Race Retro’s makeover is a hit
Revamp by new organisers draws in 21,000 visitors
Race Retro, the historic motor sport show, celebrated its 15th anniversary with a bumper turnout of 21,000 visitors for the revitalised three-day event.
The show, held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, 24-26 February, was the first under the auspices of London-based Clarion Events, and introduced a brand new format, with more car displays and motor sport celebrities taking part (see
CCW’s event report, 1 March issue).
One of the new features was a Pride of the Paddock competition for private owner race and rally cars for which visitors could vote for their favourite. The winner of the inaugural competition was Ian Thompson with his Peugeot 205 T16 which he has finished as a replica of the rally car driven by Ari Vatanen in period, so it was apt that Vatanen himself presented the award. Runner-up was Marcus Ridley’s 1966 Ford Mustang.
‘We’ve had incredible feedback from visitors, with a tremendous response to our new elements, especially the stunning display in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live,’ says acting show director Lee Masters. ’Exhibitors also reported strong trading at the event with 60% rebooking for 2018 already.’
Next year’s Race Retro will be held at Stoneleigh Park on 23-25 February.
Ian Thompson won the Pride of the Paddock competition with his Peugeot 205 T16.