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#1 chinn

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 10:52

Guys,
New here, just jumping in with both feet, hope you don't mind.
I'm doing a little research into the fate of the Triumph 2.5PI Rally Cars that competed in the 1970 World Cup Rally. Most of the detail about the works cars is known but there's one I;m interested in that was "semi" works - a works prepared car funded by privateer Bobby Buchanan-Michaelson, built mainly by Abingdon alongside their other World Cup cars. It had rally number 1 and started the rally at Wembley. It failed to get to South America and was driven back from Nice (I think) with it's rear suspension broken to get parked up at Abingdon. About that time the Rover P6 Marathon de la Route Nurburgring was also brought back to Abingdon. Now I'm no Rover officianado but legend has it that this P6 was Repco or Traco engined and was one of two maybe even three cars made. There could have been a few Repco engines around.
So fast forward 30 years and a story about car number 1 turns up, the story is that it was seriously "rodded" with a live rear axle, huge drag strip V8 inserted and was frighteningly quick. It had been re-registered but the chassis plate was correct.
So why the history speculation? Well I want to try and find out what happened to this car, did it go back to Abingdon and get bought up with the Marathon car's spare engine by some employee who then created a monster? i know when Abingdon closed there was kit flying out the door at an alarming rate and some bargain prices - I know for a fact one ex-competition car was bought for the cost of the customs duty to bring it back from it's last event and that was just to spare an accountants blushes because he'd cocked up :-)
Anyone know where I could start unravelling this myth/mystery/flight of fancy.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 17:01

Was that 2.5 PI Abingdon-built? It gets no mention in the usual sources (eg. Bill Price). The works PIs and Maxis were built in Comps Dept and the private 1800s by Special Tuning Dept.

I am interested in seeing any photos of one of the 4 privately entered Hunters, the Unett/Fuller/Tyrell car, that I understand also failed to get out of Europe on the event (we know its later history).

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 21:08

Well in theory it was built by Janspeed but the paperwork shows that they had it for like 4 days. Everything else points to it being built to works spec - the shell is definately a works shell - I;ve been in and under the real thing and this car. There was a fourth 2.5PI, another private entry but that one seems to have been a completely provate entry - I stumbled upon the guy who sold it as a new car from Park Lane in 1970 :-)
The weird things baout car no 1 is the lack of photos, it was first off the ramp at Wembley, it broke down and was worked on whilst the rest of the field drove past. Then Buchanan-Michaelson sped off only to be nicked by the police for speeding! There were pictures in the papers apparently. Anyway, I'm looking for any photos I can find of it and any build data, info etc

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 21:16

Sorry make that a sixth 2.5 PI - the privateers
Car 1 - DYE377H - Bobby Buchanan-Michaelson, Roy Fidler & David Benson
Car 39 - UKV701H - Adrian Lloyd-Hirst, Brian Englefield, Keith Baker
Then the works cars
Car 43 - XJB304H - Andrew Cowan, Brian Coyle, Uldarco Ossio (corrected)
Car 88 - XJB305H - Brian Culcheth, Johnstone Syer
Car 92 - XJB303H - Evan Green, Jack Murray, Hamish Cardno
Car 98 - XJB302H - PPaddy Hopkirk, Tony Nash, Neville Johnson

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 21:54

Isn't Roy Fidler still with us? (David Benson is'nt?) Contact via "Ecurie Cod Fillet"? - I think Don Barrow's site has a reference?

I was at scrutineering for the event but like a lot of rally people resented the marathons at the time for the damage done to the normal Internationals, so wasn't greatly involved or excited. Only now does it seem interesting! Even finding the entry list is difficult. Ken Green (?) has most of the data I think but it's still not on his site.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 22:15

A further bit of info. Brian Moylan in "Works Rally Mechanic" refers to assisting "Roy Fidler's privately-prepared Triumph" at their works service point at Titograd (wrongly-fitted shock absorber protection plate).
Brian (who is currently secretary or chairman of the Abingdon/Works Centre of the MG Car Club) wouldn't have said that if it had been fully built at Abingdon?

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 10:08

Originally posted by chinn
Sorry make that a sixth 2.5 PI - the privateers
Car 1 - DYE377H - Bobby Buchanan-Michaelson, Roy Fidler & David Benson
Car 39 - UKV701H - Adrian Lloyd-Hirst, Brian Englefield, Keith Baker
Then the works cars
Car 43 - XJB305H - Andrew Cowan, Brian Coyle, Uldarco Ossio
Car 88 - XJB305H - Brian Culcheth, Johnstone Syer
Car 92 - XJB303H - Evan Green, Jack Murray, Hamish Cardno
Car 98 - XJB302H - PPaddy Hopkirk, Tony Nash, Neville Johnson


Just to correct a typo - the Cowan/Coyle/Ossio car was XJB304H

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:53

Did I see one at Stoneleigh??? near the land crab I think.........

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 20:54

Nice one chaps - typo, thanks :-) Fat fingers plus shoddy typing :-)
I've got that Brian Moylan book somewhere, I'll go re-read that bit.
Roy Fidler is definately still with us and has been in contact with the new owner of the car - interestingly he didn't recall much of the escapade - he was "bought" in by Buchanan-Michaelson to drive and didn't even see the car prior to the start! Told some interesting stories of Mr B-M's generosity on a night out when he and Benson were signed on to crew the car.
Yes you did see one at Silverstone, in fact you might have seen two 2.5PIs - both are owned by a guy called Pat Walker, a good guy who I've spoken to at length - the East African Safar rally car was outside and the World Cup car was inside. The World Cup car is the re-shelled XJB304H, the Cowan/Coyle/Ossio car.

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 23:42

I co-drove Brian Englefield in the TAP rally in the ex-World Cup 2.5 PI

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 06:25

Originally posted by Ian McKean
I co-drove Brian Englefield in the TAP rally in the ex-World Cup 2.5 PI



Ian,

...are we talking of 1970, 1971, 1972....? :confused:


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Posted 16 March 2006 - 11:01

Originally posted by jarama



Ian,

...are we talking of 1970, 1971, 1972....? :confused:


Carles.


Carles, it must have been 1972 as it was the year that Achim Warmbold won in the BMW, rather an unexpected result at the time. The story that I had from Brian was that the car was owned by some very wealthy pal of his who lived in the Channel Islands, Jersey maybe, with whom he had done the World Cup Rally and was now lending the car to Brian to drive on the TAP Rally. Presumably this was Adrian Lloyd-Hirst, but I can't remember the name.

Brian had some job that he was having to do before the Rally and he couldn't get time off. I seem to remember being told that he had had a garage but had closed the business down and taken a job. I ended up working non-stop on the car for a few days before the Rally. One of the things I had to do was attach a large sheet of steel where the original boot floor had been. It had worn away completely on the World Cup rally leaving a hole about two feet square.

I had not met Brian before this escapade, but was introduced by a chap called Mike Kyle (who serviced for us) since I was the only chap they could think of who had an International Rally competition licence and could take some time off.

In retrospect it was a fabulous event, quite different to our British rallies of the era and so very different to modern WRC events (not that I've done any modern WRC events). As my late grandmother said near the end of her long life, it's the things she didn't do that she regretted not the things she did.

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 23:57

Ian,


nice story. Thankyou for sharing. BTW, did you finish the rally? :confused:


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Posted 17 March 2006 - 12:05

The UKV car refered to, being a KV (Coventry) registration, stands a more than even chance of being a Standard Triumph exdevelopment car, or having had some association with the factory

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 17:08

UKV appears in a couple of Works posters, one produced by BL South America and another by BL Australia I think - it's another of the less photographed cars. The owner was described to me as a Coventry scrap dealer but that conflicts with oyther information I have. The car suffered some front suspension misfortune in South America, somewhere near Montevideo and apparently never made it back to the UK. The car was not built on works shell but car originated in the Triumph dealership in Berkely Square and was sold to Lloyd-Hirst by John McCartney.

Adrian Lloyd-Hirst was described as a publican from Nuneham Courtney in Oxfordshire - there is only one pub in Nuneham Courtney and that's a pretty big place but now closed and boredering on derelict. Lloyd-Hirst died sometime before 1980 (strange things you dig up when you start looking)

Brian Englefield is a name that crops up - apprently he bought two cars and some spares from the factory. In refurbishing these cars he apparently swapped the engines or the enjines got transposed (whether intentionally or not I don't know!)

Ian - do you recall which car it was? Any photos or further info? I'd love to piece togther some history of these cars post World Cup - we can account for some but others have melted away :-(

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 22:43

A quick check of my notes woul suggest that the car must have been XJB303H - Brian Neglefield bought 303 and 304 or rather the remains of 304 that Cowan rolled. He took 304's engine and put it in 303 apparently. I only say that as my understanding is that 304 was not put back together into a running car until last year when Pat Wlaker acquired it - but put me right if I'm assuming too much!

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 18:55

Originally posted by chinn
Sorry make that a sixth 2.5 PI - the privateers
Car 1 - DYE377H - Bobby Buchanan-Michaelson, Roy Fidler & David Benson
Car 39 - UKV701H - Adrian Lloyd-Hirst, Brian Englefield, Keith Baker
Then the works cars
Car 43 - XJB304H - Andrew Cowan, Brian Coyle, Uldarco Ossio (corrected)
Car 88 - XJB305H - Brian Culcheth, Johnstone Syer
Car 92 - XJB303H - Evan Green, Jack Murray, Hamish Cardno
Car 98 - XJB302H - PPaddy Hopkirk, Tony Nash, Neville Johnson


Car 1 Was crewed by Bobby Buchanan-Michaelson, Roy Fidler & JIM BULLOUGH and not David Benson, Roy Fidler is still alive and kicking, see http://www.donbarrow...phy_stage1.html in the Ecurie Cod Fillet section.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 19:40

Originally posted by chinn
Lloyd-Hirst died sometime before 1980 (strange things you dig up when you start looking)


According to the GRO Death Index, he was born 6 Oct 1916. His death was registered in Surrey SW in Dec 1994.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 22:22

Thanks for the updated info chaps, much water under the bridge since I first posted. Car No 1 is now in safe hands having sat neglected for years. Don, what makes you say it was Jim Bullough? Only asking as I can't recall where I go the info it was David Benson!

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 22:51

Originally posted by chinn
Don, what makes you say it was Jim Bullough?


With DB being JB's regular navigator/co-driver, I guess he'd just know!

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 07:57

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I wonder if this Triumph was the prototype SD1. They could have used it to test all the gear for the solid rear axle SD1. Leyland Australia used a Holden to test all the P76 gear before they built the first P76 body. It sounds logical that BLMC used a Triumph to put all the SD1 running gear in as the front suspension was similar to the SDI and Triumph did a lot of the development work on the new Rover. Even the six cylinder optional engine was a Triumph 2500 with OHC. David Bache did all the styling but the rest of the car was Triumph [except the V8]. Even the gearbox was an Albion /Triumph effort.

and again.....

I doubt if there was a spare engine left although BL sent a Rover engine to Traco for them to modify. Now, the Marathon car came to Australia with two Traco F85 Oldsmobile V8 engines, so there must have been a Rover engine lying around somewhere.

The first car JXC808D lost it's engine to the Marathon car and according to the West Coast USA Rover dealer, they built up a 4.4 litre Rover-based engine for it when it went to the US in late 1970 for the Motor Show.

It was owned up until recently by BLMC collector Arthur Carter, who incidently owned the Mexico Triumph 2500 P1 as well. The new owner in the UK is loaning it to Vintage Racecar magazine who are doing an article on it soon.

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 21:18

Originally posted by chinn
Thanks for the updated info chaps, much water under the bridge since I first posted. Car No 1 is now in safe hands having sat neglected for years. Don, what makes you say it was Jim Bullough? Only asking as I can't recall where I go the info it was David Benson!



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Posted 24 March 2007 - 21:40

Originally posted by chinn
Thanks for the updated info chaps, much water under the bridge since I first posted. Car No 1 is now in safe hands having sat neglected for years. Don, what makes you say it was Jim Bullough? Only asking as I can't recall where I go the info it was David Benson!


David Benson was originally entered, but with a few weeks to go Jim Bullough was drafted in to increase the driving force, I think Roy realised that he would be the only decent driver amongst the original crew and chose Jim whom he had rallied with on a previous Monte. I remember it quite clearly because when Jim told me about his involvement, I was pretty miffed because it interrupted our original plans for our competitive season. However, due to the poor reliability of the fuel injection system which caused problems right from the start in London, Jim was back in the UK much quicker than anticipated and only interrupted competing on two events......DB.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 14:13

Yet more water under the bridge and more time has passed since I last stopped by here to check on this thread - I really must pay more attention :-)
Car No1 and the practice car, WRX 902H are both together under restoration at the moment, XJB303H is apparently for sale now, still in it's damaged state at Southern Triumph Services.
Car No 1 - I call it that because it's had a change of reg and I'm not too sure what it should be called! It ran as DYE377H and was then registered EGC124H but it'll always be Car No 1 :cool: Anyway, there seem to be very few photos of this car either on the rally or at the start. Anyone got any views of it at all?

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 15:16

This appears on the "Triumph" thread on Forum Auto. No indication as to whether it is TAP Rally, or any other useful caption, but appears to fit what is posted above.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:14

Didn't one of these ex-works Triumphs competed in the 1970 Hardie Ferodo touring car race at Bathurst with Brian Culceth and Lyndon McLeod? There is a photo of the car in the Great Race book. It had West Australia registration plates at the time.

Lydnon is still around and still competing, and has mentioned the race to me in conversation. Don't know that he recalls too many of the details though. I had to remind him that Culceth was the other driver.... :lol:

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 15:35

Originally posted by Don Barrow


David Benson was originally entered, but with a few weeks to go Jim Bullough was drafted in to increase the driving force, I think Roy realised that he would be the only decent driver amongst the original crew and chose Jim whom he had rallied with on a previous Monte. I remember it quite clearly because when Jim told me about his involvement, I was pretty miffed because it interrupted our original plans for our competitive season. However, due to the poor reliability of the fuel injection system which caused problems right from the start in London, Jim was back in the UK much quicker than anticipated and only interrupted competing on two events......DB.


Further to my original post, here is an extract from the ECF Dec 2008 bulletin.

KING COD’S WORLD CUP RALLY.
Not many of you will remember that I was first on the 1970 World Cup Rally to Mexico!
Not first to finish, but first to start at Wembley!!

Robert Buchanan-Michaelson invited Jim Bullough and me to go with him in a Triumph 2000 prepared by Janspeed to works specification.
Bobby was appropriately named because at that time he had a bob or three, as well as a large house just off the Kings Road in Chelsea, with an indoor swimming pool – and a butler!
With great pride Bobby drove number one off the ramp inside the Wembley stadium, only for us to break down on Olympic way for about twenty minutes. He was not pleased!
Only another 16,000 miles and 25 countries to go. London-Sofia-Lisbon-Rio-Mexico!
A minor suspension trouble meant a rush into Sofia, so we had to top up with Bulgarian petrol.
As they said in Apollo 13 “We have a problem”. Going downhill - fine. On the flat – slow. Uphill – dreadful. It did a few hundred yards and then stopped. We had to wait a few minutes then restart the engine and do another short stretch. We asked the Triumph service crews and others we knew to solve it, but no solution.
Now there are plenty of uphill bits between Sofia and the control at Sigale in the French Alps. It seemed to take us days (it’s about 800 miles), but when we got there Tony Mason and the other marshals had shut up and gone home. Goodbye Mexico!
The Triumph went well to Nice (downhill) where Bobby got the next plane to London, wearing overalls and carrying his crash hat. Jim and I stayed in Cannes for a few days, because Jim knew a few boat owners in the marina. He had owned one himself. (Crew of three or five depending how many bartenders you need).
Cannes was no substitute for Rio, however. As consolation Bobby bought himself a soft top Roller.
I tried very hard to find the cause of the problem. Then a few months ago, after 37 years, someone told me that he knew a mechanic who went to collect the car and he said he found the problem in no time. It was a fuel filter that had been fitted the wrong way round.
If only!… Roy.

Don Barrow.

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 16:46

Not strictly relevant, but there's a few shots of Roy and Barry Hughes in my bit of film of the 67 Gulf, a couple in Coed-y-Brenin and replacing the windscreen at Oulton:

http://uk.youtube.co...h?v=gwzzeDpfC1c

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 21:02

Not strictly relevant?

The thread is all about the history of the Triumph 2.5 works Rally Cars, not the 1967 Gulf Rally.

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 21:36

"The thread is all about the history of the Triumph 2.5 works Rally Cars, not the 1967 Gulf Rally."

Bit prickly today Don? Must be the weather. As you might recall, Roy was in a Triumph on that event and from somewhere I had thought it was one of the prototype PI ones. Obviously not entered formally as a works car since the event 'had no trade support'... Apologies if I've offended your sensitive nature.

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 22:51

Well the thread title is actually Triumph 2.5 PI rally cars, not Triumph 2.5 PI works rally cars.
Thanks to the entry list kindly being supplied to us on this forum (something I had searched a long time for), it does appear the 67 Gulf car was a Gp2 2000 - but of course the (cancellled) 67 RAC "2000s" were actually Gp5/6 2.5PI prototypes, so it was a possibility that the Gulf car would have been too (2 of the works Cortinas on the 67 Gulf ran in that category and would have done on the RAC).

A lot about the WCR 2.5 PIs here but nothing about the works Mk1 2.5 PIs on the 69 RAC. Narrowly lost the team award to a new UK-run Datsun team of SSSs? A lot of dashing around fitting and removing snow chains by BL (which I don't recall others using) and at one point we helped Bill Price out at the exit from the last Clocaenog stage by loaning our trolley jack - which was very small and intended only for the Mini Cooper we were servicing, not a 2.5 PI tank, and was never the same again...).

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 08:15

Graham Robson's 'Works Triumphs' book describes the Gulf London car as a 2000- specifically Roy Fidler's ex-works (but with what Robson describes as 'arms-length support') FHP993C. Fidler used the car on British Championship events in 1966/7, winning the championship in '66. The spec isn't made 100% clear, but it started life as one of the Group 1 cars for the '66 Monte.

According to Robson before being supplied to Fidler for 1966, 'it was fitted with many items previously used on the earlier 'black bonnet' Group 3 2000s, most particularly the triple Weber engine and better gear ratios'


'FHP' was then upgraded to a prototype 2.5PI for the '67 RAC, and a second car (GVC869D) prepared for Denny Hulme- Robson specifically describes Fidler's RAC car as 'an updated version of his own rally car'(FHP993C)

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 09:43

"'FHP' was then upgraded to a prototype 2.5PI for the '67 RAC"

Thanks for clearing this up! That's probably where I got the idea from. The Gulf did allow group 6 of course...

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 14:53

I am the Brian Englefield referred to in the above.
UKV701H
I competed in the World Cup Rally in UKV701H. This was purchased by a Mr George Robinson, having been persuaded by Adrian Lloyd-Hirst, he, in turn, having been persuaded to make the pitch by my co-driver, Keith Baker. Adrian entered the rally in his name, (much to my annoyance at the time). Although meant to come to me after the rally, due to the death of George Robinson, the people settling his estate sold it to a Peter Barker in Jersey. It was an export model, LHD, and would have attracted tax if it had permanently stayed in the UK. This is an important point, as it was re-registered in Jersey by Peter, thus the reason it appeared to have disappeared from the face of the earth. Due to my faltering memory, I cannot be sure, but it was now J 6749, or J 6739, I think. I competed with Peter in the Scottish Rally, and then with Ian McKean in the TAP rally, (where the picture of the front of the car shown above came from, I'm sure). It ended it's days in Cornwall, rusted out as Peter did not collect it and wouldn't sell it to me.
XJB303H, and XJB304H.
I bought these, and a brand new works prepared shell, from BL directly, with the original intention of building one car. However, I repaired the engine and suspension on 303, and fitted the new shell with the parts from 304 in their entirety, replacing only damaged parts with their correct parts, only from BL Competition dept. The engines remained in their correct chassis. I rallied both cars over the following years, one memorable event being the RAC where I competed in 304 with 303 servicing, quite memorable.
I have a few pictures if only I could work out how to post them!, (What does[IMG]***[IMG] mean)? How do I get a stored photo from my documents into this format???

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 15:21

Try this, it is foolproof, as we have all proved. Page 9, post 351.
http://forums.autosp...y=&pagenumber=9
A definitive tutorial by the ever patient Ray Bell. We look forward to your pictures. Many thanks
Roger Lund

#36 Brian Englefield

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 16:27

OK here we gohttp:///imageshack.us][IMG]http://img220.images...dcupcomprt3.jpg[/URL] [/IMG]
This is a picture that appeared in a French Auto Magazine of UKV701H

#37 Brian Englefield

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 16:29

I must be thick, that didn't work

#38 Brian Englefield

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 16:55

Try again,http://img218.images...cupcompdu1.jpg' alt='Posted Image' class='bbc_img' />[/URL] By brian_englefield[/IMG]

#39 Mark Learmonth

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 17:10

Steve Mcqueen was to co-drive in a Triumph 2500 PI for the British Leyland team in the 1970 London-Mexico rally, but had to turn it down due to movie commitments . Might be irelavant but thought i'd contribute from my knowledge of the 2500 in 1970 .

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#40 Tim Murray

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 18:50

How's this:

Originally posted by Brian Englefield
This is a picture that appeared in a French Auto Magazine of UKV701H

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(I'm not sure where you went wrong, Brian, but you should just paste the link from Imageshack into your post as it is,
no need for any extra [IMG] etc.)

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 11:44

I can remember a couple of what I believed to be ex World Cup 2.5PIs from '71/72. One belonged to John Brundle (Martin's father), I remember it because he almost ran me over on the Rallye Dubonnet! (1972?). The other was run by Bill Douglas on MN events (I believe he was a motor trader from Northampton?).

#42 Brian Englefield

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 22:18

Yup, I did the TAP with John Brundle in one, and there was another chap from that area, Dutch I believe who also ran one, maybe the name will come back to me.

#43 Brian Englefield

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 22:50

It's come back to me, Hillebrand Bos

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 17:57

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Here you go Brian, here's one of your photos.
This is the ex-World Cup car UKV701H now registered as J6749 on the TAP. For those interested I'm putting the images I;ve collected up on the web for anyone to see and comment on. Have a look here

#45 Kevan

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 19:46

Coincidentally, just been looking around Picasa, and found these pics from a snowy event at RAF Lindholme in 1985- (tried to link directly to the pics but for some reason wouldn't play ball...)

http://picasaweb.goo...tags=lindholme#

Pic 14 and pic 27 is presumably Martin Jubb in '303'....

...and at pic 48, what, from the reg no at least, appears to be one of the ex-works Mk1s...

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 21:03

Nice one - the Mk1 is the Monte car, FHP993C -badged as a 2 litre but it was run as a 2.5 with Lucas PI. The car is now owned by Bill Bradley who also owns a few other ex-works cars.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 15:30

Originally posted by Mark Learmonth
Steve Mcqueen was to co-drive in a Triumph 2500 PI for the British Leyland team in the 1970 London-Mexico rally, but had to turn it down due to movie commitments . Might be irelavant but thought i'd contribute from my knowledge of the 2500 in 1970 .

mark


I know it's off topic but this is such a different car it's worthy of a little bandwidth :-) Here is "Le Taxi", the ex Paul Newman 2500TC circuit racer


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I have a few more pictures in my album here Le Taxi

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 15:40

Originally posted by chinn
Nice one - the Mk1 is the Monte car, FHP993C -badged as a 2 litre but it was run as a 2.5 with Lucas PI. The car is now owned by Bill Bradley who also owns a few other ex-works cars.


Here she is
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A couple of albums if you're interested FHP993C and a general album of Triumph Mk 1 2000 and 2.5 PI rally cars

Feel free to add comments with dates, drivers, anything really. Please correct any errors I've made in my comments - I wasn't there :-)

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 16:44

Here's XJB302H at the finish of the 1975 RL Brown Trophy rally, driven by Hartley Timmins.

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I think I've got another shot of it in a similar era in an old Rally Sport somewhere, if it's worth digging out...?

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 19:33

Originally posted by chinn

A couple of albums if you're interested
Feel free to add comments with dates, drivers, anything really. Please correct any errors I've made in my comments - I wasn't there :-)


I haven't worked out how to add comments to the photos site. The "probably" VBL197H caption is "definitely" (another photo later on also shows it as car 1 on the 1969 RAC Rally). To pass scrutineering on that event, a sticker on the inside of the nearside rear side window had to be scratched off. I can't comment on whether that was under the then regulation that advertising could not be carried on glass areas or the regulation that adverts could not be of a political nature - but I saw it before that and it was on Brian Coyle's side of the car and it was of a distinctly extreme right wing nature...