Dean Forest Rally
Les Hobbs remembers what he can about the rally in 1973 and 1974.The Dean Forest, or Forest Of Dean as most people referred to it, was held in the winter after Christmas I think. I believe it was organized by Cheltenham and Cossacks MCC and a name that springs to mind is Andy Stephens, but I think there was some sort of falling out and Andy later ran a rally at Staverton Airfield which may have been the Sprocket Rally and also the Airport Rally. Can anybody confirm or amend this as the beer has taken a lot of my memories away.
I attended two, 1973 and 1974. Both were held on Forestry Commission ground. There was a wooden building that was used as a reception and one year, 1973 I think, the weather was so bad they let some of us sleep inside.
The following year there was a fair bit of trouble when a group of "hells angels" tried to gate crash the rally and the organisers had to telephone for the police to eject them. These prats (no not the police) hung around and re-emerged after most of us had gone back to our tents leaving just a few people around the remains of the bonfire. A fight broke out in which one ralliest was hospitalised.
These "hells angels" were chased into the woods leaving a transit van and a small 2 stoke motor cycle behind. The police and ambulance were called and some of them were caught.
The feelings the next morning when people awoke and were told of the happenings was untrue. One lad from the Midlands picked up a huge log and threw it through the windscreen. Within a couple of minutes the transit (a works vehicle) was a total write off. Tools looted, battery removed, not a single panel without a hole in it, all glass gone, dash destroyed, thirty odd people just trashed it and the bike.
People who where there Phillip Hogg, Steve Porter, Pete "the Snuff", Gordon from Tipton (can't remember his second name at the moment)
- Les Hobbs
The so called Hells Angels were actually the Scorpions from Gloucester.
- Al Walker (Catweazle)
I remember this because there were two people hospitalised and I was one of them.
- The Black Russian
I too was at this rally. It was 1974 and I still have my badge.
- Nigel Caddick
As Les, I did the rallies in 1973 & 1974. The year of the trouble with the hells angels was 1974.
- John Scotcher
I have only two Dean Forest badges, 1972 round red one, that was the year we slept in the hostel, and the notorious one in 1974 (blue triangle badge, they customised mine by putting my name in the date space).
- Alan Rogers
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