Classic Sports Car - - Silverstone Classic 2018 -

As part of the BTCC’S 60th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, one of Sil­ver­stone’s stars was 1998 cham­pion Rickard Ry­dell, rac­ing his ti­tle-win­ning Volvo S40 and re­united with the now-iconic 850 Es­tate in which he made his se­ries de­but – plus the fa­mous dog, the mas­cot that poked fun at Volvo’s choice of an es­tate as a rac­ing car.

“It’s the same dog that we had on the roof back then,” says Ry­dell. “We only had it for a few races be­cause they com­plained that we were mak­ing fun of it, but I think we changed the rep­u­ta­tion of Volvo in the UK.”

After com­ing from sin­gle­seaters to the BTCC in ’94 and be­ing told he was rac­ing a wagon, he ad­mits: “I was al­most re­gret­ting it! But it was a great de­ci­sion to race the es­tate for the first year to get the ex­tra public­ity.

“It doesn’t feel like 20 years ago. It took me a few laps and set-up changes to get used to the S40, but now I feel at home again. It’s just fun to be back in the car.”

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