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Generations Rally 2024 – Rally Report

2 April 2024

Generations Rally 2024: Rally Report

The 2024 Generations Rally sponsored by Classic Insurance Services took place on 22nd – 24th March amongst the heart of the Cheshire countryside, and what a weekend it was…the third running of the event was every bit as popular as the previous two rallies with the biggest entry list to date and an all-female crew taking the top honours for the first time!

Based at the Carden Park Hotel & Spa set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, the Generations Rally is designed to encourage newcomers by making participation as simple as possible with the fantastic line-up of cars all crewed by members of two distinct generations – many from the same family.

The start saw 90 pre-1986 cars including Bentleys from the 1920s right up to more modern classics from the 1980s (including a Range Rover, Ford Capri, Mini Mayfair and a selection of Porsche 911s), with a mix of Aston Martins, Frazer Nashes, Jaguars, MGs, Rileys, Triumphs and Volvos filling the years in between.

The first cars were flagged away from a sunny, if chilly, Carden Park at 12:45 with participants heading towards the opening two Tests held at the Oulton Park circuit. Two Regularities followed as well as a return to Oulton Park and a final closed roads section in the perfectly manicured grounds of Carden Hall.

As the dust settled, Graham Goodwin navigated by his daughter’s boyfriend Tommy Stevenson led the Pre-War class aboard the former’s #3 1925 Bentley Supersports while father and son team of Roger and Leigh Powley headed the Classic category in their #76 1972 Porsche 911 E.

After what had been designed as a gentle introduction to the enjoyments of endurance rallying, by Saturday crews were considered qualified enough to tackle five trickier Regularities and two Tests along an epic 173-mile route across the Welsh border which included a spectacular lap of the Berwyn Mountains and a trip to the Eryri Snowdonia National Park. The weather added further to the challenge with a typically springtime mix of sunshine, heavy showers, and brief but bruising hailstorms.

When the intrepid crews returned to base for a well-deserved dinner on Saturday evening, the pair of Powleys still led among the Classics with the #26 1938 Triumph Dolomite expertly driven by Charlotte de Montmorency with her aunt Philippa Bailey on the maps was now ahead of the big Bentleys among the Pre-War contenders.

Ensuring an early finish with time for prize-giving in the afternoon and for UK based entrants to travel home, Sunday’s shorter 95-mile route included four further Tests and three Regularities.

After some serious number-crunching, the final results were declared with just two seconds between the top two crews in both major categories, thus underlining just how closely-contested the rally had been.

2024 Generations Rally Winners

Making Rally the Globe history with top honours among the Pre-War contenders, de Montmorency and Bailey held off the fast finishing #4 1926 Bentley Supersports of father and daughter Nick and Jess Sleep with the erstwhile leaders Goodwin and Stevensen ensuring there were two Bentleys in the top three.

“We’ve had class wins before but this is our first overall and it’s a big first for me and a big first for Charlotte,” enthused a champagne-drenched Bailey. “It’s been such a beautifully run event. We didn’t do anything remarkable; we were consistent and we kept it steady and simple. We didn’t overcomplicate anything and tried to have a laugh along the way.”

In the equally fiercely-fought Classic class, the Powleys were pipped at the post by the rival #77 1972 Porsche 911 of Jack and Simon Brien with the #47 Triumph TR4 of Tomasz and Michal Dzitko finishing third to complete a father and sons podium.

Simon Brien is no stranger to champagne but was equally delighted with his result. “This is great for us; we won the Carrera Riviera last year which was a real highlight but this one is also special. It was short and sharp but very enjoyable. Jack’s navigation was pretty handy, too, and we were on it during the Tests where we split the driving.” “It’s been a great weekend,” confirmed son Jack.

Adding to the celebrations, two discretionary awards were also presented. As sponsors, we awarded the the ‘Spirit of the Rally’ trophy to Wendy O’Donohoe who embraced the generations concept by bringing her large, multi-generational motorsport family to the event.

The ‘Against All Odds’ accolade was given to George and Angus Johnson. Their plucky little 750cc Austin 7 Ulster was the smallest car in the event and battled bravely to keep up with the big-hearted crowds around them.

Carole Pearson, Head of Classic Insurance Services commented:

“We had a brilliant weekend! It was great to see the thrill and excitement that each of the crews experienced on the rally in their fantastic cars. As a leading Private Client insurer, we are dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of these vehicles and securing them for future generations – values shared by everyone on the rally and particularly demonstrated by the winner of the Classic Insurance Services sponsored award ‘Spirit of the Rally’!”

We’d like to say a big thank you to all involved in the weekend! Firstly to Loren, Gavin, Rory and Fred, but most important to all of the crews who took part – it was a pleasure to meet and speak to so many of you.”

Click the video below to watch the highlights from the weekend, or to find out more about Rally the Globe, please click here.

Rally Report based on Rally the Globe’s article, please click here to read the orginal. Video produced by Sharp Films.

 

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