Former Bath Motor Club press officer, rally driver and winner of the National Castrol Award, Trevor Porter, spent Saturday with the stars of the sport.

Stars past and present attracted thousands of fans to the Castle Combe for Europe’s premier rally car show this weekend.

The circuit played host to the 18th annual rally day, an event where followers of the sport could meet up with the drivers and co-drivers, listen to their interviews and collect their autographs.

The event that always attracts huge crowds lived up to its name of a promise of a spectacular celebration of all things rallying.

Organisers of the event worked with the British Rally Championship to celebrate its 60th anniversary- and a special cavalcade of the iconic Ford Escort rally cars was staged to celebrate 50 years of the Ford Escort Mark One.

Jimmy McRae, the single most successful driver in the British Rally Championship took to the stage along with Russell Brooks, a driver who amassed an impressive haul of victories in the 1970s and 1980s to become a household name in the process.

Moving on a couple of decades, top co-driver Nicky Grist and former world champion Italian Miki Biasion, who dominated WRC world championships, made special appearances.

And bringing it all up the date was Elfyn Evans making a welcome return to rally day. The Welsh driver is at present ninth in the world WRC series.

Evans is looking forward to the world championship coming to home soil early next month with the Welsh Rally GB on stages he is familiar with.

He said: "I am looking forward to Wales. There is something special about the home round of the championship. It’s always nice to go back. It’s the same as rally day, you go there and see old friends and people you're always keen to catch up with."

Evans, for the first time in his career, will be going back to a round in the world championship to defend his victory last year in Wales.

Famous face of rallying Becs Williams spoke to the stars and fans on the very wet rally day.

She travels the world reporting on world rallying.

She said: "This is a brilliant day here at Combe. This is a show where enthusiast to the sport can brush shoulders with the stars both past and present and take a close look at cars from every era. It gives fans a real insight into the sport."