Ford Mondeo hybrid achieves staggering 123.77 mpg
13th August 2018
Former World Championship rally driver and team manager turned economy driving specialist Andy Dawson shattered all the records in yesterday’s Layer Marney Cup, the historic Essex-based fuel trial which was first run in 1914. The event was revived in 2015 and now runs annually. This year the Layer Marney Classic also included a gala dinner and was supported by Gulf Retail and Quick Fit Safety Belts.
Milton Keynes-based Dawson achieved an amazing fuel consumption of 123.77 mpg for the 80-mile route through Essex and Suffolk in a Ford Mondeo hybrid – a car he had borrowed from the Ford press fleet. He also shattered the all-time record for the ton miles per gallon measurement at 229.98. Dawson has been a regular winner on the MPG Marathon and was the first driver on that event to achieve over 100 mpg – in a Ford Fiesta diesel.
Commented the former rally and race driver, “It has been my aim to achieve more than 100 mpg in a petrol car for some time and last year in the MPG Marathon I missed it by a whisker. However, the Mondeo hybrid proved the ideal vehicle and while the route was short compared with our normal economy runs, it was very tricky including lots of villages and a drive through Colchester town centre”
However Dawson, navigated by John Chillman did not take home the historic Layer Marney Cup – that honour went to the man who normally co-drives for Dawson, film and TV producer Andrew Marriott. The rules state that hybrid cars - including those self-generating top up power like the Mondeo – weren’t eligible for the Cup, which was discovered in a garage five years ago. That find prompted the revival of the historic event which is based at the Layer Marney Tower stately home, near Tiptree, Essex
Marriott, navigated by his wife Caroline, had intended to compete in his 1963 Turner Mk 3 classic sports car but a problem with the starter motor meant he had to switch at the last minute to a 75,000-mile BMW X3 2.0 diesel he had bought two weeks earlier at Car Giant.
Utilising the skills he learned alongside Dawson, East Sussex-based Marriott achieved 52.92 mpg and a ton per mile figure of 101.06 which easily won him Class 11 for post 2005 cars.
Commented Marriott, “No question, I have learned a lot from Andy about economy driving but this came as a complete surprise”.
The countryside route started, following a fuel top-up at the Gulf filling station in St Osyth’s near Clacton upon Sea, at the historic St Osyth’s Priory, toured through several seaside towns before heading into Suffolk and Constable country and then to a lunch halt at Stratford St Mary near Colchester. The afternoon run took the cars to the finish and weigh in at the Tudor built Layer Marney Tower, where the 1914 event had also finished. The Tower is owned by Sheila and Nick Charrington, who organised the event.
Although the top honours were reserved for modern cars, the undoubted stars of the show were the fabulous parade of veteran and classic cars which took part in the various decade categories. The oldest car category saw Andrew Lucas drive a 1914 Model T Ford, appropriately such a car competed in the inaugural run of that same year.
Three fabulous Bugattis were entered and Rupert Marks in his 1928 Type 44 won the 1926 – 1935 Class 3 against strong opposition which included his brother Chris in a Bugatti Type 55. James Bettley won Class 4 in his Bugatti Type 57 while another member of the Marks family, Holly won Class 5 in a 1947 Lancia Apriia.
The hotly contested Class 6 (1955 – 1965) was won by Cara Bardwell in 1956 MGA Roadster, Bob Livemore won Class 7 in a 1969 Bristol and class 8 saw Henry Neville win with 1984 BMW 325 while a similar but later convertible 325 piloted by Ralph Morse took Class 9.
One of the most hotly contested categories was Class 10 (1996 – 2005) and victory went to Paul Hemsworth in his Chrysler Voyager. The three best fuel consumption figures came from the three hybrids entered while Gary Kendall’s all electric Tesla 75 took part in the “non-Trial touring” category and used £3.86 worth of electricity.
Said organiser Sheila Charrington, “Everything went to plan and what a superb result with records broken. We have plans to further enhance the Classic next year. My thanks go to all the competitors and officials who helped us make the event a success.”
The Layer Marney Classic is just two days away, with automobiles from across the last 100 years set to take part. Here are just some of the confirmed entries for this weekend's event;
1914 Model T Ford
1926 Austin 7 Chummy
1927 Tourer 14/40
1928 Bugatti Type 44
1930 MG M Type
1931 Lancia Lambda
1934 Lanchester 10
1934 Bugatti Type 55
1947 Lancia Aprilia
1949 Allard M Type
1954 Dellow MkII
1955 Series 1 Landrover
1956 MGA Roadster
1957 Bristol 405
1961 Bentley S2
1963 Turner BMC MK3
1964 MGB Roadster
1967 Triumph Spitfire
1977 Triumph Stag
1978 Triumph Stag
1980 Locost S7
1984 BMW Z3M
1984 Renault 4
1988 Ford Sierra Cosworth
1991 BMW 325i convertible
1996 Subaru Impreza WRX ST1
1997 Caterham Super 7 (prisoner edition)
1997 Mazda MX5
1998 Rover Mini cooper Sport
1999 BMW Z3M
2004 Honda S2000
2006 Honda S2000
2006 Audi RS4
2007 Vauxhall Tigra
2007 Ford Mondeo
2016 VW Golf
2018 Peugeot 5008
2016 Toyota Auris Hybrid
2018 Ford Mondeo Hybrid
3rd August 2018
Andy Dawson, a former World Rally Championship driver and team manager, turned top mileage miser, has been entered a Ford hybrid in the Layer Marney Cup, the unique fuel consumption trial first run in 1914. This year’s event will be held on Sunday August 12th starting from St Osyth’s Abbey near Jaywick, Essex.
For almost a decade Dawson (71) from Milton Keynes has been a regular contender and winner in the two-day MPG Marathon event driving for the Ford Motor Company. For the Layer Marney Cup, he will compete in the latest Ford Mondeo Hybrid and is looking to be the first person to officially exceed 100 mpg in a petrol powered car and set an all-time Layer Marney record.
Dawson’s roster of success in the Fleet World MPG Marathon includes overall victory two years ago in a Ford Mustang (based on percentage increase on the manufacturer’s official mpg figures), winning the overall petrol class last year in a Fiesta at 97 mpg and he was the first man on the event to exceed 100 mpg in a diesel Fiesta four years ago.
Dawson’s earlier successes back in the 1970s include outright victories in the Tour of South Africa in a Mazda, the Mintex International Rally in a Lancia Stratos and third overall in the RAC Rally. He later drove for and managed the Datsun factory rally team and the 555 Rally Team which twice won the Hong Kong-Beijing Rally.
But Dawson’s regular co-driver Andrew Marriott will not be at his side for the Layer Marney Cup, instead he will be competing in a separate entry. The film and TV producer/broadcaster will drive his own 1963 Turner-BMC Mk3 with his wife Caroline. Dawson has not yet named his co-driver.
The entry list for the event, which was revived in 2015 after the original trophy was discovered in a loft, will include some of the regulars but also cars not seen on the event before including a 1954 Dellow Mk2 and a rare Lancia Lambda, an Italian design from the the 1920s which pioneered independent suspension and a load bearing unitary body.
Another superb classic car from the same era is the 1927 Humber Tourer 14/4 driven by Foster Jones, a regular on the run. But another Layer Marney regular Steven Bardwell’s Unic will not compete this year due to its age. But it will be on display at the finish of the 75 mile route around Essex. A sister car won the inaugural event in 1914 driven by Mr F.C. Byford at 42.26 mpg.
The entry list is split into twelve classes starting with a Pre 1915 category and then with ten year increments to the present day. Dawson, however, will be in Class 12 for Hybrid cars.
The route initially takes cars northwards via some of Essex’s best known coastal towns before tracking the River Stour and then into “Constable Country” before a lunch halt at Stratford St Mary. The final leg takes cars south and to the east of Colchester and via Tiptree and to the finish at the Layer Marney Tower.
Entries are still open to all owners of classic and post classic cars by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. On Saturday evening there will be a Motoring Gala Dinner at the magnificent Layer Marney Banqueting Hall with former Ford competitions boss and After Dinner Speaker of the Year Stuart Turner as the host. Tables and places are still available.
2nd August 2018
The Layer Marney Cup can trace its history back to June 6th 1914. Its inaugural run was won by Mr FC Byford, who covered the course driving a Unic at 42.26 miles per gallon.
Unic was a French manufacturer founded in 1905, and active as an automobile producer until July 1938, after which it concentrated on the truck business, being one of the leading French makes. In 1966 it was taken over by Fiat and eventually merged into Iveco in 1975.
This year, a Unic owned by Steve Bardwell will run in the event, over 100 years after the original. The car will be on show on 12th August. In the meantime, a gallery of images is available to view below.
26th July 2018
The Layer Marney Classic's inaugural Gala Dinner will include an after-dinner speech from the highly entertaining Stuart Turner, one of the 20th Century's leading motorsport figures, a former Competitions Director at BMC then Ford Motor Company (at Boreham) and a winner of the coveted Benedictine After Dinner Speaker of the Year Award.
Stuart has had a lifelong involvement with motorsport. After being British Champion Co-driver for 3 years he moved into team management, first with BMC where he led them to several Monte Carlo Rally wins and later with Ford where, as Director of Motorsport, he was responsible for their race and rally programmes across Europe. Under his leadership, Ford won both World and European Championships.
In 1999, he published his autobiography, Twice Lucky: My Life in Motorsport, which including a foreword from a legend of the sport, Jackie Stewart. Stuart will be donating his fee from the Gala Dinner to the Stewart’s Charity “Race against Dementia”
16th July 2018
The organisers of the unique and historic Layer Marney Cup motoring event have today revealed a mainly coastal route for this year’s run which takes place on Sunday August 12th. Starting and finishing at magnificent Essex Stately Homes, the 80-mile event can be treated as both a Petrol Consumption Trial, as originally conceived in 1914, and a classic and post-classic car run.
Entries are still open and competitors may opt in or out of the actual petrol consumption trial aspect of the run. Another unique feature of what is now a popular addition to the classic car calendar is the class structure. There are 12 classes, starting with Pre -1915 and then in ten year increments to Class 11 , 2005 to the present day. A final hybrid class has been added this year.
The 2018 run’s start will be at the former Augustinian Canon’s home known as St Osyth’s Abbey which dates to the 11th century, by kind permission of the owner Tim Sergeant. This stunning Monastery is not open to the general public.
The route will initially head south to the seaside village of Jaywick, then along the coast via the seaside resorts of Clacton, Frinton and Walton, around Pennyhole Bay to the port of Harwich. The route then heads westwards tracking the River Stour through Wrabness, Mistley and Manningtree and then into “Constable Country” through Dedham to the lunch halt at Hall Farm, Stratford St Mary.
After the stop, the competitors will head south and to the east of Colchester, and then via Wivenhoe, Rowhedge, Fingringhoe and over the Abberton Reservoir to a re-fuelling stop at the town of Tiptree, known for its jam factory. Then it is a just a few miles to the finish at magnificent Layer Marney Tower, the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in Britain. Here the cars will be on display for the rest of the afternoon together with other static motoring exhibits. A motoring banquet will be held at Layer Marney on Saturday evening, which is open to the public.
Entries are now open via the website at the cost of £55 which includes lunch for two and a souvenir finisher’s award. Click here for more.
12th July 2018
The 2018 Layer Marney Cup is now just one month away.
The petrol consumption trial, which dates back to 1914, was recreated by Sheila Carrington 101 years later, continuing in 2016 and 2017 with a route of approximately 70 miles, finishing in front of Layer Marney Tower.
This year, Sheila has joined forces with motorsport marketing business, Pit Lane Productions, to extend the event from a ‘Rally’ to a ‘Classic’, to combine the Layer Marney Cup with a Gala Dinner, with further initiatives, including an Autojumble, set to be introduced in 2019 and beyond.
29th June 2018
The 2018 Layer Marney Cup will start from St Osyth’s Priory, it has been confirmed.
Situated on an estuary formed by the junction of the rivers Stour and Blackwater, about ten or twelve miles south east from Colchester, the magnificent priory building, dating largely from the 12th century, is the most imposing monastic foundation to survive in Essex and in keeping with the culture and tradition of the Layer Marney Cup.
Entries for this year’s fuel conservation trial have been flowing in, with classic cars including the Allard M Type and Dellow MkII set to run over the 70 mile course from 10.30am on Sunday 12th August.
6th April 2018
One of the UK’s oldest safety belt companies, Quick Fit Safety Belt Service, has confirmed its sponsorship of the Layer Marney Cup Gala Dinner. Formed in 1962, the London-based business specialises in reproducing and fitting seat belts for classic and vintage cars.
“We are delighted to support Sheila Charrington as she looks to enhance the event for the benefit of its participants,” enthuses Stuart Quick, Managing Director, Quick Fit Safety Belt Service. “We see a close synergy between the cars that run in the Layer Marney Cup and the high-quality workmanship of our own business. All of our products meet the most stringent British and European safety standards and are backed by over 50 years of experience. Our philosophy is that the enjoyment of owning and driving a beautiful machine should extend to the aesthetics and comfort of the seat belt.”
Quick Fit Safety Belt Service retails seat belts, racing harnesses and other restrain systems for all types of vehicles. Its premises are equipped with static test facilities and it is the only company in the world that manufactures and fits seat belts under one roof.
16 August 2017
It was a scene from a bygone era as participants arrived to fill up at Central Garage, the Gulf Filling Station in London Road, Newport before competing for the Layer Marney Cup. On hand to assist with the fuelling were Central Garage owner Jon McGee and his father Tony, who managed the requirements of participants on and off the forecourt.
“It was a wonderful morning for ourselves and our many regular customers who came along to watch, some of the cars were over 80 years old with fuel caps where you’d least expected them,” explains Jon. “We were very pleased to support the event and bring something different to the village.”
The Layer Marney Cup is a fuel conservation trial based upon the original 1914 event, which took place just two months after the start of World War I, and is now open to latest petrol hybrids as well as the earliest road cars.
The organisers try to include cars for every era and each category is judged upon a fuel consumption to weight ratio. At one point during the day, there was a queue of around 20 cars along the London Road waiting to top up with fuel.
Organiser Sheila Charrington, who resurrected the event in 2014, confirms: “70 cars took part, Gulf once again kindly supported the event with fuels and goodie bags and the participants were blessed with sunshine and a 60 mile route that showcased the beautiful Essex countryside in all its glory.”
The event is run over a carefully selected course, starting from the Gulf forecourt then, from the front lawn of Audley End House near Saffron Walden, following a relaxing and picturesque route before stopping off for lunch at the Colne Valley Railway near Halstead, finally arriving for afternoon tea and the awards presentation at Layer Marney Tower.
This year’s winner was a 2017 Citroen DS3, with a gallons to tonne ratio of 67.80. Vintage cars such as the 1920 Bugatti T13 and 1931 Rolls Royce Maythorne 20/25 also took part, completing the course at a ratio of 13.43 and 25.74 respectively.