Regular tarmac runner James Gibb reckons he will have to get his head into gravel mode ahead of tomorrow’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB National event, although there are some who reckon that will be easy as his heid’s fu’ o’ stanes anyway! Seriously, he and Charley Sayer-Payne are looking forward to the experience and going for a finish.
Coincidentally, he introduced me to one of his new sponsors, a certain Alex Stevens who owns and operates ‘kilmarnockcampers’ in Ayrshire. Turns out he used to rally a 1.6 Talbot Sunbeam in the 70s and early 80s. He was obviously quite quick winning the class regularly, but had problems with his rear axle breaking. Des O’Dell phoned him and asked why his results were so mixed and Alex told him, so Des sent him up a ‘works’ axle. It was from an Argentinian built Avenger estate car which the works cars used at the time. Problem solved.