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Retro Rallycross Drivers

4th May, 2022 | Event News

Strap in as Retro Rallycross is confirmed to feature at Firle Beacon this 30 & 31 July. A collection of the legendary rally drivers and cars spanning 55 years of the motorsport will take on our new, challenging Rally Course.

Firle Beacon

Nigel Francis Davey

Nigel Davey Peugeot 205

Car Information

Make

Peugeot

Model

205 GTi

Year

1987

Colour

Yellow

Engine Size

2000cc

Registration

D94 BPH

About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

When we bought it, it had been used as a road rally car but we bought it with the sole intention of racing it in Retro Rallycross events.

Any other cars in your collection?

Triumph TR8 also used for Retro Rallycross.

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

My wife, Pip Davey, and two friends who help as pit crew, Brad Venning and Tim Shaw.

Hobbies?

Restoring “Fast Fords”.

Firle Beacon
Firle Beacon

Philip Robert Collard

Car Information

Make

Renault

Model

5 Turbo 1

Year

1989

Colour

Yellow/Black/White

Engine Size

2000cc

Registration

No. 37

About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

This Renault 5 Turbo 1 Super Retro Rallycross car is In 1981 Monte Carlo race-winning livery, competing in the British 5 Nations Rallycross.

Built by Kevin Stones in 1989 to run in Division C and at the time was powered by a 1600 NA Nova engine, using a Renault 21 UN1 gearbox all the bodywork and suspension was also bespoke to the car.

The Renault was then acquired by Mike Bourner in 1992 and used it for a couple of seasons up to 1994. It was then left in his garage waiting for work to be carried out for 25 years. I brought the car in November 2017 with a view to competing in 2018 but bringing it up to current safety specifications has taken longer than expected! I have changed just about everything!

Now running a period 2Itr Vauxhall redtop turbo Engine, Producing 365 Bhp and 320ft/lbs torque.

Any other cars in your collection?

One is enough!

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

Lynn Casey, Team Sponsor over many years.

Motorsport heroes?

Martin Schanche and Rob Gibson.

Hobbies?

Sailing.

Firle Beacon
Firle Beacon

Gary Simpson

Gary Simpson's BMW E30

Car Information

Make

BMW

Model

E30 M3

Year

1987

Colour

Purple

Engine Size

2500cc

Registration

F976 RGM

About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

Built in 2008 purely for Rallycross, and has been in continuous development ever since.

Any other cars in your collection?

Nil. One is enough.

Other ‘Bucket List’ activities?

World Rallycross events.

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

My wife, Jan.

Motorsport heroes?

“If in doubt, flat out” …Mr McRae.

Hobbies?

Motorsport, strangely.

Firle Beacon
Firle Beacon

Steve Harris

Steve Harris's Ford RS200

Car Information

Make

Ford

Model

RS200 Evo

Year

1986

Colour

White

Engine Size

2100cc

About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

A friend found this car in a garage in 2017. I managed to persuade the owner, Richard Lee, to sell it to me and then Liam Doran Motorsport rebuilt it to the car you see today.

It is an entirely brand new built Group B Ford RS200 Evolution. running in the colours of the infamous Rallycross RS200 that was raced by British driver Mark Rennison back in the sport’s heyday.

The car has been built using all genuine brand new Ford factory parts, including what is thought to be the only brand new and unused genuine RS200 2.1 BDT-E engine in the world, now running 700bhp.

Any other cars in your collection?

I have an Escort Mk3 G4 that I am currently building to use for Rallycross. I also bought the JRM Mini Team (raced by Liam Doran). Jointly with Stard and Sim-Tech, I am having one of the minis built as an electric Rallycross vehicle. The project is almost complete and I am looking forward to competing in this later this year.

Other ‘Bucket List’ activities?

Travelling and winning the lottery!

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

My partner, Jayne and my support, Scott Reed are with me for this event.

Motorsport heroes?

Arri Vatenham.

Hobbies?

Rallycross, travelling, watching the soaps!

Firle Beacon
Firle Beacon

Terry Moore

Car Information

Make

Austin

Model

Mini

Year

1969

Colour

Red

Engine Size

1380cc

Registration

PRD 658G

About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

This car was originally a hillclimb car which I bought and converted to a Rallycross car. It certainly didn’t look like it does now!

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

My wife, Sam.

Motorsport heroes?

Trevor Hopkins.

Hobbies?

Fishing and shooting.

Firle Beacon
Firle Beacon

Rob Gibson

Rob Gibson's MG Metro

Car Information

Make

MG

Model

Metro 6R4

Year

1985

Colour

Yellow

Engine Size

3000cc

About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

The car is an ex works rally mg metro 6R4 used by Malcolm Wilson. I purchased it in 1987 and converted it for Rallycross using it in the FIA European and British Championships. I still use the car in the Retro Rallycross Championship. A championship owned and managed by my wife, Shirley Gibson.

Any other cars in your collection?

RS200 Fiat 500e Rallycross car.

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

Shirley Gibson, Maria Jenkins, Tony Jenkins, Steve and Elspeth Nottage.

Motorsport heroes?

Martin Schanche.

Hobbies?

Still enjoying competing after 52 years.

Firle Beacon
Firle Beacon

John Cross

Car Information

Make

Lancia

Model

Stratos R

Year

1976

Colour

Black/White/Blue

Engine Size

2700cc

About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

The car was an ex rally car, unused for over 10 years, and we converted it for rallycross 4 years ago.

Any other cars in your collection?

Holden Monaro and BMW compact cup car.

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

My wife, Bea, and long time mechanic (and ex rally driver) Mick Steptoe.

Hobbies?

Snow skiing and jet skiing.

Firle Beacon
Firle Beacon

Ian Flitney

Car Information

Make

Subaru

Model

Impreza

Year

1995

Colour

Blue

Engine Size

1998cc

About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

Acquired the car from another driver about 4 years ago, and transformed it into a more traditional Subaru colour from the 90s. A labour of love to get it to this stage, and it is fairly traditional in its looks and features.

Other ‘Bucket List’ activities?

To drive the Spa Circuit in a fast saloon car.

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

My family.

Motorsport Heroes?

Will Sparrow, Roger Clark, and of course Colin McRae.

Hobbies?

When not motorsport, it’ll be golf and cycling .

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Book tickets online

2022 tickets available now

30th & 31st July 2022

Rally Paddock

The largest of our three classes will celebrate 70 years of worldwide rally sport, including cars that have competed in such legendary events as Monte Carlo, East African Safari, Thousand Lakes and Britain’s own RAC Rally.

Under the patronage of Henry Gage, a committee of members of the International Rally Drivers Club will choose a selection of cars from modern-day World Rally Cars, through the omnipresent Subaru & Mitsubishi years, to the early days of the ‘Flying Finns’ in Mini Cooper, Saab and Escort - with particular attention on our two home-grown World Champions: Colin McRae and Richard Burns.

The Rally Paddock will invoke the sights and ambiance of a genuine ‘rally service area’. Meanwhile the over 2-mile rally stage demonstration course, starting at the main gates, will use estate roads then exit the park via through the village and along the chalk road before ending with a fantastic climb up to Firle Beacon. Truly a race to the Beacon!

Supercar Paddock

This paddock will be set against the sweeping vista that is Firle Estate, with the very best of modern supercars displayed, including alternative power models.

Not only will these vehicles be on display, but they will also be demonstrated over a standing quarter-mile sprint course, utilising the Estate's main driveway, four times a day, on both days.

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