Accrington Motor Sport Club members recently volunteered at the Pirelli International Rally, a round of the British Rally Championship.
Just before the start of stage 3, the crews had a stop-off in Bellingham, about an hour east of Carlisle. ANWCC Chairman Bob Milloy conducted interviews and provided another brilliant commentary. The event gave local residents and fans alike an unrivalled opportunity to get up close to the cars and crews.
The event also gave the British Rally Championship a real presence in the village. Many residents were unaware of the event taking place just a few miles away in the Kielder Forest and were thrilled by the noise and spectacle of the cars.
A small team of marshals from Accrington Motor Sport Club joined Deputy Chief Marshal Dave Brodie and his team to help set up the event and run the special time control.
Organisers of the British Rally Championship are looking for exciting new ways to widen the rally’s appeal to both existing fans and new audiences and this special event in Bellingham did just that. It is estimated that over 250 people came out to welcome the cars into the village. Not your typical Saturday afternoon, perhaps?