Rally stars set to light up Race Retro

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Group B cars will take to Race Retro’s rally stage as the event opens tomorrow (22 February) at Stoneleigh Park.

Four-wheel-drive icons from the 1980s confirmed for the event include the Audi quattro, MG Metro 6R4, Peugeot 205 T16 and Ford RS200.

Also entertaining the crowd will be machines once driven by legends including the late Colin McRae and his father Jimmy, ‘Flying Finn’ Pentti Airikkala and Roger Clark.

Classic karts from the 1960s will also take to the track, with four demonstrations taking place over the weekend. Yet more live action will be provided in the form of the steam-powered Whistling Billy and the ex-works 4.2-litre V8 Sunbeam Tiger.

More than 400 static exhibits will be headlined by Classic Team Lotus, which will have two 25s on display, including Jim Clark’s 1963 World Championship-winning machine, plus a mystery car that is yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, Alpine will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its one-two-three finish at the Rallye Monte-Carlo, bringing with it the winning car from 1973.

The Imp Club will mark 50 years of the rear-engined car by putting on show an ex-works example that competed in the 1968 Scottish Rally. It will join a replica of the Fraser Imp and a reproduction of the George Bevan-prepared car that won the British Saloon Car Championship three times.

On Saturday Silverstone Auctions’ mammoth sale will bring a diverse variety of machines under the hammer, from a 1962 double-decker bus, to a 1969 Lola T70 MkIII B and a 1985 Ford Sierra Cosworth Group N rally car.

Stars of racing and rallying will descend on the event en masse, too, with Sir Stirling Moss joining Russell Brookes and Tony Mason, plus Barry Lee, Tiff Needell and former BRM team boss Tim Parnell.

To find out more, visit the Race Retro website.

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