Roger Albert Clark Rally 2017

News (continued)

7th September 2017: Clubman's support events announced, continued....

Once again the Roger Albert Clark rally will be offering the hugely popular support events to the main event. Running over the same stages as the main event, these smaller events offer unprecedented value for money and give crews to be part of a much bigger rally. The three events are,

* Saturday: Peregrine Print Rally (49 stage miles for £350)

* Sunday: R.A.C. Clubman's Rally (42 stage miles for £325)

* Monday: R.A.C. Kielder Rally (47 stage miles for £325) 

The three one-day rallies will offer some of the best value gravel rallying in the UK with entry fees from as little as £7 per mile. 

With the main event less than 10 weeks away, the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club has confirmed details of the three rallies that will run alongside the main event. 

On Saturday 11 November the Peregrine Print Rally will be based from the new Kielder Greenside Car Park and will offer 49 stage miles for £350 over four stages.

 On Sunday 12 November the R.A.C Clubmans Rally will be based from Lockerbie Lorry Park and will offer 42 stage miles for £325 over five stages. 

On Monday 13 November the R.A.C Kielder Rally will also be based from Kielder Greenside Car Park and will offer 47 miles for £325 over three stages.

 Crews who would like even greater value for money can enter all three support events with a total of 138 stage miles for £950. That’s less than £7 per mile at a time when most events have entry fees of around £12 per mile. The supplementary regulations can be found here.

29th August 2017: Entries reach 100, continued.....

In recent weeks, potential competitors who had lodged an initial refundable deposit of £300 have been required to confirm their place with a further payment and a completed entry form. The response to this stage of the entry process has been excellent and there are now more than 100 completed entries. As many as another 20 are likely to give a final total of up to 120 starters.

So far, 13 crews from mainland Europe are among the confirmed entries and more are expected over the coming weeks as competitors confirm their plans.

“ We are still taking enquiries from European crews so we will have a strong international flavour to the event, along with some cars we don’t normally see in the UK”,  said Rally Manager Colin Heppenstall.

Heppenstall says he is delighted with the response, which already means a record entry for the event. “ We knew that a number of those who paid deposits would not be able to finally enter the rally for a range of reasons and expected that the drop-out rate among initial depositors would be around 15-20%” said Heppenstall . “I would urge anyone who wants to do the event to go ahead and enter as I believe we will be able to accommodate them.”

One crew has recently won a 50% refund of their entry fee, a prize worth £1625. All those who had paid the entry fee in full by 31 July went into a draw and the winners were Yorkshire-based Ford Escort Mk1 crew Dave Watkins and Graham Wride.

Event planning and final route surveys are moving ahead well and more details about the special stages for the Saturday, Sunday and Monday legs will be announced over the coming weeks. The event regulations can be found here.

5th April 29017: New venue announced, continued...

Brightwells have extensive links with the classic car market as a leading auction house within a business first started in 1846. As well as classic cars, auctions for 4x4s, cars, vans, plant, machinery, fine art and antiques are all part of the business mix at the company’s impressive Easter Court facility.

 The Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club Ltd has arranged the most extensive and far-reaching route in the event’s history, starting with over 40 stage miles in Wales on Friday (10 November). The competing cars will return to Brightwells in the late afternoon of Friday for a main service halt before the entire event moves north.

 Rally manager Colin Heppenstall said he was delighted to confirm a partnership with Brightwells. “The facilities at Leominster are perfect for all the pre-event scrutineering and documentation,” said Heppenstall. “The location right next to the main A49 trunk road is ideal and we are very grateful to everyone at Brightwells for their enthusiastic support of the event.”

 The influx of competitors, service crews, officials and spectators is expected to inject more than £100,000 into the local economy at a time of year when tourist trade is limited. Hotels in Leominster, Ludlow, Hereford and Worcester are all expected to get a boost in bookings while traders in the town of Leominster will also benefit significantly from the rally. Some overseas crews and event officials will arrive in the area during Wednesday 8 November.

 Richard Binnersley, Joint Managing Director of Brightwells, said: “Brightwells is hugely excited to be asked to host the start of this year’s Roger Albert Clark Rally. We have plenty of room and covered area for the competitors and cars, with a cracking little cafe to service the hungry drivers, support crews and spectators, and it's not far from our front door straight into the demanding tracks of the Welsh forests. With the November weather likely to throw in a few challenges and the expected coverage by TV, radio and press, this is going to be a great spectacle to watch and be involved in.”

 For more details about Brightwells, please visit

The next Leominster auctions of particular interest to the classic car market are as follows:

Thursday 20 April from 12 noon: modern classics

Wednesday 17 May from 12 noon: classic and vintage