Since its inception in 2016, the Andy Mort Tour has been fortunate to attract some very interesting machinery to start at car one.
And it is no different this year, with a fabulous, ex-works Vauxhall Chevette HSR leading the field away from West Bradford Village Hall on Saturday morning.
The car was built for Jimmy McRae to contest the British Rally Championship and is still in period condition. The car is owned by DirtFish founder Steve Rimmer, who is flying in from the United States to take part in the AMT.
2300 Club member and international co-driver Ian Grindrod has volunteered to guide Steve around the 135-mile route.
Ahead of the pair will be Neil and Arlene Calvert in their well-known Mk1 Lotus Cortina, who will be running at car zero. They are no stranger to course car duties, having performed a similar role on the Tour of Mull for many years in the same car.
Historic F1 competitor Paul Tattersall, regularly seen on tracks all over Europe in the ex-Derek Daly Ensign N179, is bringing along his equally fabulous Lancia Stratos HF for a country run. He’s enlisted the help of 2300 Club chairman Neil Molyneux to read out the tulips.
For those who remember the halcyon days of the Motoring News Road Rally Championship, the name ‘The Northern Browhopper’ will be familiar.
The legendary Ron Beecroft is making a welcome appearance and has opted for a more leisurely Mercedes SLC rather than an Escort RS2000 or Talbot Sunbeam.
Such is the reputation of the AMT there’s a whole host of famous rally names from the past and present taking part again this year.
They include Malcolm Graham (BMW Z4), Ian Harrison (Ssangyong Sports), Simon Boardman (Volvo Amazon), Tom Leeming and Clive Escreet (Wartburg 353) Kevin Savage (Volvo PV544), Clive Molyneux and Terry Martin (Morris Cooper S), Charlie Woodward and Fred Bent (Escort 1.3) and Nigel Worswick (Ford Escort Cosworth).
The Mayor of the Ribble Valley, Cllr Mark Hindle, has kindly agreed to flag off the cars at one-minute intervals from 9.30.
The 2300 Club would like to thank all the entrants, marshals and officials, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday morning.