When I was a kid, I’d chase the Yorkshire leg of the RAC Rally with my Mum and Dad, and my little brother. Rallying was our life.
Turns out it still is, and yesterday I finished my first RAC Rally…as a presenter.
We went across to Wales, up to Carlisle, further up to Scotland, and back to Carlisle again, joining thousands of competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators on this epic rally pilgrimage.
This is my tenth year of presenting #RallyTV, and with my friends at Special Stage, we set ourselves a huge challenge; to produce a live ‘Rally Report’ show from locations along the route of the rally each evening, featuring coverage from all 32 stages and special features showcasing the cars and the people that make the RAC so special and unique.
We produced these shows with a crew of just four people; two camera operators, a producer and myself in a van which has been ‘adapted’ into a mobile studio, with a retro leaderboard and soundtrack throwing us back to the original rally report programmes that inspired us all in the eighties and nineties.
We were at the mercy of treacherous weather, of mobile phone signal and we’ve produced shows on location at cattle markets, remote country lanes, and Tesco car parks.
I consider myself very lucky to be on such an adventure.