Go on then, smart arses, identify all of these. Without cheating. Some are regulars on the rally scene, such as MGBs and early 911s, but when did you ever see a Jensen SV8 anywhere, let alone being chucked around on mucky French back roads? And that car in the most glorious shade of 1970’s orange? A Gilbern Genie, made back when Britain had more plastic bodied little sportscar manufacturers than just Lotus.

Other lovelies include the Triumph 2500S, a Healy 3000, a Talbot Horizon and Stags and Midgets and more. Who wouldn’t want a Lotus Cortina in their garage? We admire the owners for putting these British classic cars to good use, we believe cars are to be driven, not detailed (see MotorPunk’s manifesto).

Sure, there were some pretty Italians, and the fantastic 911 in the picture at the top there, but for us the Brits really stole the show. The Honfleur Rally is a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy your classic car doing some not-that-competitive motorsport. It’s run around the pretty little port town of the same name on the Garlicky-side of the English channel, not far from Le Havre. We thank Robert Grounds for sharing his photography with us and hope to join the fun in Honfleur in 2016. In something British, of course.

More info on Classic Rally Tours here, and thanks again to Robert for the pictures.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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  1. COLIN BECKWITH

    HI . WHAT DATE IS THE EVENT NEXT YEAR IN HONFLEUR , IF THERE IS ONE, I AM INTRESTED IN COMING WITH SOME MG CLUB CARS COLIN BECKWITH WAMGOC

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