Lombard 2018

Lombard Rally Bath 2018. 891VHX takes to the road.

Just a week after 891VHX was finally completed, we took the M5 down to Bath to take part in the ‘2018 Lombard Rally Bath’ . Our chance to give the car a real ‘shake down’ whilst driving a few of the Classic 70s RAC rally stages. What could be more fun? After a podium start in the centre of Bath over a 100 classic Rally cars with drivers including Stig Blomqvist, Harri Toivonen, Rosemary Smith, Louise Aitken-Walker, Graham Elsmore and Terry Kaby (and us of course) took a tour of the South West which included stages in Longleat, Cricket St Thomas, Wiscombe Park and Porlock Tol Road.

891 VHX turns out to be a joy to drive and after the initial stages, the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) had been set to ‘off’ so that we could properly test the LSD (Limited Slip Differential) and 6500 RPM red line! Wooo.

We chose the Michelin XWX tyres because of their period looks but can’t believe just how good they are. Fitted by the likes of Ferrari in the 60s the levels of grip are fabulous. They really do stand the test of time.

891 VHX at Cricket St Thomas – 2018 Lombard Rally Bath
Porlock Toll Road had been closed for the day so we were able to properly test 891VHX.
Period pic of 891VHX rounding another yet another hairpin on Porlock Toll Road.
891VHX powing up Cheddar Gorge – Lombard Rally Bath 2018.