• A rare collection of cars driven by British rally champion Russell Brookes will go on display 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, has curated a rare chance to see a special collection of the original Russell Brookes' cars from the '70s, '80s and '90s, in the iconic colours of his long-standing sponsor, Andrews Heat For Hire.

Amongst his many international and national wins, two-time British Rally Champion, Brookes began his association with the sponsorship in 1974 and it ran for a further 17 years. It remains the longest running private sponsorship in rallying to this day. 

The collection, owned by privateers, will be displayed and driven multiple times on the 2.4-mile Rally Stage over the weekend, all in the yellow and blue livery that graced the cars.

 The cars include three Mk2 Escorts, two Opel Mantas, a Sierra Cosworth, Chevette HSR, together with a Group A Astra.

Robert Brookes, the son of Russell Brookes, said: ''Dad leaves behind a legacy that as a family we are immensely proud of. We look forward to seeing his cars back in action at Firle Beacon in July.''

Mike Broad, Russell's long-serving co-driver said: ''It's always a pleasure for me to see, and more importantly, hear these cars back out and in action.''

Russell Brookes sadly passed away in October 2019 aged 74.

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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

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

Weekend Ticket

  • Early Bird: Weekend Ticket (per person) - £84


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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