75th RALLY MILESTONE TO HONOUR HOME HEROES
Motorsport icons driven by Britain’s three greatest rally drivers – Roger Clark, Colin McRae and Richard Burns – are topping a special showcase of great cars celebrating the 75th running of what has always been the UK’s premier motor rally.
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What started life as the Royal Automobile Club Rally way back in 1932 has evolved into today’s Wales Rally GB, the UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
This year’s high-profile event takes place between 3-6 October and the 75th anniversary display – which also features a large number of audacious monsters from the hallowed Group B era, – is one of the many highlights on offer to those attending the rally’s opening competitive stage. This showpiece is set for Thursday evening at the Oulton Park circuit near Cheshire.
Though 2017 victor Elfyn Evans is hoping to join them shortly, to date Clark, McRae and Burns are the only British drivers to have racked up multiple victories on home soil since the rally moved into the forests at start of the sixties. Clark won in 1972 and 1976, McRae in 1994, 1995 and 1997 followed by Burns’ hat-trick between 1998 and 2000.
Eye-catching Escort RSs and Subarus hailing their famous victories are certain to be headline grabbers in a one-off display paying homage to the event’s incredible heritage. It’s an impressive time-travelling line-up which also includes examples of the Lanchester 15/18 that won the first event as well as victorious Saabs, Minis, Fords and Peugeots.
The Rally GB journey which started with 341 crews in unmodified road cars motoring to Torquay from nine different points around the UK, evolved with the gradual introduction of more competitive driving tests and came of age when Scandinavian style off-road forest stages were introduced at the start of the sixties.
In 1973, the event’s international repute earned it a founding position in the newly created FIA World Rally Championship and, together with Finland, remains one of only two rounds that have featured on every year’s WRC roster ever since. So, true to say Wales Rally GB has form!
Adding to the sense of history, the showcase is supported by Autocar magazine, one of the driving forces behind the inaugural Royal Automobile Club Rally of 1932.
The Autocar 75th Rally GB Display is just one of the many highlights on offer to all those attending the first competitive stage of the 2019 Wales Rally GB. The WRC action blasts off at 7pm but, with gates opening at 3pm, a full afternoon of entertainment whets appetites for the floodlit spectacle to follow.
Stunt driving shows, autograph sessions with the current generation of star drivers, a free children’s funfair plus a host of other fun-filled activities are sure to keep all ages enthralled.
Further fuelling the 75th celebrations, cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy will be paying tribute to his boyhood hero Colin McRae when doing demonstration laps in another of the renowned Scot’s rally winning Subarus.
Tickets for the opening Dayinsure Oulton Park Stage are only available in advance and must be purchased before midnight on 31 September. These, as well as a wide range of ticket options for the following 21 action-packed stages are available – prices start at just £15 for the Saturday evening family-friendly speed test in Colwyn Bay. Full details can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website.