The field is the largest of any tarmac rally event in the world for 2021, with more than 400 cars entered across all categories. The public will be in the box seat to see the massive field in action with designated spectator areas each day, and a new stage specifically designed with spectators in mind.
Wairoa Special Stage is the final stage on Day 3, Saturday November 27. At just one kilometre long, the stage snakes between the Adelaide Hills towns of Aldgate and Stirling, with a jump and series of esses offering plenty of action for fans. Elevated viewing positions are available along most of the stage length, with toilet facilities and a coffee cart on site – and entry is free.
The main street of Aldgate will be packed with cars as the field form up, creating a vibrant street atmosphere in the village, which is blessed with a range of cafes, restaurants and a hotel.
Wairoa is just one stage of the Rally offering viewing opportunities for enthusiasts. Each day of the event there is at least one stage designated as a spectator stage, with toilet facilities and marshals in place.
Tarmac rallying can be difficult to watch as it is usually held in out of the way locations, with extensive road closures making access difficult. The Adelaide Rally is unique in being so close to a capital city, and organisers are making the most of this proximity with seven spectator stages.
As well as the Wairoa stage, fans can get their fill of rally fun on Thursday, November 25 at the Windy Point stage, on the Friday at Stafford Hillclimb, and a second spectator stage at Lobethal on the Saturday. On Sunday there are three spectator opportunities, at the iconic Mt Lofty stage, as well as Sturt Valley and Yarrabee stages.
The Adelaide Rally has long been known for its festive atmosphere and free community events.
In 2021 the Gouger Street Party is back after a Covid-induced hiatus, joined by the Bridgewater Lunch Stop and Spring Fair and the East End Finale, both held on the Sunday. The new spectator opportunities take it to a new level.
A 50-page spectator guide is available for download on the website at www.adelaiderally.com.au/spectators