David Stokes 1947-2016
David Stokes was one of eight brothers and sisters from Wootton-under-edge in Gloucestershire.
In 1968, on his honeymoon with Sue, he watched Roger Clark on the Scottish Rally and was inspired.
He started with a Ford Anglia and soon moved into Escorts as he climbed the UK rallying ladder.
He won the 1976 Castrol/ Autosport national title and finished third in both 1978 and 1979 behind Malcolm Wilson and Jimmy Mcrae.
However, a big accident in Penmachno early in 1980 left him quite badly hurt and he effectively stopped rallying for 20 years.
The comeback finally came in 2002 in historics with his beloved Escort Mk1.