Holwell motor enthusiast’s 2,000-mile drive for Epilepsy Research UK

PUBLISHED: 11:56 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:22 28 September 2018

Tim Hunt, left, with his 1966 Triumph and teammate Mike Hockaday. Picture: Tim Hunt

Tim Hunt, left, with his 1966 Triumph and teammate Mike Hockaday. Picture: Tim Hunt


A motor enthusiast from Holwell is to take part in a 48-hour, 2,000-mile endurance race around Britain to help raise funds for epilepsy research.

Tim Hunt will take on the 26th biennial Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run at the wheel of a 1966 Triumph TR4A, in aid of Epilepsy Research UK.

This year’s reliability run is supporting the charity in honour of Club Triumph stalwart Martin Randle – who lost his battle to issues associated with epilepsy last year, aged just 56.

Tim, who is vice-chairman of Club Triumph, describes himself as a “serial addict” of the reliabilty run – which he will be taking on in the same car for the 22nd time this year, having first completed it back in 1974.

This year’s run takes place of the weekend of October 5 to 7, with more than 130 cars setting off from Knebworth House near Stevenage before heading to 16 pre-arranged control stops around the UK.

Crews consist of two to four people, meaning well in excess of 300 people take part in all. No overnight stops are allowed – one team member drives while the other sleeps.

Tim’s challenge car was bought by his late father as a retirement present to himself in 1970.

“The car has been extensively modified over the years to improve safety, driveability and economy,” said Tim.

“Mike Hockaday has been my most regular partner on the RBRR, and this will be our 15th together.

“It is important to have a smooth and highly competent co-driver to allow one to sleep during the overnight periods when not at the wheel.”

Tim’s record so far is 19 finishes from 21 starts, all in the same car. He failed in 1982 – when careless work by a British Leyland dealer saw the car drop out on Bodmin Moor – and 1978, when a newly-fitted water pump failed in the Scottish Highlands. Since then, he has always carried a spare pump in the boot.

Event organiser Tim Bancroft said: “It’s a weird event – to drive 2,000 miles in 48 hours does not seem that much fun – but it’s the camaraderie among the teams, the cars (what cars they are!), the roads, the scenery and pure sense of achievement on completion that makes the event so addictive and appealing.”

If you’d like to support Tim and Mike in their fundraising as Team 74, have a look at justgiving.com/tim-hunt4.

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