This Saturday (June 6), Lombard Rally Bath will host an exclusive interview with two female rally icons, Louise Aitken-Walker and Rosemary Smith. Louise was the 1990 Women’s World Rally Champion and Rosemary is a multiple winner of the Ladies and Total Rally. She is also famous for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person to drive a Formula 1 car.
Exclusive interviews with these two stars can be viewed this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. on the TicketCo TV website or on the Lombard Rally Bath website.
This Saturday presentation includes exclusive movies and rally fans can hear about Louise’s trip from a Ford Fiesta to the 1990 Championship in an Opel Astra. Additionally, Rosemary will share her stories from winning rallies at a Hillman Imp to driving a seventy-nine-year-old Renault Formula 1 car.
And on Saturday June 13 at 7:00 p.m., motorsport fans can also look forward to a retrospective of the 1976 Lombard RAC Rally with winning co-driver Stuart Pegg and Robin Eyre-Maunsell, who finished 13th overall and 3rd in class on a Hillman Avenger.
Kemble Rally Festival scheduled for October 16-18, 2020
These online shows are helping rally and motorsport fans get past closing restrictions as organizers prepare for the Octobers Kemble Rally Festival, which is part of the Lombard Rally Bath.
Preparations continue for the third execution of the event in October, with modifications in hand to meet current social distancing recommendations. The entire event will be streamed live using TicketCo TV so that the entire viewer experience is available without being on Kemble or other stages. Commentators will speak through the cars and interview participants at Kemble. The Rally Dinner will be held as a “Drive-In” event in front of a large screen for entertainment, if the Assembly Hall Bath, the show cannot run. For viewers who can attend the Kemble Rally Festival, the same live recording will be shown on a big screen, plus food service and other facilities will be available throughout the day.
An incredible array of cars has entered the event, with the 1975 and 1976 Lombard Lombard Rally-winning Ford Escort RS1800 assigned their correct 1976 numbers, commemorating the first time the Lombard Rally arrived in Bath. At number three will be a 1980 veteran, the Toyota Celica driven by Bjorn Waldegaard that year in Bath, while at number seven it will be an old Alpine Renault A110 1800, the first public appearance since its rebuilding following its destructive accident in Africa in mid-seventies.
Other non-British participants include Bror Danielsson and Ruben Borjesson from Sweden, Harry Martens with a Citroen DS, Roger Simeon with a Volvo PV544, Gotz Phauder with a Mercedes 500SL Rally and John de Heijde with a Mitsubishi Starion Turbo from the Netherlands.
Interesting cars continue throughout the entry list, from a rebuilt London 1970 to the Ford Capri Mexico World Cup Rally, Group B cars like Audi Quattros, Nissan 240RS, Renault 5 Turbo and Ford RS200 and many Ford Escorts, Minis, Hillman Imps, Opels, Triumph TR7V8, and of course Henri Toivonen’s 1980 car: Talbot Sunbeam Lotus.
In addition, we also have Henri Toivonen’s entry in 1979, the Peter Clarke Automotive Escort RS1800, with a selection of Lancias to further indicate his connection to the event.
As with our 2019 edition, the base of the event will be at Bath Racecourse, with the initial route following from the 1986 Lombard Rally out of Bath, before some twelve sealed surface stages are completed on Saturday October 17 and our optional “Sunday Race” includes The Iconic Cheddar Gorge.
There will be exhibits of other historic cars at Kemble and rally car demos originating from various ages, the 1950s, the marathon years, Group B and later, when the Lombard Rally Bath participants are elsewhere, even though the Filming will also take place outside of Kemble Airfield.
The Rally Dinner will be attended by competitors and teams associated with Henri Toivonen, both the Peter Clarke Autos team that brought Henri to the UK in 1979, the Talbot team from 1980 and 1981, and the Lancia team later.
There really is no other historic motorsport event to compare to the Lombard Rally Bath in the UK.