Malcolm Wilson Rally

Thousands of spectators are expected in the Lakes today as the 37th Malcolm Wilson Rally gets under way. The beautiful historic Georgian town of Cockermouth will host the rally which covers 45 miles over seven stages.

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Malcolm Wilson rally ends in Cockermouth

Malcolm Wilson rally draws to a close in Cockermouth Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of spectators watched the Malcolm Wilson Rally in the Lakes today.

More than 100 cars roared around some of Cumbria's forest trails.

Organisers say it's generated hundreds of thousand of pounds for the area from fans and participants.

37th Malcolm Wilson Rally under way in Cumbria

A car from the rally last year Credit: M-Sport

Thousands of spectators are expected to gather in key locations to watch more than 100 the cars roar around some of Cumbria's forest trails.

The rally covers 45 miles including forest tracks, over seven stages spread around the county.

The route has been tweaked a little this year to provide the maximum challenge with the single usage of Forestry Commission roads & the longest stages available.

The 2012 event starts and finishes in Cockermouth, the first car leaving at 08.25

During the event a number of rights of way will be closed. The Forestry Commission will close paths, cycle routes and open access land around the rally routes. Closed paths and tracks will be clearly marked. Malcolm Wilson, the boss of M-sport, the team said:

''The rally is a great opportunity to showcase what this area has to offer to the thousands of visitors that come to watch and to the competitors and their crews. The rally generates a huge amount of income for the area and is the perfect showcase for our beautiful landscape.''


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