• A collection of legendary cars from Retro Rallycross will feature at the new, first-of-its-kind motorsport event ‘Firle Beacon’ this July 2022.
  • As well as on display, the collection will be driven multiple times on the 2.4-mile Rally Stage course over the 30 & 31 July weekend.
  • Tickets on sale now at Prices from £42 for adults; £24 for children; under 5s go free.
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Firle Beacon, a brand-new Rally, Sprint and Supercar motorsport event to be held in East Sussex on 30 & 31st July 2022, is proud to confirm Retro Rallycross – a collection of legendary drivers and cars spanning the last 55 years of the motorsport – will take on the challenging Rally course as part of the two day high-octane festival.


A creation of Shirley Gibson in 2010, Retro Rallycross was born out of her intention to launch a series dedicated to one of the most exciting forms of motorsport. She embarked on a mission to bring back the much-loved classics of old, inspired by memories of the sight of a Ford Escort sliding sideways around a track, to fabulous Minis going head-to-head, and the decade that many regard as the greatest; the magical, flame spitting Group B Monsters.


The Retro Rallycross fleet will demonstrate phenomenal noise, traction, and spectacle over the 2.4-mile Rally Stage course at Firle Beacon.


Drivers and cars will include:


  • Rob Gibson – MG Metro 6R4
  • Phil Collard – Renault 5 Turbo
  • Gary Simpson – BMW M3
  • Terry Moore – Mini
  • Steve Harris – Ford RS 200
  • Dave Halford – Audi Quattro
  • James Harrold – VW Beetle
  • John Cross – Lancia Delta
  • Ian Flitney – Mitsubishi Subaru
  • Nigel Davey – Peugeot 205 



Shirley Gibson, founder of Retro Rallycross comments, “Firle Beacon is one of the most exciting and refreshing new motorsport events out there. We are thrilled to be featuring at their debut festival and can’t wait for the crowds to experience the exhilarating power of Rallycross, as our Retro vehicles tackle the tight corners of the village as they take on the unique and challenging Rally course. Any rally fan will not want to miss this event. It will be something to behold.”


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Notes to Editors:

About Firle Beacon

Firle Beacon is a new motorsport event arriving in July 2022, where heritage and a passion for performance meet. Developed by the historic Firle Estate in Sussex for all motorsport enthusiasts to enjoy, Firle Beacon captures the spirit of the early races dating back to the 50s, in a participatory event on a notoriously challenging two-mile course, combining the latest in technology and speed.It offers a first-of-its-kind opportunity for the public to witness everything from Rally, Sprint and Supercars take on this new challenging course.


Address:Firle, East Sussex, BN8 6LP


When: 30 – 31 July 2022

Times: 9am – 6pm daily

Ticket information:

Saturday 30 July

  • Adult (16 yrs+) - £42
  • Junior (5-16 yrs) - £24
  • Child (Under 5yrs) – Free entry

Sunday 31 July

  • Adult (16 yrs+) - £42
  • Junior (5-16 yrs) - £24
  • Child (Under 5yrs) – Free entry


Weekend Ticket

  • Adult (16 yrs+) - £84
  • Junior (5-16 yrs) - £48

Family Ticket

  • 2 adults, 2 children – Family Ticket price: £108 [Normal cost: £132]
  • 1 adult and up to 3 children – Family price: £108 [Normal cost: £114]



How to get there:

Nestling in the foot of the South Downs near Lewes, between Brighton and Eastbourne in East Sussex, on the south coast of England. From London take the M23 and exit onto the A27 towards Eastbourne. The village of Firle is eleven miles from Brighton, four miles after Lewes.



About Henry Gage

Firle Beacon brings together two of founder Henry Gage's life-long passions: car technology and the South Downs National Park. From as far back as he can remember, Henry has been climbing the dramatic beacon at Firle, and enjoying the views out across Firle Place, The South Downs and out to sea. A keen collector of 'soon-to-be classic' cars himself, the possibility of establishing a new motorsport event at Firle immediately appealed to Henry and his vision for this event has grown from there.


About the Firle Estate 

Firle Place is an outstanding privately owned country house in Sussex that dates from the time of Henry VIII, but which was substantially remodelled during the Georgian period. Firle Place is very much a family home which provides the perfect setting to house an exemplary collection of works of art, fine furniture and porcelain of national significance.


Incorporating several villages and farms spread over rolling hills, the Firle Estate, in the heart of the magnificent South Downs National Park, is just 60 miles from London. Firle illustrates a rare cultural continuity with an unusually intact estate and a thriving rural community. Central to the atmosphere is Firle’s diverse and culturally rich community with many artists, craftsmen and local businesses. As well as magnificent walks, bike rides and country pursuits, the Estate has many places to stay, eat and drink.


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