This Saturday (17th August) sees the spectacular Aries 13 Rally Hebrides being run with 30 rally cars from all over the country making tracks for Stornoway.
This non competitive rally event is run by Lewis Car Club with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year the highest sum ever was raised by the event with a final tally of just over £21,000.
This year the Rally is privileged to have been sponsored by a recently launched Charitable Foundation, “Aries13” set up in memory of Megan Macleod. The Foundation aims to advance methods of detecting breast cancer using cutting edge technology.
Kenny Macleod who created the foundation is originally from Lewis and still has strong island connections sponsoring the Ford Escort Mk2 of local driver Calum George Buchanan from Uig.
The Aries 13 Rally Hebrides stages are broadly the same as last year, starting at the Castle Grounds with the first car away at 9.55.
Spectators are encouraged to watch from the premium viewing area on the Castle Green where the cars can be seen negotiating several tricky corners.
Lewis Car Club needs spectators to be in place at least 30 minutes before the advertised stage times for safety reasons.
After a service break at the Comhairle car park the rally moves onto the popular Melbost Farm Stage. First car is due through at 12.10 and the cars can be seen (and heard) from quite a distance on this stage!
After another short service, and probably tyre change, the Cars head to the last stage of the day at Lewis Motorsports facility at Creed Park at 14.50.
This is where spectators will probably see the biggest change as the track has undergone a major transformation from last year.
Enhanced safety features, new areas of track and a sloping viewing area should make this an exciting end to the rally.
The track also provides the rally drivers with a chance to show their car control skills to a large audience (and their fellow drivers!) and provides a popular and fitting end to the rally.
Please come along and support the Rally and help to raise some cash for Macmillan!