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I hope the day will never come
When I can’t awake to the sound of drum
Never let me miss carnival
With calypso songs philosophical

Harry Belafonte was probably singing about his parents’ Jamaican birthplace in his song ‘Island In The Sun’, but nowhere is carnival fever combined with fantastic motorsport atmosphere like the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival, run over two weekends at the end of August each year. Read More »

Barbados MoonFive-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae beat all class contenders to the top prize in Barbados historic rallying – King of the Carnival.

Driving a Tuthill Porsche Post-Historic 911 with trusty long-time co-driver Ian Grindrod by his side, the Scottish ace blitzed all in Category 2 – for cars built between 1968 and 1974 – in the International Rallysprint and the Barbados Historic Rally, to bring home the Andrew Phillips Memorial trophy. Read More »

Barbados McRaeAfter 4,000-plus miles and 10 days in transit since being delivered to Portsmouth by their owners, European competitors’ rally cars have now been offloaded from Geest’s banana boat and await release formalities in the safety of Barbados’ Bridgetown Port. From there, it’s off to secure storage until their owners arrive by air from London Gatwick in three weeks time. Read More »

Barbados night moves aQuite possibly unaware of the motorsport connotations to their 1977 song ‘Night Rally’, Elvis Costello and the Attractions were spot-on with its title. No matter that the song was about mass meetings promoting fascism, violence and fear; the relevance of some of the song’s lyric to night rallying is so apt: Read More »

Pond TR7Almost exclusively, the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival has enjoyed the aural excellence of howling 16-valve, four-cylinder and barking, flat-six Porsche engines.

Until now.

As entries continue to pour in for the 2015 Carnival, an unprecedented number of V8 rally car owners have added their steeds to the list of awesome rally machines headed to the Caribbean island for the 20 August to 1 September event. Read More »

Barbados15 regsIf he was referring to motorsport, George Bernard Shaw could not have been more accurate.

In the same vein, Thomas Edison got pretty close when he said: “Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” Read More »

Well over one hundred classic rally cars set off in the early morning mist to tackle the famous and demanding special stages within the Ring of Kerry on the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Stages rally.

Cars were entered in three classes: Historics (FIA and UK-MSA), Modifieds and Juniors, spanning a wide variety of the usual classic rally car suspects – Minis, Porsches, Toyotas, Volvos, a Manta, a Saab; even an Avenger… but by far the vast majority were Mk1 and Mk2 Ford Escorts. Read More »

Scurrilous rumours began when a recent press release claimed incorrectly that the 2015 Barbados Historic Rally Carnival was to be in November.

Not at all: as previously advised, this magnificent, mega-deal Caribbean motorsport holiday event will indeed take place between Thursday 20 August and Tuesday 1 September 2015, inclusive.

The press release writer is already on the Naughty Chair. These are the dates: Read More »

‘What to do on a night like this? Music sweet, I can’t resist’, sang Arrow in that famous Caribbean song.

Next August, there’s plenty of tropical partying and relaxation time for competitors, family and friends on the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival.

Those Carib rhythms change tone on two Saturdays, 22 and 29 August, when the beautiful Barbados tropical countryside will echo to the evocative sounds of Weber carburettors, BDAs and the distinctive bark of flat-six Porsches; the wide-ranging cacophony of pedal-to-the-metal historic rallying machinery. Music sweet indeed. Read More »

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 Read More »