Rallying return is on track for Cadwell Park

The new rally is being held in memory of former Border Motor Club member Alan Healy, pictured in action in his racing heydey. Photo supplied.
The new rally is being held in memory of former Border Motor Club member Alan Healy, pictured in action in his racing heydey. Photo supplied.

FURTHER details have emerged about the return of rallying to Louth’s Cadwell Park after an eight-year break.

The sport will make its welcome return over the Easter weekend, when on April 8 the Border Motor Club will hold the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally.

There will be up to 10 stages, totalling around 45 miles, which will utilise the circuit and tarmac access roads.

“Using this venue again came about following a conversation with the owners, Motorsport Vision, by one of the former officials of South Bank Motor Club that ran rallies there for 16 years in the 80s and 90s,” said a spokesperson.

“As they are not actively organising events anymore, that person contacted Border, as he was keen to see another local motor club involved.

“When news of the event became known, some former members of South Bank offered their assistance with the running of the event.

“This rally came at an opportune time for Border as the previous place used by them had not been available for a few years, and club members were ready to put to good use all the expertise they had gained from the events they had organised.”

The return of rallying will be an emtional one for the Border Motor Club, which will hold the event in memory of Alan Healy, its late president and one of its founder members.

“His great enthusiasm in all he did in Motorsport had an influence on everybody who knew him,” continued the spokesperson.

“In a long and varied career Alan had been a driver, a steward, sponsor, clerk of course, Lombard RAC control officer and several other titles - but he was just as comfortable and at home operating a radio or simply being a marshal.

“Alan had been at the first of the South Bank Cadwell stages, and the club think he would approve of Border now carrying on the tradition of organising events at this great venue,” they added.

The supplementary regulations for the event are now published and entries received, including one from a former event winner in a MKI Ford Escort, and two WRC Subarus.

Spectators are welcome at the venue. Tickets are £10 in advance and £13 on the day. Visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk for details.