The Isle of Wight rally was and is revered as one of the best national rallies of the 1960’s and 1970’s era.

Voted best rally one year by the much respected Ecurie Cod Fillet motor club, the rally was graced by many renowned faces and cars.

Indeed one of the best known ‘works’ Ford Escorts past and present, LVX 945J, was campaigned on the event by privateer Charles Eveson and John Wilcox of engine building fame.

Below it can be seen on the Isle of Wight Rally which it won.

The car was originally driven by world rally champion Hannu Mikkola when he was participating in the world rally championship for Ford Motor Company.

6 thoughts on “Charles Eveson and the Isle of Wight Rally

  1. Hi, I am in South Africa visiting my sister who lives here and started looking on google. I was delighted to see the Isle of Wight car club come up reference my name. Without question the IWCC stages event each year was the highlight, the fun starting on the ferry chatting to old friends.
    Sorry to disappoint you though,I think the picture of me and John was not on the Isle of Wight but an event in the east midlands. The car was red when we won it for the first time. I will try and organise some photos if you want.
    Please give my regards to Mike and Terry.
    Best wishes,

    Charles Eveson

  2. Charles,
    I am delighted the club website is doing its job! We look forward with great anticipation to your photographs. I will pass on your best wishes to my Father Terry and of course Mike Davidson. Best wishes,

  3. Hullo Charles – mike & I are fine – just a bit older.
    I remember the old days with great pleasure.
    See mike all the time.
    Present reduced to Richards sponsor!!!
    All the best,

  4. Just back from 3 nights stay with my wife at the royal hotel in ventnor.

    I think the only other time I have been to the IOW was back in the 1960s when I competed as navigator to JOHN CHURCH, possibly in a mini. Was the Hill climb at Ventnor up ZIg Zag Road? What hotel was used for the awards presentation and dinner Sandown or Shanklinq. it! The Isle of Wight Rally was a great event, and my visit has brought back happy memories. Glad to see the club is still going strong. JOHN MACE

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