The National MicroCar Rally

Britain's biggest Microcar event

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The National MicroCar Rally - Britain's biggest Microcar event

National MicroCar Rally 2019

We're really excited to announce that on September 5-8, the 2019 National MicroCar Rally will be held at Steps Farm, Brook St, North Newton, TA7 0BL, the new home of rally organisers Malcolm and Helena McKay.

Incredibly, this is the 45th NMCR - the first was held in 1975 - and this not-for-profit event brings together tiny-engined cars of all shapes, sizes and ages, from all over Britain and also from Europe. It has been held in many different locations over the years, as far south as Wiltshire and as far north as Scotland - but it has never been held in the South West before.

It is an honour and a great responsibility to be chosen to host and organise the event, and we will do our best to rise to the challenge. With our close links to the microcar world through our events, Liège-Brescia-Liège and the Micro Marathon as well as owning several Microcars, we were really keen to volunteer to take on the 45th NMCR.

Road runs are the main feature of the first three days, followed by the display day and prizegiving on the Sunday - and Malcolm is really looking forward to organising the road runs! There is so much wonderful countryside close by, from the Quantock Hills to the Bristol Channel. There's the Somerset levels, Glastonbury Tor and Burrow Mump, and Brean Sands where you can drive straight out onto the sands. A little further afield are the 400-car Haynes Motor Museum, and the Mendips with Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge and Wells Cathedral.

Our location is a few minutes from junction 24 of the M5, so access is easy, and our fields are smooth and well drained. There's a central stable block with water and power, and we will rent in luxury toilet and shower blocks, so camping won't be too uncomfortable on site. Microcar folk, put the date in your diaries now, and we look forward to seeing you!

Stirling Sports Saloon

Opperman Stirling

This now unique example of the Stirling, made a surprise - and for some - shocking debut at the 1958 Earl's Court Motor Show. It's manufacturer, S.E. Opperman, had struggled for several years to sell it's more humble predecessor - the build-it-yourself Unicar - and with much of Opperman's income coming from parts it made for the manufacturer, who was developing the then still very secret Mini, rumour has it that this 70 mph little beauty was quietly strangled at birth. Opperman Ltd, who had been stuggling financially for several years, were bought out in 1959 and although this put paid to further Opperman baby cars, saw the company quickly revived and thriving for many years thereafter.