Wales Rally GB
October 26-29. Wales will host the penultimate challenge of the World Rally Championship season in October, on a route that takes in some classic special stages. Sweet Lamb, Hafren and Myherin are evocative names in the world of rallying and the event as a whole has an enviable history. The Service Park and Rally Village will once again be located in Deeside, base camp for more than 100 entrants who are expected to take on the punishing local terrain. This year’s World Rally Championship is the closest for more than a decade, with five drivers representing four manufacturers winning the first eight rallies. Frenchmen called Sébastien have been crowned champion for the last 13 years, but this year’s title contest is wide open and it could all be decided on the notorious forest roads of North Wales.
The antidote to the swarms of Goodwood, the quiet and charming Château Impney hillclimb delighted the crowds recently – and so too did Jack Woodhouse in his Lotus 20/22. He set a new hill record, a second clear of the rest, to break the 40-second barrier for the first time. It was the third instalment of the revived family-friendly event, and the fourth next year should be on everyone’s calendar.
Fifty spectacular cars graced the lawns of Heveningham Hall, as its second Concours d’Élégance brought together an incredible collection of road and racing cars. Judges included Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar, and J Mays, chief creative officer at Ford. Winners included a twin-supercharged 1935 Frazer Nash, a Ford GT40 and the original supercar – a Lamborghini Miura.