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The Story Behind the Stages - Coom Hill

Sponsored by Maple Garage

We are delighted to continue the Club’s long-standing partnership with Maple Garage who are the sponsor of this stage. The MG and Isuzu dealership have been great supporters as the main sponsors of the Beaver Road Rally, which the Club has run for over 40 years.

Phil Burton, the current dealer principal, has won that event on more than one occasion and is extremely familiar with the local roads as Maple Garage is located at nearby Sproatley. Phil has an entry for the rally in his Subaru Impreza WRX STI and should be setting some quick stage times with his local knowledge.

The stage passes Burton Constable Hall before ascending the dizzying 16 metre height of Coom Hill for which the local farm and the stage are named. It uses Jackey Lane and Engine Lane, roads that have become synonymous with the Beaver Road Rally. We really think this will become a classic stage - it has something for everyone, with a mixture of fast flowing roads and tight technical sections.

The Club has arranged a spectator area at Burton Constable Hall, which has been owned by the Constable family for over 700 years. The oldest surviving part of the house dates to a medieval pele tower from the 12th century, but in the 1560s Sir John Constable built the Elizabethan house that remains today.

The Hall is set in parkland which was landscaped between 1772 and 1782 by Capability Brown. Burton Constable is one of Brown's best documented projects, as notes of his eight visits and the instructions he issued whilst touring the ongoing works were recorded and kept by the estate steward, John Raines. He created the two lakes separated by a dam-cum-bridge, planted clumps of trees and installed sunk fences and the ha-ha. We will be announcing full details of the spectator area set in this beautiful park in the next few days, so watch this space.

The Stage is being run by That's Motorsport, a very experienced team who run stages on many events throughout the year. Both Dave Brodie (Stage Commander) and Jon Aston (Deputy Stage Commander) are members of the MSUK team that supports the Kenya Safari Rally. The team are supported by members of Glossop and District Car Club who are looking after the arrival control and Ilkley & District Motor Club who will be at the flying finish and stop controls.

It takes an astonishing 113 stage personnel to run the 7.5 mile Coom Hill Stage, with 71 marshals, 22 radio communications operators, eight timekeepers, four recovery crew and four medical/rescue crew and four stage team members.

The Club wishes to thank every volunteer who has offered their services so generously to make all the stages of the rally possible.


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