Thirty different pre-war cars set off at 9pm on Saturday 16 January to take on the testing 180-mile route through North Yorkshire, with the first cars returning to the venue at 5.30am the following day. It was a true challenge for even the most seasoned VSCC rally competitors, with cars having to battle through spells of heavy localised snowfall and treacherously icy country roads through the night.
Driver William Ainscough and Annabel Jones, the club’s current champion navigator, topped the leaderboards in the Frazer Nash/BMW 319 Saloon, with Mark Garfitt and Dood Pierce coming a close second in their Frazer Nash/BMW 319/55.
James Baxter, who earned several awards at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, successfully completed the event in his 1929 Chrysler 70 Sports Coupe. Tony Lees and Phillip Dobbin, who also both competed at the Hill Climb last year, also took part in the Measham Rally.
The VSCC’s next event is the New Year Driving Tests, which will take place at Brooklands on 31 January. Non-members are welcome to come along and watch – further information can be found on the VSCC website.
All photography is provided courtesy of Gary Clarke Photography.