Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Ray Kempster Memorial Hill Rally to take place at Walters Arena

Walters Arena near Glyn Neath in South Wales will be the venue for a one-off single day hill rally event to celebrate the life of Ray Kempster whose life was tragically lost in a racing accident in 2010.

For over 20 years Ray was a regular and popular face in cross-country motorsport, be it in trials or high-speed competitions. When he wasn’t competing Ray could be found helping to organise events and laying out courses and if he wasn’t doing this he was helping people with their racing, lending his time to sort cars or nurturing the enthusiastic beginner.

The All Wheel Drive Club-permitted event, which will take place on Saturday 6th August, will be an opportunity for cross-country competitors to come together and remember a great man. It will be a National B cross-country event covering approximately 65 miles across 10 stages.

Following the rally there will be an awards presentation with the hand-made winner’s trophy being presented by its creator, Ray’s wife and long-time navigator Vonnie. There will also be a charity auction with lots donated by businesses and friends supporting the event. All monies raised will be divided between the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and a newly formed Cross-Country Safety Fund.

For those wishing to compete, the entry fee is just £199 and entry is open to members of any of the MSA invited clubs (AWDC, Marches 4x4, NORC, SCORC, ALRC etc).

Any tyres from the MSA’s AT and MT list can be used and, as the event exclusively uses private tracks, road legality is not a requirement for competing vehicles.

Supplementary regulations for the event will available shortly, please contact Andy Mills ( or Nic Blundell ( if you are interested in taking part in what promises to be a memorable day.