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Not sure if this is a stupid question or been asked before, but I'm watching an Irish rallying programme tonight, and have noticed that a lot of Irish drivers (RoI) are driving GB and even German (Toyota Corolla) registered rally cars.

So my question is how does this work? Do the cars remain registered with the initial rallycar builders? Seems a bit daft, I would have thought that the owner of the car (the rally driver / local team) would have had to have registered it?

Sorry if it is a stupid question, just wondered
 
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Hi,

Not sure if this is a stupid question or been asked before, but I'm watching an Irish rallying programme tonight, and have noticed that a lot of Irish drivers (RoI) are driving GB and even German (Toyota Corolla) registered rally cars.

So my question is how does this work? Do the cars remain registered with the initial rallycar builders? Seems a bit daft, I would have thought that the owner of the car (the rally driver / local team) would have had to have registered it?

Sorry if it is a stupid question, just wondered
it would be wherever it was built, by whatever manufacturer, as they dont build the corrola anymore they would be a used car, just like any used car

its just like anycar, for example the toyota would have been built 1st by toyota , then it will have gone to a toyota motorsport builder, who would strip it, make the final touches, engine etc, then registered, then picked by the team. all start as manufacturer cars, unless built soley by a private team, which is quite rare

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So my question is how does this work? Do the cars remain registered with the initial rallycar builders? Seems a bit daft, I would have thought that the owner of the car (the rally driver / local team) would have had to have registered it?

Great win for Eugene on the Ulster

I remember hearing about this before but I can't remember the answer :HEADBANG:

I know what you mean though, if the cars were "normal" then they should be re-registered ( saying that there are loads of imported NI/UK cars down south that are getting away with it )

Perhaps it's because they are rally cars ( Imagine the VRT to re-reg a 600,000 Subaru WRC )
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Great win for Eugene on the Ulster

I remember hearing about this before but I can't remember the answer :HEADBANG:

I know what you mean though, if the cars were "normal" then they should be re-registered ( saying that there are loads of imported NI/UK cars down south that are getting away with it )
why should they, just like me selling my car in NI or anywhere abroad, it wouldnt get a plate change and vice versa??

Gwyndaf Evans drove a spanish plated Ibiza in the brc, as thats were it was built
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In ROI :IRISH: if you bring in a car from outside the country ( including Northern Ireland ) you have to put it on an Irish plate & pay Vehicle Registration Tax on it ( we don't call it rip off Ireland for nothing )
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In ROI :IRISH: if you bring in a car from outside the country ( including Northern Ireland ) you have to put it on an Irish plate & pay Vehicle Registration Tax on it ( we don't call it rip off Ireland for nothing )
oh ym dear god thats bad, but maybe its becasue there only there on a temp basis, like me driving my car over there, i wouldnt need to change my reg, unless it was staying permanantly
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Many professional and semi-professional rally drivers tend to hire cars for the whole season nowadays from specialised garages.
Its much "cheaper" than owning one and allows you to race with top quality gear. With a specialised garage and mechanic to send the car back to for rebuilding etc.
A bit like a lease. The car doesn't belong to them but to another company and depending where/who they rent them for the ownership may define the number plate. Its an all in service.

Where I live the rental companies have caught onto this and all their cars are now registered in a little village way up in the Swiss Alps where tax is cheaper even though they never saw the place! They save thousands.
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Many professional and semi-professional rally drivers tend to hire cars for the whole season nowadays from specialised garages.
Its much "cheaper" than owning one and allows you to race with top quality gear. With a specialised garage and mechanic to send the car back to for rebuilding etc.
A bit like a lease. The car doesn't belong to them but to another company and depending where/who they rent them for the ownership may define the number plate. Its an all in service.

Where I live the rental companies have caught onto this and all their cars are now registered in a little village way up in the Swiss Alps where tax is cheaper even though they never saw the place! They save thousands.
Not Appenzell Innerrhoden, but back on topic, many rallycars are rented / leased see above, others often are temporary imports... depends how long you define temporary
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David P, yea nice one for Eugene
Thanks too Alfas Red and Black, and GuiliaSuper.

Hiring the car would make sense, there was a Dutch registered Fabia VRS on the Torrs Leap rally too. Thanks it puzzled me
 
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