Vintage Minor Register
Welcome to the VMR 2017 Summer Rally
Friday 21st July to Sunday 23rd July
Download your entry form here.
Visit the Pre-War Prescott website here.
activities are open to all pre-war cars
and we are joined by many one-make Clubs and Registers
As always, our designated charity is the RAF Charitable Trust.
Come and enjoy
a fantastic weekend of hillclimbing, rallying, touring and socializing
among old friends and new in the glorious Cotswolds
Below we hope
you will find all the Rally information you need to make your weekend a
most enjoyable one.
If you have any questions, or need any further information or help in booking accommodation,
or if you would like to learn more about how your Club or Register can get involved,
simply e-mail us.
will follow its now traditional format of an informal pub reception on
Friday evening, Pre-War Prescott on Saturday
and our Navigation Rally, parallel Scenic Tour, cream teas and farewell pub run on Sunday evening.
The Summer Rally Itinerary
On Friday evening,
we hold an Informal Reception for early arrivers, which usually includes
a number of overseas visitors,
so the evening typically takes on an international flavour. This year we will gather at the Royal Oak, Gretton (OS 150/015305).
This ancient pub has recently been renovated with a cool, contemporary interior expertly combined with traditional Cotswold features.
Delicious, seasonal pub food and carefully selected ales and fine wines are complimented by unparalleled views across the Cotswolds
from the huge sun lounge dining room and the extensive garden with ample parking and a play area for children.
All welcome from opening time onwards.
(Note – this is a change of venue from the last couple of years when we have met at the Shutters in Gotherington.)
Pre-War Prescott 2017
Organised and hosted by the Vintage Minor Register.
After three visits to Prescott
by the VMR, the Register inaugurated Pre-War Prescott in 2011, and the
day was immediately a tremendous success.
Pre-War Prescott now forms the centrepiece of our annual Summer Rallies. VMR Prescott has become famous for its relaxed, friendly, garden party atmosphere.
The day offers the unique opportunity and thrill of being able to drive your own pre-war car up this famous and historic hill, owned and operated
by the Bugatti Owners Club. All pre-war cars are cordially invited to attend, and a number of one-make Clubs and Registers will be joining in the fun.
Gates open at 9 a.m., first driver briefing at 9-30 a.m., hill opens at 10 a.m. Lunch break from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., hill closes at 4 p.m.
A wide variety of activities
and displays is being planned once again, including vintage aircraft displays
and a host of trade stands.
The Vintage Minor Register's
designated charity is the RAF
There will be a no-reserve auction of spares and automobilia organized by Hereford Vintage Auctions during the lunch break,
with all funds raised to be donated to the Trust. So please bring along any suitable item that you would like to donate to the auction.
Full catering and a licensed
bar will be available throughout the day,
and will feature fine ales from the local Prescott Brewery.
When the hill closes, we
will be presenting a number of awards and trophies in the Prescott Lodge,
including the coveted Sports &
The day will conclude with a Vintage BBQ and Dance evening at the Lodge on the hill with live music presented by the Mike Dowley Band.
We will be using the long
course (via Ettore's Bend) in 2016.
Pre-War cars wishing to climb the hill will be parked in the Paddocks.
Spectators' cars and post-war cars will be parked in the Public Car Park, which also provides plenty of space for camping.
There is also a designated area for trailer parking.
The Hidden Glucestershire Navigation Rally and Scenic Tour
The Hidden Gloucestershire Navigation Rally and parallel Scenic Tour will start in the Orchard at Prescott at 9 a.m. sharp.
Entrants may elect to compete
in the mildly competitive Navigation Rally or simply take a relaxing tour
of approximately 60-miles,
wending its way down hidden byways and through sleepy Cotswold hamlets.
The Navigation Rallyists
are provided with their clue cards and answer cards at the start and will
need Ordnance Survey maps in order to plot the route.
Meanwhile, the Scenic Tourists will be provided with an informative Tour Handbook which will contain explicit and easy-to follow route directions
as well as a wealth of fascinating information describing various points of interest along the route.
This year's route will take us some sixty miles around the local area, calling in at numerous places of interest en route.
Hot tea, coffee and bacon butties will be available at the start in the Paddock for those who had to miss breakfast!
There will be a pub lunch stop at the Penny Farthing, Aston Crews, and petrol will be available en route.
The afternoon will conclude
with cream teas, results and prizegiving at Stanway
where we will have the opportunity to witness the unique 300 foot gravity fountain in action.
The Roy Hogg Trophy will be awarded to the best Morris Minor/M Type performance in the Navigation Rally.
The Lewis and Nicholson Trophy will be awarded to the winning team in this traditional challenge between the Minors and the Austin 7's.
There will also be a special
trophy presentation by Hereford Vintage
for the best non Minor/M Type performance in the Navigation Rally.
A Farewell run out to the nearby Pheasant at Toddington where more great food and ales will be available.
(As usual, FREE BEER will be provided for those who have marshaled during the weekend!)
As in previous years, if
you are planning to attend, be sure to book your local accommodation early,
because the Cotswolds get very busy during the summer months.
And of course camping will once again be available all weekend in the Orchard at Prescott where full facilities are available. The cost is a very reasonable £5 per night,
payable to the Bugatti Owners’ Club office at the hill. Just pop in to their office some time over the weekend to settle up – like the rest of the weekend, it’s all highly informal!
A list of suitable local accommodation may be found here.
The OS maps required for the Navigation Rally will be numbers 150 and 162 (any edition).
Scenic Tourists will require
no maps as they will be provided with a Tour Handbook at the start
containing explicit route instructions for the day.
Order your maps here.
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