The Plains first saw the light of day in 1964 when, as rallying was beginning to increase in popularity, it made its debut as a road rally based in the lanes of the Cheshire Plain from which it derived its name. Under the guiding hand of its creator Alan Jolley it grew in stature, a major decision being to move the event from Cheshire to the more demanding and exciting lanes of Wales. This astute move completely changed the nature of the event and the new format became an immediate success with competitors. Recognition of the events popularity was rewarded when it was included in the major rallying championship of the era, The Castrol Motoring News Championship. During the late nineteen sixties and early seventies the event came to be regarded as a “classic” not only for its demanding but enjoyable and exciting format but also for its exceptionally slick organisation.