RAC winner to star at rally celebrations

| 16 Nov 2011

An RAC Rally-winning Ford Escort will head up the Historic Rally Car Register’s celebrations of two important rallying milestones at its Open Day on 14 January.The MkII Escort that Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz drove to victory on the 1978 RAC Rally will be on display at the event – hosted by the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon – in honour of the 80th anniversary of the event, which began as a reliability trial with a variety of driving tests in 1932.Also being celebrated at the annual gathering will be three decades of the Lombard Golden Fifty, which is regarded as the birth of the historic rallying movement in the UK.John Bishop, Gaydon’s car clubs & groups co-ordinator is enthusiastic about the day: “We’re delighted to be hosting the HRCR Open Day, which looks set to be another exciting and nostalgic event for rally enthusiasts.”The RAC winner will be one of a number of historic rally cars on display in Gaydon’sWestern Arena and visitors will have the opportunity to meet club members and rally specialists – plus gain an overview of today’s many historic rallies from various organisers.Entry to the HRCR Open Day (09h30-16h00) is free of charge and visitors can look around the Heritage Motor Centre (10h00-17h00) for £6 per person. See Heritage Motor Centre or the Historic Rally Car Register for more.