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Chatsworth set for special WRC bash.

The VK-sponsored Rally Show at Chatsworth will celebrate 30 years of the World Rally Championship for drivers' next year, the organisers announced this week.

The event, which first took place in 2007 and which, like this year, will again take place at the start of the summer, running from June 6-7 2009, intends to honour all the drivers that have taken the crown since Bjorn Waldegard in 1979.

"Chatsworth intends to honour them all, by having on display examples of all the cars used over the 30 years to secure the title," read a statement to the press.

"It is also hoped to have as many of the past World Champions there alongside their cars and, where possible, to have them demonstrating their skills on the special stages during the two-day event.

"Sadly, fate has deprived us of the possibility of having either of the two British World Rally champions - Colin McRae and Richard Burns - at the event but the display and its presentation will reflect their unique contributions to the sport."

The full list of WRC champions since 1979 are as follows:

1979 Bjorn Waldegard Ford Escort RS1800 & Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0
1980 Walter Röhrl Fiat 131 Abarth
1981 Ari Vatanen Ford Escort RS1800
1982 Walter Rohrl Opel Ascona 400
1983 Hannu Mikkola Audi quattro A1 & Audi quattro A2
1984 Stig Blomqvist Audi quattro A2 & Audi Sport quattro S1
1985 Timo Salonen Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 & Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
1986 Juha Kankkunen Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
1987 Juha Kankkunen Lancia Delta HF 4WD
1988 Miki Biasion Lancia Delta Integrale
1989 Miki Biasion Lancia Delta Integrale & Lancia Delta Integrale 16v
1990 Carlos Sainz Toyota Celica GT-Four
1991 Juha Kankkunen Lancia Delta Integrale 16v
1992 Carlos Sainz Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1993 Juha Kankkunen Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1994 Didier Auriol Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1995 Colin McRae Subaru Impreza 555
1996 Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3
1997 Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4
1998 Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5 & Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4
1999 Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5 & Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
2000 Marcus Gronholm Peugeot 206 WRC
2001 Richard Burns Subaru Impreza WRC
2002 Marcus Gronholm Peugeot 206 WRC
2003 Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC
2004 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Xsara WRC
2005 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Xsara WRC
2006 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Xsara WRC
2007 Sebastien Loeb Citroen C4 WRC
2008 Sebastien Loeb Citroen C4 WRC

The celebration is being organised in conjunction with Motorsport News.


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