After a successful first year, the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge is expanding for 2017.
If you own a historic spec Ford Escort, Ford Sierra or a BMW M3 then look no further.
A special cup competition will start next year running alongside the main Stage Masters Challenge.
We all remember the iconic days of the 70s with the Ford Escort Mark 1 and 2, now we’re turning the clock back to the 1980s and the start of a new generation of legends like Marc Duez and Patrick Snijer in their Bastos liveried BMWs and Phil Collins in his Mr Tomkinson ‘pink’ Sierra. Now there’s a chance for those cars hidden away to shine on the historic scene.
Our ambition is to simply fill the lanes of Killarney, with the iconic Molls Gap, and the Isle of Man with the sound of these machines at full throttle.
Those with more standard engines like Pintos and crossflows in their Ford Escort Mk 1 and 2s haven’t been forgotten as they can also join the ‘friendly challenge’ held across 8 rounds with 9.5 scoring chances, with the best six to count.
The mixed challenge will also feature the airfields of Cornwall, the roads on Epynt and the forests synonymous with the Network Q rallies of that era including the Wyedean, Severn Valley and Mid-Wales Stages.
In 2016, there were 33 registrations and organisers have already received interest in Category 1,2 and 3, now the HRCR are keen to embrace the new rules regarding cars built between 1986-90 and the new 4b category.
Challenge secretary Andy Ballantyne said: “Spectators, no matter how old they are, always remember the sights and sound of their very first rally.
“Our job is to offer the owners of these cars an excuse to go rallying and as bits and equipment become harder to find for certain makes of car that we move with the times.”
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