Now of course rallying in it’s nature, presence is different to motorcycle, sidecar pure road racing.
One aspect though that does intertwine the motorsport disciplines is when events take place on public roads.
This was proved in full today across East Yorkshire, with the county’s first ever rallying gala on public roads.
Titled the East Riding Stages Rally, the event was made possible thanks to road closure law changes from 2017 plus the boundless tenacity, grit, dedication shown by organisers, the Beverley & District Motor Club.
Attracting an entry featuring top UK rally names such as Mark Kelly, David Bogie, James Williams, Rob Swann and overall event winner David Henderson, those in attendance from my view points seemed pretty engrossed in the compelling action.
Witnessing this today, it made me think wouldn’t it be great to have a two, three-wheel real roads meet in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire anywhere across England.
The road closure law changes of 2017, was met with great enthusiasm by the ACU (Auto Cycle Union) and by countless TT winners, teams, racing aficionados.
As yet though, no non four wheel pure road race takes place in England, apart from of course North Yorkshire’s ‘Mini TT’ Oliver’s Mount Scarborough.
Now clearly getting a road race going, takes a huge undertaking and one can only laud the progress made to enable the inaugural eight stage long East Riding Rally.
Those who have ambitions of putting a road race on in their city, local town should take inspiration from today’s latest motorsport land mark.
Fingers crossed the Isle of Wight Road Race dream comes to fruition in the near future plus many more full throttle, exhilarating events showcasing the un-distilled, raw, other worldly feel that real road racing creates.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou