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Rallyday beats economic slowdown

Rallyday 2009 attracted around 10,000 people again this year, it has been confirmed, despite the economic slowdown.

The event, which was taking place for the ninth time last weekend, included its usual star studded line-up, with 1984 World Rally champion, Stig Blomqvist and BP Ford Abu Dhabi team boss, Malcolm Wilson topping the bill.

Malcolm's son, Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson was also in attendance, along with Alister and Jimmy McRae, Petter Solberg's co-driver Phil Mills, Nicky Grist, Terry Kaby, Tony Mason, Howard Davies and Russell Brookes.

Speaking following the event, Rallyday co-organisers Brian Stubbings and Darin Frow both said they were happy with how the event had gone.

“We were delighted with the event this year. The line-up was superb and the weather was the icing on the cake,” Stubbings told Crash.net

“We have had some really good feedback and all of the celebrity drivers I spoke to seemed to enjoy it. I also spoke to (Ford boss) Malcolm (Wilson) about the event and he seemed positive about what we had achieved. He signed a huge number of autographs for his fans, which I am very grateful to him for.

“The Rally Raid Zone, which was new, went well and we will definitely build on that next year. The Strictly Sideways competition had good audience participation and the Autotest area also seemed to be popular.

“In terms of attendance it was virtually exactly the same as year and given the economic climate we are very pleased with that.

“We are now starting to think about 2010, when the Rallyday will celebrate its tenth anniversary. We have already made some plans and we will have some news by the end of the year.”

Meanwhile Ford boss, Malcolm Wilson said that he was very impressed with the Castle Combe extravaganza.

“It is my first time here and I am really, not surprised, but I think it is a great event,” he told Crash.net Radio. “It is fantastic for me to come to an event where I don't have the pressure of thinking about strategy or tactics or wondering what my drivers are doing. It is a great relaxed environment and there are some fantastic things to see.


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Malcolm and Matthew Wilson. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Stig Blomqvist. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Nicky Grist and Stig Blomqvist. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Alister McRae. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
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Action. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Matthew Wilson demos the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Focus RS WRC. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Matthew Wilson demos the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Focus RS WRC. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]

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