Old rally car pictures

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    1st and 3rd photos are of the Scottish International Rally. Don't recognise cars. Probaly 67 or lateras everyone copied front flaps from the 66 RAC works cars.

    2nd photo of course is GRX311D at time of cancelled 67 RAC Rally (and below)

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    [b]1071bob wrote: [/b] “Three more to look at.:)

    Pictures from BMC Cowley .

    this one looks like a car prepared for the east african safari rally-

    [img]http://mcr.mywowbb.com/attachment.php?id=2033[/img]

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    [b]JC T ONE wrote: [/b] “this one looks like a car prepared for the east african safari rally-

    The car built for the 66 Safari because Aaltonen won a free entry to it as part of winning the 65 RAC. Seemed a crazy idea at the time and nothing in 30+ years has made it seem any better. Did theSafari start on April 1st in 66? 'Whatever were they on?' is justas valid a comment now as then. I assume that somewhere in the background other influences were at work. Did the Finnish Morris importerpush for it after Turner had told Aaltonen they couldn't provide a car??

    There was some logic to the next attempt, using Landcrabs…

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    “The car built for the 66 Safari because Aaltonen won a free entry to it as part of winning the 65 RAC”
    Free entry on 1967 Safari for winning the '67 Monte although Aaltonen had already been trying to win it in other cars before then.

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    Glen Ponder wrote:
    “Great pic, taken at Sebring I presume ?”

    I believe that photo is was taken at Courtland, Alabama in May 1967 at the SCCA 'Heart of Dixie' National Championship Sportscar races. GRX 309D won the C Sedan class with Bruce Hollander driving. I have a few other photos from that same race, plus letter of congratulations and a check stub for $100 contingent prize money award from BMC headquarters in New Jersey.

    GRX 309D raced at Courtland again later in 1967 at the 13th annual Confederate Grand Prix. It was leading the race until the last lap when an errant spin resulted in a 3rd place finish. I have photos from that race too, but they are quite small, like photographers proofs.

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    Only half the newspaper article would fit on my scanner. The article goes on to report how GRX 309D was leading the race, runs out of fuel, comes back onto the track even though it was more than one lap down, fights back to pass the leaders to get back on the lead lap, and then went on two wheels and flipped completely over. It barely touched the ground when it rolled and landed on its wheels. Below are a few photos of the car that were taken after the rollover. It's really amazing how little damage there actually was.

    [IMG]http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/GRX309D/GRX309DafterDaytonarollover1.jpg[/IMG]

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    [b]Mk 3 S Meister wrote: [/b] ” “Free entry on 1967 Safari for winning the '67 Monte although Aaltonen had already been trying to win it in other cars before then.
    ” ” Actually the RAC winner's award was a free BOAC return air ticket London-Nairobi for the first driver, if entering theSafari.

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    Great pics, how come it's wearing it's Sebring entry number (48) in all these races , that's what threw me in the first pic.

    The concensus of opinion over here is that GRX 309D the RAC rally car would most likelyhave been a completely different car to that of the race version sent to Sebring, [u]ie[/u] the rally car stayed here and the race carbuilt from scratch for Sebring, a common practice when race cars were built at Abingdon.

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    Glen Ponder wrote:
    “Great pics, how come it's wearing it's Sebring entry number (48) in all these races , that's what threw me in the first pic . 

    The concensus of opinion over here is that GRX 309D the RAC rally car would most likely have been a completely different car to that of the race version sent to Sebring, [u]ie[/u] the rally car stayed here and the race car built from scratch for Sebring, a common practice when race cars were built at Abingdon.

    GRX has worn other numbers, but 48 seems to be the most used for some reason, probably because it was the number used at Sebring in 1967. However, it raced Sebring at other times with different numbers. I recall that it wore number 73 at Sebring in the late 70's.

    I'm fairly confident that my GRX 309D was a rally car before BMC sold her to the US. 😉

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    Sorry, I'm really not trying to hijack this thread. I'll sit on my hands for a while!

    [IMG]http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/GRX309D/GRX309Dcirca1979.jpg[/IMG]

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    Great history,those disco hair doosdefinatelyshout late 70's ! Remind me of a few old girlfriends…anyway moving on..:P

    Do you have any pics taken at Sebring with Hopkirk and Rhodes ? There must be some around but I can't say Ive ever seen one.

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    Glen Ponder wrote:
    “Great history, those disco hair doos definately shout late 70's !   Remind me of a few old girlfriends…anyway moving on..:P

    Do you have any pics taken at Sebring with Hopkirk and Rhodes ? There must be some around but I can't say Ive ever seen one.

    I have only one good photo with Hopkirk and Rhodes and I need to remember where I put it.

    I do have a newspaper article that featured GRX at the 1967 Daytona American Road Race of Champions. It has a humorous Sebring connection. Basically GRX ran out of fuel while leading the Daytona race. The reporter notes that, 'After the race, the BMC factory boys casually strolled over and advised Bruce's dejected pit crew, 'We had that same trouble with that gas gauge at Sebring.' Three cheers (preferrably in Bronx origin) for BMC.'

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    Here's another one for you GRX, from my collection, sorry about the blured photo.

    [img]http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn179/brookesquad/100_0284.jpg[/img]

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    Thank you for the photo. That must've been taken before the car was exported to the US. Do you have any earlier photos of my car with rally trim?

    Eric

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    [b]1071bob wrote: [/b] “Here are a few more old pictures for you to 'ponder' over:) Are these cars still around?

    Pictures courtesy of BMC Cowley.

    It's the Broon. Probably the 68 Scottish, possibly 67. Trying to remember if the car was broken up to make its replacement in 1970. The engine certainly went in the new car, but can't remember what happened to the shell.

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    [b]1071bob wrote: [/b] “Here are a few more old pictures for you to 'ponder' over:) Are these cars still around?

    Pictures courtesy of BMC Cowley.

    Have asked around about jpg1. The car was dismantled for a new reregistered shell in 1970. The shell was then sold to someone to build a mini and never did. It was then sold to the local Scout troop as a Venture scout project and went back on the road.

    The viewis that the floor was non existent in rallying terms by the end of its rally career. We reckon that the owner in the photo R.C.S. (Stuart) Brown would have kept the log book to retain the number and would have disappeared at the time of his early demise in 1981.

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    I'm not surprised the shell took such a pounding looking at the terrain…….

    [IMG]http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/porgy6/Rally-1.jpg[/IMG]

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    I was having a sort out of pictures for something else and came across these.
    Not quite sure of the years, would be mid 70's

    First three from the Welsh Rally

    [img]http://www.rallypic.co.uk/scan/Image7.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://www.rallypic.co.uk/scan/Image8.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://www.rallypic.co.uk/scan/Image9.jpg[/img]

    Next two from the European Rallycross Championship at Lydden

    [img]http://www.rallypic.co.uk/scan/Image11.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://www.rallypic.co.uk/scan/Image12.jpg[/img]

    Finally the Radnor Stage of the RAC Rally.

    [img]http://www.rallypic.co.uk/scan/Image13.jpg[/img]

    The bad news for all of you I have got hundreds more!

    Robert

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    GRX309D wrote:
    “Sorry, I'm really not trying to hijack this thread. I'll sit on my hands for a while!

    [IMG]http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/GRX309D/GRX309Dcirca1979.jpg[/IMG]”

    Sorry but with those shocking hair styles, that photo must have been taken during the late 1970's/early 1980's?

    😯 😀

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    Spot on, Taffy. The photo was taken in 1979 when disco reigned supreme. If the Mini had a radio it would've been playing The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, and Rod Stewart. 😎

    By 1979 GRX 309D was just an old race car and had seen a lot of action from rallies, to road courses and it even raced successfully on circle tracks. In the photo you can see the residual effects of its hard racing life, the left fuel filler is gone and the boot lid replaced with one from a Morris. Someday I'll get around to restoring it properly.

  21. GRX309 wrote: “[IMG]http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/GRX309D/GRX309DonpoleDaytonaDec1967.jpg[/IMG]

    GRX 309D on pole Daytona, December 1967”

    Great photo! At that same race, Gordon 'Red' Schimberg is driving car #64, right next to GRX 309D. He started second, but failed to finish.

    Here is a link to another historical photo of #64 (mostly raced as #68), at another track sometime in the 1960's:
    [IMG]http://www.toyboxracing.com/i//Schimberg_1.jpg[/IMG]

    #68 in 2010 at Mosport:
    [IMG]http://www.toyboxracing.com/i/68%20Modern/fest2_652.jpg[/IMG]

    The other car on the front row in that picture is one of the famous Purple People Eater Minis, and further back on the grid (starting 10th) is the car that Nick Swift will drive in the Can-Am race, then raced by Bob Kimes:
    [IMG]http://www.toyboxracing.com/i/1963%20Cooper%20S/Bob__T89_MO.jpg[/IMG]

    You should really consider entering GRX 309D in the Mini Challenge Race.

    What a reunion of 1967 Daytona cars this will be!

    Cheers,
    Rachel
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  22. Flygir wrote: ” You should really consider entering GRX 309D in the Mini Challenge Race.

    What a reunion of 1967 Daytona cars this will be!”

    I heard GRX 309D had changed hands but I was told this week that it may well appear at the race.

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