The regulations and entry form for the 2300 Club of Blackburn’s eagerly-awaited Andy Mort Tour will go live on their website on Sunday, August 4 at 10am.
And it promises to be a memorable day in more ways than one, with the organisers mapping out a route with a difference this year.
“We have spent a long time making sure it will be substantially different from previous years, and we’ve found some lanes that many people will probably have never seen before,” explained club chairman Neil Molyneux.
“All of these roads are non-damaging and perfectly passable in a road car, so there’s no need for sump-guards or roll cages. There is no competition element, it’s all about the enjoyment of driving on some of the best roads in Lancashire and Yorkshire.
“We also looking forward to having Paddy Hopkirk with us for the day, which will make this year’s Andy Mort Tour very, very special. Although Paddy won’t be driving, he’ll be at the start at West Bradford Village Hall to meet everyone, and flag the cars off. He will then join us at the lunch halt at Blubberhouses before greeting the finishers back at West Bradford.
“The day will finish in style with a talk by Paddy on his momentous career in motorsport, hosted by the equally-legendary rally co-driver and 2300 Club member Ian Grindrod.
“It promises to be a fantastic day out for any motoring enthusiast, and we anticipate a lot of interest.”
*The Andy Mort Tour is a non-competitive ‘Touring Assembly’ starting and finishing at West Bradford Village Hall, near Clitheroe on Saturday, October 19.
It is run in honour of club member Andy Mort who was competition liaison officer on the Tour of Mull Rally for many years, and a top National-level navigator in his own right. He sadly lost his life in an accident on the 2015 event.
Open to any ‘vehicles of interest’, the Tour will see crews embarking on a scenic route of at least 100 miles using simple navigation of tulip diagrams or map references, with code-boards and marshalled checkpoints.
With a limit of 50 cars allowed, the organisers expect the entry list to fill very quickly.
Entry fee for the Andy Mort Tour is £50 for a car and two occupants. Extra passengers are £15 each.
For enthusiasts who cannot take part in the Tour, but would like to come to the Paddy Hopkirk talk, tickets are available at £10 each for the evening meal and entry to see the guest speaker. Pre-booking for these tickets is essential.
Regulations and entry forms for the Andy Mort Tour, along with booking information for Paddy’s talk, will be on the club website www.2300club.org or their facebook site: Tour of Mull by 2300 Club.