Sywell Classic Pistons & Props

Date: 27 September, 2014

Location: Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire

Cast your mind back, if you can, to the year 1984.

Wham!, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran were among the pop acts topping the charts.

The average home was on the market for between £29,675 and £32,543; a beer cost us just 72p a pint, while petrol was an eye-watering 38.7p a litre.

Margaret Thatcher was a year into her second term as prime minister and Bobby Robson's England footballers failed to qualify for the European Championships.

But 1984 also saw the birth of one of the world's most renowned historic rallying clubs.

Yes, the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) celebrates its 30th birthday this autumn, and will be doing so in fitting style.

The weekend of September 27-28 sees the Footman James sponsored Sywell Classic at Sywell Aerodrome in Northampton.

Subtitled Pistons and Props, this extravaganza also provides the setting for the awesome Classic 30 Rally's finishing line.

Old warriors emerging from hibernation to contest the race include such classics as Mini Coopers, Volvo Amazons and Ford Escorts.

The eagerly-anticipated two-day rally will also raise money for the Air Ambulance Service.

The HRCR is looking for just two more classic car crews to make up its 60-strong entry list and they must be members. They also need volunteer marshals and say no experience is needed.

So how did the club begin and what does it stand for?

Since its inception it has provided fans with low-cost one-day rallies. The register was launched by a small, devoted group of enthusiasts at a classic motor show in Bristol to spread the word about historic rallying.

They had originally met up at the Lombard Golden Fifty event in 1982.

The Footman James Sywell Classic festival celebrates classic driving - in the skies as well as on terra firma.

Live music, aerial displays and the high-octane rally itself will all be "must-see" features over the weekend from 10am-5.30pm both days

You can book your tickets - £14 adults, £5 children and £33 families - as well as keeping up to date with the festival's latest news by visiting