Spectators

We now have a seeded entry list available here.

Whether you like front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or four wheel drive cars they’re all represented in the Top 10. There’s a WRC and R5 Ford Fiesta and every other Top 10 car is a different type, so there’s tremendous variety. Thomas Preston and Carl Williamson will lead the event away in their Skoda Fabia R5.

If you look down the entry list there is an amazing diversity of cars throughout the field, so we’re really excited to look forward to the rally on the weekend of 27th/28th April.

The event Programme will be available from 19th April.

All about the rally

The 2019 rally will have an additional spectator area at St Mary’s, improved facilities at Ship Hill with VIP Hospitality available plus a PA system in the general spectator viewing, two giant screens at Clacton seafront, and a ceremonial start on Saturday evening.

Saturday is a great day to see all the preparations at the seafront, while on Sunday it will be an active service area, or you can visit one of three spectator areas to see the cars in action.

Where can I see the cars up close?

The service area will be along the Western Esplanade in Clacton, between the Hospital and the Toby Carvery. You’ll see the rally cars close-up, see the service crews working on the cars and maybe have a chance to chat with the driver and co-driver too, especially on Saturday.

Parking will be at the car park operated by the Rotary Club of Clacton, next to Clacton Airfield in West Road. (CO15 1AJ). The charge is only £6 for the day, with all proceeds going to charity. There is no charge for spectating.

Saturday 27th April

12:00 – 17:30  Scrutineering

On Saturday afternoon the rally cars will be undergoing their technical and safety checks, called “scrutineering”.

You can expect to see a wide range of cars from former World Championship machinery to historic cars such as the Ford Escort.

18:00 Ceremonial Start

The rally officially begins with a seafront ceremonial start with Giles Watling M.P. dropping the flag to start the rally and wish competitors well.

Sunday 28th April

Service Area

The cars will leave Clacton seafront for the first stage from 08:30.

There are three loops of stages and the cars will return to the service area between these loops for service.  The service area will be busy as the service crews change tyres and check the cars over before they resume competition.

The service area will be a hive of activity at the following times:

From 11:05 until all cars have passed-through
From 14:25 until all cars have passed-through

A new feature for 2019 will be the two giant screens at the seafront to see live action from the stages and to keep you right up-to-date with the action.

Rally Finish

After a long and exciting day the rally cars will return to the Western Esplanade for the finish and to find out who has won the Corbeau Seats Rally 2019.

 Where can I see the rally cars in action?

For the rally itself on Sunday 28th April there will be three spectator areas, plus VIP hospitality available.  The general spectator areas have a parking charge of £10 per car with no charge for individual spectators. The parking pass is transferable between these spectator areas (but not Clacton spectator parking).  They will be located at

  • Ship Hill, Bradfield, Stages 1,5,9, as used in 2018.  This location will have a public address system to bring you news of the rally.
  • St Mary’s, Little Bromley, Stages 3,7,11. This is new for 2019 with moderate capacity.
  • Wick Road, (Weeley Heath) Stages 4,8,12 as used in 2018

Spectator Areas will be open from 8AM.

There are maps further down this page. You can right click on them to download and save.

Food and refreshments will be available along with toilet facilities.

Dogs – We welcome well behaved canine rally fans, strictly on leads at all times, with responsible (mess collecting) owners. Dogs may find the sudden loud noise of rally cars unsettling. Please consider very carefully whether such an environment is suitable for your dog, based on your knowledge of your pet.


Disabled viewing and facilities

Disabled/wheelchair users are welcome at each area and there will be disabled toilets.  As the spectator areas are farmer’s fields the recommend spectator area for disabled visitors is Wick Road.  There will be disabled parking immediately adjacent to a reserved viewing area and the surface is relatively smooth.

VIP Hospitality

The hospitality area is being run by Black Jacket Events at Ship Hill.  Full details of their viewing area, with a heated marquee, food and drink are available here.

The organisers ask that all spectators please respect landowner’s property and the advice of marshals and stewards for the success of the day and future events.

Coming from outside the area?

If you are coming into Tendring and Clacton on the A120 follow the signs from the Horsley Cross roundabout to the main spectator area at Ship Hill, Bradfield.

With a fantastic panoramic view of the route as it passes through Bradfield you will be able to watch the rally cars sweep down Ship Hill round the long left hand corner and head towards Mistley. There will also be a PA system to keep you up-to-date with news of the event.

Click on the map to save or print the image.

Official parking will be accessed via Mill Lane, Bradfield and the postcode for your Sat Nav is CO11 2UT – Click for Google Maps.

Please do not park in Bradfield village, Steam Mill Road, Straight Road or Windmill Road.

New spectator area

The additional spectator area for 2019 is at St Mary’s.

You’ll see the cars coming out from a private farmyard, hand brake turning round a hairpin bend and passing the viewing area.


Click on the map to save or print the image.

Parking will be signposted from Bentley Road.  The postcode for your Sat Nav is CO11 2PP – click for Google Maps

 Local to Clacton?

If you are a local or staying in Clacton itself then we recommend you head to Wick Road

You will see the cars coming along a short straight into a tight hairpin left corner. Neat and tidy is the fastest way but who will get it right?


Click on the map to save or print the image.

Parking will be signposted from the B1027, about 3 miles outside Clacton, via Clay Lane, Highfield Road and Bentley Road. The postcode for your Sat Nav is CO7 8QZ – Click for Google Maps

Souvenir Programme

The event Souvenir Programme will be available from Rally HQ, Clacton Bowling Club, on Saturday 27th April from noon, at Rally HQ all day Sunday 28th April and at all Spectator Areas on Sunday 28th.

Also from Prestons in Writtle, Lookers Ford in Frinton & Colchester the Tendring District Council offices in Clacton, and the Toby Carvery on Clacton sea front (tbc)

You can order the programme now, for postal despatch over the Easter weekend, by clicking on the image below. The cost is £5 plus £1.95 P&P.


Spectator Information

We have increased the number of spectator areas for 2019 and spectating will only be allowed at these designated locations. All other areas are out of bounds to spectators.

Please do not try to access the stages from any other roads. You will be politely requested to proceed to one of the designated spectator areas.

For your security and to avoid inconvenience to others:

Please do not leave bags, coolers, buggies or other items unattended.

Please report any security concerns or unattended items to the Stewards or the First Aid post.

It’s is a condition of entry that you agree to a search of your vehicle, property or person if selected.

 Local Information

There is a Rally Guide available to help you find local services and accommodation.  You can access it here.