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Bajans pit skills against British in Rally Carnival

Clifton Henry

Bajans pit skills against British  in Rally Carnival

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IT WILL BE another great moment for motorsport fans when the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival 2010 gets underway at the Bushy Park Racing Circuit in St Philip on Saturday.Organised by founder Greg Cozier, this year will mark the tenth anniversary of the Rally Carnival and the first since the closure of the once popular Vaucluse Raceway in St Thomas.It will also be the first time an event of this nature is held at Bushy Park and hundreds of spectators are expected to converge on the raceway to see the local competitors pit their skills against the cream of the crop of British Rally Cross drivers.In addition to Jimmy McRae, British competitors include Francis Tuthill, who will drive the very Porshe 911 which he used to win the 1993 London-Sydney Marathon; Desie Nutt, also in a Porshe 911; Nick Cook, in his 1973 MkI Escort and Graham “Grum” Wilcock, who will be searing the Barbados stages in his ’78 Opel Manta. Cook and Wilcock are both three-time veterans of previous Rally Carnivals and both are addicted to the carnival’s 14 days of happy social atmosphere. Bernard Northmore will also be taking his 1972 Renault 12 Gordini to the Caribbean for the first time and the Oxford University Motorsport Foundation’s (OUMF) ’65 Riley 1.5 will be driven by Ding Boston.In outlining plans for the historic event, Cozier told NATIONSPORT he was delighted to partner with the Colin McRae Vision charity whose objective is to raise funds for charitable and worthwhile causes. Charitable organisations in Barbados will also benefit from this event.    To achieve its aims, Cozier said fund-raising was part of the initiative. “It is a great privilege to be associated with Colin McRae name, vision and its admirable objectives,” he said Colin McRae Vision was established in the aftermath of the tragic helicopter crash in September 2007 that claimed the lives of rally legend Colin McRae, his five-year-old son Johnny and two family friends. As a result, the McRae family felt it correct to use Colin’s name and legendary achievements to raise funds for charitable and worthwhile causes.Colin’s father, five-time British rally champion Jimmy McRae, is entered in the Historic Rally Carnival in a Porsche 911 prepared by Tuthill Porsche, renowned specialists in the German marque. During the Rally Carnival, Jimmy will be meeting fans and autographing McRae motorsport and rally carnival merchandise. The Rally Sprint is the first event of the carnival held at the challenging and technical Bushy Park race trackOver 20 Bajan historic rally cars and crews are expected to mix it with the European cars competing for the richest prize in Caribbean motorsport.If Barbadians win, they will earn an all expenses paid entry for Killarney this year, but should an overseas crew win in Barbados, they will get a free entry back to the island next year.