Spectator Programme now available to download. See panel on right.
For those reading this who are not familiar with the sport of Rallying, It is a special type of motorsport which allows relatively close access to the event. Unlike motorsport which takes place on a racing circuit, rallying (in particular, the Tour of Hamsterley Rally) often takes place in natural environments like Forests which do not have spectator seating areas well behind safety barriers. The cars move Very fast and generally without safe 'run off' areas. While this leads to exciting motorsport, it also requires consideration from those watching from a close distance. The following information is provided to help you have an enjoyable and Safe days motorsport.
- Dress accordingly. Forests can be muddy and high heels generally get stuck, walking boots are best. If its been raining heavily, its not unusual to see wellies being used, or during dryer periods, trainers aren't so bad. Rallies seem to bring rain, so a waterproof coat and umbrella are common and a woolly hat completes the Rally enthusiasts usual fashion wardrobe.
- Be Alert. Although rally cars are noisy, some are quiet and when coming round a corner very fast, its easy for a car to suddenly appear when your not expecting it. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times.
- Listen to the Marshals. They are trained in recognising dangers and will ask you to move from a place of danger. Even if you think you are in a safe place, Marshals are experienced in recognising potential dangers that you may not be aware of.
- Please take your litter home. The forest doesn't have people collecting rubbish from around the trees every week, its not hard to carry what you brought into the forest, back out again. As organisers, we bring tons of equipment and other stuff into the forest, we always take it all out again, thank you for doing the same.
- Above all, Motorsport is Fun, but it can also be Dangerous. In respect of this, despite the organisers taking reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. In respect of these, you are present at your own risk.
- When driving through villages close to the event, Please be considerate to the residents and obey speed limits. There will be no team scouts on the day of the event and you will only look silly. Police are aware of the route and may use enforcement cameras.
- Please park only in areas we have set out for parking. We have provided spectators with convenient parking with ease of access and short walking distances in mind. When on Forest tracks, park to the left and leave enough room to pass. Competitors are using the same route in and out of the stages, so please don't block the route.
- Forestry Commission will charge Admission of £5 per car. There will be a catering van at The Grove car park in Hamsterley Forest for most of the day selling hot food and drinks.