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When I was a boy in England (came to Australia in '77) I used to watch everything and anything on the telly that came out of Brands Hatch on the Beeb (?). In particular I loved Rally Cross as it was particularly enthralling (for a 12yo I assume that meant they crashed a lot.
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Messing about in my head I have come up with a plan that I want to build & decorate both the Brands "Indy" circuit and the rally cross circuit to about that vintage. (see the digital thread "What is your digital track going to be?" for more detail on my rambling thought process)

This will let me run any damn thing I like on a "real" circuit through from my Le Mans style cars to the boy's Rally cars.


I've been able to find a track map from the Brands web site that shows where the rally cross bits are but I don't actually remember which way round it all goes. (was a while ago now
) If anyone can give me that info I'd rather appreciate it.

Also (taking a large breath & leap of faith) I need any resources you can point me to as I need pics of typical cars, pictorial info on the circuit from about that time and erm.. any other damn thing you can point me at.


I'm hoping to have a double garage to play in (Mrs Th'Wonderdog being willing) so I think I'll be able to do something pretty damn wild and if it comes off you're all invited to my house for a go!!!


Cheers. Eno Th'Wonderdog
 

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I have vague memory from watching wide world of sport here in Oz that they ran in clock wise direction and turned very hard right off paddock hill bend.
If I'm wrong I'm sure the natives will correct me.
Cheers Lenny
 

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As the others said it did go clockwise.

Here is a scribble as best as I can remember it :


The drop onto the dirt at Paddock was very cool and I loved the bit when they came though the pit exit after entering from the Cooper Straight (the wrong way!) - The exit onto the main straight had a few straw bales that always attracted plenty of 'attention'
 

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This is looking beautiful. I;ll have evrything I need with this track methinks everything I tells ya A HA a HAha HA
 

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They still rallycross at Brands to this day, here's a picture I took last year at the bottom of Paddock Hill bend where the track rejoins for the climb to Druids.



They raced just about anything and in the rallycross heyday of the early 70s there were works or works supported Ford Escorts, Marinas, Daf, Saab, VW Beetle, Minis, Renault Alpine and loads more.

Here's a few pictures I took at Lydden Hill in the 70s.


Jan de Rooy in the amazing Cosworth engined Daf leading a VW and Rod Chapman in an Escort.


A group of midfield cars.


I think this is Keith Rip but it's a good example of a typical rallycross mini and the sort of muddy state they got in.

David
 

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Aahh... Triple C (Cars & Car Conversions magazine) sponsorship. That was a great magazine now sadly closed, although someone has open a new one with a very similar masthead (logo) called Cars.

CCC focused on making cars faster, which then menat special saloons, rallycross and rally cars as heros. Loads of tech descriptions and cutaways. Great!

I read one from about 1979 of a Rover project on and SD1 V8. Done by Dave Price Racing (later team manager at Sauber when they won the World Sportscar Championship and the even later team owner/manager running the Harrods and West McLaren F1s for slot related cars).

In 1987 I saw a Rover 3500 S that had been fitted with the DPR wide arch kit and spoilers ands had to have it. My PC's on rebuild after a virus so scanner not connected so can't show you, but it was blood red, low, had massive (for the time) gold cross spoke Compomotve split rims and arches like that DAF above. Mr Rumbly she was christened and I loved her! I worked at Autin Rover then and part of my job was motorsport press officer for national events such as rallies, and Maestro Challenge. That menat lots of travel and Rumbly was perfect - not least as I was on a then very generous 50p per mile allowance for using my own car. When I joned Peugeot I wanted to keep it, but it soon got sold and the cash used to buy a bed and a three piece suite - never has a man 'grown up' so dramatically. Sad really.

Anyway, enough of this early morning ramble through my brain. Off to Sandown swap meet.
 

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My memory is very vague here but British Leyland, the predecessor to your employer Austin Rover entered works Morris Marinas in Rallycross fitted with Rover 3500 engines and 4 wheel drive.

Here's a couple of my very poor pictures from the early 70s of two Marinas, the one with it's tyres smoking out of the hairpin presumably didn't have 4 wheel drive!!

All I can really remember of those event was the 4 wheel drive Capris driven by Roger and Stan Clark, Huw Wheldon's almost unbeatable Mini, the Hathaway brothers, the superb twin cam Escorts, Franz Wurz in the Beetle and the amazing DAF with it's CVT which meant that the Cosworth engine was at constant maximum revs throughout the race.





David
 

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I remember, back in the 70's, Custom Car Magazine wangled a brand new Marina Pickup out of BL and stuck a Rover V8 in it for the street!

Now, back to the original topic.....................
 

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Wow thanks for all the help folks. The more I look at this stuff the more excited I get. I saw a Morris Marina slot shell on one of the sites the other day David - looks like that and a few minis should be on the shopping list. The DAF looks terrifying if it's got a cosworth in it. There's some superb shots there.

I was trying to find out about Will Powers - a mate's father has just bought into the F3 team he drives for and while lost in cyberspace I came across a site with "real" track maps on it. It's www.racingcircuits.net. (I just tried to post a link straight to the page but it was like the wooden car.. it wooden go!)

The more I've gone into this the more excited I'm becoming about the project. Thanks again for the brilliant stuff you've been posting.


Cheers,
David
 

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I seem to remember the Austin 1800 "land crab" be a dominant car in the early days.

The only picture i could find is of the Paddy Hopkirk 1968 London - Sydney Marathon
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Richard
 
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