“We have pleasure in inviting you to take part in the eighth running of the Northumberland Borders Rally – a unique navigational rally for Mini Cooper and Mini rallying enthusiasts – to be held on Saturday the 17th of October 2015.
The event will retain the established format of around half a dozen special tests on private land during the day, followed by a navigational rally through the lanes after dark. However, for 2015, there will be a number of changes that will enhance competitor experience. These include some new test venues to enjoy and a more relaxed time schedule for the leg after dark, as well as a rest halt that will enable competitors to recover some lateness if required.
This year, entries can also be made online via a web entry system offered by rallies.info
Running alongside the Borders will again be its sister event, the Tynedale Rally, a 12 – car navigational rally for novice and first – time competitors. As in previous years, this will run to a similar format but have a reduced mileage and simpler navigation.
MSA competition licences will not be needed for this event.
Building on the successful hosting of the event in 2014, both rallies will again be based at Vallum in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country, and the finish will be the excellent Elks Head pub in the Allen Valley, a short drive from the historic market town of Hexham.
For those looking to stay over, accommodation will be available near both venues.
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 80 miles of the same route.
The start out from Vallum will be at 1.30pm on the day and finish, for around 10pm.
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 (HRCR).
This year, we are pleased to welcome mini crews taking part in the HRCR’s Premier Rally Championship premierrally.co.uk, an all – new road rallying initiative encompassing a range of events and different types of car.
We are grateful for the continued sponsorship of YBracing, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of Motorsport equipment and of OMP products, who have generously backed the rally since its inception in 2008. We are also delighted to welcome back Vallum as co-sponsor.
Our chosen charity for a raffle held on the day will again be WaterAid, an international charity transforming lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. We hope that those taking part will support this most worthy cause by buying tickets and/or donating prizes.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the day and promise a warm welcome and great value motor sport event on classic roads.
The organising team.”