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Manx Rally - Isle of Man

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In association with Manx Slot Car Club, SlotrallyGB is proud to announce the third round of the championship will take place over the weekend of 21st & 22nd April 2012 at the Glen Helen Inn Isle of Man.

This is a weekend (two day) event with rallying on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. It will also feature some night stages run as a seperate competition over 3 stages with the winner taking the car! We plan to have a social meal at the venue on the Saturday evening.

Stages will be a mixture of Ninco, SCX, Scalextric and routed tracks. Dave Capelen and his fellow club members put on a fantastic event last year with a great relaxed atmosphere. The hotel venue is superb with an excellent bar and great food at very reasonable prices.

Obviously this is a long haul event for most of us, but travel costs and accommodation are not too expensive. Below are a few useful links for travel;

Isle of Mann Airport web site

Web link to airlines who fly to/from.

In addition to flying you may wish to drive and cross via the ferry. Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

As an option, I'm also considering organising a group travel mini bus. Fairly simple concept of hiring a 15 seater mini bus from the Surrey area, driving via Wales, Midlands and Liverpool and then crossing on the ferry. Exact details will need to be trashed out, but expected travel costs would be in the region of £120 per person based on ten traveling together. To help see if this is a workable option could you add a note in your application to attend a note if you are interested. It's probably best to assume traveling on the Friday and Monday. If anyone has access to a cheap/free minibus - let me know.

Accommodation should be booked directly with the venue;

Glen Helen Inn, Glen Helen, Isle of Man (
Tel: Kate, on 01624-666186

Single rooms £40 per night B&B
Double rooms £55 per night B&B
Twin Rooms £55 per night B&B

Mention Slot Rally when you make the booking.

This is the thread to enter this round, please add your name to this thread if you wish to enter.

1. Gareth Jex
2. Dave Capelen
3. Chris Priest
4. Russell Powell
5. Andi Burt
6. David Kneale
7. Ryan Kneale
8. Andy White
9. Wayne Goble
10. Steve Morrow
11. Mike Buss
12. Mike Dove
13. Chris Angold
14. Phil Barry
15. Martyn John
16. Geoff Harrision
17. Brian Harrision
18. Doug Wheeler
19. Ray Beattie
20. Luke Tyrrell
21. Pete Hopkins

Please reserve your place as quickly as possible and let others know about the event. A high resolution poster is available to download below suitable for printing.

Tire Car Vehicle Hood Automotive lighting


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Hi Phil

Gareth was hoping to organise a minibus....but I thought Russell was coming? Also Phil Field had previously intimated he was going to attend?

I`ve not heard anything about the minibus, as far as I know Russell will be coming over to you direct from a holiday in Scotland and Phil F and Russ are at a 24 hour event in Italy the previous weekend.

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Hi Phil

Gareth mentioned the possibility in post #1. Not sure where he's up to with that, no doubt he'll let us know.

Hi everybody.

We would love you to visit our lovely Island for our event on July 21/22 for the Manx Round of the Slot Rally GB.

Here are most options available to everybody.

If someone wants to take on the hiring of a Minibus etc that would be a great way to get a crowd over.

We appreciate the expense involved, but it is the same for us when we come over so bare a thought!

If you are hoping to attend most rounds of the Championship this could be an easy way to gain some valuable points!!!

Accomodation costs are on this thread so check them out. We have the very kind use of the room at the Glen Helen Hotel for setting up our tracks etc, plus the excellent dining facilities and bar, and bar, and bar! If accomodation costs come down, further details will be posted here.

Any enquiries please post slotcarmann, spangy46, 911tt for any further details. Thanks.


Ferry Options

Option 1 - 1 Foot Passenger £45.00 each

Heysham > Isle of Man
Saturday, 21 April 2012
12:00 (dep) - 14:00 (arr)

Isle of Man > Liverpool
Sunday, 22 April 2012
15:00 (dep) - 17:45 (arr)

Option 2 Car + 4 Persons £296.00 / 4 = £74.00

Heysham > Isle of Man
Saturday, 21 April 2012
12:00 (dep) - 14:00 (arr)

Isle of Man > Liverpool
Sunday, 22 April 2012
15:00 (dep) - 17:45 (arr)

Option 3 (2 nights) + 4 Persons £274.00 / 4 = £68.50

Heysham > Isle of Man
Saturday, 21 April 2012
12:00 (dep) - 14:00 (arr)

Isle of Man > Liverpool
Monday, 23 April 2012
15:00 (dep) - 17:45 (arr

Option 4 Minibus + 8 Persons £476.00 £59.50

Minibus averages £300.00 + £100.00 fuel for weekend = £50.00 each so total approx £110.00

Heysham > Isle of Man
Saturday, 21 April 2012
12:00 (dep) - 14:00 (arr)

Isle of Man > Liverpool
Sunday, 22 April 2012
15:00 (dep) - 17:45 (arr)

Flight Options

Birmingham to IOM (Flybe) £131.98

Departing Sat 21 Apr 2012
Depart 08:50 Arrive 09:45
Birmingham ‭(BHX)‬ to Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬
Fare 21.50 GBP
Taxes and Charges 34.78 GBP
Check In 0.00 GBP

Coming back
Sun 22 Apr 2012
Depart 19:55 Arrive 20:50
Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬ to Birmingham ‭(BHX)‬
Fare 31.50 GBP
Taxes and Charges 36.20 GBP

Bristol to IOM (Flybe) 5 nights! £111.98 mini break, bring a partner?
Thu 19 Apr 2012
Depart 13:45 Arrive 14:40
Bristol ‭(BRS)‬ to Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬
Fare 8.61 GBP
Taxes and Charges 47.26 GBP

Coming back
Tue 24 Apr 2012
Depart 12:25 Arrive 13:20
Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬ to Bristol ‭(BRS)‬
Fare 13.61 GBP
Taxes and Charges 34.50 GBP

Liverpool to IOM (Flybe) £77.98

Sat 21 Apr 2012
Depart 08:15 Arrive 08:55
Liverpool ‭(LPL)‬ to Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬
Fare 2.94 GBP
Taxes and Charges 37.60 GBP

Coming back
Sun 22 Apr 2012
Depart 18:50 Arrive 19:30
Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬ to Liverpool ‭(LPL)‬
Fare 0.00 GBP
Taxes and Charges 29.44 GBP

Gatwick to IOM (flybe) £159.98

Sat 21 Apr 2012
Depart 08:55 Arrive 10:20
London Gatwick ‭(LGW)‬ to Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬
Fare 32.89 GBP
Taxes and Charges 35.70 GBP

Coming back
Sun 22 Apr 2012
Depart 17:45 Arrive 19:05
Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬ to London Gatwick ‭(LGW)‬
Fare 42.89 GBP
Taxes and Charges 40.50

Luton to IOM 3 nights (flybe) £118.48

Fri 20 Apr 2012
Depart 13:40 Arrive 14:50
London Luton ‭(LTN)‬ to Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬
Fare 30.43 GBP
Taxes and Charges 35.52 GBP

Coming back
Mon 23 Apr 2012
Depart 12:05 Arrive 13:15
Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬ to London Luton ‭(LTN)‬
Fare 8.93 GBP
Taxes and Charges 35.60 GBP

Manchester to IOM (flybe) £110.99
Sat 21 Apr 2012
Depart 08:25 Arrive 09:10
Manchester ‭(MAN)‬ to Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬
Fare 2.86 GBP
Taxes and Charges 37.07 GBP

Coming back
Sun 22 Apr 2012
Depart 18:40 Arrive 19:30
Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬ to Manchester ‭(MAN)‬
Fare 27.86 GBP
Taxes and Charges 35.20 GBP

Jersey to IOM! £192.56 ! (Flybe)
Sat 21 Apr 2012
Depart 07:00 Arrive 13:00
Jersey ‭(JER)‬ to Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬
Fare 37.39 GBP
Taxes and Charges 44.64 GBP

Coming back
Mon 23 Apr 2012
Depart 06:50 Arrive 12:15
Isle of Man ‭(IOM)‬ to Jersey ‭(JER)‬
Fare 32.39 GBP
Taxes and Charges 70.14 GBP

Leeds and Cardiff flights no dates yet available online.

Easy Jet Flights
Liverpool to Isle of Man
Dep Sat, 21 April 2012 13:20
Arr Sat, 21 April 2012 14:00
Flight 635
1 Adult
1 x £25.99
Hurry! Only 1 left under £26.00

Isle of Man to Liverpool
Dep Sun, 22 April 2012 17:50
Arr Sun, 22 April 2012 18:30
Flight 636
1 Adult
1 x £24.99
Hurry! Only 2 left under £25.00
Total flights and options for all passengers:
Admin Fee
1 x £9.00

London City Airport to IOM Aer Arann

Sat, 21 Apr, 2012
09:15 London City Airport
10:40 Isle of Man (IOM)

17:40 Isle of Man (IOM)
19:00 London City Airport

Total 206.23 ouch!

Gloucester to IOM (Manx2)

NM603 21 April 2012 GLOUCESTER/CHELTENHAM ISLE OF MAN 10:40 11:45
Your flight is scheduled to be flown on a Dornier 228 aircraft operated by FLM Aviation.

NM610 22 April 2012 ISLE OF MAN GLOUCESTER/CHELTENHAM 15:45 16:50


Blackpool to IOM £129.99 approx Manx 2
NM103 21 April 2012 BLACKPOOL ISLE OF MAN 08:25 09:05
Your flight is scheduled to be flown on a Let 410 aircraft operated by Van Air Europe.

NM118 22 April 2012 ISLE OF MAN BLACKPOOL 18:00 18:40
Good luck.
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Ok, pulled it off. Put me down for an entry please.
The mrs is trying to work out her shifts, if she is coming with me, she will enter too.

All I've got to do now is work out how I'm getting there and where i am staying.

Name is Martyn John, championship number 59. Cheers.
Thanks Martyn

I am at club tonight and will confirm any accomodation details on SF shortly, watch this space!

Phil, if anybody lays on a minibus I will let you know.

Thanks again Martyn.

Rooms at the Glen Helen Hotel are only £55.00 for a twin or double room.

The owner of the Glen Helen Hotel gave up the chance of having a wedding there that weekend in favour of supporting our club/event as his son races with us, so we are trying to encourage as many people to stay there overnight or two.... Even some club members are staying overnight so they can have a few drinks and to show our support and thanks to the GH. so please consider the Glen Helen for your stay! For further details check out the Website:

Great food and drink in a beautiful location and a chance to race against the elite Slot racers in the IOM. Ok it's only us lot but it will be fun! Good to have you on board.

Hi Phil

Found this on the Web, any good to you, or anybody else from your club?

Out:.06:24 (Sat 21 Apr)
Abergavenny (AGV) to Douglas (Isle Of Man) (DGS) Arrive Douglas 1400
3 change(s)
Return:.15:00 (Sun 22 Apr)
Douglas (Isle Of Man) (DGS) to Abergavenny (AGV) Arrive Abergavenny 2328
3 change(s)

Only £98.50. Sounds like a bargain to me!

Thanks Chris, I didn`t know the ferry cost was included in the train fare, when I checked last year the cost was sky high. Anyway I`ve booked my room with Kate and will sort out train ticket. Looking forward to a pint of Okells.

Cheers - Phil
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I'll book the GH tonight.

I can pick this train up at Cardiff central at 05:40.

To be honest, this will work out cheaper than driving, plus I can have a can or two on the way ;o)

If the Mrs is coming, it'll probably be easier to drive, so we could pick you up on the way Phil.
Thanks Martyn.

That would be great if you could bring Phil assuming you take the car, much appreciated.

Well I`ve booked fri/sat/sun at the Inn, so it`ll be 12.00 sailing on friday and return 08.45 monday as we did last year, it made a good break instead of rushing off on sunday afternoon. No difference in the train or ferry times or fares between friday and saturday.

Last year it was cheaper to leave Russ` car at Heysham and have the foot passenger crossing and a very kind bloke picked us up at the port.

If Martyn does decide to take a car I`ll be happy to share costs

Cheers - Phil
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That's great news phil, thanks for your support. See you next Sunday.
We'll work it all out on Thursday, Phil.
Looking forward to it now.
Just phoned to book a room at th GH and they asked me to call back Monday.

I've just clicked where it is! It's on Glen Helen bend! Think I helped a german guy straighten his forks there, one mad Sunday in the. Early 80's. His girlfriend wasn't too impressed with his "parking".
Glad to see your coming over again Phil and welcome to Martyn heres hoping your wife can join us.

Gareth can you add Geoff and Brian Harrision, Doug Wheeler and Ray Beattie to the entry please.

Cheers Chris

Come on Graham put your cars in the post or your arse on a flight

QUOTE Damn, I would have supported the event if I knew proxy entries were allowed. I'll definitely enter next year and may even come in person. As you know Dave, Lin is keen to come over to the IOM to search out some history on her father's internment there during WW2. It would be a good excuse.

What a shame Leo's support crew won't be there. That is a fabulous set up.

All the very best for the event chaps. from here
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Last years event showing the tracks, more work as gone into some more tracks but will give you all idea.

Later in the thread is my video and I apoligise for the music.
Further to the details on how to get to the Isle of Man round on the Manx Rally SF, Oxford Airport now run flights to the IOM via
Also there is some very good pricing options on Sail& Rail as well via the Steam Packet which are worth enquiring about if you want to gain some valuable points for the Championship.
Hi Phil

QUOTE a very kind bloke picked us up at the port.

I'll have a quiet word with him and see if he can manage it again - unless you are travelling with Martyn, in which case you'll already have a lift to the Glen Helen.

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