Highlights from SOL Rally Barbados 2013 – Fea. Barry Gale & Sen. Irene Sandford-Garner

In 2013, the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) has reached another milestone in the 24-year history of its blue riband event. Adding the 22 drivers or co-drivers new to the event this year to the 47 first-timers of the previous two years, the number of International competitors hosted since 1990 has now risen to 264, while Regional numbers have reached 91, a combined total exceeding 350. With a record entry of 13 cars assembled for the World Rally Car classes, Sol Rally Barbados continues to break records year on year.

From small beginnings, the BRC's premier event has grown into the Caribbean's biggest annual motor sport international and a key player in the country's sports-tourism product. The event contributes more than Bds $2.5 million to the island's economy each year, much of it in vital foreign exchange, and accounts for approaching 3,000 visitor nights at a traditionally quiet time in the tourism calendar.

From small beginnings, the BRC’s premier event has grown into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport international and a key player in the country’s sports-tourism product. The event contributes more than Bds $2.5 million to the island’s economy each year, much of it in vital foreign exchange, and accounts for approaching 3,000 visitor nights at a traditionally quiet time in the tourism calendar.

Since the first overseas competitors took part in the International All-Stage Rally in the early 1990s, nearly 30 countries have been represented, including six from the wider Caribbean, with Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago providing the best support. The biggest competitor base is the UK, but the event has attracted competitors from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Japan, Kenya, South Africa and the United States, as well as mainland Europe.

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