The Boys Go Rallying
”It’s just a bit of inexpensive fun,” says Robin
Liddell, of the prospect of the Scot running in the Chelmsford Motor
Club Preston Road Rally next month (the night of 9/10 December).
Liddell isn’t the only racing driver looking
for some night time thrills around the East Anglian lanes: Michael
Vergers and Phil Bennett are also driving. In fact Robin Liddell
bought his Peugeot 205 from Phil Bennett, and “it’s
got all the bits, but it’s not finished, so I’m building
it up myself.”
The Preston Road Rally is reckoned to be one of
the best road events in the UK. It starts at 23.00 and finishes
at about 05.00, and of the 120 stage miles, over 80% are on private
roads. The potential winners take it very seriously indeed, so for
a newcomer it might be something of a challenge.
Liddell has the perfect co-driver though: his girlfriend Louise
Flitton. Perfect for what though? This could lead to the ‘barney’
to end all barneys, between partners.
“The roll-cage is going in this week,”
adds Robin Liddell, “and it’s going to be pretty busy
getting it all finished, but we’ll get there.
Phil Bennett and Michael Vergers are driving BMW
325s in the event.
For the Scot,
it’s certainly going to be a busy start to December. He’s
got the Scottish racing drivers’ dinner, as well as a trip
to Homestead for the next Grand Am test, in a Tafel Porsche –
before rushing back for his rally debut. He didn’t drive at
the recent Daytona test, “because I didn’t really need
to be there: Wolf (Henzler) was present, and he did a lot of running
with Eric Lux. It will be my turn at Homestead.”
Here's a Peugeot
205 in last year's Preston Road Rally: Louise, do you know what
you're getting into here?