Welcome to the 2016 Riponian Rally, which is once again a joint venture between Ripon Motor Sport Club and Whitby & District Motor Club. The format of the event is largely unchanged featuring two runs through a group of stages on the western edge of the North York Moors National park to give just over 40 stage miles.
Whilst much of the stage mileage will be familiar to regulars on the Riponian, one stage uses some never before rallied mileage, coupled with mileage not used for more than 10 years. Whilst another stage uses some mileage never before used on the Riponian.
Another change this year is that whilst Thirsk Auction Mart will once again form the hub of the event, with Rally HQ, scrutineering, documentation, main service, and finish all contained within the one site, this year the event will start from Ripon Market Square, raising its profile and giving competitors and their sponsors increased exposure.
The organising team are once again grateful to the event main sponsor, Peter Stephenson of ABLE UK, together with a significant contribution from Matthew Robinson of Robinson Road Planing Services without whose continued support the event couldn't run.
Once again the event will need plenty of marshals, all offers of help to Mark Williams by email at
Due to new safety regulations for special stage rallies only MSA accredited media will be accepted on the event
As everyone is aware, David sadly passed away recently and his co driver Guy Weaver and a few others are selling "Rallying for David Stokes" stickers. The proceeds from the sale of these stickers are going to the cancer charity of David's choice.
Miles Cartwright will be bringing a supply of these stickers when he competes on the Riponian this weekend, so if anyone would like one please see him at the start or at scrutineering. The minimum donation is £5.00