Manx Classic 2020

The Manx Motor Racing Club has sent us an invite to their annual Manx Classic on April 30th till May 2nd 2020.

This event includes 3 Hillclimbs in 3 days with courses at:

The Sloc (1.06mls)    –   Creg Willey’s (1.39mls)    –   Lhergy Frissell (1.48mls)

These are 3 of the longest hillclimb venues in the Uk and being the Isle of Man all are on closed public roads.

Event regulations were not yet available at the time of writing but you can register yout interest in this unique event by emailing entries@manxmotorracing.com

The Manx Motor Racing Club will then forward event regulations and entry details to you once they are available.

Take a look at http://www.manxmotorracing.com/

 

Manx Classic 2020

Highland 3 Day 2019 Report by Keith and Linda Lewin.

The seed was sown after the 2018 LAC Coast to Coast run. We had taken part in our Triumph TR4, our son Mark with his wife Katy in their Morris Minor 1000 (nicknamed Cherry) and our Grandson Kyle with his Dad Paul as navigator in his Morris Minor 1000. Mark and Kyle said they wanted to do the Highland 3 Day and I got roped in. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, Kyle wasn’t able to enter and Katy had to be home with the children. We roped in my brother, Michael, as navigator for Mark and Linda would navigate for me assuming she could stay awake! For backup, I would follow Mark and we fitted CB radios.

Team’s Lewin                        Team Livesey and Brown on top of the world

Linda and I were already in Scotland having been to the Bo’ness Revival and Hillclimb and then on to a TR Register Highland Tour so we arranged to meet at the Rosslea Hall Hotel. Fortunately, the weather had changed for the better as it had been a miserable couple of weeks weather wise.

Day 1

Saw us leave the Rosslea Hall Hotel in thick mist, equipped with our tulip diagram Route Book, an alternative route for later in the day and a diagram of the Glen Coe Auto Test. At this point, it is probably important to say it is advisable if you or your navigator can have a quick read through these documents to save, in my case, embarrassment later. We soon left the main road, joining the Glen Fruin road where, as we descended to the main A82, the sun started to burn through and we had glorious sunny weather for the rest of the day. At the top of the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, we took the single-track road heading for Loch Goilhead followed by Inveraray, Glen Orchy, Rannoch Moor and the head of Glen Coe. The Glencoe Mountain Resort was the venue for lunch and the first part of the “Gymkhana”.

The rest and be thankful    Glen Coe test         Malaig Ferry

The test consisted of two runs through a course of cones, the object being to achieve the same time on both runs. Having watched a couple of cars do their first run, Linda remarked that “they didn’t go very fast, we can beat them”. Never having had the green light before, the blood rushed, I missed a cone and then found out what the rules were. Ah well, there would be another chance on the final day.

Balmacara Hotel

 

After lunch we took the Corran Ferry before passing along the shores of Loch Sunart through the ancient oak forest on single track roads heading for the 3pm ferry at Mallaig. At this stage, we realised time was tight if we were going to make it and a particularly slow driver who antagonised even the locals didn’t help. Once clear, Mark unleashed all 48 horses (well, some may have escaped over the years) under the hood of Cherry and we managed to catch the ferry over to Skye by the skin of our teeth with Stuart and Linda Mason who had been following us. Some drivers were already on board and some had to catch the later 4pm ferry.

Glen Elg Kyle Rhea Ferry                 Dinner at the Balmacara Hotel

From the Isle of Skye, we elected to take the alternative route over the last remaining manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland. The main route was over the Skye Bridge. The Glenelg ferry runs from Kyle Rhea to Glenelg and generally takes six cars. Loading was tricky as, being the last car to load, my exhaust locked onto the quay and didn’t want to board. The crew’s experience showed and by getting the two cars in front to reverse and then coordinating a simultaneous move forward, we were on. Final destination of the day was at the Balmacara Hotel where we arrived soon after. A Navigation Exercise was available which many completed but we opted for a much-needed drink in the bar. With, hindsight, we should have done it.

Loch Carron                                                              Bealach na Ba

 

Inner sound of Harris

 

 

 

 

Day 2

Was another glorious sunny day with not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky. Again, the day’s route book was handed out after breakfast along with an alternative route taking in the Applecross Loop over the classic Bealach na Ba pass (Pass of the Cattle). In addition, there was a navigation test for the morning and afternoon sections. These would be the first we had ever done but, being fairly competent with maps, we were confident we wouldn’t make total idiots of ourselves. As with the Glenelg Ferry, we were determined to do the Applecross alternative and were confident that both cars were up to it. The reasoning was if we’ve come this far, we’re going to see the highlights. And what highlights they were. The climb up the pass was exhilarating with hairpin after hairpin up to the summit at 2000 feet. Both cars performed admirably with Cherry leading the way showing you don’t need big powerful cars to take part. As Mark said, back in the sixties, these were the everyday cars making the climb. The views over to the isles of Raasay and Rona, set in beautiful dark blue to shimmering emerald seas were magnificent. I accept that we had the perfect day but, on a day like that, I challenge anyone to find better, more majestic and magnificent scenery anywhere on earth.

Navigation test

Just before the lunch stop at the Loch Ness Hotel, we undertook our very first Navigation Exercise. Fortunately, Mark and Michael studied the map before leaving the Balmacara hotel in the morning and all we had to do was take the correct turns on the road and spot the relevant marker boards to prove we had gone the right way. Great fun with added confusion and self-doubt when cars were passed going the opposite way.

An excellent buffet lunch was served at the hotel following which we set off for the run to the afternoon Navigation Exercise and Nethybridge. It turned out, Linda and I were still looking for marker boards several miles after the exercise had finished and the route re-joined. If only Linda could manage to stay awake!

Netheybridge Hotel

Day 3

Overcast and a little gloomy, we checked the cars and were surprised to see two Trabants in the car park. Their rally boards stating “Bugger Bognor. 50th Anniversary Road Run Sussex to Cape Wrath”. All credit to them!

Soon after the start, there was a scheduled round of the gymkhana arranged and a chance to redeem myself. Unfortunately, there were two Motorhomes parked up on the car park and it appeared they were still asleep. It was deemed prudent, to save the good name of the Club, to abandon the test rather than wake them up to the screeching of tyres and revving engines. The morning route took us through Dalwhinnie and over the Drumochter Summit on the A9. On the way to the lunch stop, we passed somewhere in the region of 30 – 40 Maserati cars travelling in the opposite direction, their number plates showing they were from all over Europe.

After another excellent lunch in Kenmore we left and were soon into another Navigation Exercise. By now, the rain was continuous staying with us as we passed through Crianlarich and along the shores of Loch Lomond till we were arriving back at the Rosslea Hall Hotel where it had virtually stopped.

Overall, the cars performed perfectly, only needing a little oil top up. The scenery was breath-taking, the roads challenging and remarkably well surfaced in the main ranging from single track roads to fast A roads. The hotels and meals were first class and welcoming. The weather was fantastic up to the last day so yes, the sun does shine in Scotland and when it does, you are in for a real treat. The company was warm and friendly and the organisation was outstanding. It is difficult to express our thanks to Mike Raven and his team adequately. It is obviously a well organised team that he has and it must take an enormous amount of time to organise. Thanks again to everyone involved.

Would we do it again?

Definitely. Hopefully next time with three generations in two Morris Minor 1000s and a TR4.

Regrets?

Only the one.

Mike is taking a well-earned rest in 2020 after 21 years organising the tour. Hopefully, he will return fully reenergised in 2021 and we will definitely put our names down.

Thanks again for a great weekend.

Keith and Linda Lewin.

LAC | Christmas Get Together – The Edisford Bridge Hotel – Thursday 12th December 2019

Dear Member,

Christmas Get Together

As the end of the year approaches the Lancashire Automobile Club will once again be hosting its Christmas get together at The Edisford Bridge Hotel on Thursday 12th December 2019 where in a traditional setting you’ll be able to enjoy a two-course meal in the company of friends and colleagues.

As places are limited it’s advised that an early booking be made by returning the attached form (below), together with remittance, to Eileen Dyson.

The club thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to seeing you on the night.

Kind Regards,

Lancashire Automobile Club

LAC 2019 Christmas Get Togther Form

Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Conference 12th October 2019

Adrian Dean reviews Katya (Kate) Sullivan’s Presentation

‘TOWARDS A VALUES-BASED AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE APPROACH’

Katya presented her views on broadening the appeal of historic vehicle ownership to a wider section of the community with the emphasis of greater involvement of families and young people. She takes a radical look at the various car sub-cultures and quotes examples of how these have developed in America and Scandinavia.

Katya discusses perceptions that young people don’t care about cars and that nations are increasingly planning to regulate internal combustion engines into oblivion. She adds that automotive preservation cultures are flourishing around the world. They may not be engaging with automotive heritage in the ‘right way’- that is as envisaged by self-appointed cultural stewards, heritage groups, museums, and other institutionalised preservation organisations.

In her presentation, Katya claims it’s not about the car but what it means to us. The car means different things to different people at different times and is influenced by culture, socioeconomic groups, age etc.

Katya compares examples of car meets in America and Scandinavia:
Vintage Chevrolet Club of America
Founded 1961, the focus is on points judging. Driving activity is only of secondary importance. There are 7,500 members but there has been a decline of approximately 1,000 in the last 5 years.
AMCAR (Norway)
Founded in 1975 for the enjoyment of American cars. The primary focus is on improving the automotive environment. There are social and driving activities with some points judging. With17,000 members, AMCAR engages in lobbying activity.
In July 2015 at Lillestrøm, there were more than 5,000 people in attendance including a significant presence of women, children and families
There were more than 3,000 cars, driving activities and thousands of cruise spectators but no judging, no hierarchy and few trailers.
Power Big Meet (Sweden)
The largest American car show in the world is held at Västerås, Sweden. It has been held each July since 1978 and attracts more than 20,000 cars. There are two sections; upscale, family-friendly classic car show and a chaotic, anything-goes raggare show. (Raggare- Scandinavian sub-culture based on American greasers, hot rods, 50s music).
Power Big Meet is attended largely by millennials and GenZ and with a significant female participation. (Millennials-those who reached young adulthood in the early 21st century. GenZ – the demographic cohort immediately after millennials)
This event celebrates artistic decay and excess

What are the implications of Katya’s analysis?
As Katya has pointed out, different nationalities and different sociocultural groups interact with automotive history in different ways.
Should we engage these different groups and incorporate a more inclusive approach? If that is our aim, we should look at core patterns.
Katya identifies the following systems of interest:
• Static – museum piece
• Dynamic – daily driver
• Nostalgic – familiar
• Exotic – unusual
• Preservation – restoration
• Use – transformation

Our expectations must be flexible. Develop policy based on sociocultural preferences. Be willing to explore new paths. Listen to and engage with participants.

Challenges
Katya claims that FIVA and the Charter of Turin specifically discourage a key mode of participant engagement – that of transformation and questions whether there are other systems of interest that we are neglecting or de-legitimising?

In future, how do we balance respect for authenticity, historical preservation and sensitivity to participant preferences and values?
Participants construct their own values and meanings for objects based on their cultures and life stories.

• The best intentions of academics and professionals may not align with the values of participants.
• Automotive heritage appreciation and engagement is a heterogeneous, dynamic sphere.

Discussion
It was interesting to hear Katya’s description of the historic vehicle events in America and Scandinavia. The considerable interest in American cars of the 50s and 60s in Scandinavia may surprise those of us who are familiar with the UK historic vehicle scene. Also, it was significant that there has been a decline of 1,000 in the 7,500 membership of Vintage Chevrolet Club of America over the last five years where driving activity is seen as of secondary importance. Could it be that interest in parking your classic car in a field full of other classic cars is declining in America?

One of Katya’s suggestions that many enthusiasts will agree with is increasing the attractiveness of historic vehicles to a wider range of social groups by reaching out to them wherever they are. Currently under-represented in the UK are young people and women. Another issue mentioned by Katya is the importance of historic vehicles being seen on the highway by the public. The ‘Drive it Day’ promoted by the FBHVC addresses this and has gained prominence in recent years.

More historic vehicle events should be aimed at families and one such local event that is always a sell-out is the Lymm Historic Transport Day held in June, which attracts 8,000 visitors each year. This embodies many features that are advocated by Katya including a parade into the centre of Lymm by classic cars and a family friendly classic car show. There are also historic barges on the canal, model railways, traction engines, commercial vehicles, children’s activities, music and even a fly-past by historic WW2 fighter planes. This model goes a long way to broadening the public’s interest in historic vehicles and is a way to generate the interest of youngsters and their families.

Katya may have an uphill struggle convincing FIVA to increase the scope of the Charter of Turin to include the transformation of historic vehicles. There is a debate about converting historic vehicles to electric power but both FIVA and FBHVC do not accept that such conversions qualify as historic vehicles.

Adrian Dean

An Evening with Fuzz Townshend Wednesday 20th November Whalley Golf Club

An evening with Fuzz Townshend, Master Mechanic from Channel 4’s Car SOS
The Lancashire Automobile Club is delighted to announce its latest motor sport supper evening which will feature Fuzz Townshend, the master mechanic from ChanneI 4’s Car SOS.
As is customary, the event will take place in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of Whalley Golf Club on Wednesday 20th November 2019.
Tickets are priced at £10 each, and includes a light supper of lasagne, and can be secured by completing the attached application form.
As with previous events, tickets are likely to sell quickly so secure yours today and don’t miss out on what promises to be another enjoyable and informative evening.

The LAC thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to seeing you on the night.

The Lancashire Automobile Club
Fuzz Townshend_Ticket Form

Twilight Tour 10th September 2019

It was into the early evening on the 10th September that 28 motors departed Whalley Golf Club.

The aptly named event was organised by Lancashire Automobile Club members Alan Ridehalgh and Andy Stanworth to provide a little plotting and navigational exercise around a 54 mile route. This followed on from a recent ‘Taster’ event, keeping the format relatively simple to encourage those less experienced at these events to have a go.

Flagged off at one minute intervals, the entrants made their way to the first control, just off the A6068 Padiham bypass, where ‘Porkys’ mobile cafe is to be found – surprisingly not open for business at 6.30pm! Here we were briefly held whilst a 10-question challenge was thrust through the navigator’s window. Only 60 seconds allowed for this motorsport-based brain teaser, I can barely read that fast, let alone think!

What was effectively a transit section took us to Haggate above Brierfield before heading for Trawden via Catlow Bottoms, where the ford provided a great location for Dean Williams to photograph the cars through the water splash.  Arriving at Laneshawbridge, we headed east to the Yorkshire border before turning north to go via Lothersdale and Broughton, all the time keeping alert to spot the code boards, essential to confirm our passage along the correct route. But just to maintain the pressure, additional observational demands were made in the form of clues to be noted.  My navigator who shall be obeyed (my wife Sue) expressed displeasure at my inability to slow sufficiently to pick up the name of the Vicar of ‘wherever’ displayed on the ‘wherever’ church notice board!  Spotting these clues became more of a challenge as the gloom set in.

The route took us west on the A59 passing East and West Marton, but care was needed to identify the tiny grass triangle separating two acute right turns – yes there was a code board on the correct leg!  Now heading for Hellifield, but not quite getting there, sharp left down to Halton Bridge and more dastardly clues to pick up.  Headlights now on to illuminate very narrow lanes and the odd wayward critter, we followed a less than direct route to Bolton-by-Bowland, and just for good measure – pub names now to be noted (not visited).

Via Sawley, and briefly on and off the A59 to go through Chatburn and Downham to complete a loop through Worston and back onto the A59.  Nearly there we think. Up and over the ‘Nick’ (of Pendle) to be flagged into the final control off the road on the descent to Sabden. What’s this – another sheet of 10 questions?  Brains were scrambled and responses pathetic – let’s get back to the Golf Club and find the bar!

Supper was served and exploits/excuses exchanged. What a great night – well organised and executed and entertainment for all.

Andrew Ogden

PS If you want to see more photos from the event Dean Williams was out at the ford on the night.

He got most of the entrants as they passed through. Take a look at https://www.flickr.com/photos/143707145@N03/albums/72157710829606756

Coast ot Coast 2019

Coast to Coast Saturday 13th July 2019

We significantly changed the route for 2019. Normally we keep the same lunch halt which has been at Akebar Park for many years. However, whilst we were happy with the venue eventually you run out of roads to use.

So to open up pastures new we went looking for an alternative and found The Inn at South Stainley just north of Harrogate. Venues with the amenities we need are few and far between. They have to be able to cope with around 150 people arriving in around 40 minutes, be able to serve them and enable them to get on their war in 55minutes as well as provide adequate parking and be flexible on time for serving lunch. The Inn ticked all the boxes so we were able to go further south than usual.

The route started from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe at 08.30 and went out to Halton and Caton before taking in the Trough of Bowland and Slaidburn to a coffee and comfort stop at The Anchor in Gargrave.

From there we travelled east through Grassington and Pateley Bridle towards Ripon. Just before Fountains Abbey we turned right to go through Markington and south to The Inn at South Stainley. The first car arrived about 11.20.

After a good buffet the cars left going east to Aldwark Bridge and then through Castle Howards grounds and into the Yorkshire Moors passing through Cropton and the fords from the opening shots of All Creatures Great and Small. The next Control was at Scripps Garage in Goathland a popular stop on previous events.

We took advantage of some newly surface roads to make our way to the finish at Dunsley Hall via Grosmont and Sandsend (to complete the coast to coast adventure. The first car reaching Dunsley Hall at around 3.20pm.

We were greeted at Dunsley Hall by the Mayor of Scarborough and parked on their front lawn for an informal Concours d’Elegance. Whilst the judging took place the entrants enjoyed a buffet and had a good natter about the days motoring.

The Mayor chose the Ford Mustang as the car she wished she could take home and our acting president, Andrew Ogden, stepped in to select the President’s Choice after being banned from choosing a certain red Alfa Romeo! The President’s choice went to the 1953 Mercedes.

 

After saying goodbyes to those who chose to return home or who had booked accommodation elsewhere those staying at Dunsley Hall had an enjoyable evening before returning home on the Sunday.

Many thanks to all the organisers and Marshals who made the day possible and of course all the entrants who brought their fine motor cars for us to enjoy.

Chris Lee

Manchester to Blackpool 2019

57th Manchester to Blackpool Run Sunday 9th June 2019
 The Lancashire Automobile Club must live a charmed life at present (here’s hoping it continues on July 13th!) for after our escape from storm Hannah on the St Georges Day Run we got the only dry day for weeks (and weeks) for our Manchester to Blackpool.
As usual the organisers had found some ‘new’ roads for the entrants to enjoy and had a new coffee stop lined up (at the very last minute following the sudden closure of The Duke of Wellington). More on this later!
The start was from Worsley Old Hall who opened early to serve coffee and refreshments. The entry included 16 pre war cars amongst the 54 entrants. As usual we had two intertwining routes with a Direct Route (avoiding steep inclines and somewhat shorter) and a Scenic Route (more challenging to car and driver with a somewhat longer mileage and higher expected average speed).
Both routes ran out from Worsley and up onto the A6 before going through Lostock to the Bolton Ring Road. Here the routes split with the Scenic going up to Belmont and across to Chapeltown before joining the Direct route which had followed the ring road before going towards Ramsbotham.
After meeting up the routes ran past Helmshore Mill and onto the Grane Road to the coffee halt and Control. Unfortunately the manager was expecting us at 09.00 (we don’t know why as we had said 10.00!) and was not happy. He then stopped serving coffees as he said he had to prepare for the lunch opening. These things can happen when you are on the last minute organising things but it does mean we are looking for a new venue next year. Many thanks to the marshal crew who kept things moving with the minimum of fuss.
After the Coffee halt the routes again split with the Direct Route following the Blackburn Ring Road and then up to Mellor. In the meantime the Scenic Route ran out to Sabden and over the Nick o’Pendle to travel through Great Harwood and rejoin the Direct Route at Mellor.
The two routes then went through Cuerdale and Lostock Hall to our traditional control at Bowker BMW and MINI, Preston Dock. They were then on the home run travelling south of the Dock and out to Freckleton on their way to a Control at Wrea Green. From there it was onto Lytham and Blackpool for a finish at Stanley Park where the finishers were greeted by the Mayor of Blackpool. The first cars arrived just after 13.30 in time to be judged for the Concours.
The weather was fantastic for the presentation and the following received Concours Awards:

Group 2                 Trevor and Jean Jackson – Car 9 Austin 7 Super Sports



Group 3                 Peter and Barbara Batty – Car 31 MGB Roadster

Group 4                 Andrew and Lindsay Ponsillo – Car 44 TVR Griffith 500
 
Overall Concours Award Ken Hadley Memorial Trophy

Nigel and Emma Hughes – Car 7 Singer Super 9 Sports

Judges Choice
Geoff Yates and Micheal Williamson – Car 19 Austin A40

Farina


Blackpool Corporation Trophy (Mayors Choice)
Ian and Sue Thompson – Car 8 Aston Martin Le Mans Tourer
As always many thanks to all involved.
PS on the way home the heavens opened -yes we were that lucky!

St Georges Day Run 2019

    St Georges Day Run 28th April 2019

The lead up to the event was somewhat stressful for the organisers. Anthony Taylor and his ‘team’. Storm Hannah was doing her worst with widespread flooding and downed trees being reported from most of the country. On the Friday, if weather reports were to be belived, serious consideration should be given to cancellation. The forecast for Saturday was for heavy rain and winds but it hinted things could improve on the Sunday and so it was to prove.
The entrants gathered at Blackburn Northern Sports to enjoy a bacon butty before the first car left at 10.00. The route went through Mellor and then south west after Osbaldeston. As we travelled away from Samlesburt we got into new territory for the event. The route took entrants throgh Hoghton out to Croston and as far as Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust befor turning east to go through Burscough and Parbold Hill to a new coffee halt at Heskin Hall at Heskin just outside Wrightington.

I say coffee halt but many entrants decided to stay longer enjoying a meal or simply exploring the hall and the handicrafts sale which was going on at the time. The team of Marshals kept things well organised, mant thanks to Glyn, Ronn, Nigel, Tony and the rest of the team. And many thanks to Heskin Hall for allowing us to use their premises.
From Heskin Hall the route went through Leyland and north of Chorley to enter the Rivington area with fantsic views of the reservoirs and out as far as Southport. From there it was over to Belmont and on to the Grane Road before looping back to Haslingden and north to Burnley. The home leg was over to Fence and round Pendle hill to complete a memorable journey back to Blackburn Northern Sports where Carolyn and Eileen were waiting having cleaned up from the mornings butties to lay on an impressive buffett.

First cars were back around 3.30 with the others coming home over the next hour or so.

As a footnote the effects of Hannah were to be seen all along the route with flooded fields and downed branches but fortunatley our route was unimpeaded and most of the day was in bright sunshine.

Many thanks to all involved in particular the organisers, marshals and the many entrants who made the day with some fantastic automobiles.

2019 Wales Rally GB

Wales Rally GB 2019

With a Ceremonial Start in Liverpool plus a visit to Oulton Park on the Thursday the provisional route for the 2019 World Rally GB is looking good!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Following a final pre-event Shakedown held this year for the first time in Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, on Thursday morning, all the competing teams will make their way to Liverpool for a high-profile Ceremonial Start on the Waterfront. The 2019 competitive action then blasts off at the popular Oulton Park circuit close to Chester on an exclusively designed special stage incorporating sections of the picturesque race track. It is the first time the well-known Cheshire motor sports venue has hosted the World Rally Championship since 1993 and, with good transport links, permanent infrastructure and great spectating facilities, Oulton Park’s re-appearance is sure to be welcomed by the large numbers living in the surrounding regions. It provides those based in major cities such as Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield – all within a 90-minute drive – a rare and not-to-be-missed opportunity to witness the extraordinary excitement served up by the World Rally Championship.

Following the dramatic Thursday evening curtain-raiser, the crews will head back to Llandudno in readiness for the forest stages that follow.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Taking advantage of the rally’s vibrant new base in Llandudno, Friday’s schedule is based in the forests of the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales. The day’s schedule features nine speed tests set either side of a lunchtime return to the busy Service Park located right in the heart of the historic resort town.

The day opens in the shadows of Mount Snowdon with classic stages in Conwy County’s forests of Elsi and Penmachno close to Betws-y-Coed and then heads further south towards Welshpool for timed tests in the revered Dyfnant and Aberhinant forests. All four stages are repeated in the afternoon with the second run through Aberhirnant taking place well after sunset in total darkness – always a crowd-pleaser.

Adding to the spectator experience, Friday afternoon’s programme also includes a revisit to the stage at Slate Mountain now with a new, upgraded surface laid since the venue was first used last October. Located at The Slate Caverns near Blaenau Ffestiniog, the destination is well-known to adrenalin-seekers for its mind-boggling underground adventures as well as being home to Zip World Titan, Europe’s first four-person zip line.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Billed again as ‘Super Saturday’, the rally’s longest and most demanding day features three epic special stages, all set in the mountains to the east of Aberystwyth with excellent spectating for the large numbers of weekend visitors, plus the new street stage on the seafront at Colwyn Bay.

Dyfi, Myherin and Hafren are true classics that always push crews to their limits and provide fans with some outstanding viewing opportunities. As last year, Hafren has been extended to incorporate the Sweet Lamb rally complex – always a fans’ favourite with its jumps and water splash.

All three stages are tackled twice with the second run through Myherin being screened live for television audiences right around the world. A lunchtime regroup on the busy streets of central Newtown punctuates the action.

Following the frenetic action in the forests of mid Wales, the WRC returns to the Service Park and overnight halt back in Llandudno via an all-new Saturday evening spectator stage on the recently-refurbished promenade in Colwyn Bay. Sited adjacent to the A55 and the North Wales Coast Line railway, the latest addition provides both rally fans and families in North Wales and north west of England – with a fantastic opportunity to experience the WRC in captivity away from its more natural habitat in the great outdoors. With donuts, hairpins and chicanes, they will not be disappointed.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

After Saturday’s arduous exploits in mid Wales, Sunday sees the WRC action return to north Wales with two tough forest stages close to the Llyn Brenig Reservoir, an adventure playground set high up in the heart of the Denbigh Moors. Both Alwen and Brenig tests are repeats of 2017 when the event was famously won by local hero Elfyn Evans. Both stages are run twice either side of a timed section around the iconic Great Orme peninsula and short mid-morning service halt back in Llandudno. The second visit to Brenig is the event’s concluding Wolf Power Stage, offering surviving crews the chance to score bonus championship points in front of a live global television audience.

After a brief TV podium for the overall winners at the Brenig Visitor Centre, official prize-giving for all those completing the 2019 Wales Rally GB will take place at the Ceremonial Finish on Llandudno Promenade, four full days after the intrepid crews originally set out from Liverpool.

2019 WALES RALLY GB DRAFT ROUTE

Thursday 3 October:
Shakedown: Gwydir
Ceremonial Start: Liverpool
SS1: Oulton Park
Overnight: Llandudno

Friday 4 October:
SS2: Elsi 1
SS3: Penmachno 1
SS4: Dyfnant 1
SS5: Aberhirnant 1
Service: Llandudno
SS6: Elsi 2
SS7: Penmachno 2
SS8: Slate Mountain
SS9: Dyfnant 2
SS10: Aberhirnant 2
Service and overnight: Llandudno

Saturday 6 October:
SS11: Dyfi 1
SS12: Myherin 1
SS13: Sweet Lamb Hafren 1
Regroup: Newtown
SS14: Myherin 2
SS15: Sweet Lamb Hafren 2
SS16: Dyfi 2
SS17: Colwyn Bay
Service and overnight: Llandudno

Sunday 6 October:
SS18: Alwen 1
SS19: Brenig 1
SS20: Great Orme
SS21: Alwen 2
SS22: Brenig 2 (Wolf Power Stage)
Ceremonial Finish: The Promenade, Llandudno