Excitement is building ahead of the special RallyFest at Chirk Castle (Saturday 15 November). Alongside the extensive family-friendly entertainment activities, organisers have confirmed that the high octane event will include parades and displays of supercars and historic rally cars.
The family-friendly RallyFest is one of the highlights of this year’s Wales Rally GB (13-16 November), the UK’s concluding round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Visitors of all ages will be treated to a wealth of fun-fuelled entertainment topped by dramatic WRC action as the world’s top drivers blast their turbocharged machines around a special competitive section laid out on the private roads around the medieval castle.
The RallyFest, though, has been created to deliver more than just the thrills and spills of the dramatic rally stage. To whet the appetites of spectators, parades and displays of both supercars and historic rally cars are also on the eye-catching bill.
A tasty line-up of dazzling supercars will arrive at Chirk at around 10am in the morning. They will complete two laps of the stage before parking up for visitors to get a closer look. Among the pin-ups already confirmed are icons from magical marques such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche as well as one of the superfast and ultra rare BAC Monos.
Once all the exotica is on public display, the stage will host evocative demonstration runs by selected rally cars from past eras. Arranged by the ever-enthusiastic Slowly Sideways UK, visitors are promised the sights, sounds and smells from the sport’s golden ages.
These amazing power shows performed by both supercars and famous classics are designed to ensure that visitors arrive in good time for the WRC action.
After the huge popularity of last year’s RallyFest at Chirk Castle, the organisers are providing increased car parking as well as extra viewing areas and facilities for spectators.
Moreover, numbers are being restricted to those buying tickets in advance (before 11.59pm on Thursday 13 November). A carefully planned traffic management system has been introduced and access to the car parks will be closed at 11.30am. The direction of travel will then be reversed to ensure spectators can leave the venue without unnecessary congestion. Car parks open at 8am and the advice is to arrive early and savour the supercars and other attractions.
Full details can be found in the on-line Rally Planner available via the official www.walesrallygb.com website which also has full ticket information. Adult tickets – which must be purchased in advance – are priced at just £25 with significant discounts for families. Tickets are also available via the ticket hotline on 0844 847 2251.