28 2014

Marshals Awards

The Greystoke Rally team have now completed the draw for the various items donated as awards in the draw for marshals who signed on for the rally:

Subscription to Pacenotes Magazine - David Love, Navigator’s Rally Bag - Ernie Harrison

Navigator’s Rally Bag - Ernie Harrison, Bottle of Wine - George Bruce, Bottle of Wine - John Edwards

£10 - Ken Mooney, £10 - Dan Orme, £10 - Gary Fearnley.

Congratulation to you, if you have not already received your gift it is on its way to you. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the event so successful and we hope to see you again next time.

19 2014

Thank You

On behalf of the organising team a massive thanks to all the marshals, radio operator, recovery crews, medics, and of course the competitors for making this years rally possible. The weather did it’s bit for us, kept the dust down for most of the day and allowed us to run rain free right up to going home time.

Thanks again.

Don’t forget Motors TV Special Stage Extra on Wednesday 6th August to see the rally featured on this programme on Sky and Freeview HD.

03 2014

Final Instructions & Seeded Entry List

Final instructions which includes the route to noise test and scrutineering, together with the seeded entry list, are now available in the competitors section of the website.

26 2014

They’ve All Gone

Sorry to disappoint but any competitor who was at this late stage going to request to scrutineer for Greystoke on the Sunday morning has now missed their opportunity. All of the limited number of places available have now been reserved. So get those cars ready and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday 12th at Braithwaites Garage.

17 2014

Marshals Wanted!

It’s not long now to the next running of the Greystoke Stages on the 13th July, so we are hoping that all the marshals who have kindly helped us in the past will come along again and support the event. The organisers and competitors do appreciate all the efforts given by the marshals.

As previously there will gifts and also chances in a prize draw for all those who sign on. We cannot guarantee the sunshine (and the dust!) of last year but the weather team have received our request to send any rain elsewhere.

If you are planning to attend please do contact our chief marshal Irving Wilson, see the marshals tab on the web, who will be more than happy to add you to his list.

17 2014


Following one or two little problems over the last couple of years we have decided to introduce a new system for the issuing and checking of media passes for the P & R Benn Greystoke Stages Rally. Media being defined as press, photographers and TV film crews.

For this year, 2014, anyone wanting to have a media pass into the Greystoke forest venue on the day will have to apply in writing to Andy Barnard, the event Press & Publicity Officer, by the 27th June 2014. Requests can be sent to Andy via the event website email which is info@greystokestages.co.uk or through the messaging system via the Greystoke Stages Rally on Facebook where you can get hold of Andy’s Facebook contact. Anyone wanting a pass should send their name, address, postcode, the organisation you are representing and mobile telephone number to Andy and passes will then be posted out to all the week commencing the 30th June.

On the day of the event passes will have to be shown to the marshal on the gate at the entrance to the forest and the service area to enable access to the rally. The marshal will check off against the list of passes issued and we are sorry but no pass, no entry. Once cleared through the gate you should then proceed to signing-on which will be near the service area.

26 2014


The organising team of the 2014 P & R Benn Greystoke Stages Rally have been staggered at the number of entries they’ve received so soon after the entry list opened on Monday 21st April for the 13th July Cumbrian event.

Within 48 hours almost half of the 55 starting places on this year’s rally had been snapped up and by the end of the week the entry list was full.

Roger Fisher, Clerk of the Course, said `We had hoped that we would attract a full entry again this year but never expected it to fill so quickly. With our rally being one of only two rallies that can be run at Greystoke Forest in a year I guess competitors are grabbing this opportunity when they can. My advice to anyone contemplating a run would be to get your entry to us even if the entry list is full. We will start a reserve list, as we did last year, and all of those crews in 2013 eventually got a run.`

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.

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