Britain's motor rally drivers have been driven indoors by the Government ban on their sport during the energy crisis.
SV PAN Rally car through forestry roads
SV Rally cars skidding round corners (2 shots)
SV PAN Cars travelling by night during rally
SV Rally cars driving into forecourt at club-house (2 shots)
SV Competitor entering building (2 shots)
SV Competitor hands over time sheets to controller
SV Navigators sit at table and study routes on maps (3 shots)
COMPETITOR: "What do you reckon then Mike?"
CONTROLLER: "Not bad. Not bad."
SECOND CONTROLLER: "What was the higher of your scores. Twenty. Well not really quite good enough, you know. Table top stuff sure, but we have the National Indoor Championship on the way. Lets go indoors and start it all over again and start from scratch and then work up from there."
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Background: Britain's motor rally drivers have been driven indoors by the Government ban on their sport during the energy crisis.
They have invented a National Indoor Rally Championship to console them and keep in practice during the lean months when they are forbidden from hurling their cars at speed along twisting mountain roads.
For t???lo new rally, on paper, the cars stay parked outside -- with engines switched off.
This rally is conducted entirely on paper with route cards, navigation questions, and problems posed for both drivers and navigators. "We are organising the Championship to try to give rally enthusiasts something to do during the energy crisis", say the organisers the ford Rallye Sport Club.
More than 15,000 British rally fans have entered to test their map reading ability and resourcefulness. You don't even have to have a driving licence to enter. The national area finals will be held in April. The champion indoor driver and the top indoor navigator will be awarded free trips to Finland -- the country that has become the Mecca of modern rallying.