The Motorsport Club of Ottawa is proud to present ninth annual Lanark Highlands Forest Rally (LHFR) on the first weekend in May. This year’s organizer is Vincent Landreville.
Routebooks and organizer-supplied notes will be available to competitors. There will be one Recce pass of the stage roads on Friday evening and one early Saturday morning. Competitors may choose to do both, if they wish. Teams can register on Friday, or they may choose to so on Saturday.
For further information, please email the organizer. If there are any questions, please post them on the MCO Rally forum at www.mco.org
The Lanark Highlands Forest Rally (LHFR) is a part of the Ontario Performance Rally Championship (OPRC) series. It is sanctioned by Rally Sport Ontario (RSO) and the Canadian Association of Rally Sport (CARS).
A performance or stage rally features closed roads. The team drives as fast as possible, guided by the co-driver’s route instructions. All cars must meet strict safety requirements, including a roll-cage and a five-point safety harness. Competitors must have a CARS Rally licence.
The hills, twists and turns of our challenging Lanark Highlands back-roads make this rally racing at its best, and our spectator areas offer a great view of the action.
This popular event hearkens back to the 1970’s and the international Rally of the Rideau Lakes. It’s amazing to think that competitors travelled from Great Britain, Finland, Italy, Poland, New Zealand and the United States. We were privileged to have the winners of Rideau Lakes 1974, legendary Canadian driver Walter Boyce and Stuart Gray, with us. The top 2WD teams invited Walter and co-driver Stuart, to join them on their podium. Stewart and his wife came over from Wales just for our event!
Begun in 2009 by the Motorsport Club of Ottawa, the LHFR consistently draws the largest number of entries of any OPRC rally. Our competitors and workers come from many provinces and the northern United States.
In 2015, we offered two stage roads: Umpherson’s Mill Road and Lavant Mill Road, giving competitors more than 80 km of competitive stages.
Rally HQ will be at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonald’s Corners, with Scrutineering next door in the Public Works yard. Banquet arrangements are not final yet.
In addition to getting “up close and personal” with the rally cars and competitors at Rally HQ, spectators can safely view the action on the roads from two spectator points — one on each stage road. Spectator information will be available at Rally HQ.
The Lanark Highlands Food Pantry and the Lanark Highlands Youth Group, both based in the Village of Lanark, benefit from our event. We value the contributions that competitors and workers have made in years past with their financial donations and non-perishable food items, and would ask that you think of them again this year. The Youth Group will be hosting a cash barbeque at Rally HQ, as well as making lunches for workers out on the stage roads all day.
We thank the Lanark Highlands Township Council and people of the Highlands for their support. Visitors are welcome to see the cars at Rally HQ and/or at our spectator areas.
Thanks to the generosity of LHFR competitors, sponsors and volunteers, Jeannie MacGillivray visited two local charities in Lanark with donations. She presented Kerri Way of the Lanark Highlands Food Pantry with cheques totalling $800 and eight large boxes of food, and Michelle Deforge of the Lanark Highlands Youth Centre with $150. The youth also held their popular barbeque at Rally HQ at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonald’s Corners, wearing LHFR t-shirts provided by sponsor RYNO Motors.
Thanks to all the workers, competitors, and spectators that came out to help make another successful Lanark Highlands Forest Rally.
Here’s some great aerial footage of the Lavant Mill stage road, courtesy of Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff: