INTRODUCTION The Historic Rally of Great Britain will be based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It will thus have the benefit of some of the most modern city-centre facilities in Britain for the documentation and scrutineering plus excellent hotels and a lively social scene in the evenings.The Tyneside area also has some of the best shopping centres in Europe. Modern ferries coming from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Germany serve the new port at Royal Quays and a direct link to France will be added during the coming year. SPECIAL STAGE RALLY The rally will be divided into two distinct sections, the special stage event and the regularity event. The special stage event will be held under a National A permit which will allow entries from competitors from the European Economic Area (EEA), holding a licence equivalent to a British National A (a licence with the European flag on it). The EEA comprises Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and United Kingdom. The special stage event will be further divided into three autonomous categories. These are:- Historic Rally Cars - First registered before December 31st, 1967. Post-Historic Rally Cars - First registered between January 1st, 1968 and December 31st, 1974. Classic Rally Cars - First registered between January 1st, 1975 and December 31st, 1979. The principal award, donated by the Motor Sports Association and presented at a Civic Gala Dinner and Prize Giving on Sunday evening, will go to the winner of the Historic category. Each car will have to produce a valid Historic Vehicle Identity Document issued by the FIA, the MSA or from one of the other European ASNs affiliated to the FIA as well as an MSA Historic Special Stage Rally Log Book. As to the route, the first ingredient will naturally be the stages of such legendary forests as Kielder, Redesdale, Wark and Harewood that have not been used for the Rally of Great Britain since 1996. To the best that they can offer will be added a selection of privately owned stages on a mixture of tarmac and gravel road to a total of about 130 miles. In the selection of special stages, great importance will be given to choosing roads in good condition and appropriate to the historic rally cars that will be using them. The major part of the rally will comprise two loops out from Newcastle upon Tyne on the Saturday and Sunday and returning to Newcastle every night. Scrutineering and documentation will be available from Thursday with the main part being done on Friday. That evening, these will be a test not too far from the city centre to establish a classification and show the general public what historic rallying is all about. THE REGULARITY RALLY The regularity section will be an independent event often travelling on a different route but nevertheless integrated with the special stage event. It will share all the start facilities, all the social events and some of the roads. This means that regularity competitors will not just be using stage roads after the other section has passed through nor will they be kicking their heels while the stage cars take service. It is planned that they will have plenty to keep them occupied during each day and they will arrive back at the finish no later than the bulk of the special stage event competitors. In short, the regularity competitors will get their money's worth and not miss any of the action. Any car first registered before December 31st, 1967 is eligible for the regularity event. The regularity event will be run to a National B permit that again allow competitors from the EEA to enter on their own equivalent national licence. THE OFFER You are invited to reserve your entry for the Historic Rally of Great Britain now. The final entry fees will be in the order of 700 GBP for the stage rally and 400 GBP for the regularity rally, probably less. Both include two tickets to the Civic Gala Dinner and Prize Giving. The organisers have secured deals on all grades of accommodation within the city and full details will be sent to comptetitors upon receipt of their entry. By paying a returnable deposit of 100 GBP and 65 GBP respectively now, you will be placed on a priority list that guarantees you an entry provided you take it up before entries officially close on February 1st, 2000. You will also be the first to receive all information, newsletters and regulations pertaining to the Historic Rally of Great Britain 2000. And most importantly, your deposit will be deducted from the cost of your entry fee payable next year. To reserve your entry, please contact the rally organisers, Historic Rally Management Limited, at the address below for a brochure and reservation form. Note that no stamp is required if posted Great Britain. For prospective competitors outside Great Britain, please mail the organisers in the normal way. Like its many predecessors, this Historic Rally of Great Britain in the year 2000 is going to be an event not to miss. Make sure that you are there! Further details are available from:- Historic Rally of Great Britain, FREEPOST SWC2391, Stroud, GL6 9ZZ. Fax: +44 (0) 1453 833316. Telephone:- +44 (0) 1453 833311. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------