117768)   #5
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I think what Jos alluded to was the Avon Tour of Britain (1973-1976). Races at Silverstone, Mallory and Oulton, rally stages and time trials for production saloon cars.

With a little tweaking to make it suitable for cherished older cars, that could be a super basis for an event.
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Old 7 Oct 2004, 08:40 (Ref:1117782)   #6
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MSA historic run or whatever its called?
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Old 7 Oct 2004, 08:48 (Ref:1117787)   #7
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Tim exactly. I was involved with two of the Avon Tours and they were superb.My idea is an historic event where the racing people can meet the historic rally entrants on a level playing field.
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I've found some of the paperwork from the last try - announced in 1999 it was planned for 2000 as an Avon Tour revival - John Davenport (rallly chap etc) and the then Chairman of the BRSCC were involved amongst others - yes it would be a good idea to try again - with Gatsos rather than Halda tripmeters to ensure the average speed was maintained !
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Old 7 Oct 2004, 09:25 (Ref:1117818)   #9
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As Tour Auto next year .Only original equipment fitted to car acceptable.No Haldas or any of the digital readout gadgets.
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Old 7 Oct 2004, 09:45 (Ref:1117827)   #10
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Problem with this as with all these thigs is money .You would probably need 140 cars at 4000GBP each to put on plus a sponsor.This is why you need to come up with an idea to attract entries from all areas where proper cars compete.
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Old 7 Oct 2004, 11:29 (Ref:1117901)   #11
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Anuauto has a lot of promise if they can keep it on the circuit!
The 1999 plan seemed to be turning into a Goodwood Revival type of event before it collapsed, with Ferrari GTOs etc welcome and more ordinary cars not. The cut off date had changed from a slightly later one to 1978 - coincidently the year that would have excluded "flat front" Group One Escort RS2000s, some of who's owners were expressing interest....
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Old 8 Oct 2004, 04:01 (Ref:1118553)   #12
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GTO's, Escourts,all cars with a wide range Imps to pre war Alfas.I am sure the world does not need another Goodwood and it is probable Goodwood does not need another! The only stipulation is the cars at correct with no big engines etc These are only my ideas has anyone got an opinion where all sides of the Historic Motoring Hobby could compete against each other?
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Old 8 Oct 2004, 07:13 (Ref:1118753)   #13
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This sound like one for your Alfa GTaM! The most important thing is to have a tour which takes in some good hotels as with the european events, getting the eurotrash to stay at a "Happy Eater" equivalenmt hotel might not work!
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Good idea John, but please 4 days and not 5, the Tour Auto is getting to be too long!
I'll come and participate!
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Simon -not my GTA but it would be the ideal car.Should anyone be brave enough to put it on we would use one of those green Talbots.So four days in the week before or after Goodwood.
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