Be Careful, Be Safe
Watching Stage Rallying is very exciting, the cars swing round corners, tail out, fly over jumps and ‘ditch hook’ to get around the bends as fast as possible. But, all this action means that, once committed, the drivers cannot change their intended direction without risk of a major accident. To find spectators walking on the stage in front of them, is extremely disconcerting to say the least, and very dangerous for the spectators.
Please observe the following:
DO NOT walk on the stages once the stage is live, you are putting yourself and the competitors at risk,
DO NOT stand in the prohibited areas.
DO NOT take dogs into the forest with you, if one gets loose and runs in front of a car the result can be imagined. ( A dog was killed on a rally last year – it could have been much worse as the competing crew and spectators were endangered)
DO please follow the marshals instructions, they are there to help keep you safe, not spoil your enjoyment.
DO wear sensible clothing and walking boots or good stout shoes, these forests are not Union Street and the going is sometimes rough.
DO be careful if you have small children with you, if a car goes off it happens very fast and you need to be able to react as quickly. Far better to be in a safe place in the first instance.
REMEMBER cars not only slide around corners, they send a shower of stones and rocks out behind them as the power goes on. If you are in the firing line you can get hurt so stand where you are safe.
The Spectator Control car will come through the stages about 20 minutes ahead of the competitors to keep you informed as to the progress of the rally. Be aware that if you, and others, are in an unsafe position the Safety Officer has the authority to delay a stage, and in an extreme situation, request its cancellation.
There is a small charge (£2.00 per car) for Spectator Car Parks in the forests with all the proceeds going to charity.
SS1 and SS2 Cansco Spectator Spectaculars First Car 09:20
SS1 and SS2 are each a 1½ mile blast around the main car parks at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre at the Bridge of Don. It is a number of years since we last had this show opener at the AECC (and then it was in the dark!) and it will be a fitting start to this years event. Entry is free and there will be free car parking.
SS3 Mitsubishi Station Garage Durris First Car 10:28
SS3 is over 9 miles of furious action around Cairn mon Earn in the Durris complex. There will be a Spectator Car Park on this stage, entry will be £2.00 with all proceeds going to charity.
Car Park ‘A
There is a car park on the forest access road to Cairn Mon Earn which takes you to junction 19, and is reached from the A957 on the Stonehaven side of the hill at map reference 45/780910, signposted as a mountain bike trail, a drive of about a mile will take you to the parking area. Please leave the road clear for other vehicles to pass.
SS4 Fetteresso 1 First Car 11:29
This arrangement of this stage has not been used before, so its inclusion this year will be the first time most of the competitors will have seen this fast and furious stage. The first section away from the start is very tight and twisty, opening out at Junction 9 into a fast flowing section uphill to a hairpin left at Junction 11 and then along sweeping corner at Junction 12 before the run into the finish.
The Spectator viewing points are at Junctions 11 and 12, which should show some interesting action as the cars swing around the bends and head off downhill at high speed, and there will be a Spectator Car Park.
Car Park ‘B’
This car park is again on Forestry roads at Hill of Three Stones and is accessed from the Slug Road, through the Forestry car park at MR 45/791893. A drive of about 1 mile will take you to either of the two junctions, you will have to choose which to go to as it will not be possible to get from one to the other once you are in the forest.
SS5 Glenfarquhar First Car 12:19
The only accessible vantage point on this stage is at Junction 10 where the cars come from the right downhill into a hairpin and head away West. There is a small public Forestry car park in Drumtochty Glen from which the stage can be accessed by following the waymarked road. Please be sure to leave the access clear for the competitors.It is a fairly steep climb but on good surfaces, partly tarmac, for about a two thirds of a mile to Junction 10. Take care as there will be rally cars leaving the stage down the access road once the stage is live.
This stage runs along the south side of the escarpment through Drumtochty Forest and is a very technical stage there are no spectator accesss points into this stage.
SS7 Uniconn Oilfield Services Fetteresso 2 First Car 14:37
The last stage is a ten mile stage using most of the north end of Fetteresso Forest.
It incorporates very fast flowing roads in the first half leading into more twisty, technical areas in the back half.
There will be a Spectator Car Park, near the end of the Stage, where access can be gained to the last corner and the finish of the stage.
Car Park ‘C’
Access to the stage is at Hill of Swanley and is reached via the Forestry entrance at Upper Swanley (MR 45/830873). There will be a one way system, exiting near Swanley Cottages, which is also the competitors exit from the finish of the stage, so take care when leaving. Please note there will be no parking allowed on the public road ,Police cones will be in place , and will be enforced.
From the South turn off the A90 just past the flyover at the sign to Spurryhillock, take first right, signposted Auchenblae, after 50yds and follow the road round for three-quarters of a mile and turn right at the sign post to Riccarton and Banchory, the car park is on the left a mile up this road.
From the North turn off the A90 on the Stonehaven bypass at the sign for Spurryhillock and then right after about a third of a mile into the industrial estate, signposted Kirkton of Fetteresso, follow the road over the flyover round past the Cemetery and turn left after about a mile, signposted Auchenblae,just before the road rejoins the A90, from there follow the instructions above.
Take care if you leave the car park early as once the stage is live there will be rally traffic joining you as you exit the forest.
From the car park it is only a 15 minute walk along the forest road to reach the last hairpin of the stage.
The area has been clear felled so it is possible to walk across to reach the stage finish, if you are prepared for some rough country, a distance of about 500 –600 yards.