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This is the complete history of British international rally events, starting with the very first RAC rally of 1932, which included 1000 miles of road motoring, and when a mere three driving tests were needed to produce a result. By 1951 an international permit had been achieved, a speed element was included, and the `Rally of the Tests' ran until 1960. From 1961, the event took on a number of high-speed, loose-surfaced Special Stages, the Scandinavian influence became clear, and the event took on a World Championship qualification in 1973. In that time, competing cars had progressed from having perhaps 50bhp to at least 300bhp, and even more high-tech machines with 500bhp and four-wheel-drive would follow. By then the RAC Rally was - and remains, in its present form as Wales Rally GB - one of the three most important rallies in the world, every `works' team makes sure that it is represented, and it has a very important image throughout the world. Major sponsors embraced the event from the 1960s - first The Sun and Daily Mirror, then Lombard, and Network Q, and finally the Welsh government - which in recent years has become a very high-profile showcase for the world's most exciting cars. Few other British International events have such a long and distinguished record. The 75th running of this event takes place in 2019. With year-by-year accounts of all events in the Rally's history, copiously illustrated with period photographs, and covering the various challenges posed by such crises as foot and mouth disease, weather conditions and controversy over rules and regulations, this book is the definitive guide.
A Classic Reprint. The Works MGs is the authoritative story of all the MGs prepared and entered by the MG Car Company and its successors in international competition from the 1920s to the late 1960s. The book covers prewar racing and record-breaking attempts, as well as the postwar achievements of the works cars entered in races and rallies by the BMC Competitions Department. The authors, who both worked with MG, bring together their own experiences, extensive research, and the recollections of former colleagues to produce a unique insight into this important aspect of British motorsport history.
Works Rally Mechanic is the inside story of the BMC/BL Competition Department from 1955 to 1979. From a works mechanic's point of view, Brian Moylan tells how competition cars were prepared, how rally support was organised and graphically describes what it was like to repair and service cars in difficult conditions, and against the clock. Brian prepared cars for international rallies for 22 years, providing service support for `Big' Healeys, Minis & TR7s. This book tells of the adventures, hilarious events, hardship, winning, losing, and real danger.
Walter Roehrl: world rally champion, ace driver, legend. The greatest successes of his career would have been impossible without another man: Christian Geistdoerfer, his co-pilot. This book deals with the surprising team structures, the deep insights into the technology and the perfectly legal tricks of a creative rally driver - sometimes riding at the very edge of the rules. Christian Geistdoerfer describes this glorious time of rally sports from the front row, up close and very detailed.
After the first ever intercontinental rally - the London-Sydney in 1968 - there was widespread enthusiasm for an even more difficult test. With the Football World Cup being held in Mexico in 1970, it was the perfect opportunity to hold a parallel, much tougher challenge - the World Cup Rally. Organisers John Sprinzel and John Brown secured sponsorship from the Daily Mirror and planned a unique high-speed event, lasting six weeks and covering 16,000 miles from London to Mexico City via some of the most varying, tortuous and difficult terrain on three continents. Serious works teams such as Ford and British Leyland spent tremendous amounts choosing and developing new cars, completing months-long route surveys, and analysing every detail of diets, oxygen provision, and the number of crew members. Despite all this planning, out of an entry of more than 100, only 23 cars made it to the finish. It was then, and remains now, the toughest rally of all time. This book, now reprinted in paperback, tells the complete story.
When world rallying introduced a new formula for World Rally Cars, Ford seized the opportunity. Malcolm Wilson's M-Sport organization was contracted to do the job, completed the design in less than a year, and spent the next 12 years campaigning this turbocharged, four-wheel-drive car all round the world.Working from state-of-the-art facilities, M-Sport built 97 Focus WRCs, all of which proved to be worthy of World level action when they won 44 World Championship events.Stellar drivers like Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Markko Martin, Marcus Gronholm and Mikko Hirvonen all added to the mystique of an ultra-professional organization, along with substantial support and sponsorship from the likes of Martini, BP, and the state of Abu Dhabi.By building its in-house technical expertise, M-Sport not only engineered and developed the entire car on behalf of Ford, but gradually took over development of the 300bhp, 2.0-litre, turbocharged engine, and led the design of the complex four-wheel-drive transmissions provided by Xtrac.M-Sport's reputation exploded to the point that when regulations changed, the company immediately produced a new-generation Fiesta WRC, and kept the winning days rolling.
The Escort RS Cosworth, which started rallying in 1993, was one of the most ingenious designs of all time. What started as a shortened Sierra Cosworth 4x4 platform, topped off by a modified Escort cabin and outer skins, was soon developed into a versatile and sophisticated rally car, and eventually became Ford's most successful since the legendary Escorts of the 1970s. Because it was smaller, lighter, and more nimble than any of the Sierras, the combination of Cosworth power, four-wheel-drive transmission, and an effective aerodynamic package made it a Rally Giant in all conditions. With five World victories in its first season, and success all round the world in later years, it was seen in every continent, in all conditions. Drivers like Carlos Sainz, Tommi Makinen and Francois Delecour added their own stardust to a glittering reputation. To meet a change in regulations, the Escort World Rally Car took over in 1997, and also enjoyed years of success. Until the all-new Focus WRC was launched in 1999, this generation of Escorts was the most effective rally car that Ford had ever produced. This book tells the whole story, and is part of the series Rally Giants many of which have recently been reprinted by Veloce, due to popular demand.
The new, official book of the 2015 Mille Miglia opens with a focus on the memorable victory in the 1955 event by Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. They won the Brescian classic at an incredible average speed of 157 kph (97.6 mph), a record that has remained unbeaten. And three of those Silvers Arrows dominated the 2015 commemorative Mille Miglia, opening the roads of northern Italy for the crews that had brought their extraordinary cars to the event, which touched, as always, a number of the most delightful cities and locations in the bel paese. This year's race was dominated by the Bugattis, with the French-built cars taking the first 10 places overall as well as in that Temple of Speed, the Monza Autodrome. The 2015 Mille Miglia's visit to one of the world's fastest racing circuits was its homage to Milan, home of the world-famous Expo, to which the central part of the book is devoted and which concludes as in previous years with a systematic cataloging of all 438 starters. Yet another record for a race that retains unaltered its unequalled fascination. As always, numerous professional racing drivers were at the start of the race, including Sir Stirling Moss, Hans Herrmann and Ralf Schumacher, each driving one of the works Mercedes-Benz 300 SLRs and they were joined by Jochen Mass, Cesare Fiorio, Derek Bell and Karl Windlinger.
For 30 years from 1927 until 1957 the real Mille Miglia was the race of excellence. A unique event of over 1,600 kilometres across Italy, the stars of which were some of the world's greatest car manufacturers, among them Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin. And their cars were driven, naturally, by some of the equally great champions of the time, like Tazio Nuvolari, Achille Varzi, through to Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss as well as Alberto Ascari, Clemente Biondetti, Piero Taruffi and many others. Count Giannino Marzotto won the race twice in Ferraris in 1950 and 1953 and said the Mille Miglia was a synthesis of dynamism, freedom, challenge, courage and calculation. The story, or better the stories, of that legendary race live again in this book, which tells the tales of the classic Bresciana, first of all through hundreds of pictures, most of them never previously published. The text has been written by Leonardo Acerbi, who also wrote Mille Miglia Story 1927-1957.
Having spent a lifetime officiating at Circuit of Ireland and Ulster Automobile Club events, Rodney McComb has visited most of the wilder parts of this island, learning to love the out-of-the-way places and the characters he has met along the way. Here he shares his story and those of others, guiding us through the most famous of the Special Stages in Irish rallying. In this corner of Europe the existence of Road Closing Orders is unique to Ireland (and the Isle of Man) and this has created a very distinct style of rallying.Forestry roads, vehicle proving tracks and stately homes form the basis for most Special Stage events outside Ireland. Only here have the roads, normally only open to the public, be driven by the worlds top rally drivers and teams.Rodney has collated a multitude of anecdotes and stories covering more than 50 years from those who drove, navigated, marshalled and spectated across the whole of Ireland in this sport of joy and danger. All this amongst the most spectacular scenery Europe has to offer, illustrated by the fabulous photographs of Esler Crawford.