NEWS: Group B Rally Gods Set To Storm Glasgow
Rally fans – lightweight Summer bobble hats at the ready! Glasgow’s fresh, fast in addition to fire-spitting IGNITION 2017 Festival of Motoring is actually the place to be next month (August 4-6), as the Group B legends roll into town, along with their big name drivers.
Unsung WRC hero, Timo Salonen will be reunited with title-winning Peugeot 205 T16 in addition to the fabulous Stig Blomqvist will get back behind the wheel of handful that will is actually the Ford RS200, along with past champions Markku Alén, Miki Biasion in addition to Ari Vatanen – all back behind the wheel of the three fabled cars in which they sprang to fame… respectively the Lancia Stratos, Lancia Delta Integrale in addition to Ford Escort RS1800.
The 2017 event PR says…
For many rally fans, the Group B era still represents the pinnacle of the earth Rally Championship – an epic four-year period via 1982 to 1986, when cars were permitted unlimited levels of boost in addition to the sport came close to rivalling Formula One in popularity.
however with machines tuned to upwards of 600bhp in addition to crowd control that will was at best lax in addition to at worst non-existent, Group B’s fate was grimly predictable in addition to the currently mythical formula was axed after a series of fatal accidents.
All a few ‘Rally Legends’ were Group B winners, however none were more decorated inside the sport’s monstrous Golden Age than Salonen in addition to Blomqvist. Indeed, with seven wins to his name, Salonen was Group B’s most victorious driver.
These successes – plus the 1985 World Rally Championship title – were achieved in one of Peugeot’s pace-setting 205 T16s. Fittingly, the Finn will back in of one of these flame-spitting French pocket-rockets on the streets of Glasgow in in addition to around the SEC.
Blomqvist’s six wins in addition to the 1984 WRC title all came which has a game-changing Audi Quattro, however the Swede ended the Group B epoch in one of Ford’s racy RS200s – a striking supercar he will be driving again at IGNITION.
At the climax to each day’s two exhilarating Track Shows, all a few Rally Gods will recreate the sport’s glory days with nostalic performances in these fêted machines. Visitors will also be treated to against-the-clock Street Stage Shoot-Outs – that will time, the Rally Gods will be racing cutting-edge sportscars on a special gymkhana circuit.
Show-goers will also be given the chance to see their heroes up close, with regular autograph in addition to selfie sessions on all three days of the spectacular event.
Building on the huge success of last year’s inaugural IGNITION which attracted more than 26,000 visitors, some other notable features for 2017 include: 70 years of Ferrari – a tribute to the history in addition to legacy of the famous Prancing Horse; the 60thanniversary of Ecurie Ecosse’s famous 24 Hours of Le Mans victory with an exclusive line-up of the team’s finest machinery; a bike stunt zone; a supercar grid to rival any featuring Lamborghinis, Porsches, McLarens, Mustangs, Mercedes’ in addition to more; plus, hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest releases with the opportunity for visitors to buy their next car or bike at the event.
A fresh addition for 2017, the outdoor Ride in addition to Drive Zone will give motor enthusiasts the chance to test their skills offering a mix of off-road driving experiences, test drives, a young driver experience in addition to the chance to ride a trials bikes.
The indoor IGNITION arcade, another fresh attraction, will host a range of games in addition to experiences to cater for the whole family, including remote control drifting, simulators, gaming areas, remote control truck racing in addition to more.
Tickets for IGNITION 2017 are available currently via the festival website with prices to suit every pocket. Single tickets start at just £27.50 (pre-booked) for full day entry to the show in addition to only £15 for a late entry single ticket via 2pm. 1 ticket plus morning or afternoon grandstand seat costs £40, while a family day ticket For 2 adults in addition to up to three children costs just £70.
THE IGNITE Club ticket at £129 is actually the ultimate VIP experience offering exclusive access to the IGNITE Club Paddock in addition to grandstand, both conveniently located trackside in addition to close to the private IGNITE club bar where lunch in addition to driver Q&A’s are included.
A full breakdown of ticket types, prices in addition to event news can be found at www.ignitionfestival.co.uk.