A large part of the success of Rally Travel (official Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Tour provider) is that we are Rally enthusiasts ourselves, & in the case of our Managing Director David
Hutchinson still compete in rallies here in the
Back in the 1990's David scooped several class & category wins at national level including 2nd overall in the 1995 Peugeot
Cup championship, and a couple of attempts at the legendary RAC Rally in a Peugeot 306. The 1997 RAC showed great promise, vying for the top amateur 2-wheel drive award before heart-breaking transmission failure at the very last stage. The following year's event went not so well - ending spectacularly with a barrel roll in front of the TV cameras at Silverstone!
After graduating as an Engineer and working on various automotive
projects for Peugeot & TWR, David along with his partner Diane started 'Budget Rally Travel Ltd' in the Autumn of 2000. A visit to the amazing 1000
Lakes Rally in Finland had lit the spark earlier that summer, and the couple
returned to the UK determined to spread the word to Rally Fans that there was
an even more spectacular World of Rallying outside of the UK. After placing an advert for 'Rally Sanremo Tours' in the Motoring News paper the 1st booking was taken later that day, & some of those same Guests still regularly book Tours with Rally Travel to this day!
After a successful inaugural trip to the Sanremo Rally of 2000 the Company went from strength to strength, key in its development being the recruitment of Neil Prunnell a year later. Neil, a Director of the company since 2004, brought with him several years experience working as a travel & hospitality Manager within the WRC. Also an accredited WRC photographer, he took images for CarSport magazine (see Peugeot 206 image) on events as diverse as Sweden and Indonesia. Having conducted tours to well over 150 WRC events (including 22 Rally Finlands!) Neil is one of the most experienced Tour Managers in the sport, and there are now very few aspects of the WRC that Neil hasn't knowledge or experience of in one form or another!
Other milestones in the company's development would be the
establishing of partnerships with the Ford and Subaru World Rally Teams, and
just 3 years after first taking a handful of Guests to Sanremo, taking an
incredible 730 Guests to the 2003 Rally Catalunya! The Company also ran an annual Charity Auction for the Richard Burns Foundation
from 2005-2011 featuring an amazing line up of WRC guests including Sebastien
Loeb, Ari Vatanen, Petter Solberg, Ken Block and Marcus Gronholm!
Now simply called Rally Travel, there have been many changes in the Company, its events, and World Rallying as a whole, but one thing has never changed and that is the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Company's core team. All are looking forward to another 16 years of taking Rally Fans & Companies around the globe to experience the thrills of the World Rally Championship!
Rally Travel Limited are one of a select number of independent Tour Operators who enjoy a trusted relationship with the major banks and credit card companies allowing us to accept Credit Card payments online or over the telephone for our bookings. Booking with Rally Travel gives you the security of both booking with a Limited Company registered in the UK, and the support of Lloyds-TSB Bank plc who operate our 'Trustees' bank account where all monies paid to Rally Travel are held until the client's holiday has been completed. As a responsible Tour Operator this partnership with Lloyds-TSB Bank plc guarantees that Rally Travel Ltd meets the 1992 EEC Tour Operator & Package Holiday Regulations. Thus, your payments are safely held by Lloyds-TSB Bank plc from the moment your booking is made until after you return home!
A small first group of guests fly to the Sanremo rally in Italy to witness Colin McRae's brave comeback drive after his Corsica accident, & a promising debut by a then unknown Frenchman called Sebastien Loeb
Talk of the friendly service and attention to detail spreads throughout the rallying world as groups from Kilkenny to Cape Town travel with the company to new events in Monte Carlo, Catalunya, and Finland.
Over 730 Rally Travel guests travel to Rally Spain! The Hyundai WRC Team becomes the 1st of many to use the company for on-event services.
The Ford World Rally Team (M-Sport) works with Rally Travel to offer Fans a chance to experience hitherto corporate-only VIP access with the team.
The Subaru WRC Team (Prodrive) hand over the reins of their Travel Club to Rally Travel for a successful 4 years.
Petter Solberg, Marcus Gronholm, & Ari Vatanen attend Rally Travel's Welcome Evenings. Rally Travel becomes an official partner of the Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy series.
The 10,000th client travels with Rally Travel. Wales Rally GB approaches Rally Travel for advice & guidance on increasing the number of overseas guests.
Rally Travel bring together all the top WRC Drivers and Teams including Sebastien Loeb for their Charity Auction & Welcome Evening on Rally Spain.
To cope with demand for it's services from Rally fans throughout the world, living in different time-zones, Rally Travel launches a fully automated secure on-line booking system.
Rally Travel rounds out it's first decade with one of it's most successful and busiest years to date with a large amount of 'corporate' work from the sponsors of former F1 star Kimi Raikkonen boosting sales.
Rally Travel teams up with the new WRC Academy to offer accommodation & travel solutions to it's international mix of young, aspiring crews on 6 rounds of the WRC.
The 2012 Monte Carlo Rally tour becomes the fastest selling tour ever, & helps the company achieve it's highest number of advance bookings for the new season since 2007/08.
Rally Travel starts the season with an exclusive visit to the new Volkswagen WRC team's Hospitality area on Rally Sweden.
The team's combined Social Media feeds on Twitter and Facebook top the 10,000 mark as Rally Travel tweets 'live' from the Col de Turini!
The largest ever Escorted Tour group on Rally Finland, topped up by the Hayden Paddon Fan Club. Later in the year, a new working relationship with Wales Rally GB opens up the season finale's Escorted Tour.
Fantastic start to the season with a guided tour of the Petter Solberg WorldRX team... by the man himself! Chosen by Channel 5 TV to provide promotional prize for their official WRC TV show.
Appointed the Official Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Tour Provider!