NEW Brighton promenade will once again be transformed into a racetrack as almost 100 drivers compete to win the iconic time trials competition.

The Cataclean Promenade Stages Rally returns for its 40th anniversary on Friday 9 and Saturday, September 10, 2022.

The 2022 Cataclean Promenade Stages Rally, organised by Wallasey Motor Club and sponsored by Cataclean, is expecting thousands of spectators to descend on the promenade.

First held in 1981, the only event of its kind in the UK returns for its 40th year after a hiatus due to covid.

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Wallasey Motor Club Chairman Gary Marriott said: It feels great to return for our 40th anniversary after time out due to covid.

“The event has such a special history and we take great pride in bringing so many people to the area for two days of incredible rallying.

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“Some of the events have had up to 15,000 spectators and it’s always a really fun, family friendly showcase.”

The event begins on Friday, September 9 with the first car away from Coastal Drive at 7.30pm.

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Cars start the timed circuit every 30 seconds, racing to complete the circuit in as quick a time as possible.

Over the two days, teams compete to be the fastest in their class. After the two Friday night stages, one of which is floodlit, there will be a full day of competition on the Saturday with action starting at 8am until approximately 6pm.

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The event will feature rally cars, including Ford Escort, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Ford, Porsche, Mini, VW, Darrian and many other iconic makes and models, driven by competitors from throughout the UK.

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Service Area Manager & Assistant Equipment Officer Tam Doerfel Hill said: These events are amazing and everyone goes away buzzing.

“It’s a sheer adrenalin rush witnessing cars travelling so fast, with all the sounds and smells associated with extreme driving.

“But what people don’t see is all the preparation and planning so much goes into it to ensure it’s a safe event for all concerned.”