February 27th, 2022 sees the very first stage rally take place on the closed public roads of East Yorkshire, and I’m very proud to say I’ll be joining organising club, Beverley and District Motor Club as the commentator for the spectator special stage.
However, it is with mixed emotions that I accept the role of commentator for the event, as it was originally going to be well-known rally commentator Bob Milloy entertaining the crowds in Hull. Bob very sadly passed away earlier this week at the age of 72, so I’ve been asked to step in.
While I’m delighted to be involved with the rally, I will very much be doing so in tribute to Bob, who I have known and worked with for many years; not only in my various rally media roles, but also in my capacity of Circuit Manager of MSV’s Cadwell Park, where Bob often joined us as a commentator.
My earliest rally memories are of standing in Hull City Centre watching the stars of the rallying world, including Roger Clark flagged off on events like the North Humberside Stages. The thought of rally cars returning to Hull and East Yorkshire, especially on closed public roads is spine-tingling.
The spectator special stage is based on the roads around the beautiful Burton Constable Hall, taking in the roads around the stately home venue, and will no doubt rekindle the magic of the stately home stages of rallies like the Lombard RAC Rally, of which a stately home dash was one of the staples.
My thoughts on the day will be with Bob Milloy, his friends and family. I hope to see as many of you as possible out to enjoy the action, and support the organisers by enjoying this historic event.
For spectator information and timings, click HERE.
See you on the stages!