Thursday | 19 May 2022

Historic cars return to action for Portuguese tests

A raft of legendary historic rally cars from the WRC’s past will take to the stages at Vodafone Rally de Portugal this week in celebration of the FIA World Rally Championship's 50th anniversary.

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

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

Starting from this evening, some of the famous cars they piloted will also feature out on the stages. The super special tests at Coimbra, Lousada and Porto-Foz will host a parade of cars ahead of the rally action. 

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

They include a Citroën C3 World Rally Car owned by football manager 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. on the 1985 Safari Rally. 

Almost 30 classic cars will also be on display in the Matosinhos service park and at other locations around the route during the rally. Many are owned by the Slowly Sideways group and include Fiat 131s, Ford Escorts, Opel Asconas and Volkswagen Polos among those represented. 

  • Full coverage from Vodafone Rally de Portugal will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.

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