“From 1972 until the 1990s, Donington was used, on and off, as a stage on the annual RAC Rally. This included the era of the stunning Group B rally cars of the 1980s, when the Group B rules allowed unlimited boost, along with low weight and high-tech materials. The result was genuinely staggering performance, so much so that in 1986 a series of fatal accidents saw the sudden withdrawal of Group B and the outrageously quick rally cars it had spawned,” stated the press release.
The event will include a line-up of original works rally heroes that will be put thorugh their paces by the “Rallying with Group B” club members. Spectators will be thrilled by the fire-breathing Audi quattros, MG Metro 6R4, Ford RS200, Lancia 037, Porsche 911 RSR, Peugeot 205 T16 – and even an example of the exotic Group B Ferrari 308 GTB. The rally racers will use a custom designed, all-tarmac stage on the GP loop that will allow free spectator access.
“This is just the latest attraction to complement three days of the very best in historic racing, ranging from pre-1960 Touring Cars to 1977-85 Touring Cars; from pre-War sports cars to Group C sports cars; and from pre-63 GTs to World Endurance Championship sports prototypes from 1968-71 – plus much, much more,” stated the press release.
The first annual Donington Historic Festival is scheduled to take place on the Bank Holiday weekend : April 29 to May 1.