Ed Homsey continues to share his treasure trove of Triumph TR4 rally photos. Following the conclusion of the 1964 Shell 4000 Rally, Standard-Triumph sold the rally cars in the USA rather than take them back to England. One car, widely known as 5VC ,was purchased by Dick Switzer a Triumph/Volvo dealer in Rochester, New York, who loved rallying and autocrossing with it. This was the car that Thuner/Fidler drove in the 1964 Shell 4000 Rally.
Dick Switzer Taking Part In A SCCA Rally In 1964
I know a fellow who used to repair Dick Switzer’s cars after Dick returned from participating in a rally. Apparently Dick was quite hard on cars. In the photo above the 1964 Shell 4000 rally sticker/plate is still on the hood. The license plate on the front of the car seems to indicate that it is the Appalachian Rally in 1964.
Dick Switzer’s Triumph TR4 In The 1965 Canadian Winter Rally
One other Shell 4000 Triumph TR4 also was in the Rochester, New York area for a while. The shot below shows the Triumph TR4 known as 3VC, which was the car driven by the Canadian team in the 1964 Shell 4000 rally. Note that by this time the car had been repainted a darker color.
Driving Triumph TR4 3VC In A Local Autocross
In 1964 Best Motors of Rochester and Standard-Triumph sponsored a three-car rally team to compete in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) rally series. The Triumph team competed in eight National events that year, with total entries ranging from 47 at the Rebel Yell, run out of Alexander, Virginia, to 95 in the Ohio Andiamo rally. They were two-day affairs and very competitive with strong teams from Chrysler and Ford. Ed Homsey and his wife finished 4th place driver and navigator in the manufacturer’s class that year.
The 1964 Triumph TR SCCA Rally Team At Best Motors
The above photo shows the 1964 Triumph TR SCCA Rally Team at one the team sponsors place of business, Best Motors in Rochester, New York. The members of the team from left to right were Ed & Shirley Homsey; Bob Henderson (still, at 82, very active in motor sports), the late Bill Bell (former attorney, newspaper and radio car news reporter); Gene and the late Katu Hondorf. Katu was in public school education, and regrettably died at a relatively young age.
The Triumph TR Rally Team After The 1964 Virginia Reel Rally
The picture above shows the Triumph TR Rally Team after the 1964 SCCA Virginia Reel Rally. The middle crew shown , Gene and Katu Hondorf, finished in third place. Their trophies are shown on the ground in front of the light-colored TR4. Exactly what the trophies are supposed to be is a mystery to me.
Thanks to Ed Homsey once again for sharing these photos.