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NEWS RELEASE No: 1543625 APRIL 2012

Killer Kielder gears up for rally classic

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Rally car tackles Kielder's tracks

Escorts, Chevettes and Porche 911’s will be turning back the clock in Kielder Water & Forest Park on Saturday (28 April) for an historic rally of epic proportions.

The spectacular 62,000 hectare Forestry Commission woodland – dubbed rallying’s Wembley for its stern test of man and machine – hosts the 21st Pirelli Rally this weekend.

And to mark the milestone – and celebrate over 50 years of car sport in England’s biggest forest – classic marques from the 1960s and 1970s will go head-to-head to tackle tough forest stages before their modern day counterparts take to the forest as part of the MSA British Rally Championship.

Jonathan Farries from the Forestry Commission said:

“The classic cars will start under the battlements of 18th Kielder Castle and it will be a stunning sight to see them back again as Kielder is a spiritual home of the sport.  The competition will be hot throughout the day.”

The historic rally starts at 7.30am.  The first car is due to cross the finishing line at Carlisle racecourse after 2pm. For spectator viewing points and car parks in the forest visit


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