Rallying – UK

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  • #4171

    Martin
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    A couple of pictures featuring UK-based Pole Marek Gierowski from 1974 to kick off this section. The first shows Llandow circuit in the days when the South Wales Automobile Club still held full race meetings there (which I remember so well), but on this this occasion it was being used as a stage of the Welsh Rally. The Carrera RS finished 10th overall and shows another variation on the question of where to mount additional lights on a 911.

    Later that year we catch the same driver on the Idem Lindisfarn Rally in what was entered as a Carrera RS but had been built in 1974 based on an ex-factory 1972 911S, hence the later registration. Constructed by Auto Motion to Carrera RS Lightweight specification it incorporated various 1973 RSR 2.8 components, including the engine. Subsequently further modified by Autofarm, the car was then rallied by Jan Churchill and appears to have ended up in New Zealand.

    Churchill used the car in 1975 and 1976 and is seen here in the latter year on Tavern Rally. He was a well-known figure in British rallying and in the 1980’s founded the Welsh Forest Rally School.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

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  • #4174

    Martin
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    The 1968 Gulf London Rally with the Swedish pairing of Lars Nystrom/Lennart Svensk in their 911L about to depart the start. They achieved 4th overall, won their class and also made the cover of Autosport that week in a good ‘sideways’ forest shot. You can tell from the weather that it’s July in Britain!

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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  • #4563

    Martin
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    A 1953 pre-A 356 on the RAC Rally, although carrying a bit more damage than the usual dents and scrapes! Registered in London in a sequence assigned to temporary imports, there appear to be few body components that have escaped unscathed although the crew are battling on regardless. The miraculously preserved spot lamp mounting (and overrider?) is an elegant accessory.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4977

    Martin
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    The Beynon/Andrews Carrera RS (#9113600504) seen tail-sliding its way through the 1974 Cheltenham Festival Rally was registered JCT 600 prior to a heavy accident in Spain and a consequent rebuild.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5570

      Martin
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      The above car on the same event.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5016

    Martin
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    This is Russell/Valentine charging through the night in their 911 on the 1969 Cilwendeg Rally…

    …and the year before on the rather damp Starlight Rally. It can be seen from this shot that the car is LHD.

     

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5023

    Martin
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    A 1954 356 1500, pictured on the 1956 RAC Rally. Member Peter Settle points out that it can also be seen in Post #5043 in our Speed Events – UK section and that view shows it to be in immaculate order only the year before.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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    • #5483

      Martin
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      Possibly taken in the same year as the pictures above and below but certainly on Hastings seafront during the RAC Rally, here we see yet another hard-charging 356.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5515

      Martin
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      Member Peter Settle has pointed out that UPA 7 was owned by the elusive Harry Sutcliffe, who was also the owner of the 356 featured in Post#4046 within our Monte Carlo Rally section. In another and presumably earlier picture of the car above it still has its metal number plate on the front panel and lacks the third spot lamp and additional horns, but we know from his other 356 (MOV 360) that all of these features are typical of the modifications that Sutcliffe carried out.

  • #5042

    Martin
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    A still relatively new -despite its condition- 1953 356 is also seen on the 1956 RAC Rally. Driven by Prinz Friedrich Karl von Preussen, I would guess that this is one of the final tests taking place in Hastings where the event finished, having started in Blackpool and been subjected to very bad weather that March. I think that any 911 that had just executed this manoeuver would have had its OSF wheel off the ground but on the 356 it remains in contact, although the car exhibits the dirt (note the hand prints from closing the bonnet) and damage from four hard days and nights.

    Here are a couple more pictures showing the same car at Oulton Park on another stage of the event.

    The Prinz certainly looks to be giving it his all.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5179

    Martin
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    Well-known British 911 Carrera RS exponent Harold Morley -in fact the first person to rally one in Britain- might have been the first Porsche home on the 1973 RAC Rally but that was down in 22nd place,  just ahead of future RS user ‘Piggy’ Thompson in an Escort. On this occasion Morley was partnered by Canadian navigator Bob Lindquist and the car (#9113601501) was sponsored by Endrust, who promised ‘Guaranteed Vehicle Rustproofing’. What better subject for that than a 1970’s 911?

    Here is Harold again, somewhat awkwardly posed at an unknown event with the other (#9113600772) of the two RS Sport Lightweights that he purchased and in a picture reminiscent of the cover of one of those old knitting patterns! British champion in 1974, these days the former dental surgeon has various business interests and is based in the Caribbean. He can still be found rallying and after using a GT3 there he now competes in a Subaru.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5285

    Martin
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    Here are a couple of 911’s in action in the mid-1970s.

    Seen on the 1975 Arkell Rally are Crabtree and Drake, although the event was won by an Escort. The rally is still organised by Cirencester Car Club and is these days known as the Corinium Stages. The Arkell was one of the five names that it has had over the years, being called this in 1974-76 in honour of its sponsorship from local brewers Arkells.

    Sir Peter Graham-Moon -who had been rallying internationally since the 1960s- retired in this 911 on the 1976 RAC rally, although he was to experience far greater misfortunes in the 1990s after very publicly falling out with his wife. At least she poured paint over his BMW and not a Porsche!

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5595

    Martin
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    Pictured at Ramsgate in 1955, this late pre-A 356 must have been fairly new at this time and it is also LHD. Unusually it carries a ‘QF’ registration mark and the sixteen ‘Q’ suffixes were issued in London for vehicles that were temporarily imported. It has unfortunately sustained some NSF damage to the bumper, wing and front panel, the headlamp aperture having also been blanked off.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5987

    Martin
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    A couple of 356’s in action, taking the rough with the smooth:

    Looking more like a trial section than a rally stage, this is a pleasing example of an undamaged rallying 356, a 1953 model on the 1954 Scottish Rally. Sadly it has not survived, at least not under that registration.

    In much better condition than many competition 356 models that we feature here, this pre-early 1952 car is competing on a 1950’s British rally, possibly the 1953 RAC. Interestingly it carries the same registration as the Prinz von Preussen rally 356 pictured in Post#5042 above, so although it is obviously a different car it is presumably in the same ownership.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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