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Champions gather for 50th Anniversary By the start of the Chatsworth Rally Show this weekend, the British Rally Championship will have been around for half a century, although it has taken many forms over the decades. The Royal Automobile...

Champions gather for 50th Anniversary

By the start of the Chatsworth Rally Show this weekend, the British Rally Championship will have been around for half a century, although it has taken many forms over the decades.

The Royal Automobile Club introduced the series in 1958 and it has been run under the auspices of the sport's governing body ever since. In recent years the British Rally Championship has taken over the running of the series from the Motor Sports Association, although the MSA still has ultimate control of its licensing.

Originally combining existing British Trial and Rally Drivers Association Gold Star events, the late 50's winners Ron Gouldbourn and co-driver Stuart Turner weren't even aware of their achievement. Stuart Turner "The series to win in the 50's was the BTRDA, so it was a bit of a shock when we discovered that we were also British Champions some time after our achievement in 1958."

Now the Championship is viewed as one of the best National series' in the World and at the Chatsworth Rally Show former BRC Champions will gather to celebrate the landmark.

Some of the Champions' names may not be familiar to the current crop of rally drivers and fans, but is testament to the strength and success of the series that amongst them are no less than five World Rally Champions.

2008 sees a continuation of the current title sponsor Tesco 99 Octane and the MSA British Rally Championship comes to Chatsworth with several current drivers taking part in the competitive event, all under the watchful eyes of over thirty of the World's best rally drivers from past and present.

-credit: therallyshow.org

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