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RAC Rally of the Tests makes its NEC Classic Motor Show debut

Published 12 September 2019

Cars and crews competing in this year's RAC Rally of the Tests will take on a special indoor course at this year's NEC Classic Motor Show. Visitors to this year’s event will see a selection of classic and vintage vehicles competing to set the fastest time and lift the winner’s trophy at the finish line. 

Show Director Lee Masters said, 'This is an opportunity to get up close to the action and admire these rally cars once the test is over.'

The action, which will last for around two hours, takes place in Hall 6 and will see competitors tackling a  speed and agility test. This stop at the NEC will mark the half-way point of the Rally and crews will be waved away from the NEC to continue with the event.

On hand to provide commentary and interviews will be motorsport expert, former rally driver and HERO Communications Director, Tony Jardine.

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Brian Whyte, HERO operations director, said, 'It has taken two years of negotiations and planning to pull off this first – bringing an iconic event, the RAC Rally of the Tests, right into the heart of the... show.' He added, 'Visitors will also be able to learn how to get involved in this area of motorsport, be it marshalling or taking part. HERO personnel will be on hand to offer advice.'

This year’s RAC Rally of the Tests takes place from 7-10 November and sees more than 60 crews set out from the start in Torquay.

Over the 750-mile course they will head to Bristol and into Wales, tackling a challenging mix of tests and regularities before reaching the finish line in Chester. Competing for prestigious awards, there is also a superb mix of entries from a 1936 Derby Bentley to MGs, Porsches, Minis, and plenty more.  

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. For more information including ticket options and booking details, visit


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