The Three Legs of Mann

15th - 17th March 2012


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In March 2012 we return to the Isle of Man, that jewel in the Irish Sea for the second running of “The Three Legs of Mann”. With over 600 hundred miles of roads shoe horned into a 33 miles by 13 miles island, 40% of which is uninhabited, it is the perfect place for rallying.

The island mecca of motorsport gave the 2010 inaugural event a warm welcome and we enjoyed the assistance of the Manx Government and the enthusiastic support and co-operation of the Manx motor clubs. This combination enabled us to run a competitive action packed road event and style of the 2012 event will be similar and hopefully equally popular.

The rally will retain the successful two day, three part format with no nonsense navigation providing a challenge to the driver and the navigator while ensuring maximum enjoyment for both. Route planning is once again in the hands of Fred Bent and Manx resident John Bateson. To allow time to relax with your fellow competitors much of the route information will be issued in advance, mostly in the form of good quality coloured photocopies that you should not need to transfer on to your map. Additional information will be handed out one hour before the start of each Leg but again the presentation will be in a straight forward way.

The ability to close public roads for the Special Tests provides a wonderful opportunity to select the best sections of what are widely regarded to be classic rally routes. We have taken the experience of this concept from our first visit and moved the goalposts a little further! Supplemented by some excellent private venues we are confident there will be something for everyone amongst the twenty five or so great tests, around twenty regularities and a challenging evening section.

The Rally HQ this time will be the Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club, an ideal base with plenty of parking. Set amongst the rolling hills of Manx countryside it is conveniently situated midway between Ronaldsway, the Isle of Man airport and Douglas, the Islands capital and ferry port. It has the advantage of being within easy reach of the facilities of the town and yet sufficiently clear of habitation to permit immediate competition. The meal halt at the end of the first leg and the prize giving dinner at the conclusion of the rally will be at this venue.

Provisional Timetable

  • Thursday 15th March - 17:00 – 21:00 Scrutiny & documentation
  • Friday 16th March - 08:30  Rally Start Leg 1 - TT Grandstand
  • Friday 16th March - 16:30  End of Leg 1 - TT Granstand
  • Friday 16th March - 19:00  Start of Leg 2 - Mount Murray Hotel
  • Friday 16th March - 22:55  End of Leg 2 - Mount Murray Hotel
  • Saturday 17th March - 08:30  Start of Leg 3 - Mount Murray Hotel
  • Saturday 17th March - 15:40  Rally Finish - TT Grandstand
  • Saturday 17th March - 20:00  Prizegiving Dinner - Mount Murray Hotel

Route Definition

Route information will generally be in the form of pre marked maps, issued one hour before the start of each leg. Regularities will be designed to be easy to follow with few speed changes, the emphasis of the event is for a short fun packed weekend event where just a few seconds will separate the leading crews.

Accommodation and Getting to the Island

We assume that the majority of crews will travel out from Heysham on Thursday afternoon and return on Sunday morning. Due to maintenance schedules it’s not yet possible to confirm whether the return sailing will be to Heysham or Liverpool. Once again we have worked with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. The combined ferry / hotel package, a booking form can be downloaded from the link above.

Can I bring my ... ... ... ... ?

Cars must be of a model type that was first produced prior to the end of 1981, although only pre 1974 type cars will be eligible for overall awards. The cars will be spilt into classes, based on age and cc.

The Classic Rally Association will continue to generally favour older cars and the route chosen has been planned around cars from the 1960’s but both older and newer cars will feel equally at home. The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars.

I have not rallied before / I have done lots of rallies ...

Whichever applies to you, or if you fit somewhere in between you won’t be alone, all our events have a good mix of crews and you’ll soon make friends with other crews regardless of their abilities. On most of our events about 20% of the entrants are new and rapidly learn from the more experienced crews around them.

Come and join us for the Three Legs of Mann and rally with the most experienced organising team in Europe