As regular readers will know, we love pretty much all forms of motorsport up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers and the wild and spectacular World Rally Championship from yester year is up there with the very best. News then that visitors to this year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB will be treated to a stunning showcase of iconic rally cars from many of the sport’s most exciting eras in the Form of a major attraction at Cholmondeley Castle’s RallyFest was met with much excitement.
It’s been explained to MotorMartin that last autumn’s hugely popular RallyFest marked 30 years since the final season of ferocious Group B action with a remarkable gathering of these fabled monsters from the early eighties.
The 2017 theme is ‘Rally Legends’, featuring an even more diverse and appealing spectacle. This will not only include Group B champions but also standout rally cars from other past epochs such as ever-popular Minis and Escorts from the swinging sixties, Group A and the more modern WRC generation that was introduced 20 years ago in 1997.
The Rally Legends display will be open to the public throughout the fabulous day-long event and will also be unleashed for evocative demonstration runs on the parkland stage at Cholmondeley Castle. They will act as the perfect curtain-raiser to the latest incarnation of powerful and thrilling FIA World Rally Championship cars which will arrive in the middle of the afternoon.
“Almost 10,000 people joined us at Cholmondeley Castle last October for what was a fantastic, fun-fuelled family day out – and the presence of so many great rally cars from yesteryear really added to the entertainment and sense of occasion,” shared Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB with MotorMartin recently.
“Group B is always a massive draw and many of those cars will be returning to RallyFest. This time they will be joined in the spotlight by other star cars from equally nostalgic eras personified by legends like Roger Clark, Colin McRae and Richard Burns. It’s going to be another very special occasion,” promised Taylor.
Owners of more than 30 outstanding cars have already registered their entries, and others are being invited to confirm their interest via the competitors’ section on the walesrallygb.com website. Full details and an entry form are available for download.
Cholmondeley Castle RallyFest tickets are already on sale with significant savings for those buying in advance. What’s more, accompanied children aged under 16 are offered FREE admission.
Priced at just £23 if purchased now (compared to £30 on the day), adult tickets include free car parking, a copy of the Official Programme (value £9) plus a full day of entertainment including displays, attractions, a catering village, autograph sessions, giant screens and, of course, the chance to see the sensational new-era World Rally Championship cars.
There’s also the option of the Rally Xtra @ Cholmondeley Castle package which includes a morning bacon roll, hearty hot lunch, dedicated parking, premium toilet facilities, free tea and coffee, pay bar and a private viewing area adjacent to the dramatic Dayinsure Donut.
Full details of 2017 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB including route, timetable and ticket information can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website and is well worth setting aside some time to visit. What a great day out it promises to be.
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