Welcome to the
CHARLES CLARK CLASSIC CAR RALLY WEBSITE
The Charles Clark Classic Car Rally
Charles Clark was always passionate about cars from an early age, as well as cooking, and he loved being 'Mine Host' of The Wiveton Bell pub in the north Norfolk village of Wiveton. Jaguar cars were his car of choice and the 'E' type Jaguar engine in the fireplace was one of the many eccentricities he introduced into The Wiveton Bell, fully functional, with the exhaust making its exit through the chimney.
The engine could be fired up and Charles would then issue a certificate, proceeds going to charity. There was always something going on at The Wiveton Bell, guest speakers, film shows and then, in 1995, a Classic Car Rally. Although termed a 'classic' car rally, it was open to anyone who was passionate about cars and enjoyed driving.
Sadly Charles was lost at sea in a boating accident in May 1998 but his parents Dennis and Dorothy, and family, were determined not only to run the pub and restaurant but to keep the Classic Car Rally going as well.
This they did until 2001 when it passed into the safe keeping of Richard and Margaret Rushmer at the Alby Horse Shoes Inn. Starting with bacon butties and coffee at the pub on the Sunday morning, for a number of years the cars departed under the arch from the picturesque Aldborough Green.
Richard and Margaret ran the rally very successfully until 2008. Since then, it has been organised by Brian Monks, a friend of Charles for many years. With the help of his wife Heather, his daughter Sarah, son-in-law Gerry, Colin and Belinda Hendry (who devise the route each year), Pat and John Postle, Geoff and Ann Cleall, and Margaret and John Allison, the rally goes from strength-to-strength each year. We hope that Charles would be proud that the rally he started is still a hugely popular event.