24 September 2010
Rallyday marks tenth anniversary with 'Monster' line-up
Jari-Matti Latvala, Stig Blomqvist, Guy Wilks, Russell Brookes and Gwyndaf Evans headed a star-studded list, as Rallyday's annual extravaganza celebrates another successful year.
Rallyday 2010 reached a milestone on Saturday 18 September and organisers can confirm a record turnout of over 10,000 people for the tenth anniversary Show at Wiltshire's Castle Combe Circuit.
The event included a "Who's Who?" from the world of rallying, with BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team driver Jari-Matti Latvala heading the list. Latvala was out on track in Ken Block's Monster World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC and the Finn was won over by the event.
"It is always nice to do these types of events and I have been very impressed," said the 25-year-old. "There are a lot of people here, it looks good, there are some very nice cars and there is a very good spirit too."
Latvala was joined by 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, who was on hand to help mark the 30th anniversary of the Audi quattro. As part of this celebration, a comprehensive line-up of original works Audi quattros was at the centre of the Rallyday paddock, covering their evolution through the 1980s.
These included the original Gp4 quattro, which Audi used to launch its rallying campaign on the 1980 Algarve Rally - reputedly worth over a million pounds. Other key quattros on display included the 1985 Pikes Peak Hillclimb winning car and the only surviving original GpA Audi Coupe quattro, which was driven by David Llewellin and Phil Short on the 1987 Lombard RAC Rally.
"The Rallyday is getting better and better every year," said Blomqvist. "The organisers do a good job. The Audi quattro was a fantastic rally car in its day and I think people want to see it again."
In addition, Skoda UK made its debut at the event and two-times British Rally Champion Guy Wilks took the time to show off the new Skoda Fabia S2000 Facelift, which he drove for the first time at the end of last month, on the Barum Czech Rally Zlin, round 9 of the 2010 FIA Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
"It is a credit to the Rallyday just how many people have turned out, both to support the event with cars and drivers and also how many spectators are here," Wilks said."I don't know what the figures are, but looking around it is very busy. This is my second or third time here and it is nice to see it has not got tired. I have heard plenty of noises to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It is great to hear some fit Audis going of the line. There are lots of good quality old and new cars here.
"Around the track, it is good that the spectators can see the cars for such a long time, too. Castle Combe is not a natural rallying environment, but at the same time that is almost its draw, because it is so accessible."
Tagged as: Skoda , Gwyndaf Evans , Guy Wilks , Proton , Tom Cave , Phil Pugh , Mills , Evans , Pugh , Audi , Mason , Latvala , Jari-Matti Latvala , Brookes , BP Ford Abu Dhabi
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