Citroen in British saloon car racing
Posted 25 August 2008 - 22:22
I'm a 100% citroenist from France and I'm curious about some info I got.
Can you tell me if it has been some participation of citroen cars in british saloon cars
I've heard about mike beckwith on SM, does anyone got pics results or anything about this driver and his car?
Was it ever any DS, CX, or GS in saloon car?
It certainly was a BX but I got no info about that?
Was it any trophy for Visa like it was in France, Spain or Portugal?
Hope you can help me to learn more and more about citroen
Best regards ;)
Posted 27 August 2008 - 19:46
Posted 27 August 2008 - 20:02
Visas were rallied (in their own series I believe- Trophee Visa?) around the early '80s, one such driven by John Wetherly , not sure of any others.
Posted 28 August 2008 - 07:31
According to 'A-Z of Works Rally Cars' by Graham Robson (1994) there were 3 variants of Visa rallied- 'Trophee' and 'Chrono' in 1982/3 (both fwd) and finally the 'Mille Pistes' in 1984- 1.4 litres/145bhp/4wd- the entry is illustrated with a shot of Weatherly's Visa Trophee on the '82 Scottish
Going a bit off-topic, there were also a variety of prototype Visas campaigned on French national events that allowed non-homologated cars- a mid-engined version rings a vague bell....
Didn't Beckwith's SM compete in production saloons as well as the Tour of Britain?
Also I've got a very vague recollection that in the early years of the 2-litre regs in the BTCC around 1990/1, there may have been some rumour (probably in Autosport?)of a privateer Citroen BX project that never materialised
Posted 28 August 2008 - 10:31
The Mike Beckwith SM did race in Production Saloons, circa 1971/72.
Posted 28 August 2008 - 10:43
However it did understeer a bit well quite a bit actually , it used to use Dennis Thornes Firenza as a way of helping it coner lol .
Quite a sight .