First UK Road Rally for Disabled Drivers

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Text: / Photos: | posted November 22, 2004 00:00

If you thought rallying was not for you - think again. The Motorsport Endeavour Club has announced Motorsport Endeavour England 2005, the first UK rally exclusively for disabled drivers - based at Stoke Mandeville and due to hit the road 22nd - 24th July.

You don't need a competition licence and you can use your own car with no additional preparation. This will be a three-day 'starter' event to introduce the essentials of rallying. It is a great opportunity for disabled drivers with or without a passion for motorsport and with little or no previous experience, to enjoy the buzz of a mildly competitive event with like-minded people. The rally is supported by a skilled team of professional rally organizers and will be run under the auspices of the MSA (Motor Sports Association). Entries are limited to 50 cars with 2-people crews.

The Motorsport Endeavour England 2005 route will use easy-to-drive roads through some of the most picturesque countryside in middle England. Competitors will be under minimum pressure with a very easy time schedule, to ensure an enjoyable experience. Visits are planned to Prescott Speed Hillclimb, the Bugatti Trust and various other motorsport venues. There is also the possibility to take a slow drive around a race circuit, visit a Formula 1 team and enjoy the experience of the co-drivers seat in a rally car.

Road timing will be to the minute - not to the second - and there will be additional competitions with trophies each day to tax driving and navigational skills - all with the emphasis on fun.

To further help drivers prepare, the rally fee includes an induction day either at Haynes Motor Museum, Somerset, or Pararallying's Rally School, Lincolnshire, as well as four nights' accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner on rally days including a prize-giving dinner. Rally plates, shirt, cap and bag are also included.

Launched in January this year and supported by Motorsport Development UK, the Motorsport Endeavour Club involves people with a wide range of disabilities in a programme of motorsport events and experiences, including rallying. It is not exclusively for drivers - you can play a role as navigator, marshal, timekeeper, administrator and spectator. To join the club and find out more about the Motorsport Endeavour England 2005 Rally and other events please call competition secretary, Joy Rainey on 01386 760 724 or 07768 497 414 or e-mail - or checkout