Rally winning 170 D

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Rally winning 170 D

Post by Mercmad » Fri 07 Feb, 2014 7:46 pm

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article ... rchLimits=

Sounds like the roads were a bit scruffy in 1951.. :laughing6:

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Post by John Green » Sat 08 Feb, 2014 9:24 pm

Alpine test?? Didn't go anywhere near the alps. And by the look of what finished second the points were won for navigation, not speed.
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Post by Greg in Oz » Sun 09 Feb, 2014 12:59 am

John Green wrote:Alpine test?? Didn't go anywhere near the alps. And by the look of what finished second the points were won for navigation, not speed.
Nothing much has changed today John. Every year I compete in a Classic Rally called the "Alpine Classic". It too usually doesn't go anywhere near the Australian "Alps" and the finishing positions are also determined to a significant extent by the navigator's ability.

All we drivers have to do is:
1. listen to what the navigator tells us to do,
2. keep it all pointing in the right direction and shiny side up whilst enjoying a spirited drive in the country,
3. occasionally offer a second opinion if the navigator isn't completely confident in his/her interpretation of the instructions,
4. help the navigator in looking out for visual route check boards and answers to questions along the route, and
5. maintain the correct average speed in any timed sections and arrive at major controls at the end of divisions at the correct time.

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Re: Rally winning 170 D

Post by Mercmad » Sun 09 Feb, 2014 11:58 am

so not as interesting as driving a prewar diesel on a mountain track then ?... :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6:
The 2nd place getter was a Dellow. I have admired these from afr for a very long time. They were trials cars built for the pommy sport of driving up muddy hillsides and dirt road events . Based on Ford 10 mechanicals they are very much sought after today. i reckon for a 170 diesel to beat a dellow was a pretty good effort. And I see a Jowett Javelin in there with a peugeot 203. Again,very capable cars as history shows us. .
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