rally team complete Monte Carlo rally in this Mini
Burnham-On-Sea team has just returned from France after taking part
in the 'Rallye Monte Carlo Historique'.
resident Chris Bailey was part of the support crew for a local rally
team led by local man Chris Mockridge and John Varney from Bridgwater.
Mini 1000 was among 24 cars that set off from Paisley, near Glasgow,
on their way to Monaco and were joined by 293 other cars from across
1,500-mile, 14-stage, event took place over eight days and is restricted
to car models which competed in the Monte Carlo Rallies between
1955 and 1980.
team had the main objective - apart from finishing - of raising
as much as they could for The Alzheimers Society.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a great experience, a wonderful
event when I met some wonderful people from various countries."
role in the support crew was to repair anything that went wrong
- and we had problems with the throttle linkage at one point and
an exhaust leak - but generally it went very well.
managed to qualify and finish - it was a great to take part over
the eight days."
the 1960s, 70s and 80s Chris Mockridge and John
competed in many stage and road rallies not only in the South West,
but also in Wales and also on the Isle of Man.
a lot is known about this Mini except that it has spent its life
on Malta. It started off as a Mini 1000 and at some time an enthusiast
fitted a 1275cc engine."
Mini was recently found in its dusty state and had not been used
for a long time."
car is due to go on display in the Angel Place shopping centre in
Bridgwater in coming weeks.
crew raised funds for Alzheimer's, a debilitating disease, since
Chris Father passed away from it, and a relation of John's
is also suffering from the disease. See https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/operationuad
Support team members Bob Coombes, and Chris Bailey with driver Chris
Mockridge and Co-driver John Varney (photos