Jim Clark Rally 2008 23rd - 25th May 2008
This will be the Jim Clark’s fifth year in the beautiful town of Kelso. Set in rolling border country an hour south of Edinburgh and nestled on the confluence of the Tweed and Teviot rivers this ancient town with its Georgian cobbled square offers a great backdrop to the event.
The 2008 Jim Clark Rally will consist of 5 separate events each with its own appeal to a spectrum of competitors' ability and budget. The International, National and Landrover rallies get things underway on Friday evening with a ceremonial start in Kelso square, before getting down to real action on Saturday with over 100 miles of stages in both the Lammermuir Hills and Berwickshire lanes. The National Rally and Challenge Rally, which joins the action on Saturday morning finish back in Kelso Square that evening.
For leg two the International Rally is joined by the ‘Reivers’ Rally a ‘National B’ event. Traditionally the ‘Sunday run’ is compact and this year will be no exception despite retuning to the Lammermuirs for a favourite stage and offering Scottish Rally Championship contenders their longest event of the season. The Reivers Rally is a national B status event.
All of the events will be centrally serviced from the one time racetrack and airfield at Charterhall, where there is ample hard stand and easy access. All the overnight ‘parc ferme’ will also be based here.
Activities get underway a week ahead of the event with the Reivers Rally recce session taking place on Sunday 18th May, although most of the recce takes place on the two days before the rally itself.
All of the special stages are held within the old county of Berwickshire. Berwickshire which has Duns at its centre is steeped in Motorsport History and in 1997 assisted with the passing of a road closure order, currently the only one valid on the British mainland.
How to get here:
* Edinburgh 45/ 72 ml/km
* Newcastle 60/96 ml/km
Nearest Railway Station
* Edinburgh 44/70 ml/km
* Berwick -on- Tweed 23/37 ml/km
To Edinburgh 48/77 ml/km
Superfast Ferry to Zeebrugge www.superfast.com
To Newcastle 64/100 ml/km
DFDS and others to Holland , Denmark , Sweden and Norway www.newcastleferries.com
To Stranraer 140/225 ml/km
From Belfast and Larne try Stena Line www.stenaline.com
From the South and West:
Travellers from the south of England, Wales the ferry port from Ireland at Stranraer should pick up the A7 at Carlisle and head north to Hawick they should follow the signs for the A698 and Kelso.
Travelling time from Carlisle 90 minutes
From the South and East
On the A1 north and about 15 mile of Newcastle take the A697 which is sign posted for Coldstream. Once over the Border and through Coldstream (50 Ml) Follow the A698 to Kelso.
Travelling time from Newcastle 90 minutes
From the north
Leaving the Edinburgh bypass at the A68 and follow this road for 17 miles to the first roundabout! Then take the A697 for 5 miles before turning right to Kelso on the A6089.
Travelling time from Edinburgh bypass 60 mins
more info will be posted in the near future when it becomes available