Hot on track of a legendary prize

Fast track: Peter Jackson and Kevin Parkinson in action in their Ford Escort Mk2
Fast track: Peter Jackson and Kevin Parkinson in action in their Ford Escort Mk2

The biggest motorsport event of its kind in the north of England comes to Preston this weekend – and Garstang and Preston Motor Club competitors will be taking part.

The 2013 Legend Fires North West Stages Rally will utilise facilities at the Trax Motorsport Centre, off Riversway.

The Lookers Citroen Trax Special Stage will be held on both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and is expected to be a huge hit with all motorsport fans.

More than 90 cars will be timed to the second over the one-mile track, providing a spectacle of high speed action.

A variety of cars are contesting the rally, including world rally cars which cost up to £500,000 each. They will be pitted against more ordinary looking cars and the Land Rover Wolfs of the Armed Forces Rally Team.

A number of Garstang and Preston Motor Club members are competing, including Peter Jackson, from Whitestake, and his co-driver Kevin Parkinson, from Catterall, in a 2400cc Ford Escort Mk2. Jackson’s son. Alex, is also taking part, alongside Leyland’s Martin Young, in the Myerscough College Ford Ka.

North West Stages veteran Graham Chesters, from Fulwood, will wheel out his familiar blue and white Talbot Sunbeam with regular co-driver Ian Rayner, from Clitheroe, reading the maps.

Hambleton’s Callum Cross, whose co-driver is his father, Anthony, has a special reason to finish Friday’s set of five stages and make the start of Saturday’s first stage on Fleetwood Waterfront.

It is there that competitors will be flagged away by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Coun Don Lawrenson and his wife, Vera.

Callum has a close relationship with them – as they are his Uncle Don and Auntie Vera!

Friday’s Trax action starts at 7pm and surviving crews return on Saturday around 1pm.

Aside from the Preston and Fleetwood venues special stages will also be held on Blackpool’s North Promenade, close to the Norbreck Castle Hotel, which hosts the Rally Village, the biggest motorsport show north of Birmingham.

It promises to be a busy weekend for a group of Myerscough College motorsport students who are servicing no fewer than five cars taking part in the event, which is promoted by Motor Sport (North West) Ltd.

For more information visit www.nwstages.co.uk