Rallycross

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  • #3824

    Martin
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    A 911 won the very first rallycross event at Lydden Hill in 1967 and the model was subsequently used by many competitors throughout Europe, evolving in parallel with the other competitors from that almost standard original car into highly modified and very fast specially-built versions.

    Also seen at Lydden but over ten years later in 1978, this 911 of Ake Andersson looks to be a veteran of some hard racing as it sides across the chalk. It can also be seen in action here.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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  • #4037

    Martin
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    These days we are used to tents and gazebos filling the paddock at even minor events, but here at the 1974 Embassy European Rallycross Championship final at Lydden Hill everything –tools, tyres, spares, fuel- was out in the open. I think that the car in the foreground belongs to Ake Andersson and behind it is the Carrera RS of his team-mate Bjorn Waldegard. The latter can be seen between the cars and he came second in the championship that year to the Beetle of Franz Wurz, which used an enlarged VW411 engine and a Porsche 914 gearbox. The following year some of the Beetle contingent adopted 3.0 Carrera engines and one again won the championship.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4560

    Martin
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    At Lydden Hill in 1978 and with the inevitable Escort in hot pursuit, this is the 911 of Jacques van der Heijden, who the following year transferred his allegiance to an Alpine. The car looks to be well turned out by the standards of rallycross at the time.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4978

    Martin
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    With a gaggle of Escorts hot on its heels, this 911 of unknown parentage and ownership is seen at Brands Hatch in December 1983. As well as its flat nose, huge wheelarches and sill extensions this example also boasts a rear wing of large proportions.

    Photo: Ted Walker archive

  • #4981

    Martin
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    Driver, date and location unknown -although sponsorship from Finnish meat products company Finn Hunstad give a likely country of origin- I felt that this picture was worthy of inclusion for the sunstrip unexpectedly advertising ‘Alf & Roy’s Hairport’!

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4982

    Martin
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    With all wheels off the ground -as was often the case in rallycross- this is John Clark in his 911 at an unknown event, although the Western Mail sticker implies that it may have been in Wales. Clark competed internationally around 1980 and that year came 23rd in the FIA European Rallycross Championship.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4983

    Martin
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    The very well presented 911 of Colin Parry-Williams waits on the grid at Brands Hatch.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5494

    Martin
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    A selection of pictures that span the 911 in rallycross between 1976 and 1986.

    Prior to his graduating to circuit racing in various Porsches including a 935 and a GT1, John Gresley began by using 911’s in rallycross. Already sporting the distinctive Dage Sport colours, this looks to have been taken at Brands Hatch.

    The Dage Sport livery again, this time in the paddock at Lydden Hill in 1976 or 1978. Note the man with the roll of duct tape, the rallycrosser’s great friend when it came to those instant paddock repairs of fibreglass bodywork.!

    Finn Matti Alamaki was one of those who developed their 911’s to an ultimate degree, with features such as this huge roof/wing extension and 700bhp twin turbo power units. He is seen here at the Motorquip Rallycross Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1986.

    Interesting though this view is, I’d also like to see those pictures being taken by the photographers perched (rather dangerously) on the bank. I think that this hard-cornering trio at Lydden in 1978 show just why rallycross grew to be hugely popular with spectators and TV audiences alike. Although basically a non-contact sport, the racing was invariably fast, furious – and close.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5512

    Martin
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    Rob Gibson is still active in this branch of motor sport today, taking part in Retro Rallycross in a Metro 6R4, a type in which he competed in period. He was also well known as a 911 exponent for many years (including having a massive airborne crash in one at Lydden Hill), but before building his first 911 he constructed this rarity.

    There were no doubt good reasons why the 914 was never popular in rallycross even though it looked to have good potential and this may be the only British one used in this way. A particularly interesting feature was the fact that it was turbocharged.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5548

    Martin
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    Crooklands was probably not the best name for a garage! This car was the mount of Dennis Atkinson and the yellow 911 in the background belonged to Rob Gibson (see preceding Post). The location looks to be Brands Hatch and that transporter could do with a bit of tidying up.

    The sponsorship from Auto-Smart also seems a touch ironic!

    Here is a great picture of the car in action at Brands Hatch during the 1983 Motorquip Rallycross Grand Prix. The sign on the windscreen reads ‘Office’!

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5708

    Martin
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    As we’ve mentioned before, where would the 911’s that took part in the rough and tumble world of rallycross have been without duct tape for those running repairs?

    These two have certainly been making good use of it at the Brands Hatch Rallycross Grand Prix in December 1983 and what about the combination of less than subtle body modifications and livery seen below?

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5757

    Martin
    Keymaster

    An excellent rallycross action shot by well-known motorsport photographer Peter Tempest, whose work often appeared in that great weekly Motoring News and which I used to read avidly during this period. Apart from the obvious Barry Lee in the Ford (who also raced in short circuit Hot Rods under the same number with great success) I know nothing more about those featured or the location, but as the rear of the 911 digs in under power it makes the other competitors look rather pedestrian.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5856

    Martin
    Keymaster

    After some of the rather tatty rallycross 911’s that we have pictured here it is good to see evidence that they were not all beaten about. First up is Colin Richards’ (see Post#4983) car at Lydden Hill in 1984 and carrying sponsorship from well-known London Porsche specialists Charles Ivey.

    Then in 1984 we have Matti Alamӓki in his fearsome 4WD, twin turbo, 760bhp device. This and other competitors of the period brought standing start acceleration of F1 proportions to the often wet and muddy tarmac.

    Finally, from 1987 we see another Finn, Pekka Rantanen, in another bi-turbo 4×4 911, although there were a fair number of non-Porsche components in these highly modified cars. Behind can be seen an RS200, a type to which Rantanen was shortly to switch.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

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