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  • Writer's pictureSteve Jones

Rally Revival 2021 gears up for a weekend to remember!

[Photo courtesy of IF Image Cymru]

The 15 and 16 October 2021 will see Rally cars return to Wrexham for the first time in nearly 20 years in a 3 year plan to create Revival’s new home and a truly memorable event for the Town. Rally Revival aims to recreate those memories of past RAC rally time controls and of course the years when the Town hosted the Vauxhall Rally of Wales.

Building on the 2020 running - which saw such greats as Jimmy McRae, Derek Ringer, Louise Aitken-Walker and Nicky Grist enjoy a unique atmosphere notseen since the glory days.

Cooper Tires will be the main partner for 2021.

Friday will see crews based at the Ty Pawb Arts and commercial space in the centre of town from 3pm, which will give fans a chance to view the cars and meet the crews. This precedes an early evening start in Queens Square (just 100 metres away), where crews will be flagged away before a gruelling evening of tests.

Saturday is a full day's tour with runs at many venues creating a feel very much like the traditional Sunday leg of the old RAC Rally. This year there is an all-day spectator experience at Weston Park, where a sister event The Speed & Rally Show will be running all day. Revival will be the star attraction with visits for several different layouts during the day offering a family day out with car displays, motorbikes, drifting and a whole lot more.

Leading the field away at Car 1 will be double British Rally Champion David Llewellyn back in a Celica GT4, he will be partnered by the hugely experienced Paul Spooner.

Also joining us but back to his driving days is 2003 World Rally Champion co-driver Phil Mills with his son taking over duties on maps.

Cars ranging from the humble Mini, through Ford Escorts and the mighty Lancia Stratos will be represented right up to Lancia Delta (including an ex Miki Biasion car) and Subaru Impreza.

The event's two themes this year will mark 20 years since Richard Burns won the WRC and 40 years since Ari Vatanen did the same, Richard Gough brings one of Ari’s Rothmans MK2 Escorts whilst Kevin Procter brings one of Richards 2001 WRC Imprezas.

Former factory co-driver Shaun O’Gorman makes a rare outing alongside Matt Rees as indeed does local former Vauxhall Co-driver John Gittins, whose notable results include wins with Pentti Airikkala back in the 1970’s.

Journalistic and TV interest abounds with Dave Mathewson from TV series Bangers & Cash bringing a V6 Clio, whilst esteemed motoring Journalist Henry Catchpole takes the wheel of a 309 GTI for the weekend.

Bryn Pierce Event Director said:

"We’re delighted to welcome everyone to Rally Revival 2021 in association with Cooper Tires, which aims to rekindle memories and create new ones. To have on board such enthusiastic partners coupled with stunning venues for this second running was something we’d hoped for as the entrants will be in for a treat!. After a successful 2020 event we hope to bring you even more new memories. The team we’ve put together are second to none and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Wrexham on the 15th October."

Rally Revival entries are open via, there is also an active social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Spectator tickets are available via

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