2012 Daffodil Classic Car Rally

This rally was organised by Scenic Tours and was supported by the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR).

The route was chosen to provide a pleasant days motoring around the Forest of Dean and being held in March; it would also provide the perfect chance to view the wild Daffodils in flower.

2012 Daffodil Rally Tour



The Saab was entered for a chance to try a classic rally tour and attempt some navigation using a tulip style road book.

The day started with a meet in the heart of the forest. The Saab looked a rather tatty compared to competition, so was parked in a dark corner, whilst we enjoyed a bacon sandwich and coffee.

After a short briefing, cars were fitted with rally plates and we made our way to the start to be waved off in 1-minute intervals.

We were car 18 and as well as navigation of the course there would be visual clues to note along the way and regular check points where marshals would stamp the route card.

Road Book









Among the 25 cars starting the rally were a number of MGB's, some Midgets, a particularly nice Hillman Avenger Tiger, some classic Fords, sunbeams and a three litre Bentley.









The first leg of the route took us south from the start, through the villages of Bream and Parkend; then east towards the banks of the River Severn; finally north alongside the river, finishing at Flaxley for complimentary tea 'n' cakes.

The roads were a mixture of B and C grades and made for interesting driving and navigation.

Cars parked up at Flaxley






Flaley Abbey

Leaving Flaxley (Click) *









The second section took some smaller roads up to Mayhill, through Newent Woods and down to the town of Newent for another short break and an ice cream.

Passing through the woods gave the oportunity to see wild horses and views of the Malverns and Black mountains.

Navigating Newant woods (Click) *









The final section passed through the village of Dymock where a collection of vintage 3-wheeled Morgans were gathered on the church green.

This unscheduled stop gave us a chance to see these rare classic cars and we watched them start up and drive off down the road.

Morgans in Dymock









Final Leg (Click to Enlarge) *

Marshal Check Point *









The rally finished at Westons Cider mill in Much Marcle.

In the resturant we joined a table with the Daff 66 Navigator and drvier to enjoy a carvery roast and complimentary bottle of Cider.

All in all a terrific day's motoring with friendly marshals and drivers, all under a warm Sping sunshine.










* photo by KBP Photography