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Old 2nd March 2018, 03:23 PM   #1
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A blast from the past

Here is a video of the sort of stuff I enjoyed when all the cars looked and sounded different. A classic race of a big banger versus a smaller nimble car. Also one of the reasons i bought a 2l Viva GT instead of an Escort Mexico. I was also a big fan of Vauxhall tuner Bill Blydenstein and the late great Gerry Marshall. I was always a fan of Special Saloons and Modsports and crazy stuff like Mick Hill's 8 litre Beetle and "Plastic" Pearson's Jag XK120. Anyway I hope you enjoy watching or re-watching this classic race.

Crystal Palace "full version" 1971 British Saloon Car Championship - YouTube

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Old 2nd March 2018, 06:24 PM   #2
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Well every day is a school day cos I ainít never seen a viva go that fast,these were the days indead
Now back in the garage makin bits

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Old 2nd March 2018, 06:28 PM   #3
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Just out of interest mike do we know any pattern makers for Ali sand casting in the northwest?

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Old 2nd March 2018, 07:15 PM   #4
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I remember those days. I have a picture on my office wall of Dave Brodie's 'Run Baby Run' Escort. I use to do the signwriting and lines for Dave. Black with gold lines - before the John Player Lotus! I was a Brands Hatch when he broke the Special Saloon lap record.

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Old 3rd March 2018, 01:11 PM   #5
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Re: A blast from the past

A few pics of the sort of cars that had that certain something. They all looked and sounded fantastic. The Super Saloons, Modsports and the Wendy Wools championship cars were special, exciting and different. Open exhausts, screamers and big V8s and not an electric "milk float"to be seen. I am very glad to have been there to see them as I doubt we shall ever see cars like this again. Hope you like them as much as I do.

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Not even Ray Christopher's milk float, Mike?
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Old 3rd March 2018, 03:44 PM   #7
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Certainly not! I don't do milk floats.
BUT...... twice I nearly bought Ray Christopher's Mini that he built on a GTD chassis.

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Old 3rd March 2018, 05:01 PM   #8
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Certainly not! I don't do milk floats.
BUT...... twice I nearly bought Ray Christopher's Mini that he built on a GTD chassis.

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One of the first car shows I went to was in Chard Somerset, and Cement T turned up, may even have been him driving it, certainly out shone the moggie 1000's with flames on the bonnet, and ford capri's with furry dice hanging from the mirror. I bought a reflective Avenger Sticker to make mine go faster
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Re: A blast from the past

Good stuff Mike!

Great to see Crystal Palace, some superb racing and, of course, to hear Muffit Walker learning his craft of stating the bleedin' obvious whilst getting it all wrong and missing the action!
Definitely some amazing cars there.
Thanks for posting.
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Old 4th March 2018, 04:48 PM   #10
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Hi Glenn,

Glad you liked the video and pics. Maybe I should post some more. I always liked the late, great James Huntís description of him as Muddley Talker! Classic.

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Here is a video of the sort of stuff I enjoyed when all the cars looked and sounded different. A classic race of a big banger versus a smaller nimble car. Also one of the reasons i bought a 2l Viva GT instead of an Escort Mexico. I was also a big fan of Vauxhall tuner Bill Blydenstein and the late great Gerry Marshall. I was always a fan of Special Saloons and Modsports and crazy stuff like Mick Hill's 8 litre Beetle and "Plastic" Pearson's Jag XK120. Anyway I hope you enjoy watching or re-watching this classic race.

Crystal Palace "full version" 1971 British Saloon Car Championship - YouTube

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What a great race ! thank you for sharing. I was glued!
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Old 14th March 2018, 12:44 PM   #12
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And a few more pics here ........

special super saloons pictures - YouTube

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Old 15th March 2018, 06:11 AM   #13
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Re: A blast from the past

Nice to see some old special saloons that I remember. The blue/yellow mk2 RS2000 with ABP sponsorship was my mate Bob Trotter`s car. He died a few years ago so nice to remember old friends, cheers Mike
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Old 16th March 2018, 08:11 AM   #14
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Re: A blast from the past

This was my old Special Saloon Mini, raced mainly in the Hepolite Glacier championship in the early 70s.

Picture looks a little strange as it was lifted from some early 1971 cine film of Mallory Park paddock/race that someone sent to me.
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Old 31st March 2018, 09:14 AM   #15
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You can see the cars out on track again here.

HOME - Special Saloon Racing Series
I hope to be at Mallory Park.

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Old 31st March 2018, 09:21 AM   #16
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More info on the cars here....

Home - Special Saloon + Modsport Database

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