Saturday September 24th, 2016
It was yet another incredible day that saw the circuit
play host to rally cars of all shapes and sizes, from
1960s classics, all the way up to the latest WRC machinery;
with many of them in action on the track
With great weather, thousands of rally fans arrived to
witness some of the best track action we’ve seen.
A lucky few were even able to experience some of these
rallying greats by going out for ‘hot’ passenger
Being able to get up close to these iconic cars and then
see them driven in anger is what makes this show so special
and it attracts a loyal following of supporters.
This year’s star guest was none other than four-times
World Rally Champion, Juha Kankkunen, who regaled rally
fans with tales from his illustrious career at the wheel
of some of the world’s most exciting rally cars.
He also joined ex-co-driver Nicky Grist, along with Jimmy
McRae, Tony Mason and a host of former rally stars at
the VIP dinner on Friday evening.
Away from the track, a huge trade village dominated much
of the paddock, with the biggest names in rallying present,
while the off-road course offered a taste of dirt driving
for those who wanted to have a go.
The paddock itself was filled with the sound of rally
cars – from Group B monsters such as Metro 6R4s
and Lancia 037s, to iconic Mk2 Escorts, classic Minis,
plus plenty of clubman machinery.
Rallyday 2016 was another great family day out –
keep your eyes on our events listings for the date of
next year’s show.
Saturday September 24th, 2016 AT CASTLE COOMBE
Enjoy one of the country's most loved rallying events where star drivers
and epic cars entertain thousands of fans both in the
paddocks and out on track. With plenty of the Group B
giants last seen competitively 30 years ago as well as
their more modern counterparts, you'll struggle to know
where to look first!
This year will see star drivers Juha Kankkunen, Terry
Kaby, Harri, Toivonen, Brian Culcheth, Cameron Davies,
Jimmy McRae and Louise Aitkin-Walker take to the specially
created special stage, so sideways heroics are all but
guaranteed! Click the link below to nab your Rallyday
This year we also celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the
last RAC Rally held in nearby Bath with an incredible
display of the vehicles that took partas well as demos
and talks from those who competed
Feature Car Stage and Paddock Displays - Enjoy a solid
hour of pure rallying gold where the track is taken over
by some of the most incredible four wheeled beasts imaginable!
Featuring prominently throughout the stage will be the
cars that ran in the 1986 RAC Rally that started in nearby
Bath with plenty of Group B mega stars amongst them
Be sure to visit the displays in the Paddock at this
year's show where you'll find owners & drivers prepping
and shining ready to hit the Stage. This year the stage
will open with a public Grid Walk where all spectators
are invited out onto the startline to wonder around the
cars and talk to their drivers on the very tarmac that
minutes later they'll be flying round on. Read more
Rallyday Stage - New for 2016 - a 3.7 mile tarmac stage
with plenty of twists and turns to entertain drivers,
passengers and the watching crowds!
Running throughout the day either side of the Feature
Car Stage, this stage provides current competitors of
the rallying world with a chance to experience the Circuit
in a way not done at Rallyday ever before! Drive your
Rally Car on the stage
Club Displays - Get your car or motor club in gear and
display to thousands of Rally Car enthusiasts at this
year's show. Open track sessions will be available from
4pm for club members needing a last blast of the day!
Car Club Bookings
Plus - Extensive Rallyday Trade Village, On Track Rally
Car Passenger Rides, 4x4 Rally Raid Zone and much more!
PRESS RELEASE: 19th September 2015
Rallyday 2015 hailed as a roaring success
Europe’s premier rally show more than
lived up to its well-deserved reputation, when Rallyday
celebrated its 15th anniversary event at Castle Combe
Circuit on Saturday 19th September. More than 10,000 spectators
flocked through the gates to see the cars and stars from
the sport of rallying, making this year’s event
one of the most successful ever
This year’s Rallyday featured more
cars and stars from the world of rallying than ever before
and included a series of innovative additions, such as
an exclusive pre-event dinner on the eve of the show and
a grid walk for fans amongst the sport’s most iconic
cars to draw the event to a spectacular conclusion.
Expectations for this year’s Rallyday
were rightfully high, with this much-loved annual event
enjoying increased popularity over recent years. With
perfect weather, an exceptionally high caliber of cars
on display and a line-up of star drivers from past and
present signing autographs and answering questions, all
the ingredients were there for a fitting celebration for
the last decade and-a-half of Rallyday.
Special guest for this year’s show
was rally legend Ari Vatanen. The 1981 World Rally Champion
was a huge hit and consequently, was seldom seen without
a long queue of fans patiently awaiting their chance for
an autograph. As well as making his presence felt in the
paddock, he also wooed spectators on the track driving
the same Ford Escort he used to win the 1976 British Rally
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Celebrations kicked off on Friday evening,
with the REIS Motorsport Insurance Services sponsored
pre-event dinner. Held in Bath, the occasion hosted a
special gathering of Rallyday supporters, sponsors and
guests, who were treated to an interview with Ari Vatanen,
accompanied by M-Sport WRC driver Elfyn Evans, together
with former co-drivers – and personalities from
the sport - Tony Mason and Howard Davies. Vatanen’s
wit and ability to tell stories from days gone by was
in evidence from the start and everyone left feeling they
had been part of a very special evening.
Rallyday itself has always provided a unique
opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with
the stars of the sport - and this year was no exception.
Together with those who had appeared on Friday evening,
they were joined during the day by former British Rally
Champions Russell Brooks and David Higgins, plus glamorous
Ukrainian rally driver Inessa Tushkanova.
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The array of star drivers then took to the
track for the Castrol Edge Feature Stage, some in the
same cars they had used in their heyday. This highlight
of the day’s action hosted some of the most iconic
rally machinery of all time, the sight of a stunning array
of Group B machines powering round the Castle Combe track
reminding everyone just why the mid-‘80s was such
a high point for world rallying.
During the afternoon, David Higgins got
behind the wheel of Colin McRae’s 1997 Subaru Impreza
WRC to entertain the massed crowds of spectators. The
space in the co driver’s seat for this run was auctioned
off on Saturday morning, with the lucky winner experiencing
a decidedly sideways lap of Castle Combe circuit. All
proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Richard
Burns Foundation charity.
The SuperPro-sponsored Clubmans’ Stage
was bigger than ever before. Taking place on some of the
venue’s challenging perimeter roads that had been
converted to an authentic special stage for the day. It
gave rally teams from all over the UK the chance to do
what they do best and, at the same time, entertain their
sponsors - all in front of the gaze of eager spectators.
Add to all this the Cooper Tires 4x4 Rally
Raid zone that provided an ideal accompaniment to the
rallying action, the REIS Motorsport Insurance Services
Feature Car display that offered fans the chance to see
rally machinery spanning over 50-years in the sport, plus
a huge trade area and 100s of car clubs - there had never
been so much to keep the 1000s of fans entertained during
But the organisers were not finished yet
and, later in the afternoon, many of the rally cars on
display made their way to the track and lined-up for the
grand finale: the Feature Car Grid Walk. The gates to
the circuit were opened and the crowd responded by pouring
onto the grid to inspect the massed ranks of the sport’s
iconic hardware. Once the fans had returned to the paddock,
all of the assembled cars took off for a lap of Castle
Combe circuit as one. It was a truly spectacular sight
and a perfect way to celebrate Rallyday’s 15th anniversary.
Following the show, event manager Tom Davis
said: “It was the first Rallyday to be run by a
brand new organising team at Castle Combe and we are delighted
with the outcome; the quality of the cars and exhibits,
the profile of the stars that attended and the number
of people who visited the show. We have already received
some great feedback and look forward to planning next
PRESS RELEASE: 22nd September 2014
Elfyn and Gwyndaf Evans steal the show at Rallyday
Evans and father Gwyndaf stole the limelight at Rallyday
2014 on Saturday (September 20) as Wiltshire’s Castle
Combe Circuit played host to the UK’s Premier Rally
Car Show and attracted yet another star-studded line-up
for the 14th year in succession.
Elfyn, who has stepped up to the top level in the World
Rally Championship this season and who is competing with
the M-Sport World Rally Team, demoed a WRC liveried Fiesta
R5 in the headline Castrol Edge Feature Stage, running
at the same time as his father, Gwyndaf, the 1996 British
Rally Champion. Gwyndaf was behind the wheel of the MML
Sports Mitsubishi WRC05 – Mitsubishi’s last
WRC car – and both performed in unison a number
of crowd pleasing donuts.
They also appeared together on the main Rallyday interview
stage to chat about the sport and took time to sign hundreds
of autographs for their many fans, young and old.
“It has been a fantastic day,” said Elfyn,
who headed up the largest ever M-Sport display at the
event, with the Cumbrian outfit also bringing along Mikko
Hirvonen’s Monte Carlo winning Ford Fiesta S2000
from 2010, as well as Colin McRae’s Safari winning
Ford Focus WRC from 1999.
“I was really looking forward to it. It was a fantastic
event last year for us and we got to play all day in a
rally car and it was a similar story this year with the
R5,” Elfyn added. “There has been a great
turn out again and it has been brilliant to see so many
people and a lot of cars. I haven't had time to look at
everything, but we have had good fun.
“It is nice to see the Focus that Colin drove on
the Safari in 1999 on display here too. It is obviously
a special car to M-Sport. It is the first car that won
with them and now it is restored fully in the form that
it won the Safari. It is a pretty cool car.”
Meanwhile, Markku Alén, who won the FIA Driver’s
Cup in 1978 - the year before the WRC Drivers’ Championship
was established, made his maiden appearance at Rallyday.
The Finn drove a Lancia 037 - as he piloted in the mid-1980s
- and the Toyota Celica GT4 that took him to fourth on
the 1992 Lombard RAC Rally.
He also led a 14 strong Lancia Stratos Parade at mid-day,
in memory of 1979 World Rally Champion Björn Waldegård.
Björn had been due to attend, but sadly passed away
at the start of the month aged 70.
“I had no idea coming here what to expect, but
I like it very much. There are a lot of spectators, a
lot of history and also this track is beautiful - very
safe. A beautiful day – absolutely, I like it,”
In addition, to marking the 40th anniversary of the Lancia
Stratos, Rallyday also hosted celebrations for the 30th
anniversary of the Metro 6R4, the car that has gone on
to become one of Britain's best loved rally cars of all
time. Harri Toivonen and David Llewellin, 1989 and 1990
British Rally Champion, were a big part of those festivities,
which included a reunion of the team that actually built
the original car.
“Unbelievable,” said Toivonen. “I drove
my old Metro 6R4 that I used on the 1000 Lakes and the
RAC about a month ago in Germany. There were a lot of
people watching, but nothing like this - this is crazy.
I only really noticed when they took the reunion pictures
of all of us that I was part of something really big and
it was a nice feeling.”
has been absolutely brilliant,” he continued. “I
would like to say thank-you to all of the organisers and
all the people that have been working to make this happen
because this is a great and a big event. The atmosphere
has been so friendly. I really felt welcome. I am going
back home with a smile on my face. In fact, I don't want
to go back home. I want to start this again!”
Other stars in attendance included five-time WRC event
winner and Richard Burns Foundation patron Markko Martin,
who drove an ex-Colin McRae Subaru Impreza WRC and the
new Richard Tuthill Porsche 997 RGT, as well as 1977 and
1985 British Rally Champion Russell Brookes, Phil Collins,
Nicky Grist, Terry Kaby and Rallyday hosts, Tony Mason,
Howard Davies and Graham Robson.
Mason presented the ‘Brian Stubbings Spirit of
Rallyday’ Trophy to Roy Edwards, who has driven
at every Rallyday since 2001 and is a great stalwart of
rallying, rallycross and motorsport. The ‘Brian
Stubbings Spirit of Rallyday’ Trophy was awarded
for the first time last year in memory of Brian, the co-founder
of Rallyday, who died suddenly in February 2013.
There were also demos from the world of Autotesting and
Rallycross and AWDC Comp Safari demos on the circuit infield.
The Cooper Tires 4x4 Zone featured the Race2Recovery team,
who were giving everyone the opportunity to experience
one of their Wildcats on the fast and rough off road course,
the unique Comp Safari demos on the infield as well as
a newly developed Challenge demo area, all this in addition
to 4x4 off road experience and numerous 4x4 club displays
Rallyday organiser Darin Frow said: “Rallyday 2014
was unbelievable! There were so many highlights it is
impossible to choose just one, but it was an honour to
meet Markku, Harri and Markko and to see them genuinely
enjoy being a part of the show, and to witness the 6R4
display was something very special, as it was seeing Gwyndaf
and Elfyn open the feature stage together - something
we have never done before, but which was loved by everyone.
“For Jo [Stubbings - Rallyday co-organiser] and
I personally we feel it is the best show we have organised
and we would like to thank everyone for making it such
a special and successful event and for all the incredible
comments we have received even before the show ended.”
Motors TV took footage of all the key action and the
Special Stage TV Rallyday Special will be shown on Motors
TV on Friday 17th October 2014. For more information please
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PRESS RELEASE: Wednesday, 30th July 2014
Markku Alén to make first appearance at
is delighted to announce that legendary rally driver Markku
Alén will attend the fourteenth edition of the
UK’s Premier Rally Car Show that will take place
on Saturday 20th September 2014 at Wiltshire’s Castle
Alén, who won 19 FIA World Rally Championship
events during his career and who also took the FIA Driver’s
Cup in 1978, the year before the WRC Drivers’ Championship
was established, will be making his very first appearance
at the event and will be reunited with two cars he campaigned
during his illustrious career.
The Finn is currently scheduled to drive a Lancia Delta
S4 - as he drove in the mid-1980s - and the Toyota Celica
GT4 that took him to fourth on the 1992 Lombard RAC Rally.
The 63-year-old will demonstrate both cars in the headline
Castrol Edge Feature Stage and like the other stars already
confirmed will also appear on the main Rallyday interview
stage to reflect on his career, no doubt explaining how
he was World Rally Champion for eleven days in 1986, before
the results of the Sanremo Rally, which he won, were annulled.
He then famously boycotted the 1987 Monte Carlo Rally
“I’m really looking forward to coming to
Rallyday for the first time. I have heard so much about
the event and can’t wait to see it for myself. It
will also be great to drive the Delta S4 and the Celica
GT4 again. I have some fond - and also not so fond memories
of those cars! It should be a great day,” said Markku,
who joins one of a number of star drivers already confirmed,
including 1979 World Rally Champion Björn Waldegård
and British Rally Champions David Llewellin and Gwyndaf
Rallyday organisers Darin Frow and Jo Stubbings are both
very happy to add Alén’s name to the long
list of rally celebrities that have attended the event
since its inception, and which includes the late Colin
McRae, 1995 World Rally Champion, as well as in more recent
years 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg and reigning
World Rally Champion, Sébastien Ogier.
“It's very rare to see Markku in the UK so Jo and
I are overjoyed that he's accepted our invitation to attend
Rallyday 2014,” said Darin. “His visit coincides
perfectly with the strong Italian line-up at this year's
show and to have the opportunity to see him once again
behind the wheel of an original Delta S4 as well as the
actual Toyota Celica GT4 he drove to fourth place on the
'92 Lombard RAC Rally will be unforgettable. Fans will
also get the chance to meet him at a scheduled autograph
session so it's going to be a very memorable day for everyone.”
Tickets for Rallyday 2014 are on sale now, with advance
tickets for adults costing £15 (if booked before
5th September) or £20 on the day. Accompanied children
under 16 go FREE.
Clubman’s Rally Teams, Car Clubs, 4x4 Clubs, and
Trade Exhibitors can secure the few remaining spaces at
the show by downloading booking forms on the website.
For more information please visit: www.rallyday.com
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