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The classic side of ral­ly­ing, that which does not ven­ture onto spe­cial stages, had an­other tremen­dous sea­son and or­gan­i­sa­tions like HERO, ERA and the HRCR continued to work won­ders for cars span­ning eight decades of his­tory.

While some truly epic events ran in far-flung cor­ners of the world, here in the UK the RAC Rally of the Tests was an ab­so­lute stand-out as it cap­tured the spirit of the classic RAC Rally, how it was be­fore the event be­came a for­est-based spe­cial stage rally in the mid-1960s.

A ca­pac­ity en­try for the 15th edi­tion tack­led a route that started in Bournemouth and headed west and north to the fin­ish in Ch­ester af­ter three long and tough days. The com­pe­ti­tion was just as tough as ever and the event is such that even get­ting a 50-year-old car to the fin­ish is a worthy re­sult.

Many rated this as one of the best edi­tions of the ‘Tests’ to date and Andy Lane and Richard Crozier were the best of the lot in their Volvo 123GT.

Rally of the Tests harks back to RAC glory days GT40S: glo­ri­ous at Good­wood

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