The name ‘Roadside Motorsport’ came about because our car preparation and servicing has always been carried out on the driveway or roadside in all weathers by us.

We are both members of Forresters Car Club Limited based in Cwmbran, South Wales. This is where we first met to ‘team up’ and start rallying at grass roots level, competing in single venue tarmac rally events such as the Patriot stages in Caerwent, Peter Lloyd stages in Pembrey and the EMCOS stages in Down Ampney.

Our motivation to take part in rallying is simple - we do it for fun! Make no mistake about it - we are realists and know that there is no six figure sponsorship deal waiting round the corner for us to compete in the WRC – our lack of talent and age definitely put the kybosh on that!

Driver - Ian Williams

Ian is 38 years old, married to Helen, is the proud Dad to son Evan and daughter Seren, and lives in Newport.  Drives on events and makes tea, passes the spanners and generally tries to learn from Andy when servicing and preparing the rally car. Ian is in charge of polishing and making the car look pretty prior to events, Ian does love the tyre silk!

Co-Driver - Andy Campling

Andy is 35 years old, also married to Helen (not the same Helen!), navigates on events and also lives in Newport.  Andy is the technical expert in this crew and has the knowledge and know-how in keeping the car serviced and prepared.  Andy does love a curry and a few beers the night before an event, much to Ian's annoyance - but gives the car a spicy aroma and extra horse power!

So....How did I end up rallying then....(Ian's story)

Well…..bit of a story really. 

I first became really interested in rallying at the end of 1995 after Colin McRae had won the World Rally Championship Drivers title and being based in Newport, headed into the South Wales forests in November for the 1996 Network Q Rally GB and from then on I was hooked. Prior to McRae’s championship title, rally coverage on British TV was scarce; I can vaguely remember as a kid watching rally cross coverage on a Saturday afternoon with Dickey Davies on ITV’s World of Sport!!

It was in 2001 though that I took my first step into tasting rally driving when my then girlfriend, (now wife), Helen, bought me a half days rally day at Down Ampney airfield near Swindon with Gwynne-Speed Rally School (Andy Gwynne).

Up until this point my disposable income had always been spent on nice road cars and my first tidy hot hatch was a ‘H’ plated 205 1.9 GTi, finished in jet black which was a peach of a car that I absolutely cherished having driven bangers before that.

So when I pulled into Down Ampney Airfield (which was only just coming back into Motorsport use after the previous years foot and mouth outbreak), to see two group ‘N’ spec 205’s to have a play in, as you can imagine, I was really pleased. 

I really, really enjoyed the day (obviously) and won the small time trial that was done at the end of the day with the other competitors. Anyway, being a nosey bugger I queried ‘How difficult is it to get involved in rallying and eventually own you own car; it’s a bit of a rich mans game isn’t it?’ to one of the instructors who owned his own mk11 Escort – a fella by the name of Mark Fisher of Martech Motorsport – I see him around on a couple of the single venue events that we do nowadays too.

 Mark’s advice was straight forward and has served me well. ‘Not necessarily’ he told me. ‘The first thing you need to do is join a Motorsport club and get out and marshal, maybe even do a bit of navigating to see if you do enjoy competing. Actually getting to drive need not be too difficult either. You can pick up one of these 205 GTi’s in the free ads for around £500, granted it won’t be a minter but then you will probably add to the battle scars on the body work anyway. And if you don’t then you’re not trying hard enough! About another £1000 or so will see you get your cage and safety equipment installed and log booked so if you were to budget for around £2000 then that would be a fair guess. You won’t have the most competitive car on the field, far from it, but you will get out and have your fun and you can build on things from there. Alternatively if you have a bit more money to spend then buy one that’s already built and log-booked.’ Fair play I thought.

So in early 2002 I joined Forresters Car Club and got involved in marshalling, timekeeping and signing on a few events which also gave me the opportunity to speak to club members who owned and run their own cars. I met a club member, Malcolm Hoskins, who was in the process of building his own tarmac rally prepared 205. I started competing in 2003 as a navigator with Malcolm at single venue tarmac events. Eventually in 2004 I bought my first road rally prepared 205. At about the same time Andy and Helen Campling joined Forresters Car Club and I first got to talk to them at a club organised karting afternoon. Andy said he fancied getting involved at competing level and I told him there was a seat in my car if he fancied it and wasn’t expecting the driver to set the world alight. Our first event together was The Wye Valley Charity Stages held at the Builth Wells Royal Welsh Showgrounds. 

Since then we have improved on the specification of the car and competed when we are able. It’s not been vast averaging about 3-4 events a year due to other commitments. And the rest, as they say, is history.