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RALLYDAY 2016

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 laps.

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.

 

 

RALLYDAY 2016

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 2016 tickets.

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 Championship.
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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.
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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 the day.
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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 year’s show!”

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: 22nd September 2014

Elfyn and Gwyndaf Evans steal the show at Rallyday 2014

Elfyn 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,” said Alén.

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.”

“It 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 and parade.

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 visit: www.rallyday.com

You can also keep up-to-date on everything to do with Rallyday via Twitter: @RallydayUK https://twitter.com/#!/RallydayUK - and via our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/RallydayUK

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Wednesday, 30th July 2014

Markku Alén to make first appearance at Rallyday

Rallyday 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 Combe Circuit.

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 in protest.

“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 Evans.

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

You can also keep up-to-date on everything to do with Rallyday via Twitter: @RallydayUK

https://twitter.com/#!/RallydayUK - and via our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/RallydayUK