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By malcolm forster
Historic special stage rallying continues to grow in popularity in the U.K. Events regularly see entries of 90+ cars of varying ages. Cars are grouped into classes depending on age and engine capacity.The Historic class is for cars first registered before December 31st 1967 , Post Historic is for cars first registered between 1st January 1968 and 31st December 1974 and Classic is for cars first registered between 1st January 1975 and 31st December 1981. These sections are further divided into engine capacity classes. All cars must use a tyre of 70% aspect ratio or more and the only modifications allowable are those that were used at the time of the cars original motorsport use and must have been used in rallying. All of this means that costs are kept down while the closeness of competition is maintained.
Events are predominantly loose surface forest rallies with some ashphalt rallies included for an even better championship.
Events for 2007 are :-
Robin Hood ( forest )
Astra Stages ( forest )
Pirelli Rally ( forest )
Severn Valley ( forest )
Mid Wales Stages ( forest )
Isle of Man ( tarmac )
Harry Flatters ( tarmac )
Tour of Flanders ( tarmac )
Rally Yorkshire ( forest )
This is a full blown rally series not a leisurely drive in the country the cars are driven as fast as possible the only difference between them and modern WRC cars is their age!
The season is rounded off niceley by the R.A.C. ( Roger Albert Clark ) rally which lasts 3 days in takes in yorkshire, cumbria , scotland and kielder much like the old Lombard RAC rally.Often this event is entered by new and old legends such as Stig Blomquist , Jimmy Mcrae and Mark Higgins apart from favourites like Steve Bannister and Steve Perez.
More info can be found in my blogs or goto the Historic Rally Car Register website www.HRCR.co.uk
About the Author
Have a look at my historic rally blogs :-
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My Historic Rally Car
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