Tuesday | 08 Jul 2014

Stratos return for ex-champ Waldegård

Former world rally champion Björn Waldegård will star at the UK’s Rallyday show in September when it celebrates landmark anniversaries of two of the WRC’s most celebrated cars.

The Swede, who lifted the title in 1979 and won 16 WRC rounds during his career, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the legendary Lancia Stratos (pictured below) by driving an HF model – similar to the car in which he won the Swedish and Sanremo rallies in 1975.

Waldegård will headline a Stratos parade at Castle Combe race circuit during the 20 September show as well as driving on the Castrol Feature special stage.

Rallyday also marks the 30th birthday of the MG Metro 6R4, driven in the WRC in 1985 and 1986 by Tony Pond and current M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson.

Twice British champion David Llewellin, who competed in the 6R4, will be back behind the wheel and there will be a reunion of team members who developed the original car.

“The 6R4 was a big part of my career and I have got very fond memories of it because it gave me my first International win on the Circuit of Ireland back in 1986. It was, of course, part of the Group B era too and that is something we all look back upon with great fondness,” said Llewellin.

Other highlights will be a display of period works rally cars from British Leyland Motor Company. This will feature vehicles from the 1960s and 1970s, including ex-works variants of the Morris Marina, Austin 1800, Austin Maxi, Triumph Dolomite Sprint, TR7 V8 and the famous Mini Cooper.

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