2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Road Books Are In Preparation

Once again, Dan Allven and I will be using road books prepared by Jens Gandrup Jorgensen and his team during our participation in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  At this time, Jens, assisted by Torben Arp are in France preparing the 2017 road books.  As part of the road book preparation, Jens takes pictures at some key locations to help his clients understand and follow the regularity stages.


Typical Photos From ZR 1

This week Jens forwarded a couple of pictures from the first regularity stage, ZR 1, just as a teaser and to update us on his progress in preparing the 2017 road books.  In the photo above you can see that Jens adds information on to the photo to help understand the photo.


Measuring Setup For The 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Road Books

If you want more information about these road books or if you are interested in ordering these books, then check out Jens’ website at the link below:




Typical Road Books

Jens knows this event very well and typically both Jens and his customers have good finishes.  I look forward to using his road books again this year.

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New Car In My Garage

Not much time after my Saab 99 left its spot in my garage, another car has taken its place.  This new occupant is essentially a replica of a Lotus Super Seven, except that this car is much faster than any Lotus Super Seven was.


New Car In My Garage

Those four exhaust pipes visible in the photo above come from only half of the engine.  This car is powered by a 5.7 litre Chevrolet LS1 V8 engine that delivers a dynoed 380 horsepower to the rear wheels.  The car weighs less than 1,600 pounds, so let’s just say the car is fast. Very fast.


A LS1 V8 Engine Powers This Rocket Ship

The car sits very low to the ground and the car has reportedly been dialed at autocross events.  The 5.7 LS1 V8 is paired with a T56 6-speed manual gearbox. The rear end is a limited slip axle from an S10 with a 3.26 final drive ratio.


The Styling Is Very Much Like A Lotus Super Seven

The cockpit has a pair of Kirkey racing seats and a T-bar roll cage to keep the passengers safe in the cockpit.  The car is not easy to get in and out of.  Being able to remove the steering wheel is a necessary requirement to get in and out of the car.  The racing seats and five-point seat belts keep everyone in their place without having to hang on to anything.


The Interior Is Spartan

While this car is in my garage, I am only the temporary owner of this car on paper.  The car will end up in my friend Harald von Langsdorff’s garage in Caledon, Ontario, Canada.  The time frame is yet to be finalized.  But this is sure a very interesting car.

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An Example Of A Big Healey Being Rallied In Europe

A couple of weeks ago, Russ Whitehouse commented on my website that he had a “Big Healey” that he rallies in Europe.  I asked Russ if he would send me some pictures of his car and I am certainly glad that did.  The car shown below is his 1961 triple carb BT7 3000 Mk 2 Austin Healey, fully “works prepped”.


1961 Austin Healey 3000 Mk. 2 Rally Car

These cars are known as the “Big Healey”, as opposed to the little Austin Healey “Bug Eye” or “Frog Eye” Sprite that was and is quite popular as well.

In the early 1960s, the Big Healey was the dominant rally car.  Winning and finishing well in rallies in the hands of the Morley brothers and Pat Moss, only to name a couple of the drivers of this car.


This Healey Sees Lots Of Rally Action

Russ Whitehouse says: “I currently rally a “Big Healey” in historics here in Europe. I can assure you they are a potent rally weapon to this day and always the centre of attention on events. They are a real handful, especially when pushing on hard on mountain roads, but once you learn their ways, they are a joy to drive, even if they make you deaf in the bargain!”


The Various Stickers In The Photos Indicate Many Rallies For The Healey

I like Russ’ car as he has chosen to present the car as a works rally car and he obviously drives the car with joy in rallies, rather than only take it to car shows or to get ice cream on Sundays.


A Red Body With A White Hardtop Is The Classic Austin Healey  Rally Livery

As a rally navigator, I asked Russ about the rally navigator setup that he has in the Healey.  Russ replied: “I use a Brantz odometer and timer. My navigator likes to have a couple of trusted stop watches on board as well. There is also a separate readout on the dash next to the steering wheel, so I can read the odometer out of the corner of my eye whilst driving. Apart from that there is just a flexible map light. We use traditional average speed tables from Don Barrow and not computerised stuff as it’s not in the true spirit of Historic rallying and for that reason a lot of events over here forbid their use.”

The photo below was taken with the Healey’s hardtop removed.  Note the Brantz odometer and timer on the left, with the driver’s readout on the dash to the right of the steering wheel.


The Interior Of Russ Whitehouse’s Austin Healey

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Connecting A Monit Wheel Sensor To A Non-Monit Rally Computer

This year I will be navigating in at least one car that is fitted with a Monit wheel sensor, but where I will be using a rally computer not manufactured by Monit.  As a result, it will be necessary to have the proper interconnection between the wheel sensor and the rally computer.  Therefore, I have recently fabricated such a conversion cable that will serve this purpose.


My Monit Wheel Sensor Conversion Cable

My initial problem is to be able to connect to the existing Monit wheel sensor in Dan Allven’s 1961 Volvo PV544 for our participation in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  To assist me, Dan sent me some pictures of the interior cable end of the Monit wheel sensor in the Volvo.  One such photo is shown below.


Monit Wheel Sensor Cable Interior Terminal Plug

The cable coming from the Monit wheel sensor has three wires whose functions are as follows:

  • Orange – Positive Wire (5 V)
  • Black (Green) – Ground Wire
  • Blue – Pulse Wire

I contacted the Monit odometer folks in New Zealand and I got an informative response from Mr. James Holder of Monit Limited.  He wrote that the plug on the wheel sensor was a Molex brand Micro-Fit 3.0 connector.  It has four connections arranged in two rows with two columns.  Mr. Holder warned me that the crimping tool was very expensive if I wanted to make up a cable myself and that it might be more cost-effective for me to buy an extension cable that they have for sale which has a male connector on one end and a female connector on the other end.  Presumably I could cut their extension cable to give me a conversion cable that is almost ready to use.  However, I already had the needed crimping tool from some previous work that I had done with my Terratrip 202+ rally odometer.

I then acquired the needed Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 male plug connector with fittings and made up my conversion cable.  The Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 male end on my conversion cable is shown below.


Molex Micro-Fit 0.3 Plug With Male Connectors

If you look carefully at the above photo, then you will see that the upper two “squares” have one chamfered corner each.  This means that there is only one way the Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 connectors fit together.  I could not see the orientation of the chamfered corners in the other end of the Monit wheel sensor connector cable in Dan’s Volvo, so I made no effort to try to match colors with the Monit cable.  I decided that it was easy to install four different color wires in each of the four positions of the connector and I’ll match the purpose of each wire when I get access to Dan’s Volvo. It will just be a matter of being careful and paying attention as I know the purpose of the wires going to all of my rally computers/odometers.  I know that I will have one extra wire that I will tape off, as I only need the three active Monit wires.


Four Connecting Wires Provides The Maximum Flexibility

I realize that perhaps not many people have a need to use a Monit wheel sensor with some other rally computer or odometer, but I thought that I would share my experience with those that do, to make their work easier.

If anyone wishes to get more information about Monit wheel sensors, then go to their website via the following link:


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A Sunbeam Alpine Book Added To My Library

As I often do, I have added another automotive book to my library.  This time I purchased “The History Of The Sunbeam Alpine” by John Willshire.  This is a new paperback book was published in 2015.


Book Cover Shows Tony Barron/Dominic Barron In A Sunbeam Harrington At The 1995 Monte Carlo Challenge

I like that the book includes lots of information about the Sunbeam Alpine racing and rallying history; both in Europe and in North America.  The photo below shows Gregor Grant and Tommy Wisdom at the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally.


Sunbeam Alpines Had A Long Rally History

The book does touch on the first generation Alpines, but by far, the book dwells on the second generation Sunbeam Alpines.  There also is a significant write-up about the Sunbeam Harrington variation.  As I noted earlier, this book is a good source of racing and rallying information about the Sunbeam Alpines.

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1961 Pontiac Tempest: Motor Trend’s Car Of The Year

A couple of weeks ago I received some photographs in the mail from Marie Farrell of Iowa of her pride and joy – a 1961 Pontiac Tempest.  I have included images of Marie’s Pontiac Tempest in this post.


Marie Farrell’s 1961 Pontiac Tempest

In many ways the 1961 Pontiac Tempest was a quite a car.  It was part of a new, smaller car size coming from the Big Three automobile manufacturers.  But the Tempest offered independent four-wheel suspension and had a rear transaxle.  These were radical engineering offerings from Detroit.  The well-known automotive magazine, Motor Trend, chose the Pontiac Tempest as the 1961 Car Of The Year.


Pontiac Tempest Was The Motor Trend 1961 Car Of The Year

This was the first year of the Pontiac Tempest and Pontiac only offered the Tempest as a four-door sedan, a two-door sedan, and a stationwagon in this first year.  Sometimes I have read that Pontiac Tempest was available as a hardtop, but actually it was a post style hardtop, which in my opinion is a sedan.


Marie Farrell’s 1961 Tempest Is A Great Example Of A Four-Door Sedan

In 1961 Pontiac had two trim levels of Tempest, the base Tempest, which it appears that Marie’s car is and the custom trim Tempest which has some exterior chrome trim behind the front wheel wells.

The standard Tempest transmission was a three-speed manual transmission.  The optional transmission was a two-speed Tempes-Torque automatic transmission with a dashboard-mounted “spoon” lever control.  Marie’s Tempest has the automatic transmission.  The transmission control is on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel.


This Dashboard Is Quite Basic.  Note The Absence Of A Radio

Pontiac mostly used the 194.5 cubic inch 4-cylinder engine in the 1961 Pontiac Tempest.  This engine was unusual as Pontiac used one-half of the 389 V8 engine, simply by cutting the V8 engine in half.  The 194.5 cubic engine was available in a wide range of horsepowers: 110, 115, 120, 140 and 155 horsepowers.

There was one optional V8 engine in the Tempest which was the 215 cubic inch V8 engine which came with 155 horsepower with a four-barrel carburetor.  In 1961 Pontiac made 2,004 Tempest cars with the V8 engine.  Of these, only 3 had the manual transmission, while the other 2,001 had automatic transmissions.


This Car Has A Bench Front Seat

Marie has expressed to me how much she loves this car.  The car appears to be in good condition and I am confident that she will look after this car.  Currently she is having some issues with the gas tank and is having a hard time finding a replacement.  She would appreciate any advice or information on this matter.


The Interior Of The Car Is In Great Shape

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2017 Mille Miglia Route Announced

This week the organizers of the Mille Miglia have announced the route of the 2017 Mille Miglia rally.  This has been identified as the “most beautiful race in the world”.  And It is hard to argue against that description.

As has become the recent norm, the 2017 Mille Miglia will take place over four days, this year from May 18 through May 21, 2017.  The route map and overall schedule of the 2017 Mille Miglia are shown below.


2017 Mille Miglia Route

The 2017 Mille Miglia is now open for entries.  There are always more applications than the 450 available spaces in the Mille Miglia, so I suggest that prospective applicants make the strongest case possible for the selection of their vehicle.

For a list of the acceptable cars and their assigned coefficients click on the following file.  Remember that for scoring, a higher coefficient is better.


For more information about the 2017 Mille Miglia and entry information check out their website via the following link:


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