Driving force grows
KYOGLE residents only ever have two questions to ask Stephen Davies whenever he comes to town. "Are you here for the gas or the rally?"
Davies is from the Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club and clerk of the course that will look to expand the popular Border Rangers Rally into Kyogle this year.
The event has run in parts of the Woodenbong and Urbenville areas since its inception in 2005.
"The event is becoming more popular and we had to turn starters away last year," Davies said.
"We want more New South Wales competitors and to get that we need to spread out more."
Vehicles used range from classics through to the most modern all-wheel-drive specialist machinery.
All stages will be run on gravel and in daylight on August 25 and will include roads around Kyogle.
A special Super Stages promotional night will be run at the Kyogle Showgrounds the night before.
Kyogle Shire Council has given event organisers permission to evaluate the routes and consult with residents living along the roads before it makes a decision on the rally.
Kyogle has previously hosted the Australian leg of the World Rally Championship before organised anti-rally groups forced the event to Coffs Harbour last year.
"It's all looking good and we're very excited," Davies said.
"We've had some positive feedback in the past six months and the people can't wait for a rally event to come back to Kyogle.
"We'll be doing some door-knocking and handing out some flyers to residents but most of them already know about it so it won't be anything unfamiliar.
"It won't be anywhere near as big as the World Rally Championship but we expect to bring 500 people into the region. We also look to use community associations like the Rural Fire Brigade and SES so that they can raise funds for new equipment and training."