As the reader of our blog, you may have been wondering why we haven’t posted any of our photographic exploits for a while, well Janet has been tied up working on a total revamp of the website and you can see the results of her endeavours after the 1st January by going direct to

Whilst the emphasis of my life changed dramatically in December when I contested the gruelling 4 day RAC rally. As a rally navigator for many years, I long harboured a desire to do “the big one” and this year I got the opportunity to join Mark Simpson and Kevin Jeffray in their Nissan Micras. The brief was to compete as cheaply as possible and hopefully record a finish.

Day 1 started OK and saw us handily placed 3rd in class with Kevin just behind us. Day 2 started in the familiar Yorkshire forests and went well for us, but not so well for Kevin who collected a wayward tree and retired on the spot! Day 2 ended in less familiar terrain near Carlisle and saw us still 3rd in class with the longest day of the rally to come.

We left Carlisle at 8am on day 3 and as we drove towards the stages near Beattock we ran into snow. It was here it all started to go wrong for the class leader Tom Jordan and saw us consistently beating him and ending the day 2nd in class with Jordan 1 second behind us.

We started day for over 4 minutes behind the new class leader Mick Smith, but deep snow in the daunting Kielder forest was soon to change that! Fitting snow tyres ensured we had a good run through Kielder, then a long nail biting wait for the others to emerge ensued. It eventually transpired that both Smith & Jordan had been off the road for some time, handing us an unbelievable class win and a remarkable 4th overall in the open section. Not bad for a 1000cc Micra against cars with up to 5 times our power!

Now all we have to do is sell loads of photos to pay for it!

Photo by Andy Standing



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