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Huw and Owen Rowcliffe on their way to victory on the Cambrian (Joseph John Gilbertson)

              On the 18th and 19th of January Tregaron motor club held the first welsh road rally of the year, a 60-mile closed to club event that also included a test at the Mid Wales activity centre in Pontrhydfendigaid. In among the sixty entrants the rally gained were a handful of Lampeter members, with the first being at car 2, which went to Malcom “tar” Jones who was making a rare appearance in the lanes, with him was regular navigator Dafydd Evans who was using the event as a shakedown ready for the Welsh championship that would begin a month later. They were out in Malcolm’s Peugeot 206 GTI. At car 9 was Arfon Griffiths who was navigating for Barry Jones. It was the first road rally for a number of years for Barry and Arfon would be helping him get back into the swing of things on this event. They were using a Mk2 Ford escort. At 12 were another Peugeot 206, this one being crewed by Jonathon Davies and Andrew Gaunt. Down in the semi expert class would be another Peugeot 206, occupied by father and son team Huw Rowcliffe and Owen Rowcliffe. They started at 31.

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George Williams and Cadog Davies on their way to winning the Eagle (Joseph John Gilberston)

                It’s been a busy end to the year for club members with a number of events taking place. With the long nights now back as winter arrives the road rallying calendar picks up pace with events taking place almost every weekend. The welsh road rally championship approaches the end there were two events still to compete, which naturally attracted members from Lampeter and district motor club on the entry lists.

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           On the 28th and 29th of September Carmarthen motor club held their Autumn road rally, a road rally that made up the eighth round of the welsh road rally championship as well as being a round in Lampeter’s own road rally championship. It was a rally that returned to the calendar six years ago after a twenty-seven-year break. This year’s rally would consist of some 100 miles made up on OS maps 145, 146 and 159 and started and finished from the cattle market in Carmarthen. The rally had attracted a very strong entry and in among them were several club members, with the first being Dafydd Evans who was once again partnered with Kevin “Penclaw” Jones in Kevin’s Toyota corolla. They were seeded at five. Anther navigator followed and that was Cadog Davies at seven who was again with George Williams in George’s Mk2 Ford escort. George and Cadog haven’t been having the best luck in this year’s championship but they were hoping to turn that around on this event and get some big scores in for the final rounds of the season. Stefan “DR” Davies was at nine in his regular Mk2 Ford escort, he had Justin Davies on map duties. There was a trio of Lampeter members at twelve, thirteen and fourteen with Malcolm “tar” Jones and Rhys Jones taking twelve in their GTI 180 specification Peugeot 206. Right behind them were Gari Evans and Marc Hughes in Gari’s immaculately prepared Mk2 Ford escort. Rounding off the trio was Wayne Jones who had Richard Williams with him, they would be in Wayne’s Peugeot 206 GTI. At twenty-seven was Daniel Williams I his regular BMW 318Ti, he had regular navigator Shaun Richards with him. Andrew Davies was navigating for Arwel Thomas at fifty-five in another GTI 180 specification Peugeot 206. Daniel Parsons was another navigator at sixty-one in an escort. Rounding off club members was Mark Station was also navigating, in car seventy-six for Ben Saunders in a

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Andy Davies with Michael Gilbey celebrate their championship victory with their crew (Andy Davies)

Andy Davies who with regular navigator Michael Gilbey recently managed to achieve one of their motorsport ambitions, by winning the Group N Irish tarmac rally championship as well as winning overall IRTC2 champions, an incredible achievement in their first year of tarmac rallying after a yearlong battle in the Irish lanes. Their story begins back in 2018 as they took a year out of stage rallying to try and achieve one of their other ambitions, which was to win the welsh road rally championship, an ambition that they did indeed achieve. However, during 2018 Andy and Michael decided to venture out to Ireland to spectate one of the most famous tarmac rallies out there, the Donegal international. At this point Andy had never competed on a tarmac stage rally, let alone an Irish one, when all of a sudden it was suggested that he take IDZ the road rally car out, and as Andy says “the rest is history!”

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Dylan Davies and Llion Williams achieve a top 10 result on Wales' first closed road rally

               History was made on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of September when the first ever closed road rally took place, the Bae Ceredigion. Organised between members of four motor clubs in the area which were Lampeter and district, Newtown, Aberystwyth and Teifi Valley, members came together to create history and hopefully add a regular event to the calendar. With Get connected as the main sponsor of the event, it quickly became a popular event with everyone in the Ceredigion area excited to see it run and bring in an income boost to the surrounding area. The entry filled very quickly with competitors from all over the UK hoping to get an entry and what was the first event.

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Cadog Davies guides Gavin Wyn Edwrds around to win the Barcud rally (Joseph John Gilbertson)

                On the weekend of the 17th and 18th of August Barcud motor club held their rally, The Barcud, a rally which would be the sixth round of the welsh road rally championship. It was a rally of close to 100 miles on OS maps 135 and 146. Once again rally HQ was in Tregaron leisure centre with the start car park being at the mart. With it being a rally on home turf for many club members it was no surprise that there were plenty of club members among the list of 76 starters that had arrived at Tregaron. First among club members in car 3 was Stefan “DR” Davies in his Mk2 ford escort, he had Dafydd Sion Lloyd on map duties. Right behind them at 4 was Cadog Davies who was once again navigating for Gavin Wyn Edwards in a hired Mk1 ford escort, Mk1 escorts are a rare sight on welsh road rallies so it’s always nice to see one on the entry list, and with Gavin and Cadog being the crew, there was a good chance it would feature near the top of he results sheet too. Dafydd Evans was once again partnered with Kevin “Penclawdd” Jones in Kevin’s Toyota corolla at number 5. They have been collecting excellent results and are due their first win together, with it being a local rally for Dafydd and Kevin being consistently competitive in any part of the country it was perfectly possible that it could happen here. Justin Jones was at 6 in his Mk2 ford escort, this was to be the first road rally he was competing on in the new car and out to get some more seat time in it, he had Lewis Sim in the passenger seat. Another escort followed, and that one belonged to Gari Evans who was once again with Richard “Ty-capel” Williams, they have been getting some very good results recently and were hoping to repeat that performance here. At 13 was Alan Gaunt in his Vauxhall astra GTE, he had Deian Rees with him. At 22 was Daniel Williams who was once again out in his BMW 318ti with regular navigator Shaun Richards. At 26 were Huw Rowcliffe and Andrew Gaunt with Huw taking his Peugeot 206 GTI for its first rally in some time. At 30 were Jonathon Davies and Owen Rowcliffe in Jonathon’s recently built Mk2 ford escort. Steffan Daniels and Wayne Jones were at 37 in Steffan’s Peugeot 206. Another Peugeot 206 was at 41, this one being that of Tim Evans. He had Gareth Edwards with him on map duties. Richard Hughes was navigating in another Peugeot 206 at 47, he was with Arwel Thomas. Rounding off club members were Lee Plant and Mike Phillips at 48 in Lee’s Mitsubishi colt.