Petrolheads ready for Wyedan Rally
Rally car enthusiasts from across the region will visit the Forest of Dean on Saturday for the annual Wyedean Forst Rally.
Around 180 cars will form a high-speed convoy, making its way from Chepstow to Coleford, where there is a staged start at 9am from the marketplace in the town centre.
Despite the withdrawal of a much anticipated Lancia Stratos from the event, the rally will feature many premier cars, including several from the international World Rally Championship class.
It promises to be an exciting event for the thousands of spectators expected to line the 45-mile route through the forest.
Marshalls will be in place along the route but spectators are urged to be sensible and take care, as the cars travel at high speeds and can lose control, especially when cornering.
This year's event is the 38th Wyedean Forest Rally and the event team will be the same group of seasoned professionals as in previous years.
The event is organised by the Forest of Dean Motor Club and course clerk is Phil Turley. He is supported on the day by entries secretary Lilian Turley and joint Chief Marshals John Brain and his daughter Sam.
One of those attending Saturday's event is Charlie Morgan, a car enthusiast for many years who now runs Mottec Automotive, an engine diagnostics service based in Gloucester.
He is heading over to the forest on Saturday with a group of fellow petrolheads and said he is greatly looking forward to the event.
"It's the one event in the year that I refuse to miss," he said. "I told my wife months ago to not even think about persuading me not to go!"
"The Wyedean Rally is certainly the premier local rally and I've been going to it for well over 20 years.
"It's now the only rally that uses the Forest of Dean – years ago there was the Welsh Rally and the RAC Rally but it was getting overused.
"It's still probably the most accessible Forest rally for spectators. It's great, because you can get around easily, although that makes it quite difficult for the marshalls to watch out for the spectators.
"But the Forest of Dean Motor Club manage it very well these days.
"The only downside is that regulations on noise have changed things a bit. As a petrolhead part of the joy of the event used to be that you could hear these amazing engines roaring their way through the forest before you saw the cars."
For more information on this year's event visit www.wyedeanrally.com.