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Rally showcase at Bushy Park Saturday

Ninety local, regional and international rally cars, greater than 20 of them entered in Sol Rally Barbados for the primary time, will likely be the highlight of The Rally Show this Saturday (May 28).

At its new home at Bushy Park, the Show will run from 2 p.m. to six p.m., with competition prizes, giveaways and a Kids Zone to maintain the entire family engaged while the ‘petrol-heads’ enjoy unrivalled access to the cars and their crews.

While many sponsors will have already got showcased their teams at pre-event limes or revealed new liveries on social media, the Rally Show offers the one probability for local fans to see all of the cars entered for First Residents King of the Hill (May 29) and Sol RB22 (June 4/5) in a single location. With technical scrutineering ahead of the thirty second running of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event each evening this week at Bushy Park, the cars will likely be on static display throughout the afternoon.

There will likely be sponsor competitions aplenty: at Sol’s stand, 20 prizes range from fuel vouchers through cooler bags to BBQ grills within the Sol Golden Ticket Hunt; at new title sponsor of King of the Hill, First Residents, there’s the possibility to win two tickets for the KotH Rally Lounge; Automotive Art will likely be running a Strong Man Contest, Carter’s can have some substantial prizes including rims of their raffle, while you possibly can try your luck with Spin the Wheel at Chefette.

From the organizational side of things, the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) stand will likely be handing out copies of the free Official Programme and selling Sol RB22 hats, while Women in Motorsport has a booth for the primary time furthering the efforts of the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) to advertise more inclusivity in the game. You’ll be able to learn more concerning the grass roots discipline of karting on the Bushy Park stand, while the sponsor of the floodlit Sunday night SuperSpecial climax of Sol RB22, K&N/Denso Racing can also be represented. New Rally Club partner SMJ Beverages is one other offering prizes.

Cultural content includes the drums and steel pans of the IzA Vybe Riddim Parade, sponsored by First Residents, while a display of classic cars and diverse individual competitor sponsors offering giveaways will keep patrons busy throughout the afternoon. A big selection of food is on offer, including Pleased Hospitality’s menu of burgers, burritos, chicken, cutters, fries and fish, then Pleased Tacos, Fish Cake’s, Frosteez iced treats resembling lollies and ice cream and Santia’s popcorn and cupcakes, while there are also bars at each end of the display area.

The important stage, situated on The Hill alongside the venue’s Race Control constructing will likely be the point of interest of a series of interviews with drivers, special guests and sponsors, with the possibility for fans to catch up with to their idols and collect autographs and giveaways in two Drivers Meet and Greet Sessions. Those already confirmed include FIA Formula 3 racer Zane Maloney, new recruit to the growing R5 class Josh Read, Sol RB19 winner Dane Skeete and this 12 months’s Zero Automotive driver Rhett Watson, with overseas visitors resembling newcomer Andrew Graham, who will drive the primary Land Rover entry within the event’s history, five-time winner Jeff Panton and regular visitors Cheryl Spencer and Rob Swann all keen to satisfy the fans.

Co-ordinator Carrie Corbin said: “With our former home not available and Bushy Park a vital hub for KotH and RB22, it made sense to bring The Rally Show here, not least due to the straightforward parking. Since 2019, we’ve been fine-tuning: the response to the Drivers Meet & Greet session was overwhelming, so we’ve split that into two, smaller sessions allowing more drivers to participate, and we’ve once more done our greatest to be sure that there’s something for everybody. When you’re a rally fan, or similar to a great lime, The Rally Show is the place to be on Saturday, May 28.”

Pedestrian access to The Rally Show, which is specified by the important spectator area overlooking the Clubhouse Straight, will likely be through Gate 3 off Gaskin Road, with parking outside the perimeter fence; there will likely be no access through the Pit Gate. Patrons will need to supply proof of vaccination or a negative test taken inside 24 hours at gate to realize entry. (RB)

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