January 4th, 2019
2019 Legend Fires North West Stages Press Day
The 2019 Legend Fires North West Stages in partnership with Simpson’s ŠKODA was launched last week at Myerscough College, near Garstang, the new headquarters for the rally, to be held on Saturday 23rd March. The event will be the first of its kind in the North of England to make use of the change to the Road Traffic Act allowing motorsport events to take part on the public highway.
A route comprising of 12 special stages and 50 stage miles, that includes 35 miles miles of closed public roads, will utilise a number of country lanes in the Borough of Wyre. Myerscough College’s Motorsport Centre will host the pre-event scrutineering and central service area, a perfect location with stages planned to both the east and west of the venue.
Event Director Dave Read said “We have worked closely with Wyre Council having previously run Special Stages on the Council owned Fleetwood Waterfront. We are confident the rally will bring significant levels of income to the area at what is a relatively quiet time in tourism terms.” An interview with Dave Read can be heard here.
Belinda Oldham, Head of Motorsport at Myerscough College and University Centre said she was pleased that the event would be based on site: “The College is looking forward to welcoming the hundred or so competitors onto our beautiful campus. The organising committee have worked tremendously hard to get to this point and with the combination of closed roads and private venues it should be a fantastic event for both competitors and spectators.”
Myerscough HE Motorsport tutor, Simon Moss, said: “Occasions like this give the students crucial real life experience on events where they’ll be working alongside potential employers. The students will get to experience, first hand, a major event and such experience looks great on their CV when they apply for jobs within the industry.”
Guests were given the opportunity to sit with one of nine north-west drivers as they tackled a short special stage set up within the college grounds. Amongst those was John Stone, Managing Director of the Blackburn based event sponsors Legend Fires, who brought his Ford Fiesta WRC. An interview with John Stone can be heard here.