“Road rallying still proving to be strong”
f road rallying has had an off season I failed to spot it. My last event of 2015 was the Roamerlite Novices on December 13 and the first of 2016 was VCRR’S Winter Classic on January 2. There were not even three weeks off for me and no doubt there were 12 cars and scatters running over the Christmas period as well.
However, with all the championships working to the calendar year, this would seem to be a good point at which to look at what we might have ahead of us in 2016.
It’s timely, as this weekend we have the Rali Mike Darowen Bro Ddyfi. Not only is it a counter for the Welsh, West Midlands and North Western Championships but it’s also a contender for the longest rally title of the year award, as the small Dovey Valley club marshal their resources and combine their two regular road rallies into one manageable chunk.
The Welsh Championship has expanded from 11 to 13 rounds, with eight to score. All last year’s events remain in the series; the only alteration being that Welsh Border CC has nominated the Border 100 in place of its Breidden Rally. The two new rounds will be Carmarthen’s Autumn and Teifi Valley’s Cilwendeg, both excellent events run by strong teams. The first half of the season has roughly one rally a month. However, in September, things get busy with four rallies in five weekends. This should be a decisive time for the destination of this year’s titles. Once again, support for the championship comes from The Basic Roamer Company.
A new championship has recently been announced, the North Wales Road Rally Challenge. It’s supported by Sbardun Parts and Accessories of Pwllheli. This is being run under the auspices of the ANWCC and consists of 12 rounds, basically all the National B road rallies being run in North Wales. It’s an excellent idea and hopefully will see a good take up of competitors. It should do as it has some fine rallies on the list, all within quite a small geographical area. It’s noticeable that many crews don’t want to venture far from home; this will give them the opportunity to tackle a serious championship without having to travel too far.
Elsewhere, targa rallies seem to be in the ascendant. Tavern MC’S Exmoor event last October was one of the best rallies of the year, but was probably at the top end of the scale of what can be done with the format. These rallies, apart from historic events, are all that keeps road rallying alive in much of southern England. Here, single venue targas attract large entries. It now seems likely that we shall have more targa rallies in Wales.
The death of road rallying has been predicted for over 50 years, but it’s still going and proving quite healthy in many areas, so let’s get out there and enjoy another year. Do you really want to sit at home and watch the rubbish that is Saturday night telly?