PAUL LAWRENCE HISTORICS EDITOR
Friday morning, day two of Rally Isle of Man, was one of those days that remind you just how special closed-road rallying can be.
The BHRC double-header came at a critical point of the season on my favourite rally of the year and the first stage on Friday morning offered the chance to watch and photograph from somewhere new. I’ve watched rallying in around 50 locations on the island across 30 years, but the A36 north of Port Erin was a new one.
Not used since the 1980s, and recently resurfaced, this spectacular section of road was worth a mile and a half walk to a fabulous vantage point beneath Burro Meanagh, a perfect start to a long day.
The cars were in view for a minute and a fast right kink just above us showed who was really on it. The length of lift, or a flash of brake lights, was a real marker of pace and it was no surprise that Will Onions set the best historic time for the stage from Ryan Barrett.
Expansive views down to the sea, BDGS singing on the limiter and top historic drivers doing their stuff on a closed public road.
It was truly memorable.