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And that from a rock ‘n’ roller bluesman who’s never been to the Barbados Rally Carnival, but probably heard about it…barbados-pre17a Read More »

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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 »

Unbeatable opportunities for ‘fun in the sun’ historic rallying by the shores of the Mediterranean and Caribbean – with a very special prize.Barbados Collude16

The highest-placed first-time special stage competitor driving a pre-1982 car on Mallorca’s 2016 Oris Rally Clasico will win a free trip to compete in the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival this 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 »

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 »

Sitting in a 50-acre, natural ‘amphitheatre’ in the middle of Barbados, with epic views of countryside, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in all directions, Vaucluse Raceway made a huge impression on competitors and spectators alike when first used as a rallysprint venue in 2000.

With its sinuous curves, over challenging, very fast, kinked straights, nadgery hairpin sections, over crests and the bridge and through the tunnel, the layout and surface changes on this three-kilometre course soon built a very strong reputation for fierce competition and pure driver enjoyment. Read More »