WATCH: Old school rallying on its way to Sunderland

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OLD school rallying is coming to Sunderland next month.

Herrington Country Park will be reverberating to the sound of classic rally cars as it plays host to the 11th annual Roger Albert Clark Rally from Friday, November 28 to Sunday, November 30.

Coun Harry Truman (right) with two of the rally drivers at Herrington Country Park.

Coun Harry Truman (right) with two of the rally drivers at Herrington Country Park.

The event seeks to recreate the sport as it was in the 1960s and 70s, with late night and early morning stages.

It will be based in the city for the first time, with drivers setting off from the seafront to stages as far afield as Hamsterley and Kielder.

The three-day event will feature teams from across Europe and will include both day and night stages at Herrington Country Park, from 6pm on Friday evening and 8am Saturday morning, which will be free to the public.

City council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman said: “Attracting events like these to Sunderland helps raise our profile, helps boost the local and regional economies, and is offering some great entertainment and sporting spectacle.

Big crowds are expected when classic rally cars like this Saab take to compete on special circuits around Herrington Country Park.

Big crowds are expected when classic rally cars like this Saab take to compete on special circuits around Herrington Country Park.

“There’s a lot of experience in our city for hosting major events, from football to the Sunderland International Airshow, and there’s always a good turnout.

“This event is a major attraction for all motor-sport enthusiasts.”

Rally manager Colin Heppenstall said the event was attracting major interest.

“We’re delighted with the level of interest from Europe,” he said.

“It seems Kielder is very well known in Europe, the crews are keen to come and sample these stages, and following our recent route survey, I’m pleased to say the quality of the stages is very, very good”

Chris Alexander, Chief Operating Officer at Sunderland Live said: “We’re constantly looking to bring new activities to the city and the Roger Albert Clark Rally in Sunderland is a great event, both for rally enthusiasts and for people to come and see the action close up for the first time.”

The teams will have their headquarters in the Seaburn Centre, where the final results will be announced and presentations made on the evening of Sunday, November 30.

The event is being delivered by Sunderland Live on behalf of Sunderland City Council.