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With the New Year well under way and the doors of Autosport International closed for another year, entries are starting to come in thick and fast for the Rally Show at Cornbury, which will run on the weekend of May 14/15. Cornbury Park was featured on BBC “Top Gear” on Sunday 30 Jan.

Apart from the venue itself and its 100 percent asphalt stage, new for 2011 among the rally events held over the weekend is the Ford Escort Challenge. This is open to Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts, whose drivers will compete to win the CG Neill ‘Austin Dobson’ Perpetual Trophy.

One of the first entries for the Escort Challenge is former British Rally Champion Gwyndaf Evans, who will drive a Mk2 Ford Escort RS1800 prepared by Phil Mills’ company, Viking Motor Sport. Not satisfied with just building the car, Phil Mills – co-driver to Petter Solberg when they won the World Championship for Subaru in 2003 – will be co-driving Gwyndaf at the Rally Show. Pirelli will be sponsoring the car for the Show. This particular car was originally built for the 2010 Roger Albert Clark Rally.

Among other entries already received for this new event is one from Jim Whelan, who will drive the Mk2 Escort which was piloted by Jimmy McRae to second place in the 2007 Roger Albert Clark Rally.

The Rally Show’s charity partner is once again McRae Vision, who will be attending in force and bringing two cars to Cornbury Park: a Subaru Impreza and a Ford Sierra Cosworth. Bboth will be driven by Jimmy McRae. McRae Vision will also be presenting the Colin McRae Trophy at the Show for the second time. This special prize is awarded to the driver and car combination judged to have provided the best entertainment during the weekend. Last year, Mick Strafford won it in his astonishing Vauxhall Firenza, powered by a massive Chevrolet V8 engine.

Another popular feature of the Rally Show is the History of Rallying, where drivers bring noteworthy and often original cars from the past to demonstrate on the stage. This year, the range of cars will cover the years from the early 1960s – when BMC Mini Coopers and Austin Healeys ruled the roost – to the very end of the 20th Century, when Subaru ran their very first World Rally Car. In between, there will be several unique rally cars, including – of course – a brace of Ford Escorts!

For spectators wishing to buy tickets, these are now for sale online at the Rally Show website. It is worth noting that the bargain-priced two-day tickets can only be bought online, although single-day tickets will still be available on the gate.

For further information, please go to our website at http://www.therallyshow.org, or contact the rally show office, tel 01189 710424.

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