VSCC Targa Lancastria - Entry Deadline Extended

Wednesday 07 September 2016

Entries are still available for the Club’s upcoming Targa Lancastria (Autumn Rally), taking place near Clitheroe, Lancashire on Saturday 17 September.
A warm Lancashire welcome is promised to all participants of the Targa Lancastria, a new style VSCC rally, taking place in the picturesque Forest of Bowland. This event has been designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of Club Members, with two options offered: firstly, the traditional VSCC Competitors Classes (Experts, Semi-Experts and Novices) for those who prefer a traditional Navigation event as well as a new Enhanced Champagne Class for those who want a more relaxed, yet still mildly competitive drive, in the stunningly beautiful Lancastrian countryside.

The Enhanced Champagne Class is ideal for those who have tried rallying before and found it to be too taxing or those who have wondered about doing a rally but worry about their map reading ability. It would also be ideal as a first event for the younger Navigator as there will be a Junior Navigators’ Award. Competitors in the Enhanced Champagne Class will be provided with an easy to read Road Book containing straightforward instructions which will (virtually) guarantee you will not get lost! The Champagne Class will still try and keep to time and spot the Route Boards as they go along. There will be assistance with the timekeeping in the Road Book with helpful hints (e.g. ‘You should be passing here 20 minutes after leaving the Start’).

The Competitive Classes will receive typical VSCC Rally-style instructions as explained in ‘Finding Your Way’. So you should expect tulips, herringbones, map features, assorted numbers, clock faces, bicycle wheels etc. As usual there will be differentiated plotting times.

The route will be approx eighty miles long through the splendid Forest of Bowland, an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ – for those unfamiliar with the area will be surprised by the magnificent scenery. The event is based at West Bradford Village Hall, near Clitheroe, which is just off the A59 and is less than twenty miles from Junction 31 of the M6, so it is easily accessible. The Rally HQ will accommodate the Start, Halfway Halt and Finish.

A number of other features have been incorporated into the event to replicate the friendly atmosphere found on Club events during anniversary weeks. All mealsare included in the entry fee (for a crew of two), including bacon / sausage butties at the start, a piece of cake and a drink at the shortened halfway break and a meal at the end (a traditional ‘Lancashire Hotpot’ of course). Additional meals can be purchased for extra crew members. Vegetarian alternative will be available. A shorter halfway halt will give the time at the end for everyone to enjoy socialising, and the meal, yet still be able to leave at a reasonable time for the return journey. The results will be announced during the meal.

The traditional competitive Classes are open to all VSCC Members in an eligible car (Buff Form required). The Enhanced Champagne Class is open to all VSCC Club Members in any pre-war car (Buff Form not required) and also to Members of the day’s Invited Club, the Preston & District Vintage Car Club.

The Rally will finish with a glorious ascent of the course of the 1913 Waddington Fell Hill Climb, where the Vauxhall 30/98 was successfully unveiled. No rough ‘white’ roads will be used. A regularity section, timed to the second, will be used as a tie decider. Suitable navigational activities will be provided for accompanying youngsters (please indicate if you would like these on your Entry Form). There will be no penalty for carrying additional passengers (except Experts and Semi-Experts).The Targa Lancastria will cater for all levels of rallying experience.

Secure trailer parking will be provided a few miles from the Start. This will also be the venue for Scrutineering. The mileage check will be between the trailer park and the Start.

Entry Fee: £70.00 (including refreshments and Lunch for two)                   
The Online Entry system will close at the end of day tomorrow, Thursday 8 September. Late entries may be considered after this date if numbers allow (by fax/email/post only).
Download Supplementary Regulations and Entry Form, the latter to print, complete and return to the Club Office (fax/email/post accepted) or alternatively, those with a current payment card lodged with the Club and who know the Buff Form number of the car they wish to enter can do so online at the Event Page (CLICK HERE).
If you have any queries about this or any other VSCC event, please contact Non-Speed Secretary, Andrew Tarring in the Competition Department on 01608 644777 (ext 4) or email  
For any further details regarding the event itself please contact Clerk of the Course, Martin Jelley, on 01704 507663 or

If you have not taken part in a VSCC rally for a few years, or have never entered one before, of if you a regular competitor or if you’re looking for a fun-filled family day out this year, this event is for you – come and have a go!
Clive Martin out of the flood