“They are long, long, days from six in the morning until eight something in the evening. You drive a lot slower than the rally speed, because I didn't realise this until I sat in there with Guy, he is actually writing down all sorts of information of what you will see on a Jogularity, gate post on the left, Give Way sign on right. He's talking distances and scribbling down notes for the instructions on the regularity. it's a huge amount of work to be doing the distances and landmarks. Every 200 metres or so there is something – it’s a lot of work. I don't think anyone realises quite what goes into planning and organising one of these events.
“I think just the volume of work was the biggest surprise to me. I knew it was quite a difficult thing to organise, but I didn't realise just quite what a big task it is. Also, Guy being Guy, he's always looking. ‘Oh, is that a little track there? Oh, is that on the map? Oh, I reckon we could just loop them through there and they'll probably miss it, because it's covered over with all sorts of things’. He's constantly looking for a little trick, something out of the ordinary that will catch people out. Even though the route has been pre-determined as such before the recce, if he thinks it will make it more challenging he will just change it on the fly, and that's quite interesting.
“Quite often, it'd be ‘oh, stop, crossover. Just reverse up there, does that go?’ And suddenly he'll change the route, he'd already been thinking up of tricks on the move. The enormity of the whole thing, not just recording it, but going back with the Competition Team and transcribing all that information into something that you call a road book and then a rally emerges.”
“Now I have been part of behind the scenes, I just think I will stop trying to second guess what the organisers are going to do. Because with Guy in particular, it'll be a bluff, or it will be a double bluff or a triple bluff. And you never know which one it's going to be. So, it's always better to have an open mind and just do what the instructions say. Don't try and pre-empt it. So that's just underlined what I sort of knew anyway.
“If anyone asked me where are we going on the first two legs I couldn't honestly tell them. I know where we start or where we spent the night, but I could not tell you which roads we used. So, you know, people can ask me anything they want but I genuinely won't be able to answer them!”