The spectacle of Group B rallying is brought back to the UK again this month, thanks to RallyFest event in Cheshire.
World Championship rallying returns to England later this month as part of a spectacular weekend event at the grounds of at one of finest country houses in Cheshire.
The event, known as RallyFest, takes place at the gothic Cholmondeley Castle and features Group B rally cars, appearances by past WRC champions and a plethora of family fun activities.
Not since 1999 has Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) ventured outside Wales, and this month’s eagerly-anticipated RallyFest provides those living in cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Stoke an opportunity to experience what is one of the most sensational spectator motor sports on the planet.
The event also features the tyre-burning WRC speed test and mountain bike trials with Red Bull-backed multiple world champion Kenny Belaey, who will be performing stunts at the event.
Younger visitors will also enjoy a host of interactive activities being provided totally free of charge, such as a Scalextric racetrack, face painting, a giant games area, a children’s craft workshop and graffiti wall.
Other notable RallyFest highlights include parades of historic and legendary Group B rally cars, appearances by past WRC champions, autograph and ‘selfie sessions’ with today’s WRC stars, supercar cavalcades, SuperMoto bike racing, big screen coverage, live commentary, a catering village, trade stalls, mini tanks and a funfair.
There will also be opportunities to take a memorable passenger ride in a number of classic and sports cars provided by the Sporting Bears Motor Club. These will be raising funds for Ty Gobaith, the only children’s hospice in North Wales.
But the real highlight is the event’s lawn mower racing – now that’s not to be missed.
Ben Taylor, managing director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB said: ‘The thrills of the World Rally Championship are coming back to England and the RallyFest at Cholmondeley will provide all-comers with a truly fabulous day out. There really is something for everyone. What’s more, with half-term in mind, children can come for free, while advance tickets priced at just £20 provide exceptional value for money.’
RallyFest takes place on Oct 29. Adult tickets at RallyFest are £25 for a day ticket or £99 for the full four-day event pass. All tickets include free parking and an event programme priced at £9. Accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free.