Escorts, Chevettes and Porche 911’s were back in Kielder Water & Forest Park on Saturday (28 April) for an historic rally of epic proportions.
The spectacular 62,000 hectare Forestry Commission woodland – dubbed rallying’s Wembley for its stern test of man and machine – hosted the 21st Pirelli Rally.
Marking the milestone – and to celebrate over 50 years of car sport in England’s biggest forest – classic marques from the 1960s and 1970s went head-to-head to tackle tough forest stages before their modern day counterparts competed in the MSA British Rally Championship.
With over 50 entries this was the biggest classic car rally ever held in the forest and drivers were full of praise for the super-fast stages.
Winners included Nick Elliott and Dave Price and Julian Reynolds and Patrick Walsh, both in Escorts, and Rikki Profitt and Phil Harrison in a Porsche 911.
Jonathan Farries from the Forestry Commission said:
"It was a stunning sight to see these historic rally cars back again as Kielder is a spiritual home of the sport.”
For a full race report go to www.pirelliinternationalrally.co.uk
Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more information go to www.forestry.gov.uk/NorthEastEngland