First clas­sic closed road rally

In­au­gu­ral mo­tor­sport event un­der new law to see clas­sics take on mod­erns

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Chelms­ford Mo­tor Club (CMC) will in­vite clas­sic cars to take cen­tre stage in Eng­land’s first closed road mo­tor sport event, fol­low­ing new leg­is­la­tion.

Clas­sics of all ages will be able to par­tic­i­pate in the event in Es­sex on 22 April 2018, as long as they are up to Mo­tor Sport As­so­ci­a­tion (MSA) stan­dards.

Tony Cle­ments, CMC’s events di­rec­tor, says: ‘We haven’t opened for en­tries yet, but I know of many el­i­gi­ble Ford Es­cort MkIIs for ex­am­ple, which I’m sure we’ll see at the event. We’ve been work­ing on get­ting per­mis­sion for the rally for three years. Ours is the first sim­ply be­cause we’ve been or­gan­is­ing it the long­est.’

The still un­named 45-mile event will take place near Clac­ton-on-Sea. It will be a one-off com­pe­ti­tion, rather than a part of any championships, at least for its first year.

Closed road events such as the Robert Al­bert Clark Rally in Scot­land and the Croft Hill Climb in North­ern Ire­land have proved to be in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar, but un­til re­cently, such events were not al­lowed on English roads. The pass­ing of the Dereg­u­la­tion Act 2015, fol­low­ing years of cam­paign­ing from the MSA, has changed this.

MSA chief ex­ec­u­tive, Rob Jones, says: ‘The grant­ing of this MSA per­mit is a land­mark mo­ment for Bri­tish mo­tor­sport; we cam­paigned long and hard to achieve closed-road leg­is­la­tion and now the first event is within sight.

‘We have been work­ing closely with Chelms­ford Mo­tor Club and will con­tinue to do so, to help en­sure that the lo­cal area ben­e­fits from a safe and suc­cess­ful event that paves the way for oth­ers to fol­low.’

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Chelms­ford Mo­tor Club reg­u­larly or­gan­ises sin­glev­enue Targa Ral­lies like the Wethers­field Targa, at Wethers­field Air­field in Es­sex.

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