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Factory Tour: Prodrive, where WRC memories linger on

For a rally fan, Prodrive is one of the most famous motorsport operations in the world, having taken Subaru to the top of the WRC in the 1990s and 2000s.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit the Banbury based operation north of London, hooking onto a guided tour of the massive facility getting a closer look at many of the company’s most famous cars.

At the time, pre COVID-19,  the factory was full of Aston Martin race cars being prepared for the season ahead, with a couple of Subaru rally cars being rebuilt throughout the workshop.

It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks later, the factory was in lockdown mode, like the rest of the UK. Yet, like many other motorsport businesses, they ‘reinvented’ themselves for the cause, enabling their hundreds of staff to keep working.

He was the successful bidder for the car and it soon found a spot in Robertson’s garage, thus satisfying his desire to own a redundant works Cortina.

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Peter Whitten

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
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