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Historic and Classic Rallying

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Historic Rallying


Historic Rallying is increasingly popular, and provides an opportunity to compete in a variety of styles of Rallying at an affordable cost.


But what in the 21st century is Historic Rallying?

For many the halcyon days of rallying would include the 60’s and 70’s with the evocative sounds of Escorts, Avengers, Saab’s and many more. Not to mention the once heard never forgotten sounds of the group B cars such as the Audi Quattro and the imperious throttle of the Lancia Stratos.


The Motor Sports Association, as with all UK based motorsport is the governing body and the details of the regulations for Historic Rallying can be found in the Competitors and Officials Year Book. See  In particular section R.


Historic Rallying can perhaps be best described in three areas which define the style of Rallying.

But first the Categories of cars;


Category 1 – Must have been first registered before 1st January 1968

Category 2 – Must have been first registered between 1st January 1968 and 31st December 1974

Category 3 – Must have been first registered between 1st January 1975 and 31st December 1981


Historic Stage Rallying

This is just as it says, traditional stage rallying with the competition specifically between Historic Cars. The Historic cars will run as a group within a larger event. In some cases the Historic Cars will run through the stages first so they may benefit from slightly less rough conditions.


As with mainstream Rallying the full spectrum of safety requirements are compulsory. Entry fees vary but £400 would be typical.


Historic Road Rallying

This is a little more complex, however all or some of three main disciplines may be found in Historic Road Rallies.


  • Road Sections – may be by predefined route or with ‘Plot & Bash’ Navigation. The route will be timed at a maximum average speed of 30mph…………… but that does not make it easy.
  • Regularity Sections – A route defined in either of the methods noted above and with the additional challenge of following the route at a specific average speed which may vary from part of the route to another. Controls will be in place to check the accuracy of the competitor’s effort. Results are calculated on the basis of the crew who most accurately comply with the time schedule.
  • Special Tests – these are speed tests timed to the second over a predetermined route which is provided to the competitor in advance. The style of tests varies from one organising club to the other.


These three disciplines are challenging when all together. However many of the one or two day events will have an Entry fee of under £100 which may also include food.

Classic Runs

These provide an opportunity for the less competitive and those who perhaps have a greater regard for the “shine” of their car to enjoy there Historic and Classic car without risk, and with like minded people. Focussing on utilising surfaced roads these events are very popular and typically and entry fee may be as low as £30.



It should be noted that where public roads are used there may be a requirement for a special Road Risk Insurance Policy to be taken out. This is often managed by the organisers of the events in the case of Stage and Road Rallies. Costs vary but typically would be in the order of £16 - £30.


Promoters of Historic Rallying

There are numerous clubs which offer Historic Rallying and indeed some which specialise in it.


The Three main promoters are


North of England and Scottish Classic Rally Organisers (NESCRO) –


Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) –


And for those with the larger budget;


Classic Rally Association (CRA) -


Colin Wallace

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