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This from the official website for the rally:

Just some of the feedback from spectators, competitors, marshals and the press about the inaugural Roger Albert Clark Rally 2004.


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"May I congratulate you on having the courage to put on such an event and for it to be so successful."

"wow what a good idea, takes me back twenty years."

"...the whole idea of the rally is long overdue and it was fantastic to see Mikkola and Stig charging through Kielder again!"

"Thank you for putting on what can only be described as 'one-helluva' rally ... despite the low number of competitors, the quality was outstanding ! ... watching in Gisburn Forest was awsome ... the spectacle sent goosebumps throughout my body! I can't wait until next November!"

"Fantastic event, can't wait for next years event, god, what a fantastic sound of a BDA engine on full song, kick me and tell me it wasn't a dream I was having.........."

"Wonderful initiative, perfect way to check the stories of my dad about rallying in the 70's - he didn't exaggerate: rallying at its best! I'm sure that there 'll be more competitors next year, it's an event they can't ignore............."

"Well done ! The best fun we've had since the 80's. Absolutely brilliant to hear throaty Weber DCOE's through the trees and actually being able to tell who was coming before you saw the car. Goosebumps for three days and again seeing the video clip !........."

"Just like the RAC Rally of the 1970's, especially the weather conditions.........."

"Can't wait until next year..........."

"I've been to watch two rallies since the RAC and everybody is talking about how good it was and how crap 4wd cars are to watch after seeing Stig, Hannu, Malcolm Wilson in proper rally cars! see you next year and thank you for showing younger people what proper rallying should be like!............"

"I wish I could go there every month and hear that BDA sound............"

"Magical, 800 miles & few hundred quid between four of us, but worth every last penny. We're too young to remember the RAC as it was, but from video footage of years gone by this was the next best thing. Be a permanent date in our diaries for years to come."
 

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Hers is another comment regarding RAC's of the past from the website:

November 1972, I had just passed my driving test. Since 1968 and the first Escort Twin Cams I was always interested in rallying. I remember listening to the radio under the bedcovers eagerly awaiting the latest Monte Carlo Rally bulletins.

November 1972, special stage 1 was Braham Park, just outside York, it was a very cold frosty Saturday morning if I remember. I walked to the hillside just past the entrance to the house. The gravel track is cut out of the hillside, steep banking on one side and a steep drop on the other.

Suddenly the first car appears, it is Stig Blomqvist in the Saab 96 V4, the track turns sharp left and the car looses grip, it crashes through the fencing and rolls. It lands on its wheels turn rounds and heads back to the stage goes up the steep incline and rams the banking opposite. Instantly without any prompting, hordes of spectators climb the banking and physical lift the Saab to face the correct way and with a cheer, Stig continues his journey in a rather battered looking car.

I think he won the stage but I am hooked.
 
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