APR 09th 2013


Skoda Motorsport Helps to Whirl Up a Dust Storm on the Forest Rally Stage at the 2013 Festival of Speed

Once again the forest on the hillside above Goodwood House will echo to the sound of both historic and modern rally cars, as the Festival of Speed showcases the greatest loose-surface driving on its exciting Forest Rally Stage (11-14 July).

With no date conflict with the World Rally Championship, plans are afoot to bring many of the protagonists of the modern sport to the event once more.


Skoda UK Motorsport will once again be presenting the challenging Forest Rally Stage and demonstrating its current Fabia S2000 rally weapon. The Skoda is expected to be joined by a number of current WRC teams and drivers at the event.

Alongside the contemporary rally cars, around 60 historic cars will tackle the demanding rally stage throughout all three days of the event, ranging from early ’60s favourites like the Saab 96 and Mini Cooper S, to the ubiquitous Ford Escort, Lancia Stratos and Fiat 131 of the 1970s, awesome fire-breathing Group B monsters like the Audi Quattro S1, MG Metro 6R4 and Ford RS200, and the ultra high-tech machines of today.


Expected in action in these iconic cars will be rallying legends such 1965 European Champion Rauno Aaltonen and 1983 World Champion Hannu Mikkola, alongside multiple British Champions Russell Brookes. We also expect many of the current works drivers to be in action.

This year the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage will be reinvigorated, with a revised paddock layout and redesigned stage start and finish, which will see cars driving at speed across the open areas on either side of the paddock. This, along with widened and resurfaced pedestrian footpaths and a new footbridge, which have been introduced in recent years, will provide spectators with a much enhanced overall viewing experience.

The Earl of March says: “I am constantly delighted at the huge levels of enthusiasm shown for the Forest Rally Stage since it was introduced in 2005. It had long been an ambition of mine to get exciting and little-seen rally cars performing in their natural environment, and the course, designed by the great Hannu Mikkola, has created a wonderful stage on which to marvel at some of the very best and most spectacular driving that motor sport has to offer.”

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