Join the action as the RAC welcomes rally drivers for driving skills test

Join the action as the RAC welcomes rally drivers for driving skills test
Classic motors made by Porsche and Austin Healy will be among the 100-strong line-up of cars visiting the RAC as they take part in one of the world’s most famous rallies.

Competitors in the RAC Rally of the Tests will be showing off some of their skills behind the wheel in the car park of the RAC building in Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire.

Arriving just after 8am on November 5, the racers will all be put through their paces in a driving skills test before continuing their journey to Stoke-on-Trent.

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And spectators are being invited to come along and watch the action free of charge to get up close to the spectacular array of machines on display.

These will include a 1963 Porsche 356 once owned by British speed record breaker Donald Campbell, a 1964 “works” Austin Healey 3000 and a 1959 Volvo PV544.

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The cars are all participating in The RAC Rally of the Tests, which starts in Bournemouth on November 3 and finishes 756 miles later in Chester on November 6.

Dating back to 1932, the event started out as a reliability test before becoming a modern stage rally with competitors battling it out to finish the fastest time possible.

Entrants to the rally must drive on public roads to reach a destination by a pre-set time, while they also undertake a series of skills tests and time-control sections, both of which take place on private land. More information about this year's event can be found in our Rally of the Tests 2016 guide.

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This year, the second day of the event will be given its official launch by Paddy Hopkirk, who famously won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S.

A replica of the Mini Cooper in which Hopkirk crossed the finish line of the Pirelli 1990 Classic Marathon will also be put to the test during the event at the RAC building.

In 1982, Hopkirk took first place in the RAC Golden 50 – a historical anniversary race held to celebrate the 50th RAC Rally – once again driving a Mini Cooper.

He was one of the first four drivers to be inducted into the Rally Hall of Fame in 2010, along with Timo Makinen, Rauno Aaltonen and Erik Carlsson.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams, who is organising the event at the RAC in Bradley Stoke, said: “We hope that by hosting the start of day two of the rally at RAC Bradley Stoke we will give local people a fantastic chance to get a first-hand look at some amazing classic cars.

“The event at RAC Bradley Stoke is free of charge so it’s just a question of getting up relatively early for a unique opportunity to see some of the finest classics ever made, before they depart to continue the rally north.”

You can read more about and comment on the event on our Rally of the Tests Facebook event page.

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