Route Outline

Torquay to Chester

8th - 11th November 2012

Continuing the Classic Rally Association’s efforts to combine tradition and innovation, Guy Woodcock and Anthony Preston have sought out classic test venues from the heyday of the original "Tests" as well as unearthing new sites never before used for rallying.

This year's event boasts over 30 special tests that should provide something for everyone with stately homes, farm tracks, forest roads, military establishments and airfields all being included.

In addition, the route includes around 20 regularities, exploring scenic country roads and challenging private land venues, and two "Testing" evening TC sections that both crew members should enjoy.

Prologue: Thursday - Torquay

The Thursday evening "Prologue" will follow what has become an established format with a couple of tests and regularity sections in the Devon lanes close to Torquay before returning to the Rally HQ for the traditional welcome dinner.

Day 1: Friday - Torquay to Bristol

Special hospitality from the Porlock Ladies

Friday competition gets underway with some interesting new tests and regularities as the route heads north to take in the scenic delights of the Exe Valley and Exmoor during the morning section.

No Rally of the Tests visit to this part of the world would be complete without a visit to Porlock, where the ladies of the “Porlock Ladies” will once again provide us with their very special catering.

Suitably fed and watered, crews will return onto Exmoor for further regularities and tests before heading east across the Somerset Levels and into the Mendips for a supper halt and the evening section in the Somerset Lanes.

Details of the evening section will not be made available until the event, but as most crews will know, this is traditional rally territory and they have an enjoyable evening in prospect before arriving at the overnight halt on the edge of Bristol.

Glorious driving roads & spectacular scenery

Day 2: Saturday - Bristol to Llandrindod Wells

A tough day of rallying in south and mid-Wales lies ahead as crews make the quick trip over the River Severn for the first tests in the Chepstow area. Striking north, scenic regularities through the Black Mountains and along the Wye Valley then follow as the route heads for lunch and a couple of tests at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells.

After lunch, it is straight up onto the infamous Epynt military ranges for a busy hour’s competition combining exciting special tests and challenging regularities before stopping for a breather in Llanwrtyd Wells - the smallest town in Britain.

The afternoon’s action then continues with further spectacular special tests, classic mountain roads and some smooth forestry tracks as the route wends its way north to the traditional watering hole of Machynlleth for a well-earned supper halt.

This precedes a super 2-hour evening section back over the hills to the overnight hotel - the iconic Metropole in the sleepy spa town of Llandrindod Wells. Guy and Anthony have been working closely with local motor club officials to put together a testing route that will include roads “new” to even the most experienced of rallyists.

Day 3: Sunday - Llandrindod Wells to Chester

Fine camaraderie & authentic period style

The final leg of the 2012 event leaves Llandrindod for an enjoyable drive across the mountains to a series of tests at the Sweet Lamb motorsport complex and in the surrounding forests. This morning wake-up call should get crews into the groove ahead of another busy day of rallying.

After a quick morning coffee stop overlooking scenic Clywedog Reservoir, crews push northwards to take in further challenging tests and regularities across the Cambrian Mountains en-route to a lunch stop at a traditional pub close to Oswestry.

From there, all that remains is a tough final regularity through the Berwyn Mountains and a brace of enjoyable tests in the Vale of Clwyd before the event arrives at Chester and the grand finish right in the heart of this historic city. The CRA are working closely with their colleagues at Chester City Council to provide a memorable welcome to mark the end of another fantastic Rally of the Tests...