As you may have heard, the usual Closed-Road Mull Rally cannot be held this year. Thank you all for your patience and understanding while we come to terms with the temporary loss of “The Best Rally on the World”. In its place, we are planning to organise two events on Rally Weekend as described below. The objectives of these community volunteer-run, not-for-profit sporting events are:
- To maintain the spectacle for local residents to enjoy;
- To maintain tourist income to the island;
- To retain continuity of presence in preparation for the return to closed-road rallying in the future.
Friday 13th October 2017
A Targa Road Rally which is an event restricted to road cars and road tyres. The competitive sections are restricted to a maximum average speed of 30 mph. Once on the public roads, the cars will travel with the general traffic flow. The competitive sections form either Special Tests (tight and twisty routes, where the competitor endeavours to set their fastest time) or Regularity Tests (where the competitor attempts to maintain a specified average speed).
The competitive section are planned to take place on various private properties across the island.
Saturday 14th October 2017
A Rally Time Trial which is a sprint competition open to fully-prepared rally cars as seen on the Mull Rally. This is planned to take place in a forest in the North of Mull. After a low-speed recce run, each car would attempt the forest stage a number of times, nominally 4 but perhaps 6 if time allows. The best time of the day wins. The cars would return to the paddock at low speed along the public road.
Once the various landowner and permitting agreements have progressed, a residents’ letter will be sent through the post.
Information for competitors and spectators will be published, along with details of the social events on the Mull Rally website in due course.
Please be assured that the Mull Car Club and many others are also working hard behind the scenes to bring the rally back to the public roads, in a form as big and as spectacular as we have all become used to.