Entry List For The 1966 Canadian Winter Rally

This past week I got an email from someone only identified as “Ron” who evidently knows Reg Hillary.  Reg Hillary along with driver Jack Young won the 1961 Trans Canada car rally which started in Montreal, Quebec and ended in Vancouver, British Columbia.  This was a major car rally in 1961 that soon morphed into the Shell 4000 rally.  The picture below shows Reg checking into the final control in Vancouver.

Reg Hillary Checking Into The Final Control In Vancouver, BC

As an aside, if you look closely at the above picture you can see a photographer in front of the car.  The photo below from the Vancouver Gazette must have been taken by that photographer only seconds after the above photo.

As can be seen in these photos, Reg was the navigator in a Studebaker Lark.  This past week Reg celebrated his 97th birthday.  Ron wrote that Reg is going through his rally/race records and forwarding them to people who will appreciate them.

Reg Hillary Winning The 1961 Trans Canada Rally

Fortunately for me, Reg and/or Ron thought of me and my interest in the Canadian Winter Rally.  As a result Ron sent the complete entry list and start times for the 1966 Canadian Winter Rally.  The list was a copy of the original mimeographed entry list prepared by the British Empire Motor Club in Toronto.  I suspect that some of the younger readers will have to look up the meaning of “mimeograph”.

The complete entry list can be seen by clicking on the following file name:

Canadian Winter Rally Entry List 1966

I want to thank Reg Hillary for sharing this information.  I was surprised and pleased to get this list.  I noted that Reg was not listed as a competitor in the 1966 Canadian Winter Rally, so he must have kept this list due to his interest in rallying.  If others have information or memorabilia about the Canadian Winter Rally or another older car rally, then please contact me as I would be interested in hearing from you.

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Using A GPS Sensor With The GaugePilot Rally Computer

In preparation for the upcoming LeJog rally, my driver, Simon Arscott, sent a GaugePilot rally computer to me in order that I can get it set up for some practice time over here in the USA before we head over to the United Kingdom for the LeJog rally in December.  This past week I was able to get the GaugePilot unit setup once I had all of the needed components.  As this GaugePilot setup is for practice and to make it easy to move the GaugePilot unit from car to car when Simon takes the GaugePilot back to his shop, we decided to use a GPS sensor to drive the GaugePilot as opposed to the more commonly used wheel sensor.  This post shows how to fit the GaugePilot rally computer with the GPS sensor.

The first thing that is to be done is to download the needed wiring diagram from the GaugePilot web site.  This wiring diagram is shown below.

Wiring Diagram For The GaugePilot GPS Sensor Installation

On the back of the GaugePilot unit, there is a brown Molex electrical connection and a black Molex electrical connection.  The connection of interest for this installation is the black connection.  The 20-position black Molex connector is shown below.

20-Position Black Molex Connector

From the factory, the 20-position black connector comes pre-wired with wires in position for a wheel sensor installation.

Back Of The 20-Position Molex Connector With Standard Factory-Installed Wires

The link between the 20-position Molex connector and the GPS sensor unit is a factory-supplied wire fitting unit labelled as the GP-SA01 as shown in the wiring diagram on the top of this post.  To connect the GP-SA01 to the 20-position Molex connector, the blue wire must be installed in Position 20 and the green/blue wire must be installed in Position 6.  The connector with these additional connections in place is shown below.

GP-SA01 Wires Added The Black Molex Collector

The GPS Module used with the GaugePilot is a unit sourced from Belmog, the Belgian rally equipment retailer.  It has four wires exiting from it, but one wire, the blue wire is not used as part of the GaugePilot GPS set up.  This GPS sensor is shown below.  This sensor will generate 8,000 pulses per kilometer.

The Belmog GPS Sensor

The next step is to connect the GPS Sensor wires to the GP-SA01 wires.  I did this using a six position connection block shown below.  Note that I have connected the two ground wires from GP-SA01 to the same block position.  After the connections were made and following some quick tests, the connector block was protected using black electrical tape.

Connector Block Used To Connect The GPS Sensor To The GP-SA01 Wires

The final step is to connect the GPS antenna to the GPS sensor.  This done by removing the protective red cap over the threaded connection on the GPS sensor.  Then the antenna wire is connected just like a typical TV cable connection.  The completed connection is shown below.

GPS Antenna Connected To The GPS Sensor

Once the wiring was completed, I plugged the black 20-position Molex connector into the back of the GaugePilot unit and then placed the whole setup in my Subaru Outback with the appropriate power supply and to my great relief, the GPS driven GaugePilot worked just fine.

The GPS pulse readings can be calibrated using the installed calibration software in the GaugePilot.  The GaugePilot has the capability to adjust the initial calibration up or down by steps as small as 0.02%.  It is a very capable rally computer.

Before I close, I want to thank Nigel Cousins of GaugePilot for help with the GaugePilot.  If anyone has any questions or comments about this post or the GaugePilot, then please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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Initial 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Entry List Has No American Entries

This past weekend the Automobile Club de Monaco released the entry list or as they referred to it, the Committed List, for the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  As with last year, the list has 315 cars.  Unlike the past two years, I will not be taking part in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique as a navigator this year.  I am also disappointed that there are no American entries into this event this year.  There is one Canadian entrant, Hubert Blanchard, who will be navigating for Didier Mourenon of Monaco.  Other than Hubert, there are no other North American entrants.  This is a shame as the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique is a very enjoyable and challenging rally experience.

The complete current entry list can be seen by clicking on the following file:

2018 RMCH Entry List

A couple of entrants are teams that Harald von Langsdorff and I got to know while we were participating in the 2017 Baden Classic in Germany.  One team, Michael Muller and navigator Gerhard Spiesberger were our team members when we won the team prize at the Baden Classic.  Michael and Gerhard will be competing in a 1977 Saab 99EMS.

Michael Muller/Gerhard Spiesberger Will Be In A 1977 Saab 99EMS

The other entrant who we met is Michael Bruns who will be driving a 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint with navigator Frank Westenburger.  At the Baden Classic Michael had his son as his navigator.

Michael Bruns/Frank Westenburger Will Be A 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint

Both of these entries are part of the Historic Rally & Racing Team of Germany.  This is a very accomplished team, made up of a number of competitive entrants who work closely together to get very good results.  I expect the team members to do rather well in this rally.

Another team that I know and will be watching is a 1965 Mustang driven by Peter Fogelberg with Dan Allven navigating.

Peter Fogelberg/Dan Allven Will Be In This 1965 Mustang

Good luck to all of the competitors in the upcoming Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  I am envious as I am not navigating in the rally this year. If you have any comments or questions about this post or the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, then please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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A Twin-Engine Four-Wheel Drive Mini Cooper

I was recently starting to read Graham Robson’s book “Rallying, The 4 Wheel Drive Revolution”.  This book documents the rise of four-wheel drive rally cars in the 1980s.  I have the second edition of this book which was written in 1988, so it was written during this revolutionary era.  It looks like a good book and I look forward to getting to fully read it.

Graham Robson’s Book On Four-Wheel Drive Rally Cars

Early in the book Robson mentions that one of the first four-wheel drive competition rally cars was a four-wheel drive Mini Cooper in 1963.  When I read this, I was reminded that I had seen a twin-engine four-wheel drive Mini at the 2016 Lime Rock Historic Festival.  The car that I saw is shown below.  It was identified as a 1965 Mini Cooper S “Twini”.

1965 Twin Engine Four-Wheel Drive Mini Cooper S

The origin of the twin-engine Mini Cooper was a twin-engine Mini Moke that John Cooper saw and drove in late 1962.  He thought that a twin-engine Mini Cooper would be quite successful.  As a result Cooper had his staff build a twin-engine Mini.  Evidently the car performed well, but one night during testing the rear engine failed causing a rollover.  John Cooper was seriously hurt and nearly lost his life in that rollover.  Following this incident the original twin-engine Mini Cooper was destroyed and no further official development took place.

It is known that Downton Engineering also built a twin-engine Mini and raced it in the 1963 Targa Florio. The car was plagued with overheating and excessive tire wear, but managed to finish the race.  I think that the car shown below is this second Downton Engineering Mini, but I am not sure.  The picture below is taken from Graham Robson’s book, but he is not specific on which Mini it is.  Hopefully someone with information on this car will be able to clarify the identification of the Mini.

Twin Engine 1963 Mini Cooper

It is thought that 4 to 6 twin-engine Mini Coopers have been built.  I believe that each of these Minis was built individually, each with its own individual solutions to the problems of this modification.  The car shown at the 2016 Lime Rock Historic Festival and pictured below is one of these one-off twin-engine Mini Cooper cars.

Rear Trunk Lid Screens Help To Reduce Heat Build Up

Below is a cutaway drawing that shows the basic mechanical positioning of the second engine.

Cutaway Drawing Of A Twin Engine Four Wheel Drive Mini

As the Mini Cooper engine is not large and as the transmission and drive train are integral with the engine, it is rather easy to conceive how to construct a twin-engine Mini.  While the original Mini was a small car on the outside, it was rather roomy on the inside.

Second Engine Is Located In The Back Seat

I suspect that the biggest issues with the twin-engine Mini are related to dissipation of heat given the location of the engine.  The challenge would be to get cool air to the engine compartment and get rid of the hot air as soon as possible.  I am somewhat surprised to see what appears to be large portions of the exhaust system within the engine compartment.

Exhaust System Is Within Rear Engine Compartment

The picture below shows how in this car cool outside air is diverted into the rear engine compartment via the modifications to the rear window.

Rear Engine Air Intake

I don’t know how the engines work together, but the gear shift linkage shown below appears to allow the driver to shift both transmissions at the same time.

Shaft Linkage Joins The Two Engines And Drives

It can be imagined that the performance of this car must be impressive.  Each engine might have 90 to 110 horsepower and therefore having about 200 horsepower in an 1,800 pound car would likely result in very impressive acceleration numbers.  The small diameter tires, rally gearing, and the “brick” shape of the Mini might result in a top speed that is not particularly impressive.

Note Twin Gauges – One For Each Engine

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2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Concentration Run Schedule & Itineraries Released

The Automobile Club de Monaco has released the schedule for the Concentration Run from the various starting cities to the concentration point in Valence, France.  This schedule is presented below.

2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Concentration Schedule

The itineraries from each of the starting cities have been posted on the Automobile Club de Monaco’s website for the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  These can be seen by clicking on the following link:


On close examination of the Concentration Run schedule the number of cars planned to be started from each of the starting cities is presented along with the travel distance from each of the starting cities to Valence, France.  For example, note that 12 cars are planned to start from Glasgow, Scotland and they will travel about 1,215 miles (1987 kilometres) to Valence.

This 1965 Austin 1800 “Land Crab” Started From Glasgow In 2017

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LeJog Rally End Point Is At John O’Groats

The upcoming LeJog car rally will start at the extreme southwest corner of England and end at the extreme northern point of Scotland’s main land mass.  At the northern tip of the Scotland land mass is the small town of John O’Groats, as shown on the map below.

John O’Groats Is At The Northern Tip Of The Scotland Land Mass

One of the iconic features of the John O’Groats landscape is the John O’Groats Hotel.  This hotel is show below. 

The John O’Groats Hotel

This hotel has long been a part of motor sports in the United Kingdom.  As a demonstration of this, I was looking through S.C.H. Davis’ book “Rallies and Trials”, which he wrote in 1951.  S.C.H. Davis was a writer at The Autocar and a competitor in rallies for years.  In 1930, he entered a 12-cylinder Daimler in the Monte Carlo Rally.  Twenty-seven competitors in the Monte Carlo Rally that year, including Davis decided to start the Monte Carlo Rally at John O’Groats.  In his book he included a picture of the John O’Groats Hotel with some of the rally cars getting prepared to start the Monte Carlo Rally.  That picture is shown below.

Monte Carlo Rally Cars Ready To Leave The John O’Groats Hotel In 1930

The 1930 picture was taken from almost the same place as the current photo.  A comparison shows the changes at the hotel since 1930.  I look forward to visiting this location as part of the LeJog rally in December which has long been associated with motor sports in the United Kingdom.

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Results From The 2017 1000 Millas Sport

The 1000 Millas Sport car rally took place last weekend.  This Argentine car rally is run with competitive rules that are very similar to the famous Mille Miglia.  For more background information on this rally, refer to my post on this website on October 31, 2017.  The 2017 running of this event was well attended with over 90 cars taking part.

The pre-event favorites, Juan Tonconogy with navigator Barbara Ruffini, did not disappoint by winning this 29th Edition of the 1000 Millas Sport in their 1936 Riley Sprite.  This victory adds to the victories that Juan Tonconogy had in this event in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  Juan is also a regular top competitor in the Mille Miglia.

Juan Tonconogy/Barbara Ruffini Won In Their 1936 Riley Sprite

The second place finishers was the team of Alejandro López and Gabriel Gourovich in a 1927 Delage DM.

Alejandro López/Gabriel Gourovich Were Second In A 1927 Delage DM

Another regular Mille Miglia competitor, Daniel Erejomovich and Gustavo Llanos finished third driving an 1938 AC 16/80 Competition Sport.

Daniel Erejomovich/Gustavo Llanos Finished Third In A 1938 AC 16/80 Competition Sport

The complete overall results from the 2017 1000 Millas Sport are presented in the following file:

Final Overall Results 2017

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