October 21st 2000

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Once again the rally was based at the Shrewsbury cattle market , this time the remote starts, Newtown for the main event and Dolgellau for the Historics and the Meirion. The finish was back at the cattle market and prizegiving, once again, at the, The Radbrook Hotel.

The routes were slowly being shortened as cost rose. The main event was now below eighty miles competitive miles, in fact seventy two over seven stages.

The MSA British Historic Championship returned for 2000, but it was a Championship requirement that there would be no overall rally winner just separate winners for each category, historic and post historic.

Long gone were competitors able to test for the British World Championship round which left the battle for the overall win to a group from Ireland; McKinstry, Fisher and Boland, and another from England; Burton, Duckworth and Perrott. The last of these the only one in a group N car.

In the national A event there were seventy two starters and fifty two finishers. In the historic forty two with thirty three finishers and the national B, thirty and twenty five. The championships were holding the events to very tight budget targets but even so entry fees were climbing and entries were therefore harder to attract. Included with the £475 entry fee were route notes but no maps. Maps were however, available separately from Pine Lodge Maps.

It was Kenny McKinstry who led from start to finish pushed at times by Mark Fisher and Roger Duckworth. Kenny had been the 1999 National Champion but the absent Marcus Dodd had already been crowned for 2000.

The historic category was won by Dessie Nutt in his Porsche whilst the post-historic was sealed by Kevin Bristow in his 240Z.

The Meirion Rally was won by Shaun Gardener in a Mitsubishi Lancer.

Although the status of the event was secure, the battle for financial security went on. The ANCRO National Championship was in robust health there were only a limited number of competitors who could afford the costs of maintaining the turbo 4x4 cars which were needed to be a winner. It was the chase to attract supporting championships that was the key to increased income. This was particularly difficult in Wales where there were always a large number of available stage rallies.