MS has a growing Performance Rally segment with a performance rally and rally sprint events organized by the Bluenose Autosport Club.
The Ledwidge Lookoff Rally is back for 2014 with more stages, new kilometres and more opportunity to see the cars in action! Now in its fourth year, the organizers and volunteers are set to make this August’s event as exciting as last year’s inaugural and sensational return to full-fledged Regional Rally in Atlantic Canada.
The hot weather and the thrilling gravel stages through Conrad Quarry’s lunar landscape in Dartmouth and Ledwidge’s green hills in Tennecape attracted both local and national entries last year, resulting in a tight battle for top position. The struggle for first amongst the drivers made for a great show for competitors and spectators alike. Shubenacadie’s Jonathan Conrad, with veteran co-driver Clarke Paynter emerged victorious to take first in Production Class and the rally overall.
This year promises to be even more exciting with the return of spectator stages on Saturday evening in the city of Dartmouth. On Sunday, the rally moves to the northern shore of Hants county for 108 km of twisting terrain over 12 stages.
“I’ve never been so excited to wear a snow suit in the blazing summer sun!” said competitor Gordon Sleigh, referring to the particular joy of wearing Nomex safety gear in hot weather. Heat and dirt aside though, entrants are clearly excited about the upcoming stages and all the cars are being eagerly prepped for the event.
Anticipation is growing for drivers, co-drivers, organizers and volunteers alike. This year will require more volunteers than ever before, as the locations of the stages become more far-flung.
“We are going to have multiple volunteer teams up and running simultaneously for this one,” said organizer Ron McKenzie. “We have more ground to cover, but still want our volunteers to have a chance to see and enjoy the action. We plan to have enough people that everyone has lots to do, and still has a great time.”