Wollaton - The Lombard Rally
w/e 27 November 2005
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
Lombard Revival Rally 2005 passed through Nottingham on Friday
with a special stage being held in Wollaton Park. The deer grazing
in front of the Hall which is currently undergoing extensive
restoration, seemed unperturbed as the cars sped along the narrow
paths and tracks.
From the start of the special stage the cars travelled along
a short straight before performing a tight circle to reach the
first check point kicking up the dust in the process.
A closer view of another car midway through the circle while
in the distance the red car (number 24) continues along an avenue
lined by trees to the next check point. Two cars going their
separate ways but heading for the same finishing line.
Near the other end of the avenue the cars turned off at speed
onto a dirt track. With only red and white tape strung across
the tarmac this was not the safest place to be standing to take
a photograph as the cars, some with headlights blazing, were
hurtling straight at me so I was soon on my way.
Climbing the hill up to the Hall, the cars could still be seen
- and heard - roaring through the trees. The trees were not the
only hazard as the sun, now low in the sky and highlighting the
lovely autumn colours of the park would add to the difficulties
of the drivers as they approached another check point in front
of the Hall.
At that check point, Jamie Turner and Graham Dance in car number
47 had their card mark. Having already driven from Oxford to
Nottingham, all the participants after completing this stage
at Wollaton headed off to Chester for an overnight stay before
continuing into Wales.