“We have pleasure in inviting you to take part in the seventh running of the Northumberland Borders Rally – the North East’s premier navigational rally for Mini Cooper enthusiasts – to be held on Saturday 15th of November 2014.
Following positive feedback about last year’s format, we will once again be having afternoon tests followed by the traditional navigational exercise through the lanes in the evening and culminating in a pub finish.
This year though, there will be no regularities, the results being determined by the test times only and performances on the leg after dark.
In all, there will be half a dozen tests, most of which have not been used by any event previously so should be enjoyable for both competitors and marshals alike.
Running alongside will be its sister event, the Tynedale Rally, a 12-car navigational rally for novice and first-time competitors. This will run to a similar format to The Borders but have a reduced mileage and involve much simpler navigation. MSA competition licences will also not be needed for this event.
Both events will be open to classic mini saloons only, with entries again invited from members of the organising club, the Mini Cooper Register (MCR) and selected MSA member clubs, including the Historic Rally Car Register.
Competitors on The Borders will take in around 120 miles on OS maps 87 (Hexham & Haltwhistle) & 88 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) while Tynedale crews will cover approximately the first 85 miles of the same route. The start will be from Vallum, East Wallhouses, just along the military road west of Newcastle, at 1.30pm on the 15th and finish, the Battlesteads Hotel in Wark for around 10pm later that day.
For those looking to stay over, accommodation will be available near both venues.
We are grateful for the continued sponsorship of YBracing, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of Motorsport equipment and OMP products, who have generously backed the rally since its inception in 2008.
This year, we are also delighted to welcome new sponsors Vallum. Set in the in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall and farming dairy cattle and crops, Vallum is a community of artisan growers, smokers, bakers, chefs and ice cream makers with Tea Room, Restaurant and Shop.
Proceeds from a raffle held on the day will again go to WaterAid, an international charity that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. Please support this most worthy cause by buying tickets and/or donating prizes.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the day and promise a great value motorsport event on interesting roads, with the usual friendly and professionally run organisation.
The organising team.”