Dave Barr – Rally Star

10 July 2018

During the day, Dave Barr can often be found at least thirty metres up a tower, installing dishes, flat panels or even shrouded yagi. It’s a tough job, but Dave is well qualified. What we want to know is – how does he spend his weekends?

Recently Dave took part in the Keswick to Barrow walk, helping the LARS Drifters team raise over £1500 for local charities, St John’s Hospice and Unique Kidz and Co. However, last weekend he clearly fancied something a little more adrenalin-fuelled, swapping his walking boots and compass for driving gloves and rally overalls as he took part in the Legends Fire Greystoke Stages Rally.

The event, which takes place to the west of Penrith in Cumbria, is made up of thirty-eight miles of high quality stages and in-forest servicing. It’s a very popular event in the Cumbria region and is one of the only gravel events in the country, featuring zero road mileage for competitors.

Dave was lucky enough to secure one of only fifty-five entry places – as you can imagine, these are extremely coveted.  Racing in his LARS sponsored VW Polo, Dave, along with co-driver Neil Mitchell-Hunter, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and certainly has no plans to throw the gloves in just yet:

“We had a great day yesterday. This was our first time in the car together and our first event. We had a few issues during the day – no intercom, no power through half of ss1, catching a slower car and a big moment on last stage – but still a brilliant day and we learned loads. We would like to say a massive thank you to Ian Moulton and the very professional service crew, LARS Communications, Regal Motors and Motorbody for their brilliant support. I think we were 4th or 5th in our class but with more experience I am sure we will get there. Once again, a big thank you to everybody who helped us get to this point.”

A huge well done to Dave and Neil from everyone at LARS.

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