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On the 10th and 11th of November the Manx auto club hold a popular two-day rally on the Isle of Mann, a rally which often sees many members from welsh motor clubs venture over to the Island to get a taste of competition on closed tarmac roads. Amongst the many who travelled over to the Island were members of Lampeter and district motor club, who had a strong representation on the rally, with Tomas Davies seeded at number 9 in his R5 specification Ford fiesta. He was accompanied by Eurig Davies. Changing from Subaru’s over to Fords was Dylan Davies who with regular navigator Llion Williams were seeded at 19 in a 2002 specification Ford focus world rally car. They were hoping for a top placing having done well on the event last year. At 78 were Jonathon Davies who had Elgan Davies navigating, they were out in a Ford escort Mk2. Number 84 went to the Nissan Micra of Owen McConochie and Rhodri Williams who were looking to get some experience of tarmac rallying having had some impressive results on gravel rallies earlier in the year.

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             The weekend of the 23rd/24th of September saw Carmarthen motor club hold their rally, the Autumn, down in Carmarthen mart. It is a rally with a reputation for being a tough but enjoyable challenge, and so came of no surprise that the entry list filled quickly once regulations were made available, with many club members throwing their names into the mix. The rally was made up of some 100 miles on OS maps 146 and 159, giving club members another chance to compete in an area not too far away from home soil. The rally made up the tenth round of the welsh road rally championship which also helped pull in a strong entry.

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It has been another busy weekend for members of Lampeter and district motor club, with two events taking place, the first being the woodpecker stages that took place on the Saturday and the Dyffryn Twymyn targa rally on the Sunday.

Pacenotes rally magazine have been in touch with the club letting with news on what they are up to, so here is a preview of the August issue which is currently on sale and features Phil Harris' stunning Category 1 Historic Mini on the cover. In fact, there is a bit of a Mini theme going on this month - there is also featured a Downton Sport 40 Mini, a very exclusive car which is number one of five, and also a feature with 'Mini Girls' Louise Thomas and Emily Easton-Page. Inside the magazine you can find almost 70 pages dedicated to stage rallying in the UK, Ireland and beyond. The magazine covers everything from Clubman events through to the WRC. There are also special features from the likes of renowned journalist Martin Holmes and interesting columns by Sammy Hamill, Mike Nicholson and Peter Scott.

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The weekend of the 12th and13th of August saw a number of club members head over to Tregaron farmers mart to compete on the popular Barcud rally, an event that this year became a qualifying event for the welsh road rally championship, and was to run a field of ninety cars instead of the usual seventy-five. Made up of some 97 miles on OS maps 135 and 146 giving club memebrs another chance of rallying over home territory. This year the rally had attracted one of the strongest entries seen on the event, with a number of multiple rally winners seeded in the expert class.

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The 16th of July saw another very popular Targa rally on the calendar, as Aberystwyth motor club held their Ystwyth Targa rally over at the sweet lamb rally complex, a famous venue that has seen many a rally star compete there over the years.

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