Harrogate - Bristol
From its inception in 1932, the RAC Rally has been at the pinnacle and forefront of motor sport worldwide, it has attracted many of the leading lights to compete in what has always been regarded as one of the toughest and challenging events ever. That first year saw no less than 341 competitors leave the start from nine different towns and converge on the seaside town of Torquay. Each different starting point comprised a route of around 1000 miles with four check points along the way. There was no official winner but the ‘competitor with fewest penalties’ went to Colonel A H Loughborough in his Lanchester.
After the war, the RAC Rally was renamed ‘The RAC Rally of the Tests’ and resumed with a much more demanding format with more emphasis on the driving tests and navigational challenges that are such an important part of the Rally of the Tests we know today. Bournemouth was its finishing point in 1951. Best performance went to Ian and Pat Appleyard who would go on to be an inspiration to other competitors during the fifties and into the sixties. The event proved so popular that only the Suez Canal Crisis in 1957 and the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 1967 could prevent it running annually – the RAC Rally was here to stay.
It was a golden era for rallying, entries would often soar above 200 with many of the ‘Works’ teams fielding entries – the interest in the competitors and cars was huge and gave rise to many household names. The fifties saw a shift from the touring style of event of the thirties into one that challenged both driver and navigator alike with driving tests and legs during both the day and night time. 1960 was the final running of ‘the RAC Rally of the Tests’ after the organisers had negotiated the use of a three-mile section of forest road in Argyll, Scotland that proved so popular that the following year the forests of the UK were opened up to the event.
In 1961, the RAC Rally of the Forests was born, it was to be a ground-breaking move that cemented the future of stage rallying in the UK and was won by Erik Carlsson who was navigated by HERO founder John Brown in a Saab 96.
HERO are delighted to announce that with the continued support of the Royal Automobile Club and RAC Motoring Services we will continue to grow the event in its current and authentic format. We invite you to take part in this historic occasion, we are sure it will capture the imagination and affection of the public as they witness these magnificent vehicles and crews battling for supremacy once again.
(1200 km) (TBC)
(Cars built before this date)
Non Premier members
Premier Members (HPM)
This event runs under the regulations of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA)
1. Entries are only accepted on receipt of a completed online application form and the deposit of £300 being received
2. The entry is only confirmed once the balance is received on or before the due date of 31st July 2018
The first leg of the event is designed to give crews a taste of the upcoming three days. Set in the classic rallying territory of North Yorkshire, this year's extended Prologue will see a couple of hours of competition in the dark comprising of Regularities and Tests.
From Harrogate it started. We truly hope that this event won't encounter the treacherous conditions that prompted the classic film of the 1971 RAC Rally, but who knows? We venture into new territory on this leg as we head south towards our overnight halt in the East Midlands.
We head west today and then further south. Crossing into Wales, you will be challenged and tested by some of the most fantastic driving roads in the UK- and possibly some of the best private land based sections too! We overnight in South Wales prior to the final leg which will be based in the south-west of England.
The Final Day.
Leaving Wales behind, a journey into the myriad of lanes that form Somerset and surrounding counties. This will be a press-on final leg with tests and regularities aplenty - with the distinct possibility of some 'challenges' provided by Guy and Anthony to keep you on your toes. You will be welcomed to the RAC Control Centre for some tests before the people of Bristol welcome you to their town for the finish - who will be the winner?
|1||Ed Abbott||Pieter van Leusden||Jaguar XJ-S||5343||1980|
|2||John Abel||Mark Appleton||Sunbeam Tiger||4700||1965|
|3||Stuart Anderson||Leigh Powley||Bentley Derby 4 1/4||4257||1936|
|4||Adrian Barwick||Simon Arscott||Austin Healey 3000||3000||1960|
|5||Paul Bloxidge||Ian Canavan||Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7||2687||1974|
|6||Richard Harrison||Peter Boyce||MG B GT||1798||1975|
|7||Bronwyn Burrell||Suzanne Barker||Austin Maxi||1750||1969|
|8||Dermot Carnegie||Paul Bosdet||Volvo PV544||1800||1959|
|9||Piet Cassimon||Ronnie Vissers||FORD LOTUS CORTINA||1558||1967|
|10||Phil Cheek||Chris Rhodes||Hillman Hartwell Sprint avenger||1600||1969|
|1||Jeremy Vaughan||TBA||Triumph TR4||2138||1962|
The outline route for this event has now been finalised so it is time to seek your help and support to make it another successful year.
The event start is in Harrogate with a Prologue in the local area on the Thursday evening.
Leg 1, on Friday 9th November, takes the event from Harrogate south to the Birmingham area.
Leg 2 heads west into Wales via a route to the north of the West Midlands conurbation and to an overnight halt at the Celtic Manor just outside Newport.
The final leg takes the event through the west country to finish back in Bristol at the RAC Headquarters building.
We already have over 100 entries. There is the usual smattering of Amazons, Cooper S’s, Escorts and Porsches with the oldest entrant being the 1936 Bentley Derby of Stuart Anderson.
Ian Butcher is the Chief Marshal for the fourth year, he would love to hear from you. So if you can help us by marshaling on any section of the event please click here and sign up