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Each year we are delighted to welcome a host of motorsport legends, from rally champions to Formula One drivers, to the brains behind the engineering and designs.

Listen and meet our line of up guests over the weekend for interviews, conversations and autograph signings.

Keep your eyes peeled for this year's lineup.

Previous Guests

RALLY LEGEND DIDIER AURIOL

RALLY LEGEND DIDIER AURIOL

Born in Montpellier and initially an ambulance driver, Auriol started rallying in an old Simca 1000. After winning his first French Rallye Championship in 1986 behind the wheel of a Metro 6R4, he repeated his success in 1987 and ’88 but this time in a works Ford Sierra RS Cosworth.
 
Auriol made his name in the WRC throughout the 1990s. He was the first Frenchman to win the Championship. He also drove for manufacturers including Lancia, Toyota, and Peugeot amongst others during his career.
 
As well as driving in a replica of the Cosworth on the Reis Live Rally Stage , Auriol was interviewed and answered fans’ questions on the live stage.
EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPION CHRIS INGRAM

EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPION CHRIS INGRAM

Reis Race Retro also welcomed British rally driver Chris Ingram, who won the European Rally Championship in 2019 with co-driver Ross Whittock, becoming the first British winners in 52 years and the youngest ever Champions.
 
Ingram, a long-time supporter of Race Retro since he started rallying, has a raft of trophies to his name including the 2012 Motor Sports Association Young Driver of the Year Award, and the European Rally Championship Colin McRae Flat Out Award won on the Circuit of Ireland Rally 2014, Rallye Açores 2015, and Rally Liepaja in 2017.

He also won the Richard Burns Trophy on Wales Rally GB in 2017 for winning the Two-Wheel drive class.
 
In 2014, Ingram became the youngest manufacturer-backed rally driver since Richard Burns in the European Rally Championship driving a Peugeot 208 R2.
 
After two seasons with Peugeot, he signed with German factory team Opel Motorsport, something he credits to the late great Russell Brookes.
 

 RAUNO AALTONEN

 RAUNO AALTONEN

Reis Race Retro have previously welcomed Finnish rally legend Rauno Aaltonen. Known as one of the Flying Finns of rallying, Rauno started his career on speed boats and later moved on to motorcycles competing in road racing, speedway and motocross. He was the first Finn to win a Grand Prix motorcycle racing competition.

Before the World Rally Championship was established, Rauno competed in the European Rally Championship, winning in 1965 with co-driver Tony Ambrose. He also won the Finnish Rally Championship in 1961 and 1965.

In 1966, he partnered Bob Holden in Australia to win the premier touring car race, the Gallaher 500, in a Mini Cooper S at Mount Panorama in New South Wales.

Aaltonen finished second on six occasions in the Safari Rally, which is considered one of the most difficult courses in rallying earning him the nickname of ‘The Rally Professor’.

JOHN WATSON

JOHN WATSON

Born in Belfast, John’s F1 career started in 1972 at Goldie Hexagon Racing but his first World Champion event wasn’t until the following year when he drove a Brabham-Ford BT37. Moving on to the BT42, John scored his first championship point in the 1974 Monaco Grand Prix. Drives with Team Surtees, Lotus and Penske followed.

John’s first World Championship podium came in 1976 coming third in the French Grand Prix with a victory to follow in the Austrian Grand Prix driving the Penske.

In 1979, Watson moved to McLaren where he gave them their first victory in over three years by winning the 1981 British Grand Prix and also securing the first victory for a carbon fibre composite monocoque F1 car, the McLaren MP4/1.

His most successful year was 1982, when he finished third in the Drivers' Championship, winning two Grands Prix before he retired from F1 at the end of the 1983 season, turning to sports car racing. John partnered Stefan Bellof to victory in the Fuji 1000km and drove a Jaguar XJR-5 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times over the course of his career between 1973 and 1990 and came second in the World Sports Car Championship in 1987.

JOHN FITZPATRICK

JOHN FITZPATRICK

John Fitzpatrick raced professionally for over 20 years in Touring Cars, Sports Cars and GTs and was considered one of the best Porsche drivers of his era. He began his career driving Touring cars in the BSCC and ETCC, winning the British Saloon Car Championship in 1966. First it was Minis, then Ford Anglias and Escorts; BMW CSs and then Porsche 911s. He then became renowned for his expertise at driving the German machines.

John was crowned European GT Champion in 1972, and then again in 1974. He moved to the United States in 1980, driving for Dick Barbour Racing, capturing the IMSA Camel GT Championship in the process. He won the prestigious Porsche Cup in 1972, 1974 and 1980. His most prestigious wins were the Daytona 24-hours, Sebring 12-hours and the Bathurst 1000kms in Australia.

In 1981, he moved from driver to team owner-driver, with some success and spent eight years as Secretary of the British Racing Drivers Club and Director of Silverstone Circuit.

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