The Wold Construction North Humberside Forest Rally took place on Saturday April the 2nd.
The rally started and finished at the Jarvis Hotel in Willerby, just east of Hull.
However the stages were situated in the North Yorkshire forests of Langdale, Cropton
and Dalby which as well as a stage, played host to the service area.
The rally included 6 stages which total about 45 miles of competitive driving.
The event was the third round of 2005 BTRDA rally series aswell as some of the
local championships including the ANCC.
I was at Cropton Forest as this was the only spectator stage which was repeated twice
so we got double the fun! And it was!
For the first run of the stage we were on a tight hairpin left straight into a tight right.
That sounds bad enough but before that there was a straight of over half a mile and
cars where going over 100mph into the corner.
First on the road were the 1400's (cars which are two wheel drive and have either
1400cc engines or less).
These cars are very fast and like all cars very entertaining.
There were some big names in this round including James Wozencroft, Mad Malc Hague
also Roger Stanford from HULL, who was co-driven by Driffield's Paul Train.
As soon as the 1400's arrived, cars where hitting the banking on the outside of
the hairpin which for some cars, including Malcolm Hague, did help turn the cars.
Others hit the banking engine first, creating body damage but most entertaining were the overshoots.
This did however keep the marshals active, replacing the safety tape every time someone
drove through it.
After the 1400's had finished it was the famous popping sounds of the 4
wheel drives - yes I always talk about it but it's great!
Unfortunately we had to wait about 10 minutes before they came.
But as I was looking around, I heard behind me a very distinctive voice -
Jonny Milner, 2 times British Rally Champion was spectating with his service crew.
But he wasn't the only famous rally star I was to stand near - later in the
day there was someone else.
Suddenly I heard the popping of the mighty MG Metro 6R4 of Warren Philliskirk
coming down the straight.
Everyone with cameras immediately flicked their camera switches.
Warren, in one of the best cars, actually had one of the neatest racing lines
through the corner but still he was very quick and it was amusing seeing
Jonny Milner being hit by stones - normally it's just us, the spectators being
hit by his stones!
After the 6r4 came Skegness' Brian Bell in his Focus WRC.
He, like many of the 1400's hit the banking.
Jon Ingram in an older Focus WRC also did this a few minutes later.
Then for a while it was accident free until John Lloyd came in his 1999 Impreza WRC.
He had one of the longest overshoots all day - it was very spectacular.
He went a good 20 meters further down the road but he was soon back on the stage.
Just after Lloyd came one of the newest cars in British Rallying - the
2004 Spec Skoda Fabia WRC but just to get it noticed that bit more it has a zebra stripe artwork.
Later on one of the Mitsubishi Lancers hit the banking and caused a lot
of bodywork damage to the front of the car.
Allan McDowall got stuck in gear in his Opel Kadett after the corner which
did make him easier to get photos of.
Later on in the stage Dave Hemingway had a spin at the corner but he was very
entertaining as he had his ice cream chimes working on his car again.
Wayne Radford in his Peugeot 205 had a very large overshoot, losing him a lot of time.
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