Sad News: 2020 Andy Mort Tour Will Not Run

Sadly, the 2300 Club has today decided that the 2020 Andy Mort Tour will not run. We were confident that the changes that we had made for 2020 would allow the safe running of the event. The new restrictions that become law on Monday, regarding larger gaterings, mean that we now see continuing with our plans as being irresponsible. We apologise to all our many friends who were looking forward to the October 17th. We hope to see you in 2021 when the work that we have done in 2020 will bear fruit.
2300 Club, 9th September 2020.

2300 Club overwhelmed by response to Andy Mort Tour

The announcement earlier this month that the 2020 Andy Mort Tour will go ahead has been greeted with eager anticipation by enthusiasts. After months of uncertainty because of the Covid-19 crisis, the 2300 Club was only able to launch the event, which takes place on Saturday, October 17, two weeks ago. But in that time, the club have been overwhelmed by the reaction to the Tour going ahead.

“We’ve had an amazing response from everyone,” said club chairman Neil Molyneux. “The feedback we received from a mailshot sent to previous entrants was 100 per cent positive, and after making the public announcement on our website on August 7, we have had numerous enquiries from drivers new to the Tour.”

“After so much inactivity in the last few months, I think people just want to dust off their cars and have a great day out.”

The entry to the 2020 Andy Mort Tour will be limited to 50 cars, and the regulations and entry form will be published on this website early in September.

Early finish for Tindall on the M-Sport Stages

Ewan Tindall’s return to rallying lasted just ten miles, when he was forced to retire from the M-Sport Stages on Saturday.

The current 2300 Club John Easson Award winner suffered water pump failure on his Fiesta R2 in stage two at GreystokeForest. Despite a five-month break from the sport, Tindall and co-driver Andrew Roughead were quick off the blocks, setting a very promising second fastest class time on the opening test.
“After so long away from the car competitively, I was ready to give it a good push”, explained Ewan. “The first stage went well and we started to feel comfortable in the car, the pace looked good but nearing the end of stage two the water temperature light came on. I switched off straight away and pulled over so that we didn’t inflict any damage on the engine. From a quick inspection, it looked like the water pump had failed, so that was us out. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t our day, but we’ll get the car sorted and come back stronger.”
The M-Sport Stages was won by Matthew Wilson, son of M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson, who was in a class of his own over the six stages in Greystoke, winning by 36 seconds from M-Sport drivers Rhys Yates and Adrien Fourmaux, who were second and third respectively. However, all three crews withdrew at the end, handing victory to Frank Bird and Jack Morton in their Focus WRC.

The video of the whole stage is avaialble HERE: Stage 2 from M-Sport Return to Stages Rally 2020 held in Greystoke forest onboard with Ewan Tindall/Andrew Roughead in their Fiesta R2 1600.

*Ewan Tindall would like to thank all the organisers and marshals for their hard work in getting rallying back in the UK, to dad Lee and Stephen Lee for their efforts in trying to get the car back out on the stages, and to the 2300 Club of Blackburn for their support this year.

Andy Mort Tour – some more details …

THE 2300 Club of Blackburn is pleased to announce that the 2020 Andy Mort Tour will take place on Saturday, October 17. The event will comply with all current Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines issued by the Government and Motorsport UK. The organising team, led by Walter Bateson, have devised a 125-mile route which promises to be both picturesque and enjoyable, utilising some of the best driving roads in the North West.

“We are looking forward to seeing friends old and new in October,” said Cliff Simmons, assistant clerk of the course. “The current Covid restrictions means that this year’s event will be very different from previous years, to ensure the safety of everyone taking part.”

The start and finish venue has been moved from West Bradford village hall to the Hanson Cement car park in Clitheroe, which will allow cars and crews to meet up safely. As well as portable toilets, there will be a catering van in attendance serving breakfast.
“We are very grateful to Gary Young and Hanson Cement for their generosity in allowing us to use their facilities,” added Cliff.

The 2300 Club will also be adopting an online entry system only, with crews printing their own roadbook and time card to ensure there is no physical contact with officials at the start venue. Owners will also have to self-scrutineer their vehicles using a supplied form.
As a Touring Assembly, there is no competition element to the Andy Mort Tour, although crews will be required to follow the tulip road book and visit the codeboard checkpoints – some of which will be marshalled – to ensure the correct route is adhered to.

The entire route takes place on sealed roads and can be safely driven in a standard road car, there is no need for special modifications. A lunch halt has been arranged at the Bridge House Tea Rooms at Wray, where refreshments will be served, again in strict accordance with Covid-19 regulations. There will be no fun driving test at the finish, a signature of recent Tours, and no guest speaker to round off the day. As in previous years, the entry limit has been set at 50 cars.

Said Cliff: “It will not be the same Andy Mort Tour as people know it, but we hope that it will still be an interesting, enjoyable and safe day out for everyone. The 2300 Club are working very hard to ensure that this goes ahead and we hope everyone will support it.
A mailshot has been sent to previous entrants, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, so we’re expecting a high demand for places.”

Entry fee for the 2020 Andy Mort Tour is £50 per car, with breakfast and lunch included. There will be a full refund if the organisers are forced to cancel at late notice. The regulations and online entry form will be available from early September on this website

Andy Mort Tour 2020 is Going Ahead

First run in 2016, the Andy Mort Tour has become something of a fixture in the Annual 2300 Club Calendar and in 2020, despite the challenging times this year, we intend to go ahead – all be it with some changes to ensure that everyone is safe. So, the date for your diary is Saturday 17th October 2020

Paddy Hopkirk Mini on AMT 2019

This year will see another fantastic route, with measures in place from MSUK and Government Covid19 guidlines to ensure a safe event for all. Sadly at this time there will be no evening meal or speaker – just a good old fashioned navigational run with great cars & great people. There will of course be a full refund If we have to cancel the event. If there is enough initial interest we will proceed with an online entry system. Keep an eye out for details soon on Facebook, Instagram & here for more details. Not our usual event but still organised at our usual high standard!

John Price RIP

The 2300 Club’s Ian Grindrod shares a memory

I first met John in the bar of the Misnish on Mull in 1972. I think because he had an Alpine Renault, my all time favourite rally car, I casually asked him if I could co-drive for him. He  a star name and I was still a nobody trying my best to climb the rallying ladder. He took one look at me and turned his back, continuing to drink his pint. I couldn’t blame him because he must have thought “Who the hell does this long haired scruff think he is?”
Over the years I never let that tale drop with John on the many occasions our paths crossed. He was good humoured enough to tell me that it was maybe a regret on his part. I told him that as soon as he got rid of the Alpine Renault, then I wouldn’t have been interested anyway. He said that as he then had a Metro 6R4 he presumed I might have found a ride in the very same model with Jim McRae and that ignoring me was him doing me a favour. Good lad JP. RIP

John Price 1944-2020

THE 2300 Club would like to express their sadness at the passing of rally legend John Price yesterday, and extend their sincere condolences to John’s family, wife Caroline, children Stephen, Cathi, Kevin and Stephanie.

“We were very proud to have known John for many years as a friend and a competitor on the Tour of Mull,” said club chairman Neil Molyneux. “Although he never won the event, and it wasn’t for the want of trying very hard, the joy he brought everyone with his Metro 6R4 was unforgettable.”

A leading figure in UK National Rallying for over 40 years, John also contested events in the WRC, ERC, Irish National, West Euro Rally Cup and Scottish championships. He was a prolific competitor in the Motorsport UK Tarmac Championship, starting 116 events, winning 38 and finishing on the podium 70 times. He won the overall title in 2000 and 2002. John will be remembered for his attacking driving style, and the wide variety of cars he drove- Renault 5 Maxi Turbo, Porsche Carrera, Alpine-Renault A110 and the 6R4 to name a few.

Allan Durham, the 2300 Club’s John Easson Scholarship co-ordinator, said: “The word ‘legend’ can be over-used, but that’s exactly what John was in UK Rallying. He was a fierce competitor in the car but very friendly out of it. He won almost everything he tried, but sadly could never add Mull to his list of victories. He came close one year with Jim Kitson co-driving, but the cambelt snapped whilst leading.”

International rally co-driver and club member Ian Grindrod has fond memories of John: “He was great company and a great driver, it’s very sad news. I remember him on Mull in 1972, when he had the Alpine-Renault, and that was a combination. He gave the club secretary, the late Taff Edwards, a trip over the Lochs in the dark. Taff couldn’t speak for a whole hour.”

*Due to the current Coronavirus lockdown, John’s funeral will be strictly family only, but a memorial to celebrate his life will be held later in the year.

Points mean prizes for Ewan Tindall on the Malcolm Wilson Rally

Ewan Tindall on the Malcolm Wilson RallyEWAN Tindall will be out to prove a point when he competes on this weekend’s Malcolm Wilson Rally.
The talented youngster has been seeded at car 46 for the Cumbrian-based event in his Fiesta R2.
“I’m the last of the R2 runners, so I’ll be going out to make a point!” joked Tindall, who is the 2019 John Easson Award winner.
“We had a difficult debut with the new car on the Cambrian, but I’m confident that the Malcolm Wilson will be different.
“The car took a bit of a battering on the stages in North Wales, but we’ve only had to change the clutch and do a few little jobs to get it ready, I feel much more at home with it now, thanks to the miles we clocked up on our way to fifth in class.
“We will need to see what the pace of the other R2 competitors is like, but I feel much more confident in being able to push on.
“The format is different too, with only one stage, Greystoke, being used twice. That should mean that the tracks should be in reasonable condition by the time we go through. We might have to pick our way through Greystoke second time around, as by then I reckon almost 120 cars will have already been through.
Tindall and co-driver Andrew Roughead are currently fourth overall in the R2 Rallye Cup, which forms part of the BTRDA Championship, and joint leaders in the MRF Mixed Surface Challenge.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to getting out again, the only question mark will be weather, you can get rain, hail, snow and sunshine all in one day in the Lake District. We went through the pacenote video last week and there was snow everywhere, so that could make life interesting.”
*Ewan Tindall would like to thank the 2300 Club, his dad Lee and Simon Hewitt for their support.
For more information on the Malcolm Wilson Rally visit www.malcolmwilsonrally.co.uk.