Regency Stages 2012 provide a rally great spectacle
The Regency Stages Rally has been described as a great success by organisers following the two-day event which saw a massive variety of cars fight it out on the roads of the Bath and West Showground, near Shepton Mallet.
Building on the event's debut at the showground last year, the rally featured cars ranging from Mitsubishi Evos and Subaru Imprezas, to a Talbot Samba and Vauxhall Novas.
Spectator areas were enlarged this year, with the viewing areas praised by the fans, particularly for how close you could get to the action, while staying safe.
There was lots of sideways action to be enjoyed, especially with so many rear-wheel drive cars in the field, but a spectacular highlight was Barry Pavey in his Toyota MR2 getting a 90-left wrong and ploughing straight on, smashing a phone box in his way.
Martyn England and co-driver Dawn England in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX were leading by 22 seconds with one stage remaining. Full results should appear on the organiser's Weston-super-Mare Motor Club website, at www.regencystages.com.
A number of Somerset-based crews took part, including England, from Wellington, Duncan Holder, of Mark, in his Rover Vitesse, co-driver Sebastian Simeone, of Westbury-sub-Mendip, in a Ford Escort MK1, and Josh Payton, of East Harptree, in a Ford Escort MK2.
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