McRaes, Biasion among cars and stars on Race Retro Live Action rally stage

WRC champion Miki Biasion and multiple British Rally Championship winners Jimmy and Alister McRae will join 100 competitors this weekend

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Miki Biasion, Jimmy McRae and Alister McRae will join a record 100-strong field of cars on the Live Action rally stage at Race Retro this weekend (February 24/25).

The event will feature the biggest entry of period rally machines to date performing on the short demonstration stage within the grounds of Stoneleigh Park near Coventry.

During the rally stage sessions on both Saturday and Sunday, Biasion – who was World Rally champion with factory-entered Lancia Deltas in both 1988 and ‘89 during a 14-year career – will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first title. He will drive a Delta Integrale.

Meanwhile, Jimmy McRae will be reunited with a Vauxhall Chevette HSR, and his son Alister will drive a Subaru Legacy.

Other star performers will include Rob Dennis (Subaru Impreza), Ben Mellors (Proton Iriz R5), Warren Philliskirk (Metro 6R4), Tony Worswick (Ferrari 308GTB) and Mick Strafford in the crowd-pleasing Vauxhall Firenza Can-Am.

Further star cars will include one of the very few surviving Ford Escort RS1700Ts, Ford’s cancelled Group B rally project. The rear-wheel drive concept from the early 1980s was abandoned before the cars ever ran in public in the UK, but BGMsport has spent the past five years restoring one for owner Steve Rimmer.

‘There are probably only five left of the 18 that were built,’ said Ian Gwynne from BGMsport. ‘Some went to South Africa when Ford abandoned the project. We don’t know of any being actively used, and they have rarely, if ever, been seen in public action in the UK. We’ve made a big push to get it ready for Race Retro. It’s been a five-year project, on and off, to fully restore the car.’

Inside the halls, racing legend Brian Redman will be one of the star guests as the show honours 50 years of the Formula 5000 category. The Florida-based Lancastrian, now 80, raced in Formula 1 and the World Sportscar Championship, winning the 1970 Targa Florio, the Sebring 12-hours twice and the Spa 1000kms four times. He starred in Formula 5000, and won the USA F5000 titles three times in a row in the mid-1970s.

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