PRESS RELEASE: 31st January 2022
RALLY DAY RETURNS ON 21st SEPTEMBER 2022
Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit has announced
the 2022 date for its much-loved Rallyday event, which
will take place on Saturday, 17 September.
The event – one of the largest shows dedicated
to rallying in Europe – attracts countless stars
and cars from throughout the history of the thrilling
sport, with attractions both in the vast static display
areas as well as out on the circuit. Also present will
be a vast trade village are, dedicated club car displays
and public track time.
PRESS RELEASE 25th September 2021
RALLY DAY RETURNS WITH ONE OF THE BEST
Hyundai Motorsport driver Craig Breen stars on
Richard Burns parade provides a fitting tribute
to Englishman’s 2001 title
LEGENDS stage a massive hit with the Castle Combe
It’s like it had never been away. Rallyday returned
to make September feel like September again on Saturday.
Forced off the calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic
in 2020, the organisers of Europe’s biggest one-day
rally show were determined to show fans what they’d
been missing for the last two years.
They certainly did that. Craig Breen, Mark Higgins, Nicky
Grist, Ian Gwynne and a long list of other stars aligned
to make Rallyday 2021 one of the most popular and certainly
the most poignant yet.
Twenty years on from Richard Burns’ 2001 World
Rally Championship title, the Englishman’s sister
Jo drove into the event in her brother’s Subaru
Impreza RB320 and set the tone for the day perfectly.
The atmosphere for the parade of Burns cars at lunchtime
was incredible, with admiration, adoration and absolute
respect for what Richard and co-driver Robert Reid achieved
two decades and two months ago.
A LEGENDS stage entry packed with the stuff of a rally
fan’s dreams was a great way to follow the parades.
Watching an ex-Hannu Mikkola Audi quattro E2 being followed
into the stage by some of the finest factory rally cars
ever made was what Rallyday was all about.
Castle Combe managing director Graham Marshallsay said:
“We really couldn’t have wished for a better
return for Rallyday. It’s been the perfect day.
“The quality of the cars we’ve had here has
been quite unbelievable and to have Craig Breen stopping
in to catch up with everybody on his way to Rally Finland
next week was incredible.
“Rallyday is all about a real mix of everything
rallying from the grass roots right to the top of the
WRC. We’ve achieved that again with Rallyday –
there was truly something for everybody. I can’t
thank Jo [Burns] enough for coming to join us on what’s
been a very, very special day to remember Richard.
“There are, of course, a whole lot more people
to thank – especially Tom [Williams] and Mark [Higgins]
– to thank for what they did to help with our tribute
“Ian Gwynne worked his magic on the LEGENDS stage
as well. Walking down the line of cars waiting to go in
at 1230 was a proper who’s who and what’s
what of the World Rally Championship down the years. And
the response from the crowd, the cheers when iconic car
after iconic car is something I’ll remember for
a very long time.
“But the biggest thanks goes to the fans and the
marshals – without those guys none of this would
have been possible. We know it wasn’t the perfect
Rallyday – how can it be without signing and selfie
sessions? But without applying those COVID protocols,
we would all have been sitting at home and not watching
the world’s finest rally cars and drivers.
“Thank you. What a day. What a Rallyday!”
PRESS RELEASE 24th September 2019
CARS AND STARS ENJOY THE SUNSHINE AT RALLYDAY
took some of the rarest cars in the sport’s history
and put World Rally Champions and heroes behind the wheel
to make Saturday’s event one of the most spectacular
in its 19-year history.
With Group 4, Group B and Group A machinery worth in excess
of £10m in attendance at Castle Combe, rally fans
were treated to an extraordinary display of cars which
surprised even the likes of Hyundai Motorsport WRC star
Craig Breen and 1994 world champion Didier Auriol.
Having arrived with his own MG Metro 6R4 and appreciated
cars like the ex-Tony Pond 1985 RAC Metro parked alongside,
Craig said: “It’s something very rare to get
a collection of cars together like these here at Rallyday
and to get them out on the track is even more special.
“I’m delighted to have been here and I’ll
definitely be back to have another snoop around some more
of these cars.”
As the new-for-2019 Legend Stage began at lunchtime, fans
packed the side of the stage to watch as the history of
the sport unfolded before them. As well as a fleet of
ex-McRae machinery, there was the stunning sight of a
Lancia Delta S4, driven by Edoardo Bresolin.
Another Rallyday debutant, Bresolin said: “It’s
so nice to bring this car to show the people. I think
they feel the same about the S4 like me, it’s magic.”
Auriol starred in slightly younger Deltas, driving the
beautiful HF Integrale, Lancia’s last ever rally
car in the WRC.
“I knew the reputation of Rallyday,” Auriol
said. “And Miki [Biasion, former Lancia team-mate
and fellow world champion] came here last year and told
me it’s a really friendly event – but it’s
so nice. Fantastic cars and so many people. I want to
This year’s Rallyday featured more headline-grabbing
cars from the WRC than ever before and supporting them
were some of the sport’s finest examples of clubmen-spec
Rallyday was delighted to welcome three generations of
McRaes for the first time, as Jimmy, his son Alister and
his son Max lined up to enjoy themselves. Predictably,
rallying’s most famous family went down a storm
– with five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy delighted
to be the McRae busiest at the family autograph session.
Alister said: “I’ve been here a couple of
times before, but not for about 10 years. It’s really
impressive how it’s grown and to see so many great
cars out here is amazing. It’s been fantastic to
get out in a car like a proper Prodrive BMW M3 and to
be told there’s nothing below 4,000rpm and you can
take it up to 9,000!”
Alister’s son Max loved his first taste of Rallyday
too. He added: “It’s been amazing. I’ve
never seen anything like it. I got to go around with Craig
in his Metro – that’s a fast car! I didn’t
expect it to be so quick and he certainly knows how to
drive it; he was faster than the car!”
Ian Gwynne’s BGMsport firm was at the heart of
the event, bringing 23 vehicles, many of which belonged
to DirtFish owner and American-based rally enthusiast
Rallyday organiser Tom Davis said: “The idea behind
the Legend Stage was to take the best of the best in the
sport and put it in front of the people on a stage designed
around the route the RAC Rally took when it came here
in 1983. That has gone better than I could possibly have
“There are a lot of people to thank for this year’s
event, not least our sponsors VP Racing Fuels and SuperPro.
And the McRae family, Craig, Didier, Rally Replay for
bringing so many Lancias – including that beautiful
Delta S4 – and, of course, BGMsport and Steve Rimmer
for his amazing cars. Steve talks about wanting to share
his collection with like-minded folk and he’s certainly
put a smile on thousands of faces today.
“As well as those guys, there are a whole lot more
clubs and clubmen who come here and make this whole day
possible. As much as we love the stars and their cars,
we have to thank everybody for their efforts.”
- Keep your eyes peeled over at Rallyday's website –
www.rallyday.com – for news on 2020's instalment
of the event.