Race Retro 2011 will feature Lancia rally cars when the annual event returns to Stoneleigh Park, Coventry in the earlier slot of 25-27 February. The Italian carmaker, famous for its Fulvia, Stratos and 037 models, has long been associated with one of the toughest form of motorsport, which tests a car’s strength and durability to the max over many gruelling miles and hours.
There will be a static Lancia display in the Rally Hall (Hall 1) but it’s on the Race Retro 2011 Live Rally Stage, sponsored by Hero, where the Lancia rally cars will come to life. The newly designed course proved a hit in 2010 with the drivers and visitors alike and the organisers are hoping to ‘up the ante’ once again with more modifications.
Few carmakers have enjoyed a strong rallying pedigree across several decades, but one that does is Lancia. The record books speak for themselves: the Stratos model took the World Rally Championship constructors’ championship crown three times (1974, 1975 and 1967) while the 037 did the same in 1983 and the Delta went on to win the six consecutive titles, from 1987 to 1992.
But it wasn’t just the cars that scored well – both Juha Kankkunen and Miki Biasion won drivers’ titles piloting a Lancia.
And today Lancias are a dominant force in historic rallying, recreating their illustrious past for a new generation of fans. So whether it’s a 1960s Fulvia HF, the much-loved ‘70s Stratos or the later 037, S4 and Integrale, Race Retro is bringing together numerous examples of the marque for a highly-deserved tribute.
Adult ticket prices for Race Retro 2011 start from just £20 for Friday and Saturday, £15 for Sunday when booking in advance. Children’s tickets are £5 on Friday or Saturday and free on Sunday. Parking is also free throughout. The show is open from 9.30am each day and closes at 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.
To book tickets and for more information, visit www.raceretro.com.
[Source: Race Retro; photo credit: Simon Wright]