Would-be rally car drivers are hereby called upon to attend the 2010 ‘Come and Try’ rally day on October 30 to be held in the Mundaring forest at Chidlow in the picturesque Perth hills region.

Organisers will cordon off a 2.5km section in the Mundaring hills for rally enthusiasts to jump into a rally car and test their skill and their heart on a real rallying track.

Organiser Lisa Read-White said while motorsport is perceived as difficult to get into, very expensive and challenging to understand all the rules and requirements, the 2010 ‘Come and Try’ rally day was designed to challenge all that.

“The rally presents an opportunity for the general public to come along and talk to those involved in gravel rallying, to ask questions, look over the cars, and hopefully realise there is a whole level of grass roots motorsport that doesn't necessarily require big and expensive budgets,” she said.

The ‘Come and Try’ rally day will display approximately 30 current competitors in the WA Clubman and State gravel championships. Alongside these guys and girls will be approximately ten ‘Come and Try’ competitors who will be trying out rallying for their first time in whatever car they have available.

“These competitors will be guided through preparing their vehicle, safety, pace notes and their first two runs through the course will be with an experienced driver or co-driver,” Read-White said.

“Competitors are encouraged to come in any car they have available, as long as it is mechanically sound and safe in terms of road legal tyres, working lights and good seatbelts. Minimum safety gear in the form of a long sleeve shirt, long pants and enclosed shoes are also required,” she said.

Helmets will be provided and vehicles that rally enthusiasts bring along do not have to be licensed as the course will be closed off to normal traffic.

In addition to assisting the ‘Come and Try’ competitors, experienced drivers will be available to provide rides to the public. This is only the second time in the history of the sport in Western Australia that gravel rallying has been opened up to the public like this.

For $50, anyone brave enough can have two passes through the course experiencing the co-driver’s seat. If they dare, or care to, they can even have a try at reading the course notes.

Public rides start from 10am and will end at 4pm with $50 netting two sensational rides in a real rally car and $30 for a single run-through.

To get to Chidlow head up the Greenmount Hill on Great Eastern Hwy and turn right into Chidlow Rd. There will be signage once you get to Chidlow Rd and the course is located 1km from the main road.

RallyWA is a family-friendly organisation and insists that while motorsport can be dangerous, it is still a sport that the whole family can enjoy. RallyWA encourages parents to inform their children about the dangers of motorsport before attending the 2010 RallyWA ‘Come and Try’ rally day.

For further information on the day and for ‘Come and Try’ rally day entry forms, visit us on the web: www.rallywa.com
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