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Corinium Run 2013

Sunday 14th April
10th Anniversary

Sponsored by Ivor Webb & Son Limited, Cirencester
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This tour was the second in the 2013 HRCR Scenic Tours series, sponsored by Clayton Classics. The event is slightly different to other tours in so much as there is an element of economy involved. The aim here is to drive the classic car and achieve as near as possible one’s estimated fuel consumption for the day.
To start the day, there was an opportunity to check the trip meter on the measured mile before making a visit to Burford Road Services to fill up the car with fuel and have the tank sealed. From fuel, there was a short 2.5 mile run to the event start at the Royal Agricultural College. As is the norm on the Corinium Run, there was a perfect Tulip Road Book included in the final instructions for this part of the route. The stunning buildings here, dating back to 1845, presented a perfect backdrop to the full entry of over 70 beautiful classic cars - plus the ten very important travelling marshals.
This was the 10th Anniversary of the Corinium Run and a number of cars were proudly displaying gold rally plates signifying that the crews had competed on all ten runs. Having signed on, there was time to look at the superb coloured road book that had very clear overview maps of each leg, showing the entire tulip reference numbers. A fantastic idea and a great aid to new entrants who may have some problems with route finding.
At 09.30 hours, the first car was flagged away from the start on a bright, sunny and crisp morning. The route went via Stratton (no relation to the reporters), Daglingworth and Middle Duntisbourne and then to the Duntisbourne Leer Ford for a big water splash at the popular photo point. The organisers had chosen some of the great Cotswolds’ roads, offering stunning views and some steep climbs which must have affected some of the estimated mpgs. The first leg ended at the Denfurlong Farm shop for the first break of the tour. The route now continued in a mostly-northerly direction, passing Yanworth -with more stunning views - and then came Compton Abdale and more fuel-sapping hills! Next on the agenda was a run through Salperton Park, with masses of young lambs enjoying the morning sun. A trip through Westfield and the lovely village of Naunton took us to Huntsman’s Quarries weighbridge at tulip number 234 for car and crew to be weighed. The results of the weights would be used in the Cirencester efficiency number at the end of the day. From the quarry, we journeyed south to Guiting Power before passing through Temple Guiting and Condicote.
The route now continued to Bourton-on-the-Hill, the high roads here offering great views over the rolling Cotswolds Hills. The lunch halt was taken at the Batsford Arboretum and, to enter this venue, the cars were allowed to use the private road from the village to the garden centre, passing the neo-Tudor mansion dating from the late 1800’s - a treat not normally allowed to car visitors here. The end to this third leg had brought a total mileage of 56 so far.
There was now a wide choice for the crews: to take lunch at the very modern garden centre, picnic in the Batsford grounds or explore the delights of Moreton-in-Marsh for alternative eating places as a generous 1.5 hours had been allowed for this break. The large car park at Timothy’s Café on the outskirts of Moreton was used for the start of the 5th leg. Leaving the control here to the east and then north, the route used the open flowing roads to Great Wolford. A clockwise loop of roads through Barton-on-the-Heath and Little Compton took the crews over the border into Oxfordshire. The single track road through the Chastleton Estate gave some stunning distant views and the huge Chastleton House was a delight to see. This house, now in the hands of the National Trust, has a very interesting history, covering some 400 years, and once being owned by Robert Catesby - him of the Gunpowder Plot!
History lesson over, we now motored on past Evenlode, Donnington (famous for its brewery), Upper Swell and onto one of the gems of the Cotswolds - the Slaughters. Next came Little Rissington and then to the very busy tourist town of Bourton-on-the-Water, with its shallow river running through the centre. Leaving the bustle of Bourton behind, the route passed the motor museum and then to Hampnett which was followed by the gated road to join the A429, en route to Northleach. Tricky, but very clear tulip directions took the route round two sides of the Londis shop and out of the town to Coln Rogers, Winson and Ablington. This stunning village was quite fantastic with comments of “Wow!” coming from navigator Hilary.
The next treat was Bibury, famous for the Arlington Row cottages and for trout farms, which are fed by the River Coln – but, sadly, no time to catch tea today! The next village to be passed was Coln St Aldwyns, followed by Quenington and then a loop round Fairford. Honeycomb Leaze and Ampney St Mary took the route in a westerly direction to the last time control at the event sponsors’ premises - Ivor Webb & Son Ltd. This company has supported the Corinium Run for the full 10 years - hearty thanks to the Webb family for their support.
A short run took us to the start garage to have the seal removed and refilled with petrol. Dippy was quite thirsty and there was not much hope of achieving our nominated 33.5 mpg - those Cotswold Hills had made it pretty difficult to conserve fuel! Another 2.5 miles brought the cars and crews back to the magnificent start venue of the Royal Agricultural College. Within a short time of the cars arriving back, the first certificates were being handed out to the finishers and, to those 10 year veterans, there was yet another surprise - gold certificates! What more could they ask for? Our consumption came in at 28.67 mpg - I think the report will read, “Could do better next year”!
The mix of roads used and the Cotswold gems visited were just perfect and the road book and paperwork have to be amongst the best in the series. In closing, a huge vote of thanks must go to Martin Saunders and his team, plus all the marshals who made this tour a delight to compete on.
Our sincere thanks to Peter Fieldhouse for all his help in editing our report and also to Martin Saunders for the photographs.
Hilary and Mike Stratton plus Dippy



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Corinium Run 2012

Sunday 15th April
9th Anniversary

Sponsored by Ivor Webb & Son Limited, Cirencester

Event Report

During a conversation with a number of other like-minded Tour regulars, we were recommended to enter
the Corinium Run. The event came with many high praises. On receipt of the Final Instructions, we could
see what the others were talking about: the attention to detail that the organisers had given to the
paperwork was excellent - even down to Tulip directions to get the cars from the fuel station to the car
After filling up with petrol and having our tank sealed by the event official, we made our way to the Prior
Park Prep School car park in Cricklade. Then there was a short walk following the blue arrows to event HQ in the White Hart
Hotel - yet another example of the organisers’ attention to detail. After the usual signing-on formalities, there was time to
enjoy the very welcome bacon butty. Armed with all the event paperwork, it was now time to return to the car and see what
was in our envelope. One very nice touch was the competitors’ personalised neck-danglers that also had the type of car
being used printed on them. This could be very useful for us oldies who may forget which car we have come in!
Joking over, it was time for Hilary to mark up the very informative and descriptive coloured road book - possibly the best we
have used in our short time of competing on tour events. Another item of interest was Car 11, driven by Howard Dent with the
famous Stuart Turner reading the road book; we were certainly in very good company today.
Leaving Cricklade on our due time of 10.48, we were soon out of the town and into the quiet country roads on a beautifully
sunny but cold morning. The first section to be traversed was via Purton, Somerford Common, Brinkworth, Dauntsey, Lea and
Charlton Park. The estate here is now the home of the Earl and Countess of Suffolk and Berkshire. On the outskirts of
Malmesbury came the first break of the tour - at the Malmesbury Garden Centre. To this point we had covered a distance of
26 miles.
The next 3.8 miles took us to the weighbridge at Whitewalls, where we weighed in at 1080 kilos. We believe this is a factor
that helps give the final Cirencester Efficiency Number - must make a mental note to ask Martin Saunders how this all works.
Once clear of Malmesbury, we were back again to the very quiet roads with more bicycles than cars to be seen. Passing
through Sherston, Alderton and on to Badminton, this area brought back many memories to the Dippy crew of hours spent
doing the PR work for Tour Britannia here in a previous year. Leaving Little Badminton, we passed along one of the estate
fringe roads which brought us to another route check. Using very gentle throttle openings to conserve our fuel, our estimate
for Dippy was 29mpg - could we better this?
The route now went via Didmarton, Tresham and past the stunning Somerset Monument. The views along this section of
route had been wonderful aided by the clear day - one could see for miles. For quite some way after, the Monument was
always in view - almost as if it were looking down on the competing cars. Next came the commons of Hawkesbury and
Inglestone, and then Wickwar, with yet more memories of TB PR work, with Hilary even remembering the names of some of
the houses we had visited - how sad can one get?
Another 35 miles had now brought us to the fabulous Tortworth Court - a superb Victorian Mansion set in very stunning
grounds. The other claim to fame here is a chestnut tree in the hamlet of Tortworth that is reputed to be over 1000 years old.
Picnic lunch over, it was now time to tackle Section 3 to LJ Cooper’s Garage. To get here the route passed through Stone,
Ham, Berkeley, North Nibley, Wotton-Under-Edge, Kingscote, Crudwell and Hankerton. There was time to take a short break
at the garage and look at the very interesting classic Citroen cars that were in the showroom.
Back to business and the last section of the event took the cars via Minety - this name is believed to have been derived from
the large amount of wild mint that grew here. Gardening lesson over, we now drove via Brinkworth, Royal Wootton Bassett,
Hook and Purton and over the preserved Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway - sadly no trains to be seen. There was now
a short run back to the start filling station to have the seal removed and top up the tank. Had we reached our target? - only
time will tell.
The short drive brought us back to The White Hart in Cricklade to join with the other 62 entries and 11 travelling marshals to
await the presentation of our certificates. The good news was that Dippy had consumed 8.61 litres of fuel per 100kms, giving
an average of 33.01 mpg - far better than we had hoped for. But when other mpgs were announced - of over 70 for a VW
Polo and an Audi A4, and the Mini Cooper S of Paul and Helen Rogers recording over 60 mpg, we still have a long way to go!
All that now remains is to thank Martin and Simon, Cirencester Car Club and all the marshals who stood out in the cold wind
for a just perfect tour. Will we be back for the 10th anniversary in 2013? - Yes please!
Our sincere thanks to Peter Fieldhouse for all his help in compiling this report. Also thanks to Martin Saunders, Keith Norman
and Stuart Greenstreet for providing the photographs.

by Hilary and Mike Stratton plus Dippy




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Corinium Run 2011


Saturday 16th April

8th Anniversary

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Cirencester Car Club ran its 8th Corinium Run on Saturday 16th April. This event, open to cars of all ages, saw 62 crews have their cars checked and brim their fuel tanks at the Centurion Garage, Duntisbourne Abbots prior to signing-on at the nearby Five Mile House, where breakfast was also taken. The fine April 2011 weather was in attendance as the cars were lined up outside the pub. The oldest car was Keith Wilson and Andrew Swann’s 1931 Riley 9 Biarritz and three cars (a Mazda MX-5, a Morgan +4 and a Jaguar XKR) from 2010 book ended the 62 starters. MG was by far the numerically the most popular make with 12 cars (nine of them Bs) with Jaguar, Mini, Triumph, Mazda, Morgan and Ford all providing a handful each.

Overall, the route was to cover 120 miles and the first section headed north-east over the rolling Cotswold Hills to the weighbridge at Aldsworth. Because the Corinium Run mirrors the Mobilgas Economy Runs of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the cars are weighed and their weight is factored in to an efficiency calculation at the end. An early drop out was the 1936 Triumph Gloria Vitesse of Jane Langdon and Nigel Ward that succumbed to a persistent misfire. From Aldsworth crews were then taken to the picturesque Coln Valley to Bibury (past its famous trout farm and oft photographed stone cottages) and on towards Lechlade. As this section unfolded, the topography became less undulating and people could really concentrate on eking out that last mile per gallon. Andy Snell and Tony Welch had brought a DeLorean DMC12 from Bristol (along with six other crews who were using the Corinium Run as a practice event for a forthcoming rally in Leon, France) but the striking stainless steel wedge was destined not to run well and was not to reach Lechlade. These were the only non-finishers of the event.

The hills returned in Section 3 and this marked the Corinium Run’s first foray up Whitehorse Hill, Uffington. Oxfordshire. This ancient monument can be seen for (literally) miles around and the day’s weather was sufficiently clear so that most of the participants were able to enjoy an ice cream and look out over Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. From the White Horse, the convoy skirted past Swindon and back into flatter country. The final stopping point was at Coots Restaurant at the Cotswold Water Park at South Cerney where lakes (filled gravel pits) host plenty of wildlife.

The final section gave the course opening cars an issue to resolve. Weekend road works had shut the A429 outside Kemble Airfield, so a diversion to the south was hastily arrowed and measured (accurate mileage is important on an Economy Run) in time for the crews arrival. Back at the Centurion Garage, the scrutineers were waiting to supervise the refilling of fuel tanks and crews gathered at the Five Mile House – most people sitting outside on the grass or waiting for friends to return in the fine afternoon sunshine.

Also awaited were the Travelling Marshals. These club members set off before the field and ran checkpoints along the route, then followed the late numbers home. In return for their contribution, they paid a lesser entry fee but still took part and received the same photo certificate recording their day as the rest of the runners.

The best economy achieved this year was by Paul Hardy and Julia Higson who eked 92.10mpg out of their ten year old Renault Clio Diesel. They were eclipsed in the Efficiency table by Ian and Christine Vout in a 2003 Audi A4. Their 73.48mpg meant their Cirencester Efficiency number was 42.42, compared with the 40.85 of the much lighter French car. Looking down the mpg table, Raymond and Valerie Mathieson were disappointed with 49.47mpg from their Smart Fortwo. The best return from a pre-1980 car was 39.57mpg from David Marshall and Alison Sharpe’s MG Midget 1500, .55mpg better than the Travelling Marshals Dave and Doreen Richards in their 1959 Morris Minor Convertible.

An interesting comparison arose amongst the Morgans with the 2010 +4 of Peter and Angela Suckling seeing 40.46mpg, whereas the 43 and 41 year old +4s of Mark / Julie Highfield and Brian / Christine Betts recorded 35.06mpg and 33.21mpg respectively. We therefore conclude that modern lean-burn technology is worth about 20% extra miles per gallon! Minis ranged between 36.41mpg (Nick Gurney-Sharpe and Duncan Mathewson) and 22.95 (Peter and Mary Machin’s rally prepared version). Jeremy Wells and Pam Moore burned the biggest hole in the ozone layer with their glorious Austin Healey 3000 rally replica with 16.94mpg. As Jeremy’s other competition car is a Ford Escort RS1600 (running mainly in the Dunlop / WONAGO – MSA British Historic Rally Championship), he was actually very pleased to have achieved nearly 17mpg on an event! Keith Wilson’s Riley exceeded his expectations and managed 25.71mpg.

The presentation was made more interesting when the results computer said “no” half way through and the Clerks of the Course, Simon Marks and Martin Saunders, issued photographs rather than certificates and worked out the mpg in their heads! The day had been so enjoyed that this did not seem to matter (Certificates were posted out with the Tables of Achievements a few days after the event). Once again, Martin Saunders route planning skills had given entrants a scenic route that contained sufficient hills to test their cars’ abilities. The beautiful day just set the job off perfectly and everyone dispersed for home looking forward to seeing where the 2012 Corinium Run will take them.

Joint Clerk of the Course

Simon Marks

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Sunday 18th April 2010

7th Anniversary

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Corinium Run 2008

Sunday 20th April

5th Anniversary

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84 starters arrived at the Highwayman Inn, Elkstone, to take part in the 5th running of the Corinium Run. This popular event is one of the HRCR’s series of Scenic Tours and has an added element in that it is an Economy Run, with cars fuelled at the start and end of the day under the eagle eyes of MSA scrutineers. Unfortunately, for the special occasion of the fifth run, fog shrouded much of the Cotswolds and the spectacular views of the early sections were blunted by the weather. Joint Clerk of the Course and Cirencester Car Club Chairman, Martin Saunders has an unrivalled knowledge of the roads, lanes and byways of this area of outstanding natural beauty and, for 2008, the route was to cover 120 miles.


As usual, the entry was varied in types and ages of both cars and crews. The oldest cars were James Goodfield’s 1949 MGTC followed by Philip and Doreen Hewer’s 1950 MGTD. Steve and Angela Cropley brought things right up to date with a 2008 Peugeot 308 HDi, that some recognised as Steve’s current long-term test car for Autocar magazine. In between Austin Healey’s (100s, 3000s and Sprites) were popular but Ford’s Escort was the single most numerous model with no less than 11 on the starters list. Skoda’s popularity amongst the modern cars could be seen by three Octavias and one Fabia turning up. Sunday 20th April was the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs’ Drive It Day for older vehicles, so it was fitting that so many should have been taking part in the Corinium Run.


The 36 mile Leg One took crews east from the start via Rendcomb, Withington and the Cotswold Hills’ tourist hotspots of Bibury and Northleach before a brief pause at Aldsworth where the cars were all weighed on a farm weighbridge. Introducing the running weight of the cars into the final calculations allows relative efficiencies to be calculated. This throws up some interesting results and direct comparisons between cars of different sizes and ages. The lightest runners were Jack and Virginia Endley’s Liege at 660kg (including crew, fuel and luggage) followed by Andrew Isherwood and Hilary Farbowski’s Caterham Sven at 680kg. Minis, Sprites/Midgets, the Sunbeam Stiletto and the Lotus Elan weighed in between 900 and 1000kg, Escorts between 1100 and 1200kg, modern metal (including sports cars such as BMW Z4 and Audi TT) commonly weighs over 1500kg due to all that safety kit and us wanting ever bigger vehicles. Ian McKenzie-Shapland’s Land Rover Defender 90 (1960kg) was eclipsed by Mat Cashen and Jason Downey’s Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante - which weighed 2080kg. However, the heavyweight champion was the Mercedes ML430 of travelling marshals Elliot and George Barnes at 2260kg!


The second section of the route was much flatter, running down through Fairford, past the airfields at Fairford and Down Ampney to the half way halt at South Cerney Lakes. This area has seen extensive gravel workings over the years but is now being transformed into leisure parks with holiday accommodation around the water filled pits. The Corinium Run’s mid point checkpoint was in the Coots Café/Bistro (the name points to the large numbers of water birds that are visible from the tables) but participants were also seen heading for the adjacent Old Boat House pub where more substantial fare was on offer. After eating, there was also the Cotswold Outdoor showroom for a spot of shopping! The array of cars that filled the small parking area by the Coots Café made a good picture. The Clerk of the Courses’ Talbot Sunbeam Lotus and Ford Escort RS2000 were joined by Austin Healey (100 and 3000s), MGs (TC, TD, B and Midget), Triumph Spitfire and Howard Dent & Stuart Turner’s stately Morris Isis. Visitors to the South Cerney Water Park were seen enjoying a free car show as they walked around the various sections of the gravel car parks. “Why have some cars got black-on-gold plates on the front, rather than the red-on-white ones?” was a common question to the marshals. The answer was that all those participants who have taken part in all five runs received the “special” gold plates.

Suitably refreshed, crews then headed out onto Leg Three which looped north-west from South Cerney before taking in pretty villages on the way back to Fairford. In Fairford, a road had been dug up, but the other joint Clerk of the Course, Simon Marks and Chief Marshal, Paul Leyfield (who were running two course opening cars in tandem) quickly arrowed and measured a short diversion. It turned out that the roadworks were very short lived, so later runners had unimpeded passage through the town. The next check point just split up the route and allowed crews the opportunity to reset their trip meters (which makes following the road book more straightforward as cumulative errors in different cars lets the mileage figures wander). From an organiser’s point of view, it allowed us to spread the cars out again and prevent large convoys developing – something that can cause annoyance to residents along the route of events such as these.


Part Four of the 2008 Corinium Run was nearly 28 miles long and saw the convoy thread its way through more picturesque villages, some spectacularly beautiful valleys and the ford at Duntisbourne Leer where photograoher, Stuart Greenstreet, was on hand to record every car splashing through the water. The scrutineers were waiting at the Centurion Garage to supervise the refilling of the cars and collect the Route Cards. Participants then returned to the Highwayman Inn, where Bridget Lewis and Keith Norman were hard at work entering data into the computer that soon produced the photocertificates, recording the car on the way round and the mpg, cost per mile and Cirencester Efficiency Number achieved. The presentations were much slicker this year. Instead of waiting until about a dozen certificates were ready, a time was announced for the next presentation and photographs taken on the day were shown as a slideshow, projected onto a large screen. When certificates were presented, these were accompanied by the relevant photograph of car and crew being shown on the large screen. This all happened very quickly and few participants found themselves waiting more than twenty minutes for their certificate once they had arrived at the Highwayman Inn. This new format of the presentation was hugely well-received by participants and praised in the many thank you e-mails and letters received after the event.

At the finish of the event, one car / crew combination stood out on all the tables of achievements (other than guessing what mpg they would achieve). It had only been possible to squeeze 2.16 litres of diesel into the Citroen C1 HDi of Malcolm and Tracy Middleton-Salt. Malcolm has headed the sheets on recent runs but the overall figure of 258.39mpg defied belief. The scrutineers even came up to the Highwayman for another look at the little five-door hatchback but (as expected) could find no trace of foul play. The course closing car crew described the car as going very slowly indeed, as it must have barely exceeded tickover in any gear all the way round! Malcolm has the patience to proceed at such low speeds (whilst keeping within the event’s limits of 20mph) but was also fast downhill when the engine was not needed to aid progress! The Cirencester Efficiency Number of this team was an amazing 98.24 and it only cost 2.14 pence per mile.


Back in the “real world”, Trevor and Linda Smith teased 76.56mpg (7.24 pence per mile) out of their Citroen Xsara Picasso, just shading Michael Stevens and Tim Hearne’s Skoda Fabia 1.9Tdi that returned 73.73 miles for each gallon of diesel (7.51 pence per mile). The little Liege of the Endleys was the most frugal of the petrol-engined runners at 67.49mpg (7.33 pence per mile – the cheaper Unleaded fuel helps in this calculation). Cliff and Linda Porter performed best amongst the pre-1980 cars, with a fuel consumption of 49.30mpg in a 1965 Austin Mini Cooper “S” (10.04 pence per mile). Event sponsor Mike Webb turned up with a 1975 BMW 1600S and, navigated by Chris Curtis, managed 43.27mpg and 11.44 pence per mile. The aforementioned Mercedes ML 430 only managed 15.07mpg to prop up this particular pile. Jeremy Wells and Pamela Moore’s competition Austin Healey 3000 only just bettered this by managing 16.08 mpg – curiously, Jeremy seemed quite pleased with that!

Turning to the Efficiency Achievements behind the Middleton-Salts, the Smith’s Citroen made a Cirencester Efficiency Number of 42.05. The much lower weight of Michael Stevens Skoda Fabia saw it’s Efficiency Number being 35.82, almost matched by Signing-On crew and Travelling Marshals, Ian and Christine Vout whose Audi A4 returned 61.95mpg and an Efficiency Number of 35.76. The featherweight Liege was back at 15.68 once its lowly weight was factored into the equation. Once again, the surprising 1971 Mercedes 220 of David Smith and Ken Abrahams proved the most efficient of the pre-1980 cars with an Efficiency Number of 18.50 (after using Unleaded petrol at a rate of 31.29mpg). The Webb / Curtis BMW was next up at17.06. Bottom of the pile was the Isherwood / Farbowski Caterham at 5.46. The light weight did not help, nor did the reported inability to resist the compulsive urge from the tuned Rover K Series engine!


There is another classification that is included for interest of those whose vehicles may not be able to reach for the stars in the more scientific tables. Stephen Preston and Shirley Bond predicted that they would return 36mpg from their MGF 1.8. Their actual figure of 35.94mpg was only 0.17% out. James Marks and Lewis Horwood predicted 47.50mpg from their Peugeot 309 (1.3) and were only 0.51% out with an actual figure of 47.74mpg. James’ brother, Haydn, had topped this table last year, but having a new car this time around saw him bomb to a deviation of 14.79% when his sporty Skoda Octavia VRS returned 42.61mpg compared to his and Vicki Merritt’s (rather optimistic) prediction of 50mpg.

Cirencester Car Club would like to thank the Organising Team and all the marshals that turned out (there were no less than 12 manned route checks along the way) including the Travelling Marshals – people that arrive early to follow the route and do a job (such as signing-on or running a control) – then complete the route, gaining a certificate souvenir just like “normal” participants.






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Corinium Run 2007

Sunday 22nd April

Tables of Achievement


Cirencerster Car Club hope you all had an enjoyable day. Tables of Achievement are posted above in six different catagories. A selection of photographs have been posted in our Gallery. Many thanks to all who helped in the running of the event.

Photo: Keith Wilson/Dave Cooper, 1931 Riley 9 Biarritz.


22nd April saw the fourth running of Cirencester Car Club’s Corinium Run. This 120 mile scenic tour saw 80 crews head south and west of Cirencester towards Chipping Sodbury, a lunch halt at the truly splendid Tortworth Court near Wotton-under-Edge, prior to running back past Dursley and Stroud to the finish at the Highwayman Inn, Elkstone. Along the way, a chance to enjoy the beauty of the Cotswolds was on offer – rolling fields, hills of all sorts, “chocolate box” villages and stately piles. New for 2007 were “Travelling Marshals” – Cirencester Car Club members who covered the route, but set off early, ran a Control, then trailed in at the back. This meant that more Controls could be manned, rather than relying on Code Boards to ensure that the planned route had been adhered to.

Photo: John Rockley/Zog Ziegler BMW MZ4


Crews came from far and wide to take part and all enjoyed a cracking roadbook and a route that was made even more splendid by fine, sunny weather prevailing from late morning. The Corinium Run is an economy run where cars are even weighed so that efficiency, as well as mile per gallon can be compared. The efficiency table makes sobering reading for old car owners as the manufacturers’ effort put into this aspect of car design in the last twenty-five years pushes even the most humble of modern cars past their ancestors.

Keith Wilson / Dave Cooper’s Riley 9 Biarritz form 1932 managed a creditable 25.27mpg. Peter Houghton and Sheila Mawdsley’s 1956 Austin A35 came out at 43.08mpg (the best pre 1980 figure). However, Cheltenham based economy run “expert” Michael Stevens, with Ian Pritchard, teased 72.91mpg out of a 2006 Skoda Octavia to show what a modern car (complete with all its weighty safety equipment) was capable of! Once again, Michael Crafer and David Smith’s 1971 Merceded 220 came out best old car on the efficiency side once the weight of the car had been factored in. It actually managed 35.65mpg - which is most respectable for a large, four-door saloon.

As crews gathered at the Highwayman Inn at the finish, each one was quickly presented with a certificate (showing the vital statistics attained on the day and a photograph taken on the event). Cirencester Car Club’s Corinium Run was very well received and places on the 2008 event will be bound to be in great demand.






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Sunday 23rd April
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Corinium Run 2005

Sunday 17th April



Performance in Catagory

Cirencester Car Club renamed their Economy Run “Corinium” after the Roman name for their hometown. The event saw a 115-mile route, over all types of roads and up and down all types of hills, starting and finishing at the Highwayman Inn, Elkstone, on the A417. The day started for the 70 starters in the nearby Centurion Garage, where cars were checked for roadworthiness and fuelled to the brim under the watchful eye of MSA Scrutineers Dave Bowlas and Paul Loveridge. On arrival at the Highwayman, the cars were ranged in order and made an impressive sight with vehicles ranging from a 1931 Riley Biarritz to a 2005 Daihatsu Copen.

The Corinium Run welcomes cars of all ages and types and also takes participants over a weighbridge, enabling the relative efficiencies of the cars to be compared by combining fuel used and weight transported (in the way pioneered by the famous Mobilgas Economy Runs of the 1950s, 60s and 70s). The event was included in the HRCR’s Scenic Tour calendar and many new faces were welcomed to Gloucestershire as a result.

At 10 o’clock, Jeremy Wells and Pamela Moore were first away with their Austin Healey 3000. After an early frost, the sun was out and the route north towards Broadway would take crews past glorious views, through pretty villages and give everyone a chance to enjoy them due to the gentle pace of the Economy Run. Soon after the start, there was a photo point at Withington – everyone was to receive a photo-certificate of their achievements at the end of the day and the weighbridge at Naunton revealed the lightest car to be the Renault 4CV of Warren Marsh / Bill Price at 820kg with the heaviest being the Maserati Quattroporte ofAl and Jackie Clarke (who were, sadly, not able to complete the route due to their infant daughter becoming unwell in the back of the super limousine that weighed no less than 2260kg). The full majesty of the Cotswold Hills was visible from the high ground above Winchcombe and a second photo point at Cowley allowed the photographers a chance to try to snap the cars with the impressive Cowley Manor in the background. Three pubs around Birdlip were highlighted in the impressive roadbook shortly before the lunch halt for the benefit of participants who preferred a fuller meal than was to be available at Prinknash Abbey, where the Corinium Run took its rest break.

Prinknash Abbey offered views over the city of Gloucester and a pleasant café and obligatory souvenir shop where samples of the famous Prinknash porcelain could be bought. Whilst being only two or three miles from the city, and half that from the busy M5 motorway, one could see why the Benedictine Roman Catholic Community are able to appreciate the retreat, so quiet and off the beaten track is the monastery. The café was soon full of participants regaling tales of the morning and comparing notes as to what they had enjoyed most. Some took picnics and the most crowded “restaurant” must have been Lin Hon Baker’s Lancia Ypsilon in which four people were seated and eating!

The skies were clouding over as Simon Marks and Paul Loveridge set off in the opening car, twenty minutes before the field was released. Arrows were being put out to highlight the more difficult “slots” as the route headed via narrow roads over Haresfield Beacon before skirting Stonehouse and Dursley to Wotton-under-Edge, Nailsworth and Minchinhampton. The local Stroud Motor Club hold a classic trial, the Cotswold Clouds, in this area each February, so it was no surprise to find some steep hills to make economical motoring quite a challenge. As the route took in more gentle countryside towards the finish back at the Centurion Garage, the roads became busy with horses and horse-boxes as a local hunt had organised a “fun ride” aimed at their younger members. As luck would have it, the incoming rain largely held off until everyone was back in.

At the Centurion Garage, the cars were refueled. This was carefully monitored to ensure that the cars were topped up to replicate the fuel level at the start of the 115-mile run. Notably parsimonious were Robert and Linda May Horne’s Fiat Seicento Sporting that only needed 9.10 litres of unleaded and Simon Talbot and David Thomas’ Rover 218 that took 9.11 litres of DERV – as near as two gallons to make little difference! At the other end of the scale was radio journalist Zog Ziegler, navigated by wife Jill, who took part in the very Ferrari 612 Scaglietti that Jeremy Clarkson used to beat his “Top Gear” colleagues to the ski slopes in Switzerland earlier in the year. This 2080kg monster needed no less than 53.03 litres to get round, appreciably more than the next thirstiest car, the Austin Healey 3000 Mk2a of Peter and Carol Blake that “only” needed 36.39 litres!

Everyone then returned to the Highwayman where the good food was swiftly dispatched and enjoyed. The photo-certificates were presented by Joint Clerk of the Course, Martin Saunders, who had used his unrvalled knowledge of the area to put together the much-appreciated route. Though a slight delay was encountered whilst the printer had a recalcitrant few minutes, the proceedings were concluded in reasonable time and the second Corinium Run was toasted as a success.

The Horne’s Fiat Seicento Sporting had achieved 57.74 miles per gallon and 6.84 pence per mile fuel cost, the Rover 218 managed 57.67 mpg / 7.14 pence per mile. Last year’s most economical car, the Toyota Avensis of Michael Stevens and Christopher Gregory found themselves third this time around with 55.31mpg / 7.24 pence per mile. These gentlemen take economical driving to the extreme to achieve this figure – the Course Opening Avensis used roughly twice this amount in carrying out its duties. What did the Ferrari achieve? 9.91 mpg and 43.08 pence per mile! Zog was in no way apologetic for this as he said a few words when accepting his certificate, but was heard to say that he will have to come back in something smaller next time! It is worthy of note that Zog had highlighted the event in his preceeding week’s spot on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and at the various halts, he was descended upon by several spectators who had come to view the event, and the Ferrari, as a result of this publicity.

The Cirencester Efficiency Number calculations put the BMW 320d of Malcolm Middleton-Salt and Neil Forrest at the head of the table with a figure of 28.43. Cirencester Car Club members, the Vout family – Ian, Christine, Laura and Michael – guided their Audi A4 Estate in to 28.07 (having helped out at signing-on at the Highwayman) just ahead of the Toyota Avensis, which recorded 28.04. Once again, this revealed just how more efficient modern cars have become. David Smith, Robert Crafar and Kenneth Abrahams’ 1970 Mercedes 220 once again proving to be the best older car on 15.99, with Keith Wilson / Dave Cooper’s 1931 Riley Biarritz achieving 13.11 and the Lancia Appia of Peter Baker and Clive Berry returning13.08. The Ferrari must have something in its favour in that it finished ahead of six other cars with a Cirencester Efficiency Number of 7.25!

A notable highlight of the event for Cirencester Car Club was the excellent turn out from Club members, both on the organizing side and in the competing cars. Looking down the list we have:

Ian / Christine / Laura / Michael Vout Audi A4 Estate 28.07 44.79mpg
Peter Harris / Alan Morris Vauxhall Cavalier 24.53 46.45mpg
Don Lawrence / Mike Eastman VW Golf Diesel 24.42 43.35mpg
Lisa Selby / Toby Harris Ford Puma Racing 17.85 39.62mpg
Jim / Audrey Loveday Jaguar XJS 13.30 20.99mpg
Charles Todd / Andrew Wait Sunbeam MK3 Coupe 12.61 22.39mpg
David / Doreen Richards Morris Minor 12.44 34.66mpg
Mike Webb / Chris Curtis Morris Marina 1300 10.69 28.11mpg
Bill / Celia Linmbrick Volvo Amazon 10.22 21.66mpg
Liz / John Stratton Mini 1275GT 9.89 29.89mpg
Rob/Sara Boltman Lotus Elise 16.90 52.17mpg
Ivan / Enid Goodfield MG Midget 9.79 30.21mpg
Jeremy Wells / Pamela Moore Austin Healey 3000 8.19 16.87mpg
Andrew Isherwood / Hilary Farbowski Morris Mini (rally car) 6.48 19.58mpg

In picking up their certificates, a few people said some very kind words about the event and its organization. The marshals and officials came in for very well deserved praise. The Corinium Run has exceeded its expectations as a Cirencester Car Club event. A glance at the list of participants shows this to be a family event with many husband / wife and inter-generation teams taking part. Running to a Touring Assembly permit precludes the presentation of awards, but the event is actually better without it. Every crew gets a certificate listing their achievements, everyone is a winner. The Highwayman Inn makes a superb Start / Finish venue and John Flynn (the Landlord) and his Staff’s contribution to the atmosphere at both ends of the day did not go unnoticed. About 200 people came together to promote, take part in and enjoy a motoring event - what a glorious one it was.






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Corinium Run 2004

Sunday 25th April



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On 25 th April, Cirencester Car Club enjoyed perfect weather conditions when they put on their first Touring Assembly and Economy Run. Starting and finishing just east of Cirencester, the run took in the pretty villages and the dry-stone walled majesty of the Cotswolds as it covered 100 miles on a tulip roadbook to visit Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh for lunch. A route check outside the Cotswold Motor Museum in Bourton on the Water provided an opportunity to stop and pose for a photograph that would be printed on the finisher’s certificate recording the crew’s achievements that was presented to each team at the end of the run.

A healthy entry of 35 cars took part, ranging in ages from a six month old Ford Focus TDCi to a 1928 Amilcar. As well as asking participants to nominate the economy figure that they expected to achieve (and calculating the deviation from this target) the organisers resurrected the efficiency formula pioneered by the Mobilgas Economy Runs of the 1960s and 1970s as an incentive to drive as economically as possible. This formula involves the vehicle running weight (including the crew) so the opportunity was taken to call in at Huntsman’s Quarries site near Naunton where the weighbridge was kindly made available.

Keith Bowley / Eric O’Hara’s 1928 Amilcar CGS on the weighbridge

Peter and Lin Hon Baker took a weekend off planning the HRCR Cotswold Economy Drive to take part in their Lancia Appia saloon but were scratching their heads as to why they “only” managed 30.16mpg in their early 1950s saloon. Local husband and wife pairing Dave and Doreen Richards took their Morris Minor Convertible to 41.19mpg, but the best performance by an older car came from David Lockspeiser and Alan Smith whose Climax powered Lotus Elite achieved 50.64 mpg and a Cirencester Efficiency Number of 16.04. Showing how the Cirencester Efficiency number equalises out the different ways of lugging people and metal (or fibreglass in the Elite’s case) around the Cotswolds came when David Smith, Ken Abrahams and Michael Crafer’s 1973 Mercedes 220 achieved a rating of 15.83 (having achieved 26.77 mpg in the large German saloon).
Peter and Lin Hon Baker’s Lancia Appia passes the famous Swan Hotel and bridge at Bibury

In the warm sunshine of a surprisingly summer-like day, the cars made a fine spectacle at Batsford Arboretum. Some crews headed for the café, whilst other picnicked on the lawns and discussed their morning’s efforts, before heading south once more to be refueled under the meticulous eyes of the scrutineer.

If any indication of how modern cars (and all their electronic controls and developments) have come on were needed, Jerremy Boaks & Keith Hawkesford in a Vauxhall Cavalier Sri achieved 72.36, two relatively mundane, ten year old, Rover 214s achieved approx 52mpg. The Ford Focus TDCi of Malcolm Middleton-Salt and Dave Cooper 62.04mpg but, amazingly, they were shaded on the fuel consumption by an 1800cc PETROL(!) Toyota Avensis of Michael Stevens and Chris Gregory that managed 63.64mpg (Cirencester Efficiency Number 32.26) and under 6 pence per mile – cheap sport indeed! The latter crew had experience of the Mobilgas Economy Runs of old and had obviously not forgotten any of their skills. Click here to see the results.

Jeremy Wells / Pamela Moore’s Austin Healey 3000 at the Batsford Lunch Halt with Lisa Selby / Tony Harris’ Ford Puma Racing parked behind.

The event rounded off with refreshments at the Crown at Crucis and crews all went home with their certificates awarded to them by Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA who had called in for the day to look at the event. It had been a tremendous first event of this type for Cirencester Car Club.

Simon Marks

MSA Scrutineer Dave Bowlas checking the refueling of Jim and Jo Porter’s MGTF at the end of the Run. Howard Dent / Stuart Turner’s Dellow waits its turn.


















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