COLWYN Bay is gearing up for an evening in the World Championship motorsport spotlight

This year’s Wales Rally GB is coming to the town on Saturday October 5, with the world’s top drivers and the sport’s fastest ever cars racing against the clock on the promenade.

Whetting appetites for the spectacular wheel spinning action to follow in the early evening, Colwyn will be revved up by an afternoon packed with dazzling air displays by the Red Bull Matadors Aerobatic Team, exotic supercars, evocative historic rally cars plus a host of other attractions including face painters, roving characters and free funfair rides for children.

Alun Pritchard, Wales Rally GB’s events partnership manager who lives in Old Colwyn, said: “We’re creating a real fun fuelled festival atmosphere both in town and on the seafront. We want everyone to really enjoy what’s going to be a fabulous family day out. It’s not often, after all, that a premier league world championship sport comes to town.”

With adult admission priced at just £15 in advance and accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted free, it is no surprise that tickets have already been selling fast

Cheryl Williams, Colwyn BID Manager, said: “We are delighted the rally will bring thousands of visitors to the area thus giving us a wonderful opportunity to show what we have to offer.

“The special Saturday evening speed test will be an exciting addition to what’s already a very popular rally and, after its multi million redevelopment, the promenade set behind such a beautiful sweeping beach is the perfect setting.

To ensure all those in the community are given a taste of the main event taking place on the Promenade, the collection of supercars will be based on Station Road before and after their seafront parades.

Gates on the seafront will open at 2:00pm and those arriving early will be treated to demonstrations by both supercars and historic rally cars, fund raising Dream Rides with Sporting Bears and merchandise stalls, while a big screen will keep visitors abreast of the latest news from the fast approaching rally.

Public access points for the Colwyn Bay stage will be either from adjacent to the railway station in the town centre or from the Rhos-on-Sea end of the Promenade.