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He first ral­lied a Skoda “I ral­lied in the late 1980s and did the Skoda Chal­lenge. I did the Welsh In­ter­na­tional twice, but didn’t fin­ish ei­ther time. I then had 20 years off but al­ways wanted to have an­other go. It’s quite a com­pli­cated thing to get it all to­gether.”

He got an MG Midget “It took six years to build this car. We started in 2004 and the ul­ti­mate aim was to do the Roger Al­bert Clark Rally. Each year I spec­tated and al­ways wanted to do it, but it has been fi­nan­cial con­straints and is­sues like har­nesses and seats. We had ev­ery­thing new and un­used, but still had to scrap them and start again. Next sea­son we’ve got to change our hel­mets.”

He’s done se­lected BHRC rounds “For the last three years we’ve done the rounds of the Bri­tish His­toric Rally Cham­pi­onship that we can af­ford. We’ve done the Sev­ern Val­ley a cou­ple of times, the Sun­seeker and the Track­rod. But run­ning at the back of the field fol­low­ing the changes to the run­ning or­der knocks seven bells out of the car.”

He’s switched to as­phalt “I was very, very dis­ap­pointed with the changes to the seed­ing sys­tem. On the Sev­ern Val­ley we were the last car on the road and we had spec­ta­tors walk­ing on the stage in front of us. So we’ve now switched to the R.A.C. His­toric Cham­pi­onship. We did Bov­ing­ton and we’ll do the Harry Flat­ters and the Isle of Man.”

Si­mon Han­nam is co-driv­ing “The first rally we did in the Midget was in 2013 and we’ve been lim­ited by money. I put an ad­vert out for a co-driver and a friend who worked at Sun­seeker put it on their no­tice board. Si­mon Han­nam worked there and wanted to get into the sport, so he got in touch.”

He wants to do the R.A.C. “The car is from 1967 and started as an ab­so­lute bas­ket case. I spent around 3000 hours on the re­build. The aim was al­ways to do the Roger Al­bert Clark Rally and if it re­turns in 2017, I’ll go back into the forests and do that one event. I’m still aim­ing for that.”

Sea­ger: Midget rally man

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