There will be a real carnival atmosphere surrounding the start and finish of the Pirelli Carlisle RB Foundation Rally, a great double header featuring the opening round of the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship and the 2nd round of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, which arrives in Carlisle over the weekend of 3rd/ 4th May for while the cars assemble in the city centre, to be flagged away by the Mayor, Cllr. Ray Bloxham, the hordes of spectators will be kept amused by a programme of street entertainment, laid on by the enthusiastic city council. The competing cars will be on show before leaving the start line outside Carlisle’s Old Town Hall, where the crowds will be entertained by a variety of performers plus the Langholm Pipe Band will be adding to the occasion with the skirl of the pipes echoing round the historic buildings throughout the day. As an additional attraction, budding drivers of tomorrow can try out their skills on a giant Scalextric layout which will be in operation at the Old Fire Station Arts Centre throughout the day. Entry to this, and all the other attractions, is completely free of charge. The end of the rally should prove to be quite an occasion as, in addition to a high profile podium finish in Carlisle city centre, the Zing Community Rock Choir will be on hand to make sure the proceedings go with a swing.