Rally Legend Luso Bussaco 2022
Once again, the European rally scene delivers a fabulous event packed with classic cars. Held in the picturesque hills of Portuguese town of Luso Bussaco the three-day rally started with an evening Special stage.
The star of the show was without doubt Frank and Lauren Kelly in the Millington powered MKII Ford Escort called Baby Blue. Never failing to disappoint the crowd, Frank had the Escort sideways on every corner and added doughnuts on the wider hairpins!
UK based crews in the 2022 event.
Mick Covill and Howie Fowler in the Fiat Strada RITMO Alfa powered V6 (top seed)
Stars on show and taking part
Another delight for rally fans was the current Toyota WRC team boss and former world chamionship driver Jari-Matti Latvala. Not only taking part but freely wandering around the service park and chatting with crews and spectators.
Jari and co-driver Juho Hanninen drove a Toyota Celica GT4 ST165 and was definitely out to entertain the crowds. Pictured here during the gathering at the beach side parkade with the Spanish Lancia Stratos driver Xavier PIÑA.
V6 Alfa powered RITMO
Mick Covill and 569's own Howie Fowler in the V6 Alfa powered rear wheel drive Fiat Strada (Ritmo).
Popular North West driver Stephen Chamberlain and local Spanish navigator Sonia Montilla on the final mountain stage. The outstanding Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI TM also ran without a fault but to be fair the service crew Stephen had arranged was world class and probably on par with any WRC team service. In true rallying spirit, Stephen rescued the day and helped out Mick and Howie was an spare intercom helmet cable.
Group B rally cars
People often say the golden era of rallying was the mid 1980's and iconic Group B. The regulations fostered some of the fastest, most powerful, and most sophisticated rally cars ever built However, a series of major accidents, some of them fatal, meant the notorious group was blamed on their outright speed coupled with the lack of crowd control at events. Group B however can still be seen at non competitive events such as rally Legend and here at the Rallye Festival Hoznayo. .