Classic Group B Rallying and More at Race Retro
Story & Photography by Nat Twiss
Far too many cars from the golden era of rallying are kept pristine and collecting dust in hermetically-sealed storage by their owners. But on a cold, windy winter weekend in the middle of England, cars from this great age recently roared to life. I had such a treat this weekend seeing these fantastic machines thrown around the exhibition rally stage at Race Retro. Many of the titans of rallying were on stage, from the one and only Audi Quattro S1 to the iconic Mini Cooper, as well as a sprinkling of Ford Escorts and many other British marques. Plus, World Rally Champion and all-around motorsport legend Ari Vatanen opened the stage on Saturday!
This was accompanied by a great exhibition of classic cars and bikes in the exhibition halls, with marques like Ferrari, Lancia, and Lamborghini on display, alongside a great collection of art and memorabilia. The nearly 17-foot-long, 16.5-litre Fiat Isotta Fraschini land speed record car was also on display and was truly a sight to behold.
Silverstone Auctions also had a presence at the event, selling both an eclectic collection of classic cars and memorabilia. My personal highlight was a Jaguar XJS converted to a shooting brake – a real stunner!
All in all, Race Retro was a superb way to kickstart my 2015 season, and I hope that next year it’ll be back, bigger and even better.