COFFS COAST (NSW) -The excitement of watching skilled mechanics race the clock to fix bent and broken world rally cars is expected to draw thousands of spectators to the newly-named Pedders Rally Central at Kennards Hire Rally Australia in November.
PHOTO: Pedders Rally Central will provide plenty of free excitement for fans as WRC mechanics race against the clock to repair battered and ailing cars during service breaks (Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Media pic)
Pedders Rally Central, located at C.ex Coffs International Stadium in host city Coffs Harbour, will be the service headquarters for around 80 international and Australian rally cars during the 15-18 November finale of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship.
Free to enter between 7am and 7pm, Pedders Rally Central will see team mechanics in a race-within-a-race to repair and replenish cars as they return briefly from the competitive stages.
The mechanics are renowned for often-miraculous work fixing damaged or ailing cars to keep their crews in the event – even major mechanical parts on the million-dollar WRC machines can be replaced in minutes. Fans crowd around the team garages to watch the mechanics’ progress against the clock, creating an exciting atmosphere.
Pedders Rally Central also will host an array of other free attractions, including souvenir sales, car and trade displays, a video super-screen showing live action from the stages, entertainment and food and drink stands.
The Coffs Harbour rally service centre is familiar ground for the people behind Australia’s leading suspension specialist, Pedders Suspension.
Brothers Mark and Scott Pedder, grandsons of the company’s 1950 founder Roy Pedder, have been among Australia’s most prominent rally drivers at home and overseas. Scott’s entry in the WRC2 category in 2015-16 supported the company’s expansion into Europe.
“We’re delighted to host Pedders Rally Central because as rally competitors we know what an exciting place this is for everyone from dedicated fans to once-a-year visitors. It’s part of the Kennards Hire Rally Australia experience no-one should miss,” Pedders Suspension Director Scott Pedder said.
“Pedders is about to launch an exciting promotion which rally fans from all over Australia are going to want to enter. We can’t wait to get to the Coffs Coast again in November.”
Tickets to Kennards Hire Rally Australia are available through www.rallyaustralia.com.au. The popular, all-event ‘Ultimate Get Me Everywhere’ pass costs $99 for adults and allows entry to all daytime spectator areas and the Destination NSW Super Special Stage on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Rally Australia is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.