Plans for this year’s August bank holiday weekend Mewla Rally are well underway. The event will consist of 80 stage miles on the Epynt Ranges, including the German Village. All for £350. Service will be in Mabions Way which means we can use all the range roads with the event consisting of 6 different stage layouts.
The Mewla is a qualifying round of the REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, Quantum Tunin King of Epynt, J.D Competition Tyres Welsh National Tarmacadam Championship, the ANWCC Stage Rally Championship, AWMMC Heart of England Rally Championship – In association with DMack Tyres and the Millington RWD Challenge.
We also welcome the new BTRDA Mixed Surface Challenge, as well as our usual classes for historic cars.
We are indebted to our sponsor Brain & Tim of the Old Forge Garage & Brian Dennis Motorsport, and Robin Stark of Fieldfare catering.
The winning crew of the Road Rally Class on this year's Old Forge Garage Mewla Rally will receive a free entry on the 2015 DG Jones Agri Ltd Powys Lanes Rally, held by Epynt Motor Club in Builth Wells on the 7/8th November 2015.
We look forward to seeing you on the day!
After a long break Autotests are back once again, the 1st event of 2015 was held at the Powell's farm near Newbridge on Wye on the 7th of June. There was a good entry of 14 drivers to start the day in a very dusty yard. Joint leaders after the 1st test were Ceri Davies in his Nissan Micra and Craig Golder in his Peugeot 205; many crews struggled with the 1st test and 7 crews picked up a costly wrong test and 2 others picking up cone penalties.
Gary Powell won the day by 17 seconds in his Citroen Saxo despite picking up a 10 second cone penalty midway through the day; Ceri Davies came home with 2nd in his Micra with a clean run all day.
Craig Golder managed 3rd despite a cone penalty and dust issues hampering his morning and then much of the afternoon was spent trying to fix the handbrake in his 205!; with all this 1st in the Standard Production class was good going.
Anthony Deans had a slow start with a wrong test on the 1st test however he set good times throughout the day to finish 4th in his Puma. Jamie Pickup had initially wanted to use his Peugeot 306 but after arriving he changed to Ceri's Micra fearing the 6 speed 306 would run out of lock too often; this proved to be a wise decision, a wrong test on test 1 along with a puncture slowed his start but made gains through the day however he was consistently around 5 seconds behind Ceri's times on each test, thank god Ceri doesn't drive the navscatters any more eh Jamie?!
Rosie Stephens had an excellent drive in Craig's 205 despite issues with the handbrake and the occasional engine gremlins she still put in some great times - good enough to put Craig off driving?? She finished 6th and won 1st Novice driver.
Ben Gwillym had 2 Wrong Tests and despite good time in the 206 finished 7th, John Hopkins finished 8th again another to fall foul of a wrong 1st test. Phil Gadsby in the Clio did a good effort to try and dent every panel during the day and picked up a puncture with some enthusiastic driving and finished 9th.
Jamie “Dipstick” Humphreys was another to put on a good show in his Fiesta, Another to pick up a wrong test on test 1 although I think the 10.30am start was still a bit too early for him! 10th was his result.
Jamie Arnold was the entertainer of the day in a BMW that shouldn't have made the startline let alone the finishline! The head gasket had gone before the start and the engine was cooking with no working fan, yet still it was revving flat out all day, okay it needed bump starting sometimes and ran rough if it wasn't flat out and probably drank half the farms water supply during the day but he finished 11th O/A and 1st Rwd without a dent on the car and a lot of gravel and dust thrown around!
Ian Morgan in his Ford Ka drove very well and was quick enough but was perhaps pushing too hard as he picked up 40 seconds of cone penalties AND 2 wrong tests, this dropped him down to 12th.
Jon Hawkins swapped from his usual co-drivers seat to try his hand at driving, although he considering double driving with someone he instead decided to use his daily drive BMW 523 estate! Certainly the largest car of the day and both BMW crews kicked up a lot of gravel and dust with enthusiastic driving, he didn't dent the car (thankfully!) but did get stuck on the last test, putting on a show with a few moments including reversing over the stop line after a spin! He rounded off the finishers in 13th Place
Morian Peters in his high revving Civic was trying from the word go but perhaps too much power and grip caused dust issues in the morning and then he hit a gatepost in the afternoon, badly denting the rear quarter and putting a rear wheel out of line. That was his day over whilst running 3rd O/A.
Thanks to Brian Jones for putting on the event and the Powell's for the use of the farm a great venue.
1st - Gary Powell - Citroen Saxo - 772
2nd - Ceri Davies - Nissan Micra - 789
3rd - Craig Golder - Peugeot 205 - 820
4th - Anthony Deans - Ford Puma - 872
5th - Jamie Pickup - Nissan Micra - 892
6th - Rosie Stephens - Peugeot 205 - 919
7th - Ben Gwillym - Peugeot 206 - 920
8th - John Hopkins - Volkswagen Polo - 928
9th - Phil Gadsby - Renault Clio - 939
10th - Jamie Humphries - Ford Fiesta - 962
11th - Jamie Arnold - BMW 328ish - 1013
12th - Ian Morgan - Ford Ka - 1020
13th - Jon Hawkins - BMW 523i- 1080
14th - Morian Peters - Honda Civic - DNF
1st O/A - Gary Powell
1st Standard Production - Craig Golder
1st Novice - Rosie Stephens
1st RWD - Jamie Arnold
The fourth round of the navscatter championship took place last thursday at The Fountain, Builth Wells using map 147.
Great to seen 8 crews start with 2 crews from Cwmbran & Abergavenny areas.
Crews were faced with a run out to a lay by at Cwmbach were the route was handed out at 8.45 , first to leave in a cloud of exhaust smoke was Chris and Kate, they went a different way to what we set out, but its a scatter so be it, unbeknown to us they had not discovered the first page of references and clues and only plotted out the second page, they got back to Builth and were talking about how quick and easy the route was when oh my god they discovered page 1, it was stapled to page 2, so off they roared to do the clues on page one.
The experts Jon Hawkins and Ceri Davies had old maps which are 4 years out of date, not showing the new road to Newbridge, should have known better.
First on the road was Ryan & Jordon and the reason they did not hand in the time cards was because Jordon left his tea all over the card and maps, we have all been there at some time.
Other than that at the Fountain finish everybody returned to report a great nights sport with good well seen clues and a good thrash. Tables turned this time, Father beat Daughter. and a newcomer beat the so called Epynt experts on their own patch.
1st overall & 1st novices Driver Jake Evans - Luter + Navigator Ross Truszkowski + BMW compact 1 fail 1 point
2nd overall & 1st experts Driver Brian Jones + navigator Alun Probert + Subaru + 1 Fail 17 points
3rd Twm Prossor & Ceri Davies (Experts) +Izuzu + 2 fails 6 points
4th Huw Jones & Jack Hintz (Novices) +Micra + 3 fails 7 points
5th Jamie Pickup & Jon Hawkins + (Experts) Peugeot 306 + 3 Fails 10 points
6th Jordan Gullick & Jordan Dziaduzewicz (Novices) + Micra + 7 fails 0 points
7th Christian Prynne (Novice) & Kate Jones (Expert) + Focus + 7 fails 8 points
8th Ryan Davies & Jordon Humphries (Novices) + Corsa + DNF
Event organisers Graham and Eric Tong