The AutoClassics Quiz: Rallies and Records
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Which vehicle won the first-ever Paris-Dakar Rally in 1979?
The first running year of the Dakar Rally event – commencing on December 26, 1978 from the Place du Trocadéro starting line and wrapping up at the Dakar, Sengal, finish on January 14, 1979 – saw 182 competing vehicles made up of some 80 cars, 90 motorcycles and 12 trucks contesting for victory in the inaugural Paris-Dakar Rally.
A Yamaha XT 500 bike ridden by Cyril Neveu was first to cross the finish line, despite not winning any individual stages. Jean Claude Morellet, competing under the alias of ‘Fenouil’, had been running second until his BMW suffered catastrophic engine failure with less than 200km of the rally left to run.
The first three to finish all did so with motorcycles; Neveu clinching victory, Giles Comte taking second (also with a Yamaha XT 500) and Philippe Vassard coming in third on a Honda XL 250.
However, the first car to charge across the line was piloted by a French team made up of Alain Génestier, Joseph Terbiaut and Jean Lemordant – in a Range Rover Classic. The top ten was then populated by a Renault 4, two Fiat Campagnolas and a Toyota BJ.
Another French team took the Range Rover to further victory in 1981.
Did Donald Campbell unofficially smash the water speed record?
After several botched attempts due to severe weather, Donald Campbell set off on the first run of his last record attempt at 08.45 on January 4, 1967. Under extreme financial pressure and scrutiny from the press, with a deafening blast of power, Campbell manoeuvred his jet-powered hydroplane Bluebird K7 with a forward surge to commence his water speed record attempt. Aiming for 300mph, his first run recorded an average speed of 297.6mph.
In an unexpected move, Campbell didn’t then stop for refuelling – instead, he hit the water again for his return run. What happened next is forever up for debate, but the result cannot be disputed.
Hurtling down Coniston Water, Campbell clocked a remarkable 327mph only 200m from the recorded finish line. Tragedy then struck, with K7 lifting its nose off the water and flipping into the air. It wasn’t until 2001 that Campbell’s body was eventually located.
His last words, during a 31-second transmission on his final run, were via radio intercom:
‘…Full nose up… Pitching a bit down here… coming through our own wash… er, getting straightened up now on track… rather closer to Peel Island… and we’re tramping like mad… and, er… FULL POWER… er, tramping like hell OVER. I can’t see much and the water’s very bad indeed… I’m galloping over the top… and she’s giving a hell of a bloody row in here… I can’t see anything… I’ve got the bows out… I’m going… U-hh…’
Sadly, the record speed was not recognised by the attending marshals, as the two-way run wasn’t completed. If you can stomach it, the footage can be watched below:
1964 CHEVY MALIBU SS
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1978 AMC Matador Barcelona
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1980 SILVER WRAITH II #LRL41535C – CALIFORNIA...
Finished in the most elegant Triple Black color layout, this pampered, never damaged specimen has been enjoyed by only 2 familes since its first Southern California delivery in December, 1981. It is among the last build, having been produced in December 1980. The ownership pedigree is complete, as are the tools & books. The automobile has been extremely well prepared by ourselves. Copies of the inFor Sale | 24 Apr 2018 | 1898 NORTHEAST 151 STREET, NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA 33162£ POA
Mercedes 280 SE Coupé (1970).
This is probably one of the most stylish four-seats coupés ever made. Designed by Paul Bracq, head of design for Mercedes-Benz during the sixties and early seventies, the pillarless Coupé is now a true design icon. It is a very useable car, which offers a comfortable ride in silence and grace. This matching nrs example is a later version with the squared off and lowered Mercedes grille, and fittFor Sale | 24 Apr 2018 | Temse, Belgium€ 95,000
Merlyn Mk6 (1964).
Colchester Racing Developments in Essex was a small-scale racing car manufacturer, which started in 1960 by building formula junior racecars. In 1961, they created the mid-engined Mk3 to compete with the Lotus 18. Based on this basic formula junior single-seater, they developed a sports/racing car called the Merlyn Mk4. The car had a multi-tubular spaceframe, Girling disc brakes and a fibreglass bFor Sale | 24 Apr 2018 | Temse, Belgium€ 115,000
Mercedes 190 SL (1962)
The Mercedes 190 SL (R121) was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show, as an attractive and more affordable alternative to the exclusive 300 SL Roadster. It was based on the small saloon W121, and shared the basic styling, engineering and fully independent suspension with its exclusive 300 SL brother. The engine was a 1,9 litre 4-cilinder unit, based on the 300 SL`s straigt six, and fitted withFor Sale | 24 Apr 2018 | Temse, Belgium€ 149,500
Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3 (1969).
The Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3 was the ultimate saloon built by Mercedes Benz from 1968 to 1972. It featured the company`s powerful 6.3-litre M100 V8 from the luxurious 600 limousine installed in the normally six-cylinder powered Mercedes Benz 300 SEL. The result was a nearly 2-tonne saloon with performance similar to most dedicated sports cars and American muscle cars of the era. At the time of its relFor Sale | 24 Apr 2018 | Temse, Belgium€ 99,500
Older well maintained restoration with flat head 6 and a 12 volt electrical system. The car has a factory Borg Wanrer overdrive that does not require a 6-volt solenoid to operate. This car is a great cruiser that will drive easliy at highway speeds. This amazing car runs and drives perfect!For Sale | 24 Apr 2018 | 1335 W. Hwy 76 Branson, Missouri 65616$ 19,000
MERCEDES 190SL 1961
Mercedes 190SL 1961,Papyrus white with sable black leather interior, 67,000 miles. Having spent most of it’s life in Greece this older restoration car remains in fantastic condition throughout. It has just come out of a private collection and benefits from a recent five thousand pound mechanical overhaul. Highly desirable, especially now that the 190SL is eligible for the Mille Miglia. StunningFor Sale | 24 Apr 2018 | Pound Lane, Burley, Ringwood BH24 4EB, UK£ 109,995
ALFA ROMEO 1900 CSS `SUPER SPRINT MILLE MIGLIA...
Fantastic looking 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS ‘Super Sprint’. It was supplied to the Swedish Alfa Romeo importer Bonnier in Stockholm on the 21st December 1954. Mr Jo Bonnier was a Swedish F1 driver as well as being the Swedish Alfa importer. Only 854 Super Sprints ever went into production. In the past this car has benefitted from a thorough restoration with a keen eye to authenticity. After a fFor Sale | 24 Apr 2018 | ARNHEMSESTRAAT 47, 6971 AP BRUMMEN, THE NETHERLANDS€ 339
When was the first FISA international rally for cars running on lead-free fuel?
The Autoglass Tour of Britain, held in 1989, was the first FISA international rally for cars running exclusively on lead-free fuel.
Lanark’s Jimmy McRae led a Scottish 1-2-3 after a gruelling seven days and 2200 miles around Britain and Ireland, ending with a 27-lap race held at Brands Hatch, Kent.
A whopping 20 minutes ahead of his closest rival, Aberdonian David Gillanders, McRae took third place in the final and claimed the overall title. Third place was taken by Robbie Head, with Roger Clark arriving in fourth.
The results read:
- Jimmy McRae – 7 hours 9 minutes 58 seconds
- David Gillanders – 7 hours 31 minutes 58 seconds
- Robbie Head – 7 hours 34 minutes 55 seconds
- Roger Clark – 7 hours 35 minutes 23 seconds
The very first land speed record was set in a Jeantaud during 1898 at which speed?
Starting a passionate rivalry with Camille Jenatzy, Gaston Chasseloup-Laubat set the first land speed record on December 18, 1898 – a blistering 39.24mph. The interesting part? The vehicle was electric, long before Toyota blinded us with the Prius.
Part of a competition organised by the French automobile magazine La France Automobile, Jenatzy took the record less than a month later on January 17, 1899, breaching the 40mph barrier. Not to be beaten, Laubat set a faster run of 43.69mph the very same day.
Was the 1990 Swedish Rally cancelled due to a lack of snow?
The Swedish Rally, traditionally the only World Rally Championship event to be 100 percent certain of snow, had to be cancelled for lack of the white stuff in 1990.
Which driver became the first to compete in 100 WRC events?
Hannu Mikkola became the first driver to compete in 100 WRC events after finishing third in an Audi Quattro in the 1987 Acropolis.
Which four-wheel-steering car first completed a WRC event?
The first finish on a World Rally Championship event by a four-wheel-steering car was the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, driven by Michael Lieu from Hong Kong. He came tenth on the 1988 Olympus Rally held in the USA.
Who won the 1989 Camel Trophy?
The only time Britain won the legendary ‘off-road driving Olympics’, the trophy went to brothers Bob and Joe Ives. We’ll have more on that story soon…
For now, we’ll let this video do the talking…
Classic Cars for Sale
CHEVELLE MALIBU SS. 1000 HP BLOWN PRO-MASTER BBC BORE=4.500 DECK HT=9.8 ROD RATIO=1.50 PEAK TORQUE=808 @ 5,500 STROKE=4.250 ROD LENGTH=6.385 COMP RATIO=8.5-1. PEAK H.P=1,043 @ 7,000 RPM. MERLIN II ULTRA THICK RACE BLOCK, 540 CIDO RINGED FOR BLOWER APPLICATION. 4340 FORGED CRANK 4,250 STROKE NITRIDE HARDENED & 1/4 KEY IN SHAFT. 4340 FORGED H BEAM RODS. JE FORGED BLOWER PISTONS. TOTAL SEAL TSI BLOWE
Beautiful Matador Barcelona Edition 1 of 396 Factory 360 V8 w/ Air Conditioning Power Steering & Brakes Original Interior Simply Stunning.... Dual Exhaust... Drives Excellent... Call Austin at 863-226-8590
Finished in the most elegant Triple Black color layout, this pampered, never damaged specimen has been enjoyed by only 2 familes since its first Southern California delivery in December, 1981. It is among the last build, having been produced in December 1980. The ownership pedigree is complete, as are the tools & books. The automobile has been extremely well prepared by ourselves. Copies of the in
This is probably one of the most stylish four-seats coupés ever made. Designed by Paul Bracq, head of design for Mercedes-Benz during the sixties and early seventies, the pillarless Coupé is now a true design icon. It is a very useable car, which offers a comfortable ride in silence and grace. This matching nrs example is a later version with the squared off and lowered Mercedes grille, and fitt