The Preston - 4th/5th December 2010
Sponsored by Preston's Garages of Writtle.
Winners of the 2010 Preston: Ian Ainsworth & Richard Hage
Andy Manston's Preston 2010 Photo Gallery
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Welcome to the thirty-second running of the ‘One and Only’ Preston, sponsored as always by Preston's Garages of Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex. In keeping with the last 12 years, this year we will once again be supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity.
The route and format of this year’s event will not change from that of recent years, using the continued approach of evolution as opposed to revolution. At the time of going to press we have promise of several new venues but to secure some of this new land there is going to be a charge which means we have been unable to keep the entry fee at 2008 price, it has now gone up by £10 to £100.
As usual ‘The Preston’ will start from the East of England Ambulance workshops on the A11 at Barton Mills, however this year there is a new finish venue at the Elveden Estate. The Elveden Estate are one of our main supporting landowners so it will be good to return some ‘income’ for their support for the traditional full English breakfast. Trailer parking will be available at the finish venue. In keeping with other Chelmsford events, this years entry fee includes one free ‘on event’ photograph courtesy of M&H Photography. Furthermore this year, in addition to the East Anglian Air Ambulance we will also be supporting either the Help the Heroes charity or the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The route itself will continue to be highly challenging, with the accurate timing used in previous years. The occasional horrendously overgrown narrow bits, numerous bumps, yumps and thumps, puddles you can lose a car in and the infamous Preston mud but as last year no scary dykes or even big ditches! All this will be within a twenty-mile radius of Elveden, Suffolk, around 175 miles in total with two petrol halts. There will be 22 sections with the ‘mileage that counts’ amounting to approximately 100 miles and as ever about 80% of that will be un-surfaced.
The Preston is a ‘navigational rally’ and as such the navigator will have a significant role. To aid navigators we will once again provide relevant maps in A4 size, as this is a lot easier to manage with the rough tracks that we will be using. This year we are considering a change from the navigational clues used in recent years but before you start panicking, regular competitors should be reassured that the normal Preston Road Book will continue to be used.
As always you are all advised to prepare yourselves and your cars in the traditional ‘Preston way’. Regulars will know what this means. If you are new to the Preston, everything that you’ve heard, and more, is true!
We require that all entrants carefully read and fully understand these Supplementary Regulations, especially SR 8 (concerning entries). Get your entries in quickly as they are sure to be in great demand as usual. Please note that Final Instructions will be published on the CMC website only, and not sent by post.
As always we need many marshals, so if you cannot compete please contact Paul Brewerton, his contact details are given later in these regulations. Marshalling is a vital role for any event but the Preston requires about 100, so you will be very welcome and very much appreciated. Those of you intending to enter, please try hard to get some friends to marshal.
Whatever your role, we look forward to welcoming you all on the big night!
Brian Jaggs, Clerk of the Course, on behalf of the Organising Team