Legendary rally driver Markku Alen will attend Rallyday, the UK's Premier Rally Car Show at the Castle Combe Circuit this year on Saturday September 20, it has been announced.
Alen, who won 19 FIA World Rally Championship events during his career and who also took the FIA Driver's Cup in 1978, the year before the WRC Drivers' Championship was established, will be making his very first appearance at the event and will be reunited with two cars he campaigned during his illustrious career.
The Finn is currently scheduled to drive a Lancia Delta S4 - as he drove in the mid-1980s - and the Toyota Celica GT4 that took him to fourth on the 1992 Lombard RAC Rally.
The 63-year-old will demonstrate both cars in the headline Castrol Edge Feature Stage and like the other stars already confirmed will also appear on the main Rallyday interview stage to reflect on his career, no doubt explaining how he was World Rally Champion for eleven days in 1986, before the results of the Sanremo Rally, which he won, were annulled. He then famously boycotted the 1987 Monte Carlo Rally in protest.
“I'm really looking forward to coming to Rallyday for the first time. I have heard so much about the event and can't wait to see it for myself. It will also be great to drive the Delta S4 and the Celica GT4 again. I have some fond – and also not so fond memories of those cars! It should be a great day,” said Alen, who joins one of a number of star drivers already confirmed, including 1979 World Rally Champion Bjorn Waldegard and British Rally Champions David Llewellin and Gwyndaf Evans.
Rallyday organisers Darin Frow and Jo Stubbings are both very happy to add Alen's name to the long list of rally celebrities that have attended the event since its inception, and which includes the late Colin McRae, 1995 World Rally Champion, as well as in more recent years 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg and reigning World Rally Champion, Sebastien Ogier.
“It's very rare to see Markku in the UK so Jo and I are overjoyed that he's accepted our invitation to attend Rallyday 2014,” said Darin. “His visit coincides perfectly with the strong Italian line-up at this year's show and to have the opportunity to see him once again behind the wheel of an original Delta S4 as well as the actual Toyota Celica GT4 he drove to fourth place on the '92 Lombard RAC Rally will be unforgettable. Fans will also get the chance to meet him at a scheduled autograph session so it's going to be a very memorable day for everyone.”
Tickets for Rallyday 2014 are on sale now, with advance tickets for adults costing £15 (if booked before 5th September) or £20 on the day. Accompanied children under 16 go FREE.
Clubman's Rally Teams, Car Clubs, 4x4 Clubs, and Trade Exhibitors can secure the few remaining spaces at the show by downloading booking forms on the website.
For more information, visit www.rallyday.com