24 July 2006
Q&A: Brian Stubbings: Rallyday review - EXCLUSIVE.
by Rob Wilkins
Rallyday co-organiser, Brian Stubbings looks back on this year's event, which took place at the Castle Combe Circuit in the UK on Saturday and reviews the action for Crash.net Radio...
Brian, the sixth Rallyday took place at Castle Combe on Saturday. Overall were you pleased with how the event went off?
We were really pleased with how the event went. There was a bit of rain unfortunately in the middle of the day, a bit of a down-pour, but apart from that in terms of everything that happened, we were really chuffed.
How many people attended the roughly show?
There was over 10,000 that attended this year - a really strong attendance. So lots of rally fans there, lots of dedicated rally fans came to see the different stars, and we were really pleased with that as well.
Was that a record for the show?
Yeah, it was the biggest attendance we have had so far. It just shows that for a lot of people, the cars that we had there and some of the different stars and guests who turned up, were the sort of thing that they want to see.
1981 World Rally champion, Ari Vatanen, seemed to be extremely popular didn't he?
From the minute he arrived in the morning until when he left, well after the close of the event, he was surrounded by people and enthusiasts all wanting his autograph and he did an absolutely star role. He was really terrific with the fans. We had a good chat with him afterwards and we were just talking about different things and we are going to be doing something for a charity he supports.
You said prior to the show last week that you wanted to bring something new to it this year - on reflection did you think you achieved that?
Yes I do. This year was the first time we have had the BP Ford World Rally team there along with Mitsubishi as well. Having another team at that sort of profile was just incredible. We had a big wide range of guests from the likes of Mikko Hirvonen to Ari Vatanen too. So that was again a good breath of guests. We had other things going on as well - a wheel change challenge and other activities, which really does bring something for the visitors to do and with all those things taken together, it did bring it on to another level, I think.
Of course one of the other big stars was WRC commercial boss and Prodrive boss, David Richards. You said before the show that you would be interested to know what he thought about it. Did you get any feedback from him?
It was the first time he has come along and the response that we had was positive. It was great for him to be there along with that celebration we had with Ari Vatanen [25 years since they won the World Rally drivers' championship together in 1981]. I took him back to his helicopter at the end of the day and I had some quite good feedback, so that was pleasing.
At mid-day there was a minutes silence for Richard Burns and Michael Park. A poignant moment wasn't it?
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