getting back to normal its no surprise that race tracks all around the world are seeing
bigger, better grids than they have done in the past few seasons. Australian V8 Supercars now has
numerous non Australian brands, our very own British Touring Car Championship now has more teams
than ever before, including several manufacture backed ones and the World Rally Championship, with Toyota
set to rejoin in 2017 now has 4 out of the top 5 car manufactures in the world competing in it. It seems then
that NOW is the time to get into motorsport and what better, more affordable way than rallying!
The Wyedean rally, now in its 40th year is an event I have been too a couple of times now. Having been
brought up with rallying when I was younger, watching the WRC on ITV on a Sunday evening its always
nice to go and take in some muddy, wet, usually Welsh rally stage and watch and old Ford Escort or two slide
past, tail wagging and BDA engine roaring shortly followed by a WRC spec Focus RS, not as spectacular looking
with its fancy 4WD but still with a beauty of its own, looking unsettled yet fully in control.
This year me and Louis ventured over to take in a few stages, with it being on Valentines day and us
being the hopeless romantics we are we couldn't stretch to the full day, but a small rally fix was better than none.
For anyone who has been to a rally before you may like us be guilty of not taking much notice of the lower
classes going by, what seems like endless Corsa's, 106's and Micra's just clogging up the stages, getting in the way
of the “big boys”. This year tho and after our previous work with Rachael Patterson Motorsport I took more notice,
seen how much work these people put in and after mine and Louis conversation in the car on the way over, how big their proverbial balls are! I have done some track driving, I feel like im brave, but in reality hitting a relatively
soft tyre wall or gravel trap at 80-100mph wouldn’t be too bad in most cases, hitting a tree at the same speed
however, well that might just hurt! Respect to them all I say!
As far as our creative side goes, rallying offers lots of chances to try out some new techniques, equipment and just
have some fun with it. Wether panning a rapid Evo or trying to freeze the mud and stones being propelled
from the back of a WRC Fiesta its all great practice and a lot of fun. Where else can you see a entry list of all star cars such as a M3, 6R4, MK2 Escort, 240Z, RX7 among many others, being used how cars should, not shined up
and perused in a museum by people who believe cars are to be looked at, not driven. W****rs!
I urge anyone who hasn't been to a rally to get to one, either a BTRDA event or the WRC if you want to see
the pinnacle, but no matter which one you go to, the level of commitment, dedication and bravery of the drivers is
to be admired and some of the car preparation is just sublime considering within 60 seconds of being on stage its caked in mud!
Words by Nathan Nicholls
Pictures by Louis Ruff