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  • Writer's pictureSteve Jones

All systems go for Historic Rally Festival!

[Photo courtesy of Historic Rally Festival]

The inaugural Historic Rally Festival is all set to go on the 21st and 22nd August with over 60 historic rally cars ready to take on Weston Park.

After several false starts due to COVID and the opening up of events in recent weeks, the organisers and venues are really excited to see the Historic Rally Festival take place.

Warner Lewis, event organiser, commented: “This has been a very tough couple of years from when myself and Mick Covill set out to create a festival in the UK that celebrates rallying, in a similar way to what they do in Europe.”

“We have worked very hard with the venue owners to ensure we can run a safe and enjoyable event to celebrate historic rallying.”

Telford Town centre will host the live scrutineering on the Saturday afternoon leading into the ceremonial start. The service park will be located in the Telford and Wrekin Council offices car park on the central ring road in the city centre.

Weston Park will be where all the action takes place on the Sunday, with eight stages set across the parkland with cars blasting past the house. The famous water splash will no doubt be a big attraction.

Some of the most iconic rally cars will be in action from the Group B Audi Quattro to the Peugeot 205 T16 and even more historic machinery including Ford Escorts, Talbot Sunbeams.

[Photo courtesy of Historic Rally Festival]

Among the stars will be Louise Aitken-Walker, the first British female driver to win a world title, who will be returning to Weston Park where she first took part in a Lombard RAC Rally back in 1981.

Also attending will be Harri Toivonen who will be driving a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus similar to the one his brother competed in and won the 1980 RAC Rally, which included stages at Weston Park.

Away from the rally course there will be plenty of entertainment with a festival atmosphere created for all the family including an artisan food and craft village, street food from Fordhall Organic Farm, local ales from Hobsons Brewery and a funfair for the children.

There is also the opportunity to stay in the heart of the action in the stately home and be the first spectators on the course with Bed & Breakfast at £250 per room.

Admission to the event on Sunday will be by advanced tickets only starting at £15 per person and available from

The Historic Rally Festival is COVID compliant and is operating under the current roadmap working with the local authorities to give all visitors confidence. Social distancing will be encouraged.


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