Stage Rally

The basis of such events – the special stage – is a stretch of road closed to all other traffic which must be covered at a high average speed. In most of Great Britain (the exceptions are Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, the Isle of Mull and the Channel Islands) public roads are not available for this purpose, so special stage events use private land, frequently Forestry Commission roads and airfields.   Cars are prepared to the highest standard, with safety being the first concern. A navigator (also known as co-driver) sits alongside the driver and reads pace notes, a stage diagram or the route directly from a map.   Smeatharpe Wildlife Stages was the last Stage Rally event promoted by Wildlife Autosport and took place in July 2005.  Previous to Smeatharpe Wildlife Autosport promoted Stage Rallies at Cricket St Thomas, nr Chard.