Ferre­day gets back on the stages in VW Bee­tle with more than 60 years of his­tory

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

Six months af­ter it rolled out of the Sev­ern Val­ley Rally, the ven­er­a­ble VW Bee­tle of Mark Ferre­day was back on Wales Rally GB Na­tional to record a fin­ish in 56th spot.

The 1953 Bee­tle is un­der­stood to be one of the old­est cars ac­tive in UK his­toric stage ral­ly­ing and has a rally his­tory that dates back to the 1954 Tulip Rally. It runs a rare Wolf­gang Den­zel pe­riod de­vel­op­ment of the Bee­tle en­gine. “We’ve not been out since the roll,” said Black­pool-based Ferre­day. “The pan­els just popped out and it has a few bat­tle scars.” Ferre­day’s busi­ness com­mit­ments have kept the car away from the stages since April and WRGB is a tough event for the 65-year-old car. “It’s sump surf­ing and we’ve lifted the back end since last year,” said Ferre­day.

He wants to con­test the Mid­night Sun Rally in Swe­den next year.

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