Back in the late 1970's and early 1980's many of the club's members were into rallying which seems to have consisted of  finding a very unsuitable and exposed site on which to have a camping weekend. The most important feature of which was a good pub within easy crawling distance, a few silly games and  plenty of bon ami.

Manchester 17 had its own version of this phenomena called, after a lot of difficult negotiations, the Dead Ants Rally. It was held in a field almost 500 meters above sea level belonging to good friend of the Manchester 17, Mr John Bowler of Torgate Farm (who died in 2016), at the junction of the Cat and Fiddle Road A537 and Ankers Lane (Macclesfield Old Road ??)  opposite what is now Peak View Tea Rooms in October. Handy for the Cat and Fiddle and cold biting wind!

below is the programme from the very first Dead Ants Rally 19-21 October 1979 (kindly supplied by Tim Sutherland) date base on newsletters available here