Sunday 9 July 2023

Rally - Editorial difficulty

Here’s another photo that didn’t make the final edit (see previous Post), although it was close. Very close.  Way back in late 1985 the Trossachs forests were thronged with the biggest crowds the area had ever seen. The rally fans were out in force to see the debut of the first MG Metro 6R4 in private hands, the Golden Wonder car of Ken Wood and Peter Brown.

The event also provided Austin Rover with their first win for the car with an amateur team when Ken and Peter scored a convincing victory by over a minute and a half from the Opel Ascona of Tom Muir and George Sharp. David Gillanders and Graham Neish were third but a canny drive from George Marshall and Lyn Jenkins saw the St Boswells driver clinch the 1985 Scottish Rally Championship title, an achievement almost overhadowed by the appearance of the ‘supercar’.

Had the picture been used in ‘the book’, the caption might have been Ken saying: “I keep tellin’ ye, there’s naethin’ doon there – the engine is roon the back!”

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