Events : Group B cars to star at Donington

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Rallying with Group B and the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) are joining forces to stage live demonstrations at this year’s Donington Historic Festival (3-5 May), bringing added excitement of Group B to an already action-packed weekend.

Throughout the Festival Donington Park’s Melbourne Loop will see the legendary Group B rally machines in action; a powerful reminder of the 1980s, when Donington Park was a RAC Rally stage and Group B cars dominated the world of international rallying.

The Melbourne Loop will also see stage and road rally cars from the HRCR – including, it is hoped, several iconic ex-works cars from the 1950s and 60s – tackle a mini stage-type course and autotest, showing just how nimble they can be, and demonstrating why historic rallying has become such a popular sport.

And, of course, with the Festival’s open paddock, spectators will be able to get a really good look at all the rally cars as well as the more than 400 historic racing cars, spanning seven decades, which are due to compete at the event. Donington Historic Festival organiser Duncan Wiltshire said, ‘“The sight and sound of the Group B cars taking to the tarmac, all spitting flames and whining turbos will be enormously exciting.’

Tickets can be bought via and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355.

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