RAC Rally Cel­e­bra­tion draws the masses to Combe

Motor Sport News - - Review: Rallyday -

The RAC Rally. Ev­ery­one still calls it that, don’t they? Rallyday elected that 30 and 40 years on since the sig­nif­i­cant 1976 and 1986 events, it was time to cel­e­brate. And when Rallyday cel­e­brates, it does it the right way.

Among the head­lin­ers was Jimmy Mcrae. He made his RAC de­but in 1976, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in class in a Vaux­hall Mag­num, a car in which he still com­petes to­day. His cur­rent co-driver, Pauline Gul­lick, was join­ing him at the show, whip­ping the stars into shape mak­ing sure the timetable for the event runs smoothly. She was there with Jill Robin­son, her driver when she claimed the hon­ours as top lady crew on the 1976 RAC in a Ford Es­cort. Mcrae also fa­mously com­peted in 1986 with the Roth­mans Rac­ing MG Metro 6R4, but myriad punc­tures meant he was eighth. Harri Toivo­nen, a 6R4 team-mate on the day, joined Mcrae for an­other trip to Rallyday.

The Scot is al­ways good for a story and was on good form dur­ing the day.

Louise Aitken-walker was an­other driver out to cel­e­brate. She had an ac­ci­dent on her RAC de­but in 1986 but re­cov­ered to fin­ish 15th in a Nis­san 240RS. It didn’t af­fect her ca­reer much, she went on to be­come Bri­tish Ladies cham­pion.

The car she drove in 1986 was on dis­play around the cir­cuit, and an­other 240 RS ex­po­nent – Terry Kaby – was an­other driver in at­ten­dance along with Andy Daw­son and Dan O’sul­li­van.

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