Not only was the Subaru the only all wheel drive 4×4 touring road car taking part in the rally, but Keith and Dylan also managed to win an award from ‘Total Off-Road Magazine’ for ‘Best Non Land Rover performance’.
Prior to the rally the Subaru was primed up for the adventure by leading UK wheel-alignment specialist, Supertracker who set up and adjusted the wheel alignment and sourced special Landsail tyres for the epic 14 day trip across a number of European countries, visiting numerous battle locations and memorial sites from WW1 and WW2.
Keith said: “During the rally there were a number of off road trials and experiences and we managed to take part in most tests, pitting ourselves against much better equipped 4x4s, including many Land Rovers.
There is no doubt that we were able to perform so well due to the expert attention to our vehicle by Supertracker’s chief technician, Jerry Barker. In fact we were extremely surprised that our Subaru appeared to perform way above its supposed limitations for a road car.
“The rally was so intense and demanding that at times neither Dylan nor I knew which country we were in, and one day we drove through four countries. For me, visiting the various sites concerning the final push to liberate Europe after D-Day was extremely moving.”
This was the first time Dylan had navigated on such a major scale and apart from ‘never putting a foot wrong’ he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. He adds, “Obviously at school we are taught about these two significant wars but to actually visit the sites was mind blowing. Like a massive history lesson in real time!”
Keith’s 10 year old Subaru Legacy (with 99,000 miles on the clock) took on the ‘big boys’ of the 4×4 scene and performed with distinction, travelling a total of 3,316 miles door-to-door. The Evans’ hope to raise around £1,500 in sponsorship for the Help4Heroes fund.
On their return, Jerry Barker rechecked the vehicle’s tracking which he found to be still impressively accurate given the harsh conditions of the rally, which included driving on gravel tracks and around quarries. He says, “I am amazed what the Subaru was able to achieve during the rally – which just goes to show that with professional wheel alignment, anything is possible.”
Keith and Dylan hope to take part in next year’s rally but this time in a more suitable off-roader.