Historic cars return to action for Portuguese testing

Thusday | May 19, 2022

A series of legendary historic rally cars from the WRC’s past will take to the stages of Vodafone Rally de Portugal this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship.

The FIA ​​World Rally Championship toasts its historic 50th season in 2022 as round four of the series forms the focal point of the half-century festivities.

The largest-ever gathering of world rally champion drivers, co-drivers and crew chiefs, including Walter Röhrl, Carlos Sainz, Marcus Grönholm, Petter Solberg and Miki Biasion, attended a gala dinner yesterday (Wednesday) evening.

From tonight, some of the famous cars they have driven will also be present on the stages. The super special tests of Coimbra, Lousada and Porto-Foz will host a parade of cars before the rally.

Additionally, a small number will be driven through Sunday’s legendary Fafe stage between the two competitive cols – headlined by double world champion Röhrl in an Audi Sport Quattro.

These include a Citroën C3 World Rally Car belonging to football coach Andre Villas-Boas, an ex-Didier Auriol Toyota Corolla World Rally Car and the Group B Lancia 037 previously used by the late Vic Preston jr. at the 1985 Safari Rally.

Around 30 classic cars will also be on display at the Matosinhos service park and other locations around the course during the rally. Many belong to the Slowly Sideways group and include Fiat 131s, Ford Escorts, Opel Asconas and Volkswagen Polos among those represented.

  • Full coverage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal will be available on WRC+ All Live hereincluding every stage broadcast as you go along with key interviews, reports and analysis from service park experts.

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