News in brief, August 2005

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(See also page 10).

Our founder editor Bill Boddy has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Transport Trust. It was accepted for him in June by our editor at large Simon Taylor from the Trust’s patron Prince Michael of Kent.

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A new organising team is now in place for LE JOG. the Land’s End to John O’Groats Classic Reliability Trial in December. Although LE JOG founder John Brown stood down after the 10th event in 2004, a new team is now planning the 2005 trial under the HERO banner and is headed by experienced LE JOG official Peter Nedin.

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Barry Cannell competed at Shelsley Walsh recently in his 1934 Alfa Romeo 6C on what was the car’s first hillclimb. Best known for racing a Cooper and the Willment sports-racer, Cannell has used the Alfa for touring rallies.

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Londoner Andrew Barnes will contest the 2005 East African Safari Rally in a 1972 Porsche 911 prepared by Tuthill Porsche. Barnes achieved a great result in the event in 2003 when he got his Mk1 Escort to the finish in fourth.

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Richard Martin-Hurst has swapped his trusty Rover V8 for an ultra-rare 1970 Ford Perana Capri V8 for the 2005 East African Safari Rally in December.

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Regulations have been published for the Archie Frazer Nash Memorial race meeting at Anglesey on September 24/25. Racing on two, three and four wheels will be topped by a dedicated race for Frazer Nash and GN cars. More information is available from www.frazernash.co.uk

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Former British HilIclimb champion Andy Priaulx will return to Shelsley Walsh for the centenary meeting in August. The 1995 champion will demonstrate a BMW 320i, similar to the car in which he took the 2004 European Touring Car title.

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Sir Stirling Moss drove his 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia winner on the Brooklands banking in June as part of a naming ceremony for the manufacturer’s new heritage centre. Mercedes-Benz World is due to open next summer.

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