19 2014


Great news that we’ve been itching to tell you about is that we will be part of the new Special Stage Extra programme on Motors TV UK and that this year’s P & R Benn Greystoke Stages Rally will be filmed and then broadcast on Special Stage Extra on Wednesday 6th August at 7.25pm.

As well as being on Sky channel 447 and on Virgin Media channel 545 the programme will now be seen on Freeview channel 240 opening up an even greater and wider audience for the rally and of course all the sponsors, be that our superb event sponsors or competitors valuable sponsors of their cars and teams.

When you take into account that after the broadcasts the programme then finds it way on to Facebook and YouTube it really does open up this exposure to a massive viewing audience. Competitors, don’t forget to mention this to your sponsors and of course as we anticipate this will encourage a rush of entries when the regs are published get your entry in as soon as you can. We look forward to seeing you all on the day and of course seeing you later on the telly!!

12 2013


The final organising team meeting of 2013 was held in December with some more important decisions made for the 2014 P & R Benn Greystoke Stages Rally.

Some changes to the stage layouts have been finalised and competitors will see some different views of the Cumbrian forest when they zip round in 2014. By bringing a bit of variety to the stages the organisers hope the changes will keep competitors coming back and not get bored with the same format.

In addition to P&R Benn other sponsors have pledged their support for next year – Goodfellows Tyres of Cockermouth, AS Design of Cleator Moor and RABrallyesport from Distington have all agreed to provide the rally with further valuable backing and continued help from the Hundith Hill Hotel near Cockermouth is also greatly appreciated.

Draft regulations are almost ready to be submitted to the MSA for their approval and the road book is nearing completion.

Some additional and new prizes will be up for grabs on the 2014 event with some of them being open to all involved – competitors, marshals, medics, recovery crews, radio operators, everybody – making Greystoke stages 2014 a true team event. More news next year but in the meantime have a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, best wishes from all the organising team and looking forward to seeing you in July ‘14.

21 2013

Checking on the Others

The co-driver members of the Greystoke organising team have been busy lately sampling a variety of events around the UK.

Iain Tullie, Greystoke Event Safety Officer, was navigating for Jan Ebus in a Porsche 356 on the Rally of the Tests in late October/ early November. This event, starting in Chester, looks to seek out the classic test venues, to drive the most scenic routes and to tackle the more challenging roads from the 1950’s RAC rallies finishing in Harrogate this year. A good entry of 80 teams from the UK and Europe in a variety of classic cars tackled the 4 day event with Iain and Jan finishing a fantastic 2nd overall.

On the 8th/9th of Man taking part in the Pokerstars Rally, the final round of the 2013 Manx Rally Championship. For this event Andy was reading the notes for Manxman David Hughes in his BMW whizzing round the closed road special stages on the island. 46 cars entered this final rally of the series and at the Douglas finish David and Andy were a creditable 8th November Greystoke Press and Publicity Officer Andy Barnard was back on the Isle overall and 1st in their class.

The 3 Day Wales Rally GB National in mid-November saw Greystoke Secretary of the Meeting Richard Cooke return to the hot seat of Paul Benn’s Ford Focus WRC for a quick run around the classic stages of North Wales. The pair finished an excellent 4th overall, all the more creditable as it was now one of Paul’s rare events in the driver’s seat with most of his time being taken up looking after other people’s cars.

With this experience on the Greystoke organising team we hope that we can regularly look at the rally from a competitor’s point of view and as a result provide you with an event that is testing yet enjoyable. As always we look forward to seeing you in July next year.

01 2013

2014 Greystoke Planning

The organising team of the 2014 P & R Benn Greystoke Stages Rally met recently to continue the planning of their next event. The first item on the agenda was to confirm the 2014 date as Sunday 13th July, putting the rally at the same point in the calendar as 2013.

Next item to look at was how to make the 2014 rally even better than 2013 with top of the agenda the layout of the stages which next year will incorporate some new elements to keep all crews on their toes and avoid anybody feeling they know the stages in advance. Variety is the spice of life after all!

As well as P & R Benn giving their continued support the organisers will be looking for some new supporters to ensure they are able to keep the entry fee at a level that is acceptable to all crews and ensure the viability of the rally for 2014 and beyond.

More news is likely to follow the December planning meeting so keep your eyes peeled on this website and the rally Facebook page. Oh and don’t forget to put the date in your 2014 rally diary.

29 2013

P & R Benn to continue Sponsorship

With the continuing tremendous support from - P & R Benn we are now working on preparations for the 2014 Greystoke Stages so keep a watch on this website for further details. We shall hopefully in the near future be able to confirm our inclusion in several regional championships.

11 2013

Further Rewards for Greystoke Marshals

As in previous years the Greystoke Stage Rally is pleased to provide support to the Cumbria branch of the Motor Neurone Disease charity and their volunteers will again be assisting with the event.

In addition the charity is delighted to announce that Jennings Brewery of Cockermouth has chosen MND as the charity that the staff of the company will support this year.

To also show their appreciation of the Greystoke event’s support for the charity Jennings are donating a hamper of goodies to be used as an additional premier prize of the draw of gifts for marshals who sign-on for the rally. So good news for marshals – get registered with our Chief Marshal, Irving Wilson!

03 2013

Volunteer Marshals Required

As with any event the 2013 P&R Benn Greystoke Stages Rally on the 14th July can only run efficiently and smoothly with the help of numerous willing and able volunteer marshals.

This year the organisers will be handing out ‘goodies’ to marshals as they sign on at Greystoke Forest and there will be a marshals draw on the day with 5 lucky winners getting some money towards their fuel costs handed back to them.

Greystoke has developed a reputation for not only being a well-run event, which is testament to the marshals who help make it that, but a friendly rally and that is the way all involved want to keep it.

So if you fancy giving some of your time to be part of the 2013 event please make contact with the Chief Marshal Irving Wilson on 07759 936942 and it’s for sure he will be able to find a place for you in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside on a lovely sunny day, honest! We’ve booked it!

See you there.

24 2013

Greystoke is Full!

Thanks to the terrific early response the entry list for Greystoke is already full!

Apologies to any disappointed potential competitors. However, as with all events, it is likely that due to circumstances we may have one or two entries pulled before the 14 July so we are starting a reserve list to ensure that the maximum number of crews get the chance of a run. So if you have been unlucky so far please do make an entry so that we can contact you if places become available. In fact the first car is already on the reserve list.

13 2013

Over halfway there!

With thirty five entries already received things are looking really good for this year’s P&R Benn Greystoke Stages.

So to avoid disappointment don’t delay in getting your entries in, remember there are only limited places available.

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