We put the icing on the cake at Goodwood
Stirling Moss cut a special anniversary iced cake at Goodwood, slicing up the big number 25, marking our 25th anniversary of rally-organising.
Stirling with his wife Susie recalled memories of the drive through the Dolomites to Cortina on the Pirelli Classic Marathons, when Stirling added to his collection of Alpine Cup wins, he scored two Alpine Cups behind the wheel of a Ron Gammons-prepared MGB.
"We had a lot of fun," said Stirling, "but more to the point, getting all that TV coverage got historic-rally established." Stirling scored some good results, driving into the top of the leaderboard with Zoe Heritage, Jean Lindamood and Chuck Shields as his various navigators, just failing to beat Paddy Hopkirk in an Mini Cooper S, but beating other stars such as Roger Clark, who with Tony Mason was trying to get a Cortina to Cortina.
Our stand was busy - with many previous Entrants dropping in for a chat. Among the faces we have not seen for many years was David Arrigo, who had come over from Malta. David drove a V8 Allard on the first Peking to Paris revival in 1997, driving across Tibet and Nepal. We met up with several crews who are about to take part in the next long-distance event, our drive across South America to Cape Horn.... and David and Jo Roberts signed up to enter our Road to Mandalay... in a replica of the 1954 Sunbeam Alpine that Stirling Moss drove for the factory team.
We also signed up several for the Flying Scotsman, and that now pushes our entry list of fully-enrolled entrants past the 90-mark. There are only a few places left - no other event in the UK, ancient or modern, on next year's calendar has received such an overwhelming response.
By early afternoon we were forced to close down the stand early - and nothing to do with the threatening rain clouds. We had run out of brochures for next year's 1st Alpine Trial.
It proved to be a terrific weekend, as for the cake.... it was all gone in minutes. As Susie said at the time, "next time you celebrate an anniversary, bake a bigger cake".