- Louise Aitken-Walker to drive a Peugeot 205 at inaugural festival
- 30 year anniversary on becoming Ladies World Champion to be celebrated
- Louise returns to Weston Park, a stage from her first Lombard Rally
- Renown navigator Pauline Gullick set to co-drive
Louise Aitken-Walker, the first British female driver to win a world title has confirmed her participation in a
Peugeot 205 at the Historic Rally Festival being held at Weston Park on the 25th October.
Louise who started her rallying career in 1979 and spanned 14 years, competed for Ford, Peugeot, Nissan and
Vauxhall, which also included a spell in the British Touring Car Championship in 1989
In 1981 Louise entered her first Lombard RAC Rally and got her first taste of one of the now-famous stages,
Weston Park, in a Ford RS 2000 finishing 19th overall.
On October 25th, Louise will return to Weston Park. “I was absolutely amazed when I received the invitation to
take part in this event. I haven’t done much historic rallying as I have been concentrating on my family and livery.
But now seems a great time, I am over the moon!” commented Louise.
“I can’t wait to have another go in the 205. We were a great combination and it was with the 205 in 1987 that I
achieved 5 class wins from 5 events. We were a great match and one I am really looking forward to again.”
“I also have fond memories of Weston Park, the stately homes were always tricky stages to master, you never
really knew what was coming up round the corner and Weston Park is a great venue for spectators.”
The Historic Rally Festival will also be celebrating a number of anniversaries one of which is very close to Louise’s
heart. It was 30 years ago almost to the day that she became the first British driver to win a world title and
become FIA Ladies World Rally Champion in 1990.
Louise continued: “This was a very special moment for me, possibly the pinnacle of my career. I had signed for
GM Eurosport to contest the World Rally Championship and was having a very good season until my horrific
crash in Portugal where we summersaulted into a lake, however we came back and went on to take the title.”
Sitting alongside Louise for this event as her co-driver will hopefully be Pauline Gullick, a lady well known in
rallying, having been involved for over 50 years and who regularly reads the pace notes for rally legend Jimmy
“I am really excited to be doing this event with Pauline. She has never sat beside me before, but we have always
talked about doing something together, so why not do it here.”
Rounding off Louise said, “The kids have now grown up, so it will be lovely to have another go in some of these
cars and to catch up with everyone.”
The Historic Rally Festival takes place across two days, 24th and 25th October, the service park will be open and
free to spectators where they can see scrutineering taking place, watch the ceremonial start and also gain
Sunday will see all the action at Weston Park with eight special stages through the park including the famous
Tickets are now available from Weston Park
A number of Star Drivers will be in attendance, they are to be confirmed soon. The drivers attending are amongst those shown below.