The Lombard RAC Rally in Bath in 1976.
Tim Nash, who thought up this event, taking part in the Rally that inspired Lombard Rally Bath. These pictures show Tim, with co-driver Chris Denham, in their Mazda Rx3 on loose surface stages that made up most of the rally in those days, plus the start in Great Pulteney Street, Bath.
The Lombard Rally Series of Events in 2021. Following the huge success of our rally recreation events, in 2021 we are taking them to new parts of the UK.
We will kick off our 2021 series on July 3rd in Northumberland, (NE66 3HQ). Like all of the summer's events, it will run at a single venue, with eight to ten runs during the day on a single stage. Included in the entry fee will be lunch for both members of the crew.
Moving up to the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area to recreate for the first time the many rallies based in the area in the past, with Lombard Rally Festival Newcastle. In 2021 this event will be at a single venue only, Brunton Airfield near Seahouses, with many other attractions, before becoming a full three day tour with special stages in 2022. With more than one stage layout available at the venue, full spectator facilities, catering a shopping opportunities, what a day out it will be. Tickets are available at:
On 24th July we move slightly south, to Lombard Rally Festival Bradford, run on fantastic, challenging all tarmac stage. LIke Brunton, displays, food and other hospitality will be included on the day.
Both of these days will conclude with an optional Rally Forum type question and answer event, with drivers past telling stories of rallies lost and won and much more. On July 3rd our 'Evening with Barry Lee and Friends' promises great entertainment - Barry has stories from rallying with Ford and Datsun, multiple oval racing World Championships, rallycross with Ford and Opel, before giving the late Ayrton Senna his first Formula 1 drive with the Toleman team. This will be at Bamburgh Castle.
On July 24th we will be entertained at the Cedar Court Hotel, Huddersfield by co-drivers Neil Wilson, John Millington and Mike Wood, amongst others.
In August another one day, single venue tarmac only stage will see the series move to the South Wales Valleys at Parc Bryn Bach on the 21st of the month, with similar facilities to those offered in the North East - another great day out.
October brings us back to Bath for the fantastic Lombard Rally Bath, with, for the first time, stages run in the dark.