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Whenever you think about a rallying Ford Sierra Cosworth in the late 1980s, one of the first memories for spectators would be the Ford Sierra Cosworth of Phil Collins sponsored by Mr Tomkinson carpets.

Making the headlines on the 10 o’clock news, when they spun and got stuck on the bridge at Clumber Park on the 1988 Lombard RAC Rally, rally fans would walk miles into UK forests, with one of the main attractions being that ‘pink’ car.

Now, more than 25-years later the pair are being reunited for the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge 2017, in the form of a trophy.

For the first time since 1987, Sierra Cosworth’s can take-part in historic rallying under the new Group 4b, allowing cars registered up until December 31st 1990 to take part.

With a little bit of detective work The Historic Rally Car Register – the UK’s leading historic motor club –  managed to get an agreement from Phil Collin’s old sponsor now renamed Manx Tomkinson Carpets to use their name on a new trophy for the overall winner of the 2017 series.

Speaking about the sponsorship Phil Collins said: “I was pretty excited – The deal meant we could compete on the 1987 RAC Rally and do it to a better standard.

“The bad news was they wanted to make it really stand out from the crowd and wondered if we were prepared to paint the car pink.

“The worse news was we had to wear Pink overalls!”

Manx Tomkinson General Manager, Mike Dobson, said: “I know so many people have fond memories of the Pink Sierra from 25 years ago.

“It is great that this is being remembered in this way and we are happy to give our full support to the competition.”

The first round of the mixed surface series starts in the forests of Mid-Wales near Dolgellau, then in September the series goes overseas to the Isle of Man for the two-day rally.

The eight-round series finally finishes in the lanes of Southern Ireland in Killarney where competitors will face the iconic Molls Gap stage which is on every rally drivers bucket list.

For more information on the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge please contact Andy Ballantyne 07970 226 397 or email:

For more on Mr Tomkinson Carpets please go here: Or contact Tel: 01827 831525

Round 1.     RALLY NORTH WALES    Gravel Saturday 1st April   Dolgellau
Round 2.     DIXIES HISTORIC STAGES   Asphalt Sunday 30th April   Epynt military ranges
Round 3.     TSH STAGES     Asphalt  Sat/Sun 20th/21st May   RHH Portreath
Round 4.     SEVERN VALLEY   Gravel Saturday 3rd June  Llandovery
Round 5.     BRAWDY STAGES    Asphalt Saturday 9th July    Haverfordwest
Round 6/7. ISLE OF MAN RALLY   Asphalt Thurs 14th/Sat 16th Sept.  Douglas. Isle of Man.
Round 8.     WYEDEAN RALLY    Gravel Saturday 11th November  Forest of Dean
Round 9.     KILLARNEY STAGES    Asphalt Sat 3rd / Sun 4th December  Killarney, Southern Ireland

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