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There is nothing like the final event on the championship calendar to get people nostalgic. Social media has been ablaze this week with pictures of Wales Rally GB over the years.
2003 World champion, Petter Solberg, has been posting the joyous moment when he scooped the title back in 2003 bringing back a whoosh of memories for everyone. McKlein photographer, Colin McMaster, popped up a picture of a ‘dancing Solberg’ at the rally after party - probably reminding a lot of people of the huge hangovers that followed that particular celebration.
Privateer, Neil Burgess, who competed in ‘Mildred the Mini’ in 2003, has dug deep into the archive box and delighted us with his story of the event. It was the last time that class of car would be used on a WRC event and the delight everyone took from seeing the navy Mini hurtle through the forests was immense. Neil, and co-driver Jim, could hear the appreciative cheers from the stages and received a round of applause every time they completed a stage from the marshals.
Then disaster struck...
A rather complex issue of a fan belt causing havoc with the Mini’s internals meant that their rally could be over. Neil’s dad was dispatched to England for spares and the crew got to work when the car returned to service. Both Neil and Jim had picked up hand injuries trying to fix the issue in the stages. As they were being stitched back together (I kid you not) word had filtered through the service park that the Mini was having problems.
This is where the WRC comes into its own...
Armed with spanners, mechanics from Subaru and Ford headed over to the Mini service bay to offer assistance. With the combined forces ‘Mildred the Mini’ survived to fight another day. Neil and Jim finished 39th overall and the Wales Rally GB organizers saved some sparkly confetti from Solberg’s victory celebration for the pair as they bought their charge over the finishing ramp - accompanied by the suitably appropriate tune of ‘The self preservation society’ from The Italian Job.
Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, right?
As WRC Live prepare for our final broadcast of the year, we will be looking back at the highlights of the 2013 season and hand-picking out our favourite moments as well as bringing you the latest chat on the drivers market for next year. Now that Thierry has played his hand, we will wait to see how the rest of field will shuffle around. Will we get any news on that this week? Maybe...
The WRC Live team is ready to get its final WRC fix of the season. We will be soaking up all the atmosphere, we will be getting filthy on the stages and hopefully we will be entertaining you over the course of four days.
Lisa rejoins the team for this event and Colin & George will be roaming the Welsh countryside searching for rally cars. I will be in service at Deeside and I’m hoping that the great and the good from WRC will pop in for a chat and cuppa.
Many thanks to all of you for listening this year, we appreciate the emails, tweets and banter. Regardless of time zones you have soldiered on - well done everyone!
Let’s do it one last time eh?
Our on air times are as follows, all times local to the UK which is currently GMT.
Thursday 14 November: 1830 hrs
Friday 15 November: 0915 hrs
Saturday 16 November: 0800 hrs
Sunday 17 November: 0830 hrs
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