The Rothmans Cyprus Rally, a fine event in every respect, breaks with custom this year by having its halfway stop at Nicosia, where HQ will be at the Ledra Hotel, not the AA's offices and clubhouse in the city centre. Each leg will be subdivided by a shorter stop. The 800-mile route will have 38 special stages varying from rough, mountain tracks bordered by very steep drops to coastal roads which are not quite as rough.
The whole is exceptionally demanding, concentrated between Friday and Sunday (October 28/30), and run by organisers who go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome. What is more, they provide overseas competitors with free accommodation and starting money, and even low cost travel for all. The address is PO Box 2279, Nicosia, Cyprus (telex: 2183. tel: 21-52521).