Two of the greatest names from the golden era of rallying will turn back the clock to thrill the crowds at an action-packed rally festival at Weston Park.
Stig Blomqvist – the 1984 world champion who became a household name – and Welsh superstar Gwyndaf Evans are among a star-studded entry list for the Historic Rally Festival at the stately home on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border on September 30 and October 1.
Blomqvist – best remembered for his exploits during the Group B era of the World Rally Championship in the 1980s – returns to the stages in a works specification Audi Quattro A2.
Meanwhile Evans, winner of the British Rally Championship in 1996 and runner-up three times, will be taking part in a very special Ford Escort Mk2 with co-driver Stuart Horsfall.
The Historic Rally promises a weekend of high-octane action, with Weston Park hosting spectacular night and daytime stages as well as the service area, where fans can get up close to the cars, live music, street food and a spectacular firework display.
It roars into action on Saturday September 30 at brand new stately venue, Hatton Grange, the private home of the Kenyon-Slaney family where the drivers will undertake four stages past the magnificent Georgian house.
On Saturday evening the drivers will take to the Weston stages as dusk falls in a thrilling night-time finale which will also feature live music from the Dirty Rockin’ Scoundrels, bars, delicious street food and end with the showstopping fireworks.
On Sunday all 80 cars and drivers will take on the Weston stages made famous in the 1980s and 1990s as home of the much-loved RAC Rally.
Organiser, Warner Lewis, from Rallying History said: “This is the best line-up of cars and drivers with 80 entries from across all eras. I am particularly delighted that Stig and Gywndaf will be joining us to celebrate the golden era of rallying.”
Jennifer Astbury, Head of Operations at Weston Park, added: “Rallying History have put together a fantastic line-up for the event this year with star drivers, an aerial display, a huge turnout of car clubs and I am particularly looking forward to having the service area at Weston which will give the visitors even more opportunity to see the cars up close.”
A festival atmosphere will be created for all the family on Sunday with car clubs exhibiting, trade stands, delicious food and drink and a fun fair for the little ones.
There will be the chance to meet the drivers at the Meet & Greet and enjoy a fly past from Richard Goodwin flying over the show.