RALLY DAY 2021
RALLY DAY TO RETURN AT CASTLE COMBE ON 25th SEPTEMBER
Autumn wouldn’t be autumn without Rallyday and
we’re delighted to confirm a September date for
Europe’s biggest single-day rally show in 2021.
And, being 2021, there’s an awful lot to talk about.
The Rallyday 2021 headlines will be a celebration and
commemoration of three of British rallying’s most
celebrated seasons – and two of those came in 1981.
In the World Rally Championship Ari Vatanen and David
Richards were crowned winners in their David Sutton-run,
Rothmans-backed Ford Escort RS1800. A month or so earlier,
Jimmy McRae and Ian Grindrod celebrated a maiden British
Rally Championship title in their Opel Ascona 400.
And yes, we’re aware that Ari Vatanen might be
a little more Finnish than he is British, but we also
know that everybody coming to Rallyday supports the man
who invented sideways like he’s one of our own.
The other championship success is, of course, Richard
Burns and Robert Reid winning the 2001 World Rally Championship.
Rallyday will place those three magnificent moments at
the heart of next year’s event. As well as the cars,
we will bring together the best collection of stories
from around those times from many of those involved.
Rallyday organiser Tom Davis said: “To be able
to put together a day involving the best of those three
championships is really something special for us. Remembering
those great days from 20 and 40 years ago will help to
make the 2021 Rallyday one to remember.
“But beyond those celebrations, we’re working
closely with M-Sport, with Prodrive and, of course, BGMsport
to make sure we have the best and most relevant rally
cars out there on display and being driven – and
being driven in the spirit in which they were made.
“Last time out we ran the Rally Legends stage which
was an absolute highlight – that will be back with
refinements and improvements to make it an even bigger
hit and we’ll have the usual clubman packages available
to make Rallyday an unmissable day’s entertainment
whatever your involvement in the sport.”
As well as the on-track action, Rallyday will deliver
plenty of shopping opportunities where you can buy anything
from a ratchet strap to a trailer – and even a rally
car that you can ratchet strap to your trailer.
“The last year has been pretty miserable regardless
of where you’ve been in the world,” continued
Davis, “but starting to plan events like Rallyday
has brought a real ray of sunshine into this corner of
“We know rally fans have had it tough and we’re
determined to give everybody something to smile about
with an absolutely amazing show on a September date which
sits well away from any round of the World Rally Championship.”
PRESS RELEASE 24th September 2018
CARS AND STARS ENJOY THE SUNSHINE AT RALLYDAY
took some of the rarest cars in the sport’s history
and put World Rally Champions and heroes behind the wheel
to make Saturday’s event one of the most spectacular
in its 19-year history.
With Group 4, Group B and Group A machinery worth in excess
of £10m in attendance at Castle Combe, rally fans
were treated to an extraordinary display of cars which
surprised even the likes of Hyundai Motorsport WRC star
Craig Breen and 1994 world champion Didier Auriol.
Having arrived with his own MG Metro 6R4 and appreciated
cars like the ex-Tony Pond 1985 RAC Metro parked alongside,
Craig said: “It’s something very rare to get
a collection of cars together like these here at Rallyday
and to get them out on the track is even more special.
“I’m delighted to have been here and I’ll
definitely be back to have another snoop around some more
of these cars.”
As the new-for-2019 Legend Stage began at lunchtime, fans
packed the side of the stage to watch as the history of
the sport unfolded before them. As well as a fleet of
ex-McRae machinery, there was the stunning sight of a
Lancia Delta S4, driven by Edoardo Bresolin.
Another Rallyday debutant, Bresolin said: “It’s
so nice to bring this car to show the people. I think
they feel the same about the S4 like me, it’s magic.”
Auriol starred in slightly younger Deltas, driving the
beautiful HF Integrale, Lancia’s last ever rally
car in the WRC.
“I knew the reputation of Rallyday,” Auriol
said. “And Miki [Biasion, former Lancia team-mate
and fellow world champion] came here last year and told
me it’s a really friendly event – but it’s
so nice. Fantastic cars and so many people. I want to
This year’s Rallyday featured more headline-grabbing
cars from the WRC than ever before and supporting them
were some of the sport’s finest examples of clubmen-spec
Rallyday was delighted to welcome three generations of
McRaes for the first time, as Jimmy, his son Alister and
his son Max lined up to enjoy themselves. Predictably,
rallying’s most famous family went down a storm
– with five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy delighted
to be the McRae busiest at the family autograph session.
Alister said: “I’ve been here a couple of
times before, but not for about 10 years. It’s really
impressive how it’s grown and to see so many great
cars out here is amazing. It’s been fantastic to
get out in a car like a proper Prodrive BMW M3 and to
be told there’s nothing below 4,000rpm and you can
take it up to 9,000!”
Alister’s son Max loved his first taste of Rallyday
too. He added: “It’s been amazing. I’ve
never seen anything like it. I got to go around with Craig
in his Metro – that’s a fast car! I didn’t
expect it to be so quick and he certainly knows how to
drive it; he was faster than the car!”
Ian Gwynne’s BGMsport firm was at the heart of
the event, bringing 23 vehicles, many of which belonged
to DirtFish owner and American-based rally enthusiast
Rallyday organiser Tom Davis said: “The idea behind
the Legend Stage was to take the best of the best in the
sport and put it in front of the people on a stage designed
around the route the RAC Rally took when it came here
in 1983. That has gone better than I could possibly have
“There are a lot of people to thank for this year’s
event, not least our sponsors VP Racing Fuels and SuperPro.
And the McRae family, Craig, Didier, Rally Replay for
bringing so many Lancias – including that beautiful
Delta S4 – and, of course, BGMsport and Steve Rimmer
for his amazing cars. Steve talks about wanting to share
his collection with like-minded folk and he’s certainly
put a smile on thousands of faces today.
“As well as those guys, there are a whole lot more
clubs and clubmen who come here and make this whole day
possible. As much as we love the stars and their cars,
we have to thank everybody for their efforts.”
- Keep your eyes peeled over at Rallyday's website –
www.rallyday.com – for news on 2020's instalment
of the event.