NICKY GRIST, DAI & TOM LLEWELLIN AND TERRY GRANT ADDED TO STAR-STUDDED RALLYDAY LINE-UP
Rallyday 2023, set to be held on Saturday, 1 July at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit, is shaping up to be a truly unmissable event for any self-respecting rallying fanatic.
With some of the most well-known names of the sport having already confirmed their attendances, as well as non-stop action promised on the 1.85-mile race track, it’s little wonder that tickets to this event are selling fast.
Event organisers have now unveiled the next batch of famous faces you can expect to see around this year’s show: rallying royalty Nicky Grist and Dai & Tom Llewellin, as well as world-famous stunt driver Terry Grant.
Twenty one-time World Rally-winning co-driver, Nicky Grist, is no stranger to Rallyday, having made the pilgrimage to most of the instalments held in the last decade.
The Welshman’s first WRC win was in Juha Kankkunen’s passenger seat at 1993’s Rally Argentina, with the duo going on to win the entire championship that year. But it’s undoubtedly alongside Colin McRae where Grist really made a household name for himself, with the pair winning 17 rallies and claiming 27 podium finishes in their six wild years spent together.
Grist has gone on to become a television personality, as well as establishing his own Pontrilas-based rally parts store, Nicky Grist Motorsports. He will once again bring with him his iconic Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD, complete in its Castrol livery – the ex-Toyota Team Europe car that was used by both Carlos Sainz and Didier Auriol – that he’ll take on various demo runs throughout the day.
Dai & Tom Llewellin
Hailing from Haverfordwest, David ‘Dai’ Llewellin was known for his thrills and spills in the rallying theatre in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. But with his memorable crashes also came equal amounts of unmatched success, including overall wins of the 1989 and 1990 British Rally Championships in his Toyota Celica GT-Four.
Dai’s son, Tom, is following his father’s footsteps into the rallying world, claiming the 2019 Welsh Junior Rally Championship and continuing to successfully develop his rally career both in Wales and beyond since. Last year, Tom was at Rallyday piloting the Mitsubishi Mirage R5, which he has managed numerous top-ten finishes with, including securing second on the Kielder Forest Rally and third on Rally North Wales – both in 2022 – and third on the Trackrod in 2021.
Moving away from the gravel but remaining with the theme of immense driver skill, the Rallyday team is delighted to announce the addition of stunt driver, Terry Grant, to their 2023 line-up.
Grant is known for his jaw-dropping stunts behind the wheel of a huge range of vehicles, with his performances now taking place around the world.
Through his work, Grant has managed to rack up a number of Guinness World Records, including the highest loop-the-loop in a car, the fastest two-wheel mile, the furthest barrel roll jump, the most doughnuts standing on the roof of a car and the highest number of doughnuts in 100 seconds.
Stay tuned for more information on what he plans to bring to Rallyday to woo the crowds.
The above faces will join the likes of Chris Ingram, Jimmy McRae, Stig Blomqvist and Louise Aitken-Walker to form the all-star line-up for this event. There will also be plenty of historic and contemporary rally machinery on display – more info on this coming very soon.
Rallyday, held annually at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit, has established itself as one of Europe’s premier rally car shows for over two decades. Combining white-knuckle action out on the circuit, a host of stars and cars in the paddock, rally rides for visitors and a varied selection of trade stands, it’s one event that rally fans don’t want to miss.
Advanced admission tickets are still available, as well as rally car & clubmen packages, public track time, passenger rides, rally driving experiences and much more. For full information, please head over to www.rallyday.com.