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Intensive Rallysprint and asphalt rally action over two weekends, mixed with laid-back beachside fun in the sun await competitors, families and friends this August (15th to 28th inclusive).Barbados pre2013

Entries are now open for competitors’ inclusive steal-deal of £5,500 [US$8,800], covering the cost of return shipping of one rally car from Portsmouth to Barbados, entry to the Historic Rally and RallySprint, two return flights from London, one double hotel room for 12 nights and free entry to all Carnival social events.

Travel and accommodation deals are also available for families, friends and rally fans wanting to catch some great historic rallying action, mix with the rallyists and have a fun-filled relaxing Caribbean holiday with a proper party atmosphere. All details and entry forms can be found on in the 2013 section.

The Barbados Rally Carnival was started in 2001 and developed into an event exclusively for Historics in 2010, with four categories from pre-1968 to Group B (regulations on the website).

Since 2001, organisers have appreciated the importance of maintaining the combination of a Caribbean carnival atmosphere and affordable motorsport; the social atmosphere surrounding enthusiast competitors on historic rallying events around the world was a perfect fit. Organiser Greg Cozier explains: “For the most part, people competing in historic categories do so because they love the cars and the whole spirit of competing in them; it is not a category for pot collectors or WRC aspirants. That is exactly what competing in the Caribbean is all about, but mixed in with much more ‘social expression'”

The formula works well: driver-built and maintained, charismatic rally cars blend perfectly into a mix of very competitive, ‘no-hassle’ motorsport and an ‘off-track’ devotion to relaxed social fun.

Barbados has a strong motor sport heritage spanning over 50 years. The Rally Carnival experience has left a unique impression on competitors since 2001, including more recent historic competitors like 2011 winner Darren Moon in his Escort RS1800: “My daughter Nicole would go anywhere there’s motorsport, but since Nicole was born my wife Jane has preferred the comforts of home. For all of you unsure about taking the family on a rally holiday, Jane’s words on returning to the UK were: ‘That is the best holiday we have ever had’.

‘Unbelievable – a holiday with a rally in the middle of it and she says that! We made some great new friends and met local people, organisers and competitors, who really do have a genuine love of the sport and know how to party. . . big time!’

Llinos Jones Davies took up a last-minute offer of the co-driver’s seat in Francis Tuthill’s Porsche 911 with gusto. Did she enjoy the Rally Carnival experience? “We had a blast! Don’t think there are many other rallies where you can stop on the road section on the way back to service for a refreshing coconut. For anybody considering this event – GO FOR IT! I can honestly say it’s the best holiday I’ve been on and to have a rally included as well, it’s just ideal! We’ll definitely be back!”

Ian Grindrod, – professional co-driver for many years with five-times British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae – came out of retirement to partner Jim in a Tuthill Porsche 911 on McRae’s second Barbados Historic Rally Carnival. He sums up: “Anyone who wants a terrific holiday in the sun with the added bonus of a rally, then Barbados is the place for you. Go there!”

Greg Cozier had this to say about what makes the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival unique: “For those who are accustomed to suffering for their sport over many days and thousands of kilometres while fighting to keep an old car running in the rain and snow, this event is not for you. As challenging as ancient rallies were and their current re-creations are, for most people those conditions take the fun out of the sport.

“Barbados is about fiercely competitive driving over short but very challenging stages, with plenty of time to recce and service in central locations that you could probably manage on your own. No chase cars, no huge teams of mechanics, no infinite tyre options, or any of the other hassle that takes the buzz off our tremendous sport. Whatever help you need, we’ll do our best to provide and we’ll guarantee that even if your car doesn’t run well, you certainly will.”

Don’t miss it.

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Please contact:
Greg Cozier:
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