Dear Friends

Welcome to the 2017 rally book. I hope that you will find within these pages a rally to interest and inspire you to come along and join us. There are around 60 rallies for you to choose from in various parts of the country. Many of these rallies follow on, keeping the travelling costs between rallies to a minimum. You will see these rallies listed as such on the summary page.

If you have not rallied with us before, why not pop along and see who we are and what we do? I can assure you that you will have a great time and make new friends.

One of the highlights of the year is the fabulous Factory Rally held at Market Rasen Racecourse in May, another is the Cheltenham AGM rally in October, both with live entertainment.

There are many new locations and a number of overseas rallies in this year’s programme. The overseas rallies are usually announced in the Autumn edition of the club magazine and on the website and are usually filled shortly after announcement.

Don’t forget to check the club magazine and website at <www.atocuk.com> for any rally updates and additional rallies that may have been arranged after publication of this rally book. Your rally reports and photographs will be welcomed in the magazine or on the website picture gallery.

Please read the rally booking instructions overleaf to ensure you understand the changes with regard to rallies that require deposits, and display your 2017 Orange windscreen sticker when you attend rallies.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sally Boswell for the immense amount of time and hard work she has put into formatting this rally book and John Cleave for the artwork. Last, but not least, Glen Perkins, your Rally Co-ordinator and the many hardworking and enthusiastic rally stewards.

Without them, there would be no rallies. Thank you all.

My best wishes to each and every one of you. Hope to see you on the rally field.

Happy Rallying!

David Wort

Chairman

1st January to 31st March Rallies

NEW VENUE

Rally Name:          BENICASSIM, SPAIN (FULLY BOOKED)

Location               Bonterra Park Camping, Av. Barcelona, 47, 12560 Benicàssim, Castelló, Spain

Start                     Monday 9th January, 10 am

Finish                   Friday 10th February, 10 am

Information         Benicàssim is a small town situated about 50 miles north of Valencia and 140 miles north of Benidorm. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the town and a reasonable on-site restaurant. Just across the road from the site is a Mercadona supermarket and a Lidl about 300 metres away. The town is a 10-minute stroll from the site. The beautiful sandy beach is about 400 metres away. At the rear of the site there is a cycle path to the town of Oropesa del Mar and beyond to Marina d’Or. There is also a cycle path along the beach promenade from Benicàssim to Grau (about 8 miles) where you will find shops, restaurants and bars. The nearest city is Castellón de la Plana with a large variety of shops, bars, restaurants, market (there is a bus stop just outside Mercadona for the city). There is also an out of town shopping centre at Alcampo. The area enjoys pleasant temperatures over the winter with little orno rain. Benicàssim is a great place to visit in January for its annual fiesta,which lasts a whole week, starting with bonfires in the main street, fairground, live entertainment in many bars, bull ring and a Paella Day, a sight to be seen,with thousands of people cooking and enjoying paella in the streets, a great party atmosphere. The festival week ends with a firework procession through the streets and a magnificent firework display on Sunday night. So you will have lots to see and do in addition to any events June and I may organise. We may have use of a room on some nights. Subject to interest, we may arrange a coach trip to Valencia. The site has indoor and outdoor pools, launderette and activity programme including Aqua Gym, cycle tours, cycle hire, gym, Spanish lessons, cookery lessons, quiz night, bingo and evening entertainment on some evenings.

Cost                     €19.95 pupn including 10 amp EHU, plus €20 rally fee on arrival. Bookings taken for

                             full rally period only.

Booking                Rally fully booked. 1 place available due to late cancelation

Directions             Leave N340 just after Go Kart track on left hand side. Follow signs for Bonterra Park,

                             site is clearly signposted. Book in at Reception on arrival.

 

WHY NOT FOLLOW ON TO BENISOL RALLY, BENIDORM?

 

 

NEW STEWARDS

Rally Name           BENIDORM, SPAIN

Location                Camping Benisol, Avinguda Comunidad Valenciana, 03503 Benidorm, Alacant, Spain
                                 www.campingbenisol.com

Start                       Friday 10th February, noon

Finish                     Tuesday 7th March, 11 am

Information            Come and join us for the winter sun in Benidorm. For the third successive year we are holding a rally at the Benisol site situated about a mile outside of Benidorm. The site has a superb swimming pool, bar and restaurant. We will be sited on the rally field and there are the usual facilities on site, toilets, showers, washing machines plus free WIFI (in bar area). You can take the tram to Alicante (tram stop nearby), visit the Valor Chocolate Factory of Guadalest (free tour). There is enough in the area to keep you occupied all day, every day in Benidorm or Benidorm old town with their fabulous beaches and the quieter towns of Altea and Albir. There is a bus stop just outside the site or take a pleasant stroll or cycle ride to any of these local towns.

Cost                      €14 pupn inc. EHU to be paid to the site on departure, plus £20 rally fee for up to  2 persons.

Booking                  SEE RALLY BOOK

Directions               From AP-7 (E-15) exit 65 and follow the Avenida De La Comunidad Europea for 1 mile to roundabout. At roundabout turn Left onto the N332A, campsite 2 miles on Right approx 75 metres after Petrol Station.

From N332 Albir, follow signs to Benidorm. On leaving the N332 join the N332A. Campsite on Left approx 75 metres before Petrol Station.
Coordinates N38° 33’ 36” W0° 05’ 54” or 38.560000, -0.098333

 

 

 

NEW STEWARDS

Rally Name            BARNSTONES (Banbury) Limited to 25 vans

Location                 Barnstones Caravan Park, Great Bourton, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 1QU

Start                       Thursday 9th February, noon

Finish                     Sunday 12th February, 3 pm (Stay until Monday if you wish but there will be no rally steward there)

Information             This site is situated on a bus route about 3 miles from Banbury and has all the facilities including hard standings. We have booked the Village Hall for Friday and Saturday evenings. We have arranged for Fish & Chips to be delivered to the Village Hall on Saturday evening (cost to be notified at the rally). The Bell Inn in Great Bourton serves food on each evening of the rally and Sunday lunch. The bus route has been stopped, however, the site manager is hoping to organise transport to Banbury for a small charge, TBC.

Cost                        £13 pupn including 6 amp EHU, plus £2 rally fee for up to 2 persons. £2 per extra person.

Booking                  SEE RALLY BOOK
Please indicate on your booking slip whether you wish to order Fish & Chips for Saturday evening.

Directions               From M40 J11SP Banbury, take A423 SP Southam. In about 3 miles turn right SP Great Bourton. Site is on the right in 150 yds.

 

Rally Name             WIMBORNE MINSTER (Limited to 30 vans)

   If these spaces are filled we will ask for more, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Location               Merley Court Touring Park, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AA

Start                     Thursday 9th March, 2 pm

Finish                   Tuesday 14th March, 11 am

Information          Award-winning site on the edge of the historic and interesting town of Wimborne Minster.Within walking distance of the town for the fit (30  mins - bus available part way). Wimborne Market and Antiques Centre (with parking - same distance) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also parking for motorhomes near the town. Buses to Poole nearby (ten minutes’ walk). Site bar expected to be open in the evenings, with clubroom available to all on site. Skittles on Saturday night, with possibly Sausage & Chips (order and pay on arrival). Other activities Thurs / Fri /Sun / Mon evenings depending on numbers. All pitches will be pre- allocated. Site barrier has automatic number plate recognition. Follow ATOC signs to Steward’s pitch.

Cost                     £16.50 pupn including electric plus £2 rally fee for up to 2 persons.

Booking                SEE RALLY BOOK

Directions             Signposted (brown signs) from rbt on A31 Wimborne bypass to the west                              of Wimborne.

 

WHY NOT FOLLOW ON TO CHARMOUTH?

 

Rally Name           CHARMOUTH

Location               Newlands Caravan Park, Off A35 on local road into Charmouth, Dorset                                  DT6 6RB
                                                www.newlandsholidays.co.uk

Start                      Tuesday 14th March, 2 pm NO EARLY ARRIVALS

Finish                    Sunday 19th March, 1 pm

Information           This is a full facility site with small, heated indoor pool / Jacuzzi (small                                charge) / launderette / heated shower block / bar / lounge, takeaway.                                Food available evenings. The chef uses locally sourced produce, freshly                              cooked in the on-site kitchen and served in the conservatory. There is                                also a range of food available from the on-site takeaway, from                                            traditional fish and chips to pies and fishcakes. Entertainment in lounge                              Thurs / Fri / Sat. Pitches are hard standing. Bus stop at site entrance                                    serving Lyme Regis (where there is also dedicated motorhome parking),                              Bridport (Saturday market), West Bay, Weymouth and other locations on                              the Jurassic Coast, a Heritage Site. In the village there is a small                                          selection of shops and pubs, including a good chippy. Access can be                                  gained from the village to the sea, where there is parking suitable for                                  motorhomes, with a beach café and The Charmouth Heritage Centre.                                  The South West Coast Path is available for walkers. There is also a                                        scenic footpath walk from Charmouth to Wootton Fitzpaine along a                                      tributary of the River Char and acrossmeadows - one-and-a-half miles                                each way. A communal meal and / or fish and chips may be organised if                              interest shown. Please indicate interest on back of booking slip.
All pitches will be pre-allocated and stewards will be arriving directly from Wimborne Rally.

Cost                     £15 pupn plus £2 rally fee for up to 2 persons.

Booking                SEE RALLY BOOK

Directions             From East: turn L off A35 Bridport – Lyme Regis SP Charmouth. Site 50                                yds on L. From West: on A35, pass first turn SP Charmouth and turn R at                              next turn. Site 50 yds on L.

 

WHY NOT FOLLOW ON TO WELLS?

 

 

Rally Name                 WELLS (Limited to 25 vans) Adults only (Fully booked, reserve list in place)

Location                   Wells Holiday Park, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1AJ
                                         www.wellsholidaypark.co.uk

Start                         Sunday 19th March, noon

Finish                       Thursday 23rd March, noon

Information               This is a full facility site with a heated shower block and a                                                    launderette. The reception stocks basic foods and a takeaway                                              delivery is available. Located within walking distance of Wells,                                              England’s smallest city, with its Cathedral and a Bishop’s palace.                                          There is a bus stop outside the site for buses into Wells, where there                                  are bus links to Cheddar, Weston-Super-Mare, Wookey Hole,                                              Glastonbury, Street, Clarks Village, Taunton, Bristol and Bath.
                    Priority will be given to those who book all 4 nights.

Cost                         £15 pupn including EHU.

Booking                   SEE RALLY BOOK

Directions                From N or S M5 J22 on to the A371 through Cheddar towards Wells. Site on the right at Haybridge. From E via Bath / Frome follow signs through Wells to           Weston Super  Mare, site on left hand side at Haybridge. From S through Yeovil go via Street and  take the A39 to Wells then leave Wells on the A371 as above.

 

CHANGE OF DATE 

THE 2017 AGM WILL NOW BE HELD ON

SUNDAY 12th NOVEMBER

SEE RALLY UPDATES

NEW AGM NOTICE AND NOMINATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE

SEE MEMBERS INFORMATION

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2018 Provisional Rally Programme.

Updated 31/07/17, 

plus Scotland, Scandinavia and Yeovilton Air Show 2018

Spanish Rallies now added. 

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