September – Our quick run around the British Isles.

September always seems to be a busy time for us at Patterson Pacenotes. This year has proved to be no exception. We really have been to all four corners of our little islands over the past couple of weeks.
Things got of to a shaky start though. A shaky September start could bode badly. First was the cancellation of the Lindisfarne Rally. We got the call while on the Otterburn ranges making the notes. Oh dear. Move on. Losing the Lakeland Stages few days later was more of a shock. The Enniskillen MC run event had done their sums and things just didn’t add up. The difficult decision to cancel was taken. A lack of entries plus the cost of fixing the Fermanagh Forests was just too much to bear. Another bad blow to the NI championship.
So on the subject of cancellations, I never thought that one of them might bring a small consolation.
Although it is of no consolation for the Rally Organisers (Wolverhampton & District MC), the cancellation of The Rally of North Wales (nee Bulldog) earlier in the season, it meant that for the British Historic Championship, were able to pull in this year’s reserve rally, the Colin McRae Stages. The event was a full counting round in 2012 and it will once again play a full roll in the championship. It is always very special to get up into that part of Scotland. The stages really are some of the best in the world, and with the skilled hand of the Coltness Car Club on the tiller, they have chosen another great route. The stages are in great shape having been recently repaired and regraded following some fairly extensive logging. For the BHRC competitors it really is worth the drive.
The trip up to Scotland was via the Warcop training grounds where we did our recce for the Pendragon. Located just off the A66 near the pretty village of Appleby in West Moreland, this is a great clubmans Tarmac rally with deceptively challenging stages. The rally must be doing something right as it continues to get a full entry and we can see why. A real good days rallying.
A quick trip back on the P&O Express and it was off to County Clare for the Clare Stages Rally. The Irish National Championship operates a smart rotational op out system and this year, Clare falls into to that mode. So the COC Dermot Kellaher choose a two stage format repeated three times. It saves some cash for the club and makes for a much more compact route. It worked. The rally has a full entry and while this was written the night before the rally, it looked like the starters list was bursting. We didn’t have time to stop and enjoy the stunning views of the Burren in the distance from the second stage as we had to get further north. Co Tyrone was calling.
The Bushwhacker rally has become something of a legend in Irish Forestry terms. The top drivers call it the Bushwhacker Grand Prix! It’s reputation is of fast stages, fast stages and some more fast stages. The forests are pretty remote though. Right on the Tyrone Donegal Border. Omagh MC have taken really positive steps at keeping the stages within time limits without compromising the quality of the route. It’s a round of both the NI championship and the Southern Forestry and this will be the only time this year that the two championships meet. It’s the final round of the Southern Forestry and the championship winner will be decided on the day. Cant wait for this one.
A quick pause for breath, and two days at home before it’s of to sunny Jersey. Well Jersey isn’t sunny all of the time, and although it’s not very often, we got it while it rained. A lot. The Jersey rally really is an amazing event. The rally packs in some amount of mileage considering it’s size and it’s population. I’m lucky enough to have done the rally. It was a long time ago, in an amazing Mk2 Escort with a really good driver. It was wet that year and I probably didn’t appreciate how slippy the place is when it rains. I do now. Add in the fact that a five mile stage in Jersey seems more like ten, and here you have the unique challenge that a beautiful island like Jersey can offer. But we didn’t have any time to dawdle as we needed to get to County Cork.
The final round of the Tarmac Championship is once again the Cork 20 rally. The rally has been slightly more compact in the last couple of years. For 2013 though the event has decided on a complete rethink. Firstly they have moved the HQ from Cork City to Millstreet. The main reason is to save a drive of almost one and half hours each way to get to the stages. That’s about six hours in total saved. The second big change is, go back to a two day rally, but still be compact, but offer good stage mileage. In Irish terms, considering what they have achieved, it’s almost a work if genius. The route is ultra compact. Only one stage seems to be out of route, and it can be looped easily. The rest just seems to be right next door to each other. Add in the fact the stages are really good, and I mean really good, it seems that this could be one of the best events of the year.
So that’s a quick round up of our travels over the last couple of weeks. Things are still busy and we will try another short blog in about a month.

Red Kite – Jemba Patterson Pacenotes Google Earth Stage Traces.

Following the update about the route notes for the Red Kite, we thought it was appropriate to post the Patterson Pacenotes Jemba Google Earth files. Set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons and using three real classic stages including the rarely utilised Caio, the Red Kite has been given a second chance to run this year after it’s January postponement due to snow. Good luck to all on Sunday and most of all enjoy.

Red Kite GE Files 2013

Remember though, Please note that the Google Earth files are contained in a zip file. If you are using a computer, they will be downloaded to your downloads folder and can then be opened with google Earth. For mobile/iPhone/iPad users – you will be asked to “open in” an app like iFiles or Evernote etc. You must do this and then unzip the files. After this the files can be opened in Google Earth. It seems a long way around but it is worth it. It is assumed that you have installed both a file viewer & Google Earth beforehand. If not they are all available via the App Store and the Android Play Store

Red Kite – Update for Older Notes From Jan Event

UPDATE Friday 6th September

The only real changes on the rally are in Caio. In January it really was very muddy where there had been logging. Logging has now virtually all gone. Also the surface has improved dramatically. We have noted some cautions in the header at the start of the stage about the conditions and these no longer apply.

We have checked the stages and in general they are in much better condition than they were earlier in the year. There is some new gravel in stage 3 Caio after junction 34, but this should be no problem.

Good luck all competitors we hope you have a good and safe run.

Woodpecker Stages – Patterson Pacenotes Jemba Stage Trace

Earlier this evening we posted the Google Earth stage traces for the Sunset Rally in Northern Ireland. So we thought it was only fair to make the same available for the very popular Woodpecker Rally which starts Saturday morning in the pretty historic town of Ludlow. The rally utilises some great stages in the local woods and forests including the dauntingly fast Radnor Forest. A real treat of a rally. Enjoy the Google Earth view by clicking the link below.

Woodpecker GE Files

Remember though, Please note that the Google Earth files are contained in a zip file. If you are using a computer, they will be downloaded to your downloads folder and can then be opened with google Earth. For mobile/iPhone/iPad users – you will be asked to “open in” an app like iFiles or Evernote etc. You must do this and then unzip the files. After this the files can be opened in Google Earth. It seems a long way around but it is worth it. It is assumed that you have installed both a file viewer & Google Earth beforehand. If not they are all available via the App Store and the Android Play Store

Sunset Stages – Google Earth Stage Traces by Jemba & Patterson Pacenotes

Tonight is the annual running of Magherafelt Motor Club’s Sunset Rally. It is a small clubmans event set deep in the Sperrins Mountains in Northern Ireland. It is aways well supported and is also a very popular social event So as we have already made the Patterson Pacenotes and as the Jemba Pacenote System produces its own Google Earth trace, we once again have decided to share this information for your enjoyment. Good luck to everyone involved with the rally this tonight.

Sunset GE Files

Remember though, Please note that the Google Earth files are contained in a zip file. If you are using a computer, they will be downloaded to your downloads folder and can then be opened with google Earth. For mobile/iPhone/iPad users – you will be asked to “open in” an app like iFiles or Evernote etc. You must do this and then unzip the files. After this the files can be opened in Google Earth. It seems a long way around but it is worth it. It is assumed that you have installed both a file viewer & Google Earth beforehand. If not they are all available via the App Store and the Android Play Store

Neath Valley Stages – Google Earth Stage Trace

The RAC Historic Championship makes the trip to South Wales this weekend for the Neath Valley Stages. As we have mentioned before, the stages are in both of the classic Rheola and Margam Forest’s and this could be the only opportunity that competitors get to compete in these former Rally GB stages this year. So as we have already made the Patterson Pacenotes and as the Jemba Pacenote System produces its own Google Earth trace, we once again have decided to share this information for your enjoyment. Good luck to everyone involved with the rally this weekend.

Neath GE Files 2013

Remember though, Please note that the Google Earth files are contained in a zip file. If you are using a computer, they will be downloaded to your downloads folder and can then be opened with google Earth. For mobile/iPhone/iPad users – you will be asked to “open in” an app like iFiles or Evernote etc. You must do this and then unzip the files. After this the files can be opened in Google Earth. It seems a long way around but it is worth it. It is assumed that you have installed both a file viewer & Google Earth beforehand. If not they are all available via the App Store and the Android Play Store

Jim Walsh Cork Forestry 2013 – A Sample Video

The penultimate round of the Valvoline National Forestry Championship is nearly upon us. Traditionally, the Cork Motor Club run Jim Walsh Forestry rally is always one of the most popular events in the championship and this year should prove no exception. We made the Patterson Pacenotes earlier this week and are pleased to report that the stages are in great condition. Cork MC has put a lot of work into repairing the forest roads and without doubt, it has paid off handsomely. Fast and flowing well graded tracks make up most of the route and add in a bit of that famous Cork hospitality, anyone planning to be involved with the rally should have a great weekend. Below is a short video clip from the stages giving a fantastic insight into the quality of the roads. Enjoy!

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Harry Flatters – Jemba Google Earth Stage Traces

The Harry Flatters Rally remains a firm favourite with the Tarmac exponents who just love the fast stages over the Epyntt ranges. The Jemba inertia Pacenote system that we use captures the speed of the Harry Flatters via it’s Google Earth stage trace. The speed is related via colour coding, with purple depicting the fastest sections and yellow the slowest. On the eve of the rally we would wish everyone a safe and enjoyable rally and here is a the download link for the Google Earth files.

 Flatters 13 GE Files

Remember though, Please note that the Google Earth files are contained in a zip file. If you are using a computer, they will be downloaded to your downloads folder and can then be opened with google Earth. For mobile/iPhone/iPad users – you will be asked to “open in” an app like iFiles or Evernote etc. You must do this and then unzip the files. After this the files can be opened in Google Earth. It seems a long way around but it is worth it. It is assumed that you have installed both a file viewer & Google Earth beforehand. If not they are all available via the App Store and the Android Play Store

Imokilly Single Stage – Google Earth Trace

Today sees the second running of the popular Imokilly Single Stage in East Cork. A few people have asked about the Patterson Pacenote Google Earth Jemba Pacenote trace so as the rally is about to start, here is a the download link.

Imokilly 13 Googleearth

Remember though, Please note that the Google Earth files are contained in a zip file. If you are using a computer, they will be downloaded to your downloads folder and can then be opened with google Earth. For mobile/iPhone/iPad users – you will be asked to “open in” an app like iFiles or Evernote etc. You must do this and then unzip the files. After this the files can be opened in Google Earth. It seems a long way around but it is worth it. It is assumed that you have installed both a file viewer & Google Earth beforehand. If not they are all available via the App Store and the Android Play Store

Neath Valley Stages – Sample Video

The Neath Valley Stages has made the step up to the newly formed RAC Historic Championship, and to meet the challenge, the rally has also stepped up with a move into the bigger forests in the Neath Valley area. With stages in both of the classic Rheola and Margam Forest’s, this could be the only opportunity that competitors get to compete in these former Rally GB stages this year. It is well known that Wales Rally GB will move to more northern stages for 2013 at least, and almost certainly for the next couple of year’s as wind farm development is restricting the use of some of the more classic south Wales forests. Neath Valley Clerk of the Course, Den Golding has asked us to post a little sample video of this year’s stages, just to highlight how good the stages are. We cant disagree, it should prove to be a fantastic event for all concerned.