The very first car Prodrive built in 1984, a Rothmans Porsche 911 SCRS, will run up the hill, as will its very latest, the Aston Martin LMP1. As a tribute to Britain’s two World Rally Champions, Prodrive will also run a Colin McRae Impreza and a Richard Burns Impreza WRC alongside the Porsche.
The Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello, which competed at Le Mans in 2004 and was also driven by McRae, will run alongside the Gulf Oil liveried DBR9 in the GT class.
In addition, on static display will be the MG 6R4 driven by Jimmy McRae, the BMW M3 rally car, which Prodrive ran in the late 1980s, Ari Vatanen’s Subaru Legacy and Alain Menu’s 2000 BTCC-winning Ford Mondeo.
For the uninitiated, Prodrive is a motorsport and automotive engineering group based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. It designs, constructs and races cars for companies and teams such as Subaru and Aston Martin. There is also division that specializes in road car design and engineering consultation for various automakers,
The company is probably most widely recognized for its involvement in the World Rally Championship with the Subaru World Rally Team. It was founded in 1984 by Ian Parry and David Richards - the same Richards who leads the investment group that owns a majority stake in Aston Martin.