Rally thrills all the way

Action from a previous rally. The event will be taking place again this Saturday.
Action from a previous rally. The event will be taking place again this Saturday.

FLEETWOOD is gearing up for an action-packed motor rally on the seafront this Saturday morning.

And the Legend Fires North West Stages Rally is expected to draw more spectators than ever, thanks to a change in format.

This year, all the morning’s thrills and action from the event will be concentrated in the town, instead of the previous arrangement which would normally see the morning action split between Fleetwood and Blackpool, with spectators divided accordingly.

The new format is expected to provide an extra boost for Fleetwood.

Event publicity officer Phil James said: “It’s been structured so that people can stay in Fleetwood in the morning and then go down to Blackpool in the afternoon. We are expecting thousands to turn up.

“The route for the cars has been reversed from last year to present a different sort of challenge to the drivers, but the spectator facilities will be much the same.

“There are motor sport fans, of course, but we get a lot of local families coming out to watch at Fleetwood because it’s something totally different. It only happens once a year, it’s free, and it’s great entertainment.”

The rally is in its third year at Fleetwood, the move to the town having been made after a site was lost at Pontins holiday camp in Blackpool.

More than 100 cars, ranging from state-of-the-art world rally cars, that cost close to £500,000, to more modest machines, that cost just a few hundred, are registered to take part.

The rally starts at other venues the previous day, before moving to the Fylde coast. The event has also raised £90,000 for a variety of charities.