Brooklands - the birthplace of British motorsport - will host the start of a brand new motor sport event, the London Rally 4 Heroes on April 19 next year. Bringing a tarmac stage rally to the London area for the first time in two decades, the London Rally will showcase Britain's best rally cars and drivers close to the capital.

The MOD has opened the gates of 60 miles of private military roads to create this rally. There will be spectator stages where families can get close-up views of the cars in action. 100 entries are expected for this unique event that will generate funds for the Help 4 Heroes charity that aids rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. For every mile covered by every car on the London Rally more money will be donated. Motor industry members will also contribute to this motorsport donation.

The London Rally is being organised by the experienced Southern Car Club in association with other motor clubs in the region. The aim is to grow the event to National Championship status in three years and double the stage mileage to 120 miles. Stages in Windsor Great Park and North Hampshire could be added in 2014.

"Our ambition is to establish the London Rally in 2013 and keep it growing to get top class recognition. As a thank you to the MOD for making these new roads available for our rally competitors we are proud to contribute to the charity that helps our military heroes. I want all of our crews to secure additional sponsorship from their friends and business colleagues so that we can make a valuable donation to Help 4 Heroes," says Rick Smith, Rally Director.

"Brooklands Museum is delighted to be the start venue for this brand new motor sport event. We gave birth to the sport in Britain and are delighted to nurture this new young event which will grow into a prestige event to add to our long history of sporting success,? says Allan Winn Director of the popular Brooklands Museum. ?It will be exciting to have top class rally teams here and this will bring a new group of spectators to the Museum which will spread awareness of the magnificent displays on show here all year round."

Lt. Colonel James Sunderland reports that the Military is fully behind the creation of this new rally. "We have a very strong motorsport ethos in the services with competitors in all branches of the sport. Providing these facilities enables our neighbours in the community to enjoy the very best of British rallying and the British Army Motoring Association will be helping run the event and aiming to make it a great success."

Issued 28/11/2012
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29th November, 2012