Thousands take to the hills for rally

Cheap to run: A 1959 Austin A35 owned by Haroula Crowdy, pictured with husband Mike and grandson Harvey, 14, at the Chiltern Hills Rally. They live in Greenway, Thame
Cheap to run: A 1959 Austin A35 owned by Haroula Crowdy, pictured with husband Mike and grandson Harvey, 14, at the Chiltern Hills Rally. They live in Greenway, Thame

The answer to a motoring prayer came as the sun shone on Sunday’s Chiltern Hills Rally, with big crowds and £18,000 raised for charity.

Organisers of the event at Weston Turville had their fingers crossed after last year’s wash-out and cancellation, due to severe flooding.

But the event saw around 1,000 vehicles of all shapes and sizes arriving at the door, as well as a whole host of stalls, autojumble and a dog show.

There on the day in a 1959 Austin A35 was owner Haroula Crowdy with husband Mike, of Greenway, Thame, and grandson Harvey, 14.

The economical little family car cost Haroula £100 originally.

Powered by a 948cc engine, the car known affectionately as GB returns up to 50mpg and costs £54 to insure fully comprehensive, with no road tax.

Adrian Fell, one of the organisers, said: “It was amazing. I have never seen the field so full. It all came together, didn’t it?”

Remembering the founding member of the rally, Ron Miller, who died earlier this year, he said: “It was a brilliant tribute to Ron. It was just what he would have wanted.

“We had everything on our side. People were bursting to get their cars out because of what happened last year and everyone enjoyed it.

“It went absolutely fantastic bearing in mind the obstacles that have been put in front of us this year.”

It was the Game Club’s 20th rally and all money raised goes to local charities.