I have added a very interesting book to my rally library. I recently acquired a wonderful book, “BMC Competitions Department Secrets” written by the three successive BMC Competition Managers – Marcus Chambers, Stuart Turner, and Peter Browning. Marcus Chambers was the Competition Manager from 1955 to 1961. Stuart Turner was the Competition Manager from 1961 to 1967, and Peter Browning was the last BMC Competition Manager from 1967 to 1970 when the BMC Competition Department was shut down.
These were the days of the MG Magnette, MGA, Austin-Healey, MGB, the 1800, and the Triumph 2.5PI rally cars. Almost all of these were successful rally cars. In addition, the BMC rally drivers during this era were legendary – Paddy Hopkirk, Pat Moss, Timo Makinen, and Rauno Aaltonen to name only a few.
This book was originally written in 2005, but the copy that I have is a 2016 reprint of the original book. Unfortunately one of the authors, Marcus Chambers, passed away in 2009 at the age of 98.
The Cover Photo Shows Timo Makinen And Don Barrow In An Austin Healey During The 1964 Liege-Sofia-Liege Rally
Some books are meant to be looked at, other books are meant to be read, but this is a book that is meant to be studied. The book is full of meeting minutes, reports, lists, and copies of letters all about rallying from the competition viewpoint. In addition, there are a significant number of photos to augment the written word.
If you are interested in rallying during this era, then this is a great book to have. You really can develop a thorough understanding rallying at that time and many of the principles and practices are applicable to anyone participating in a multi-day rally these days. It will take me quite a while to get through this book – as I said, this book is meant to be studied.
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