As usual the Robin Hood Rally was split into 2 main categories; the
Robin Hood Historic Forest Stages and the Robin Hood Forest Stages Rally.
As well as having many stages on the Sunday, the Historic event also had 3 night
stages on the Saturday.
The Historic event was the opening round for this year's British Historic Rally Championship
and therefore did include many top names on the entry list.
These included previous BHRC champions, Dessie Nutt and Steve Perez.
Other top crews included Patrick Watts, who is an ex British Touring Car
driver and local ace Charlie Taylor was also out on the event.
We also expected the rallying legend of Jimmy McRae (father of the extremely famous
Colin McRae) however before the event his car suffered gearbox problems forcing him to
retire before the event had even started.
With this being a historic event it did mean there were some outstanding looking cars,
for example the Sunbeam Tiger, the Mini Cooper and of course, not forgetting the beautiful
The modern event didn't disappoint either in terms of the cars and drivers.
Top drivers included last year's winner Kevin Procter in his Subaru which he also
used to take victory on the Riponian Stages.
Another previous winner, Bob Morgan was also entered.
James Wozencroft (British Rally Champion - Stars of the Future category) was also in the
event but this time he was in the co-driver's seat with Tom Walster in the immaculate Ford Fiesta.
Unfortunately, like last year, I could only attend the Sunday of the event but obviously
then you get both the Historic and Modern competitors, so it's a great concoction.
For the morning stages we were on the Blidworth Stage.
First on the road were the Historic class cars lead by Patrick Watts.
Patrick as usual was very smooth around the tight right where we were positioned.
Graham Waite was much more entertaining in the Volvo Amazon, getting the car very sideways on the exit.
After a few more cars there was a five minute gap before both the Post Historic and Classic
categories came on the stage.
The first car was the Stobart backed Escort of Mark Solloway who was certainly on the pace.
David Stokes was another driver to get extremely sideways on the corner.
Steve Perez looked amazing around the corner in the Stratos.
Car 317, Terry Brown was very sideways around the corner but this was due to a tyre problem;
his back tyre was coming off the wheel.
Then a few cars later Keith Cornell joined me on the banking after getting the corner
wrong forcing me to move rather fast and as a result I did get lots of close up photos of the car's side.
After a couple more cars we moved to the previous corner on the stage where
Dessie Nutt did go wide into the corner.
We then had a good ten minutes to find a place for the modern rally.
In doing this, we
found the stricken Escort Mexico of Kevin Broadhurst on the exit on the next corner.
He had lost his rear tyre and spectators were lifting the car off the track.
Their efforts were in vain as a couple of minutes later a 4x4 came to move the car a bit further.
This was therefore 4 years in a row that Kevin hadn't finished the event
Sports, Rally - The Riponian Stages Rally 2006 - Sunday 5th February 06 By Matt Rudd
My first gravel event of the year, like last year, was on the Riponian Stages Rally which this year
took place on Sunday 5th of February.
The event had a total of 14 stages with a mixture of gravel and tarmac on the stages.
Like last year I was once again on the 2 Riccal Dale stages throughout the event.
The rally did have a good entry - maybe not in terms of numbers,
Sports, Rally - The Jack Frost Rally 2006 - 15th January 06 By Matt Rudd
The rallying year for me started even earlier in 2006 with my first event of the year on 15th January.
The Jack Frost Rally was held at the Croft race circuit were we had been roughly three
weeks earlier for the Christmas Stages.
The rally attracted lots of big names including, Christmas Stages winner Tony Bardy in his
Nissan Sunny GTiR. Other names included
Sports, Rally - The Christmas Stages Rally - Tuesday 27th December 05 By Matt Rudd
The 2005 Christmas Stages Rally was held on 27th December.
The rally itself was all based at the legendary Croft race circuit near
Darlington (North Yorkshire).
Unfortunately, I wasn't there for the whole of the rally due to snow (mainly in East Yorkshire).
This was actually the first time I had ever been to a tarmac event in the 4
years I have been spectating, the nearest I
Sports, Rally - The 2005 Malton Forest Rally By Matt Rudd
This years Malton Forest Rally took place on the 11th of December
which was, for me, a great way to spend my birthday.
This year it was the 3rd running of the event which was created in 2003 to replace
the Dalby Gravel Sprint.
The rally consisted of 9 stages at 3 different locations which meant each stage
was repeated 3 times with slight modifications for each run
Sports, Rally - 19th - 22nd November 05 - Roger Albert Clark Rally 2005 By Matt Rudd
The Roger Albert Clark (November 19th-22nd) is probably one of the most well known events
in the British rally calendar.
Last year the rally was resurrected by the Delacy Motor Club and following a great success,
the rally returned once again this year.
And with a stage at Bramham Park near Leeds on day 2 of the 4 day rally spectacular, I just had to attend.
Sports, Rally - The Hamsterley Forest Rally 2005 - 13th November By Matt Rudd
The Hamsterley Forest Rally, only in its second year after its cancellation last year for lack of
entries, returned back on the 13th November.
The event itself was all based within the Hamsterley Forest complex, near Bishop Auckland
in County Durham.
The rally attracted a great entry; just slightly over 100 cars had entered which was the events maximum entry.
Top names entered in the
Sports, Rally - The 2005 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire - 8th to 9th October 05 By Matt Rudd
Yorkshire's biggest off road motor sport event returned to the forests of North
Yorkshire on October 8th and 9th.
This was of course Rally Yorkshire the penultimate round of the
Kwik Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship.
Apart from the BRC cars which ran both days the rally incorporated many almost support
rallies these included the Landrover Challenge, British Historic,
Sports - Sunday 18th September 1.00pm - American Football Returns To Its Roots In Hull!
The new Hull Hornets A.F.T have agreed a deal with the Ennerdale Sports Centre, Sutton Road,
The Hull-City-council-owned centre last staged a competitive American football
game in the late 1980s, when the city's former team the Kingston Liberators played
at the site, although many people still associate the Ennerdale complex with
American football in the city.
Sports, Speedway - Wednesday 13th July - Hull CPD Vikings v Glasgow Tigers KOC 2nd leg By Mark Oliver Photos by Adam Jennison
Hull CPD Vikings: 44 Glasgow Tigers: 46
Heat 1 Re-run after Stancl fell on the first bend of lap 2. In the re-run Branney touched the tape so opted to go off 15m. In the second re-run Leverington won from the gate closely followed by Sanchez. Branney never really made the ground up from 15m back.
Sports, Rally - The 2005 Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally - Saturday 18th June By Matt Rudd
The Dukeries Rally, like the North Humberside which was my last rally,
is a round of the BTRDA rally championship.
The rally took place on June the 18th which was one of the hottest days of the year which meant for the competitors lots of dust. The rally was based at Mansfield while most of the stages were in the Sherwood Forest complex.
Sports, F1 - Motor Racing - How Pathetic! By Matt Rudd
I have always been a fan of motor sport, whether it was Rallying , Moto GP or Formula One.
However on Sunday it was the US Formula One Grand Prix.
To be honest this was the most pathetic race I have ever seen, instead of about 20 cars
on the starting grid only 6 came onto the track these were the 2 Minardi's , Jordan's
Sports, Water Skiing - Splashing Out for The Summer By Michelle Dee and Lottie Clark
Twenty five years ago Tony Edge a leg amputee formed the British Disabled
Tony Edge lost a leg in a flying accident during World War II.
He believed there was an easier way to enable amputees to water-ski and he along
with others formed the organisation to provide many disabled people a unique
Sports, Football - What a night. Liverpool European Champions By Mark Ryan
What a night. Everything I've believed about football - Steven Everett spoke of it - has been kicked into row Z.
Much will be written and spoken about the night Liverpool became football kings of Europe, and rightly so.
Milan's first goal was, we must admit, a sickener. A set-piece from the first attack in the first minute.
Traore - showing us the skill that scored that Burnley own goal - started as nervous as