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RALLY NUTS STAGES | 2018

The 45th running of this Midlands Manor Motor Club organised event had some changes for this year, many will know it as The Severn Valley Stages (or going a little further back , The Mutiny). A move in its date being the main one from an early June slot in the rallying calendar (which it has held in more recent years) to Mid April this time around where it makes its welcomed return to BTRDA Rally Championships; of which it hasn’t been a part of since the eighties. This opportunity…

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RALLY NORTH WALES 2018

Organised by the Wolverhampton & Staffs car club, Rally North Wales which is now in its 60th year signified the beginning of the start in recovery for British gravel rallying, it was the first event to adopt the bold new initiative of the Rally2WD format; which is an attempt to rekindle support  for gravel rallying for both historic and two wheel drive cars. “We are very proud to be the first event in the country to utilise the Rally 2WD event format and we are very excited to see how…

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CAMBRIAN RALLY 2018

Llandudno once again was the host for the opening round of the 2018 BTRDA Rally Series alongside the Pirelli Welsh National Rally Championships. On Friday pre the rally; scrutineering gave rally fans a chance to get up close and personal with some stunning cars including the amazing ex Marku Allen liveried Fiat Abarth131 from Barry Jordon and  the Jordon Road Surfacing Rally team. In the run up to the event, organisers North Wales Car Club held their breaths as one year ago this event was cut short and eventually cancelled…

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WYEDEAN STAGES 2017 | WYE NOT?

Our final trip out into the trees this year was to the Forest of Dean for the Winner Garage Wyedean Stages Rally and the final round of 2017 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championships and the HRCR Stage Masters Historic Stage Rally Challenge amongst others. Since this event departed from the BTRDA series back in 2015; The Forest of Dean motor club hasn’t looked back with too much of a tear in its eyes. This year as in the previous event has seen it run in this ultra compact format…

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NO GAMEPLAN AT THE WOODPECKER STAGES 2017

As we entered the back end of the 2017 season we made a welcomed return trip to the Woodpecker Stages, another BTRDA & Welsh National round which is based out of Ludlow. And with our return to this event also a return to a stage that we haven’t been to in a long time…… Radnor. We don’t have a great knowledge of the Radnor Forest so arrived with not much of a game plan in hand, after a fairly decent walk from the car park we found a bit of…

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BRC+BTRDA+WNRC = NICKY GRIST STAGES 2017

For the second year running the Nicky Grist Stages organised by the Quinton Motor Club played host to the MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) alongside the BTRDA Gravel Rally and Welsh National Rally Championships. This was our only taste of the MSA British Rally Championship this year but not our only instalment of the Welsh National or the ever popular and probably our favourite series from the BTRDA; and so with these three great championships coming together how could we resist? Saturday; Day 1 of the event was based on…

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PLAINS & SIMPLE | PLAINS RALLY 2017

To start with, here’s bit of a history lesson on the Plains “The Plains first saw the light of day in 1964 when, as rallying was beginning to increase in popularity, it made its debut as a road rally based in the lanes of the Cheshire Plain from which it derived its name. Under the guiding hand of its creator Alan Jolley it grew in stature, a major decision being to move the event from Cheshire to the more demanding and exciting lanes of Wales. In 1971 the event was…

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RALLY NORTH WALES 2017

Rally North Wales as it is currently known as; is Wolverhampton & South Staffs Car Club’s headline event and has always carried the title of its main sponsor, which in 1958 the year of its first inception (six years after the club was formed) was known as the Express & Star. Over the years the event has attracted many big motoring related sponsors such as Good Year Tyres, Castrol Oil and Pace Petroleum to name but a few, however we first started attending the event in the days when it…

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CAN’T TAKE SNOW MORE | CAMBRIAN RALLY 2017

It was with great anticipation that we headed to North Wales for the opening round of the 2017 BTRDA & Welsh National Rally Championships, however things were not to kick off our rallying season as we had hoped. As we got closer and closer to SS1 Alwen the weather conditions worsened, a layer of snow was already on the ground and was continuing to fall as we trekked into stage, hmm this is going to be interesting we thought. The stage went live with the first competitor, Tom Cave and…

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WYEDEAN STAGES 2016

The Forest of Dean motor club have refused to let “The Dean Rally” be a victim of its own success and have demonstrated that they do not want to let these stages reside in the history books and lie un-used. The Picturesque Forest of Dean has long been home to these spectator friendly stages going right back to “the good old days” of the RAC rally. So in moving on from its “over successful years” (if that is at all possible), as a round of the BTRDA, it comes back…

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