Williams F1 cars and Damon Hill entertain the crowds, while rallying icons continue to be a huge attraction to this motorsport show
Visitors to Race Retro were welcomed to the Stoneleigh showground by four iconic Williams F1 cars, all driven by British F1 driver Damon Hill. The much-loved Champion was on hand during Sunday to talk about his time in F1, from his first stint as Williams test driver in 1991 to the memorable championship battles of 1994 and 1996.
There was plenty for the visitors to take a look at, and this year it was clear that the variety of rally cars was rather exceptional. One of the star attractions was a display of cars previously driven by Henri Toivonen. Marking the 30th anniversary since Toivonen was tragically killed, three of the Finn’s previous rally cars were on display:
The team principal of PCA Motorsports, Peter Clarke, organized this display of ex-Toivonen cars. Clarke, for whom Toivonen drove in the 1979 Lombard Rally, also owns this original Ford Escort RS1800 on the display.
Other cars on show included this Talbot Sunbeam, in which Toivonen took to victory in the 1980 Lombard Rally.
Other rally cars were on display, including a number of Group B cars, from the more regular RS200 and Metro 6R4 models, to an extremely rare Ford RS1700T:
The Silverstone Auctions sale was also worthy of a visit, and the auction house even managed to set a world record during the weekend, selling a Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II for £299,000. The selection of the cars on offer was outstanding, and the addition of a separate competition car sale added a new dimension to the auction. Full report to follow, here are some of the cars from the sale.