Volvo may no longer be synonymous with rally sport but, once upon a time, that was far from the case. Indeed, a rugged Volvo PV544 driven by Swedish legend Tom Trana won Rally Great Britains in 1963 and 1964.
Two years later Trana returned to the podium, this time finishing third in one of Volvo’s more modern Amazon saloons – an achievement which will be heralded on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26-29 October.
Ken Davies from Hereford has entered this year’s event in his own classic Volvo Amazon rally car. Adding to the significance, with the 1967 event being cancelled due to foot and mouth disease, this is the 50th Rally GB since Volvo’s last hurrah back in 1966.
The evocative Amazon is one of a large number of crowd-pleasing historic rally cars contesting the three-day WRGB National Rally. Other eye-catchers include a number of Peugeot 205 GTIs, a Datsun 240Z, a brace of VW Beetles plus lots of evergreen Ford Escorts.
All the National Rally competitors enjoy a Ceremonial Start under the spotlights in central Chester on Friday afternoon before the competition commences with a opening speed test at the Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle on Saturday morning.
The locale then switches to the Welsh forests, with a further seven special stages before the finishers are hailed on Mostyn Street in Llandudno on Sunday afternoon. It all adds up to 60-miles of spectacular against-the-clock action.
Further information can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website.