Retro rallycross at inaugural Firle Beacon motor sport event

WORDS: ELLIOTT HUGHES PHOTOGRAPHY: FIRLE BEACON

The inaugural Firle Beacon motor sport event is set to feature a selection of legendary rally cars from Retro Rallycross – an event founded by Shirley Gibson in 2010 that sees legendary historic rally cars compete head-to-head. 

“Firle Beacon is one of the most exciting and refreshing new motor sport events out there,” said Gibson. “We are thrilled to be featuring at its debut festival, and can’t wait for the crowds to experience the exhilarating power of rallycross, as our retro vehicles tackle the tight corners of the village as they take on the unique and challenging rally course. Any rally fan will not want to miss this event. It will be something to behold.”

The Firle Beacon event will be held in East Sussex in southern England on July 30-31, and the rally cars will be joined by a collection of supercars and sprint cars that span the past 55 years of motor sport. The fact that many of the cars will be piloted across the 2.4-mile rally stage by their original drivers promises an exciting and evocative spectacle. 

Firle Beacon’s organisers have confirmed the following rally cars and drivers will be taking part: 

 Rob Gibson – MG Metro 6R4

 Phil Collard – Renault 5 Turbo

 Gary Simpson – BMW M3

Terry Moore – Mini

Steve Harris – Ford RS200

Dave Halford – Audi Quattro

James Harrold – VW Beetle

John Cross – Lancia Delta

Ian Flitney – Mitsubishi Subaru

Nigel Davey – Peugeot 205

Firle Beacon tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.


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