Lydden Legend Festival

Rallycross history to be celebrated at new Lydden Legend Festival

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Lydden Hill will host a new event next summer, the Lydden Legend Festival (July 19 – 21).

Focused entirely around celebrating the glory period rallycross and rally machinery, the Lydden Legend Festival will follow in the footsteps of the Loheac Legend Festival held earlier this year in France, that was run in collaboration with the Rallycross Legends Show, headed up by concept creator Philippe Tollemer along with Loheac’s Patrick Germain and his team.

The Lydden Legend Festival will feature on-track action for machinery from the history of rallycross, the discipline having been created at the Kent circuit in February 1967. A diverse range of classes will be headlined by Group B and 4WD monsters, with star names and international cars already planned to make an appearance, and machinery and drivers from the Retro Rallycross Championship set to be in action.

Along with a range of rallycross ‘demonstration races,’ cars from across the history of rallying will also be in action, attacking both the Lydden rallycross circuit and the tarmac layout at intervals, while off track, a fully-accessible paddock will allow fans to get up close and personal with some incredible cars, with other exotic machinery, and car clubs providing displays.

The event will be opened on Friday with a Welcome Gala, while the celebrations of this amazing discipline will continue throughout the weekend.

Hannah Bennett, managing director of Lydden Hill Race Circuit, said: “We had a fantastic taste of international period rallycross cars in action during our round of the World Rallycross Championship this year and, coupled with the success of other events elsewhere, especially Loheac Legends in France, we are so excited to be revealing the Lydden Legend Festival for next July. We are sure it will be our biggest and most anticipated event of the year. There is nothing not to like about having a whole weekend dedicated to an amazing array of period rallycross and rally machinery at the birthplace of rallycross, and we have a number of surprises already in place, which will start to be announced in the coming weeks as we begin to reveal the line-up for the event.”