Although it never truly dissappeared, having been adopted by Europe’s historic rallying classes, Michelin is sponsoring a new event that aims to recreate the passion and atmosphere from the adrenaline fuelled 80s and 90s at the UK’s only multi-venue rally for Group B cars.
Sponsored by Michelin together with Rallying with Group B, the rally will take place over the bank holiday weekend of 25/26 August on the roads of Cheshire and North Staffordshire, with Special Stages in the grounds of castles and stately homes and service at Oulton Park race circuit.
It will feature full rally competition, with road and multi-venue mileage plus there will be a display event, where entrants will drive (more sedately) through the stages without competing against the clock.
The event is Rallying with Group B’s take on the fabled spectacular stages of the RAC Rallies of the 1980s and will be run as a National B Event under the General Regulation of the UK MSA. It will incorporate the provisions of the International Sporting Code of the FIA and Appendices K and J, both for competition and demonstration.
Rallying with Group B’s members have already reserved more than 60 places at the event, so there should be cars to suit every taste that will help recapture the heady days of this iconic era of rallying. At each stage venue there will also be a rally show, with display areas for exhibitors and car clubs.
Steve Dolby, Michelin Product Marketing Manager, comments: “Michelin is delighted to be involved with the Rallying with Group B Trust on this spectacular event.
“Michelin has a strong commitment to motorsport, demonstrated by the fact that we are at the top of today’s World Rally Championship and we were also there during the glory days of Group B on such iconic cars as the Audi Quattro and Peugeot 205 T16. Therefore, it is only natural that Michelin is involved in this event which aims to recapture the feel of one of the most memorable periods in rallying’s history”.
There’s still time if you’d like to enter your own period rally car, or exhibit at the event – just contact the event team at www.rallyegroupeb.com.