Local crews compete at rally

Simon Bowen and Richard Robinson finished fourth overall in their Subaru Impreza
Simon Bowen and Richard Robinson finished fourth overall in their Subaru Impreza

THE recent two day Legend Fires North West Stages Rally attracted an impressive entry of 102 crews from all over the UK, including several local competitors.

The rally already has a reputation of being a tough event, however this year’s offering was made more demanding due to the attrocious conditions prevailing on Friday night - the stages on Blackpool’s promenade being battered by stormy weather, bringing sand, seawater, spray, pebbles and other debris over the special stages.

Highest placed local crew at the finish were Simon Bowen/Richard Robinson (Subaru Impreza, seeded 16) who worked their way up the leader board and finished a superb 4th overall.

Driver Simon is from Out Rawcliffe and is the son of Hambleton and Stalmine-with Staynall councillor Lynne Bowen, while Richard, the navigator, from Hambleton, is the husband of Wyre Borough representative Coun Julie Robinson.

Next best placed crew was Duncan Taylor/Stephen Graveson (Ford Escort, seeded 25), they collected an award for 3rd in Class C, and finished 1n 13th overall.

Sadly the hopes of the Myerscough College all-girl team were dashed - leading contender Belinda Cookson/Katy Mashiter (Ford KA) suffered stub axle failure on the first special stage.

Other Myerscough entries of Alex Jackson/Steve Hartley (Micra 1000) and Peter Jackson/Paula Swinscoe also joined the ever-lengthening list of retired crews.

To be classed as a finisher was an achievement ....the list of finishers was smaller than those who succumbed to problems!

Once again the event raised money for charities - the Marie Curie Cancer Care having received in excess of £80,000 since the event’s inception. Other charities benefitting were Broadfield School for Children with Learning Difficulties, and Wateraid.