If you missed 2022 Monterey Car Week in August or were having withdrawals after attending, then hopefully you made it out to the second annual Velocity Invitational held October 14-16, 2022. The luxury motorsport festival had a little bit of everything all rolled into one event with an exciting mix of historic racing, family entertainment, and manufacture displays and demonstrations for spectators to enjoy at the historic Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca.
New to the lineup this year, with a display in the paddock, was the addition of the Dirtfish Rally School. The rally school, located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range just outside of Seattle, offers a wide range of rally driving programs for anyone looking to have fun while trying to enhance their car control ability. Dirtfish brought out six former rally cars to display as well as perform driving demonstrations on track. Spectators cheered as they sped around the track and drifted through all of the eleven turns at Laguna Seca.
The following list of Rally Cars appeared in the Paddock and several wowed the crowds as they hit the track throughout the weekend.
Ford Fiesta Pikes Peak – At the 2009 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Marcus Grönholm drove this 800 bhp, 2-liter engine, all-wheel drive car to a fifth-place finish on what was then still a mixed surface 12.4 mile course. He also took the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title.
MG Metro 6R4 – Group B motorsport fans will go crazy over this modern interpretation of the Mini. It has a V6 engine on the back seat, total traction from four-wheel drive, and a huge aero kit above the rear hatch.
Subaru Impreza WRX STI – US stunt driver and all-round action hero Travis Pastrana drove this car in the 2007 and 2008 X Games. He finished on the podium both times, but took home the gold in 2008.
Lancia Rally 037 – In the 1980’s, when the world was turning to turbocharging and four-wheel drive, the Italians forged ahead with supercharging and rear-wheel drive. The result was this car which helped Lancia win a manufacturers’ title against the Audi’s quattro in 1983. This semi-works example was once driven by Italian star and former European Rally Champion; Fabrizio Tabaton.
Subaru Impreza WRC2002 – Driven by four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen. This 2002-spec Subaru, codenamed S8, was another stunning example of the world-beating engineering of Team ProDrive.
Peugeot 206 WRC – Although this car never made its way on track this weekend, this 206 was driven by the likes of World Rally Champion Richard Burns as well as Marcus Grönholm and Gilles Panizzi.