The Rally Show at Chatsworth next month will host one of the biggest and best celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Audi Quattro.
In addition to a line-up of rally cars on display and demonstrations that include five genuine ex-works Quattros, there will be a truly awesome number of Quattro Owner's Club members who will be bringing their cars to the Show and taking an active part in the proceedings.
It was in March 1980 that Audi created a sensation by revealing their mould-breaking Quattro at the Geneva Motor Show. With a turbocharged five-cylinder engine and permanent four-wheel drive, it took the world by surprise. That was even more so when executives of the company revealed that this gorgeous looking car, as far removed from current expectations of a four-wheel drive vehicle as one could imagine, was going to compete in the World Rally Championship of 1981.
It was an immediate sensation, not only winning the Manufacturers' title in 1982 but also taking the Drivers' titles in both 1982 and 1983 with Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist respectively. If that was not enough, Michele Mouton used a Quattro to rocket into the record books by becoming the first lady to win a WRC event on the San Remo Rally in 1981. Proving that it was no fluke, she went on to win three more in 1982 - the Portuguese, Acropolis and Brazil rallies - while in 1985 she amazed the Americans by taking outright victory on the legendary Pike's Peak Hillclimb in a Sport Quattro S1.
Throughout the Rally Show, there will be an Audi Quattro presence, with numerous examples appearing in a dedicated demonstration each day while many private owners will drive their cars in the various events and stage sessions that comprise a major part of the Show. On the Sunday, the Quattro Owner's Club will bring their cars out onto the 1.2 mile special stage to take part in a cavalcade as a tribute to one of the iconic cars of the latter part of the 20th Century.
The Show organisers, The Rally Show Ltd, would be delighted to hear from any members of the Audi Sport UK team of the 80's - drivers, co-drivers, and any of the David Sutton Motorsport team members and to contact them if they would like to attend the show.
For further details of the Rally Show at Chatsworth, visit www.therallyshow.org