There Will Be Danish Prepared Roadbooks For The 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

This post is based on a comment that was made to this website today.  Previously I had posted that Jens Gandrup Jorgensen will not be producing roadbooks this year for the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  However I got a comment from Viggo Johansen on behalf of the Danish Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Team that once again there will be roadbooks prepared by some Danish entrants.

The Danish roadbooks for the 2018 running of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique will be produced by a team headed by Per Brodersen, Henrik Møller-Nielsen and Arne Pagh, who together have been participating in Rallye Monte Carlo Historique on 21 occasions. Danish-based roadbooks have been prepared since 2008 under the management of Jens Gandrup Jørgensen and Torben Arp but this year they have other demands that are limiting their availability to undertake this task. None the less their extensive experience and advice will be made available to be used in the preparation of the 2018 roadbooks.  I used roadbooks prepared by Jens and Torben at the 2016 and 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.

Roadbooks For 2018 Will Be Similar To The 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Roadbooks

For more information about obtaining these roadbooks take a look at their web-page: http://www.rmch-dk.com or their Facebook-page:
https://www.facebook.com/rallymontecarloroadbook2018/

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More On The Bugatti “Chop Top” Car

A few weeks ago I posted a story in which I speculated that some of the Bugatti coupes could have been the original inspiration for many of the “chop top” hot rods that are the now standard fare of American hot rodding.  In that post I presented a photo of a Bugatti coupe that I took this spring at the Schlumpf collection museum in Mullhouse, France.  At that time I wrote that I did not know which Bugatti model was in the photo.  I have since done some further research on this car and I have determined that it is a Bugatti Type 55.

Bugatti Type 55 Coupe

In my own defense, many of the Bugatti cars had one-off or custom bodies, which often makes specific model identification somewhat difficult.

The Bugatti Type 55 was a road-going version of the Type 51 Grand Prix car.  The Bugatti Type 51 series succeeded the famous and very successful Bugatti Type 35 as Bugatti’s premier racing car for the 1930s.  Unlike the dominant Bugatti Type 35s of the 1920s, the Bugatti Type 51 was unable to successfully compete with the Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Auto Union race cars of the 1930s.

The Bugatti Type 51 Racer Is Shown On The Right Side of This Photo

The original Bugatti Type 51 appeared in 1931. Its engine was a supercharged 2.3 litre straight 8-cylinder, twin overhead cam engine producing 160 horsepower.

Bugatti Type 51 Engine

For the Bugatti Type 55 road-going cars the Type 51’s supercharged 2.3 litre straight-8 engine with the twin overhead camshaft engine was detuned somewhat to produce 130 horsepower at 5000 rpm. The Bugatti Type 55 had a 4-speed manual transmission.  During the period from 1932 to 1935, Bugatti built 38 Type 55 cars.  Some of these cars were roadsters and some were coupes, as I have shown above.  The cars were built on a short 108.3 inch wheelbase with the roadsters weighing about 1800 pounds.  These cars had lively performance especially for the 1930s era.

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2017 1000 Millas Sport Rally Set To Begin In Argentina

This month the 1000 Millas Sport rally will be getting underway in Argentina.  This event is very similar to the Mille Miglia in Italy but far less known in North America.

2017 1000 Millas Sport Poster

The rally will be held once again on the roads in the Patagonia area of Argentina from November 8 to 12.  The rally headquarters will be located at the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort – Golf – Spa, Bariloche, Province of Rio Negro.

1000 Millas Sport Rally Area In Argentina

The 1000 Millas Sport while similar to the Mille Miglia, it is much easier to enter this rally.  The types of cars that are accepted into the 1000 Millas Sport is much broader than are accepted into the Mille Miglia.  The number of participating vehicles is limited to 150 cars.  Suitable cars for this event can be rented as opposed to shipping a car to Argentina from overseas.

The 1000 Millas Sport takes place over three days.  The first day will take the competitors to Junín de los Andes, passing through Confluencia, Alicurá, lunch at Sociedad Rural, then returning to Arelauquen to end the competitive part of the day.

Day 1 Map

On Friday November 10 the competitors will go to San Martín de los Andes, passing through Villa La Angostura and the Camino de Los 7 Lagos, lunch at Chapelco Golf, returning after passing through Hotel Correntoso, ending at the Centro Cívico of Bariloche City.

Day 2 Map

While the first three days will have distances of about 500 kilometres, the third and final day will be about 300 kilometres long. A series of tests will be held at Circuito Chico, then the climbing of the Cerro Catedral, a stop at Lago Gutiérrez, and then tests at Foyel.  From there the competitors will follow a return route back to the resort at Llao Llao Lake.

Day 3 Map

This rally takes place in a very scenic part of Argentina and the cars of the rally certainly add to the scene.  This event is also a great practice for anyone who would be considering entering the Mille Miglia.  Many Argentine competitors do quite well in the Mille Miglia.

Scene From The 2015 1000 Millas Sport Rally At Llao Llao

Occasionally a few competitors from North America will take part, but the number is usually quite small.  The list of entered competitors has not been presented yet, so I cannot know if any North American are entered this year.

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Preparing For The 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge

This past week I got an email message from Michael Eatough of England.  Michael and I will be competing in the 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge.  Michael has prepared a report that is to be published in some marque publication is in England.  Michael has given me permission to present his report on my website.  Michael’s report is presented below:

Preparation and More Preparation

It was the 26th February 2017, my 66th birthday, yet another landmark, one of many. I was reading my emails during that Sunday morning, looking forward to a family celebration at a favourite local restaurant. “Ping” in my inbox arrived an invitation ahead of the official advertising allowing me three days grace to think about and enter the 2019 Peking to Paris Endurance Event. Arguably the toughest endurance event for classic cars in the world. I parked the email talking myself out of it.

At this point in time I had already competed in many endurance events, had recently finished the Haka in New Zealand and was looking forward to my next event, Paris to Prague. A short seven day event but full on. I had also entered the third Trans Am taking place in 2018 from Charleston to Seattle. I was silently thinking I had exhausted my self-imposed budget and perhaps I would enter another seven day event during 2019.

I put Peking to Paris (P to P) out of my mind, turned off my laptop and began thinking about my birthday lunch as my family began to arrive.

Later during the day, my long suffering wife Jane said to me “I have seen the email inviting you to take part in P to P are you going to enter”? I said “no far too expensive and I am committed to the third Trans Am”. The conversation continued all evening and guess what. Jane talked me into it, she simply said “you are a long time dead, do it now before you are too old”.

Within 48 hours I was filling in the application form, my friend and expert navigator Steve McKelvie a Canadian who lives in Franklin USA agreed to come with me. Steve is within a couple of months the same age as I am and to compete in P to P is one of his ambitions. Steve would be my navigator and co driver during Paris to Prague, we were a reasonable team finishing fourth in our class.

My 1965 Mercedes Fintail (registered 4th January 1966) has always been my rally car. Nicknamed Reggie by my youngest son, the name has stuck. We have been all over the world together and gradually over the last fifteen years this car has morphed from a cherished saloon into an Endurance Rally Car. I only use this car for events. Reggie is far too precious to risk on a constant basis.

Reggie is uprated with a 2,800 CC engine, a back axle from a 280 Merc, heavy duty shock absorbers, springs, oil cooler, larger 15inch steel wheels, from a Mercedes Sprinter van, eight ply van tyres, sump guard, much strengthening (to protect from gravel ,potholes and God knows what else we need to travel over) rally instruments etc. I could go on but this gives the reader some idea of what is involved.

With two rallies successfully completed in the space of less than a year, old Reggie needed preparation for the third Trans Am, a major event. My friend and mechanic Owen Warboys took Reggie back under his care in July. Owen knows every nut and bolt in Reggie who has always been 100% reliable in the rallies he has taken part in. The reliability is not just down to the outstanding quality of this car but because of preparation.

Originally we were just going to prepare for the Trans Am but instead we have decided to tackle alterations with P to P in mind. There are three secrets for Endurance Rallying. Suspension, Suspension and Suspension. With this in mind the suspension has been rebuilt yet again with many new parts, and Owen has been right through the car. Anything not liked is taken out and replaced with a genuine new Mercedes Benz part. The great thing about Mercedes is that you can buy almost anything for a classic Merc direct from the dealer. The parts are not cheap but they are of the original quality. That is important.

As the task continued Owen has done more and more work. We decided we needed to make the car lighter, so off came the very heavy rear and front bumpers, out came the heavy rear seat, anything we don’t need has been removed. We have taken about 140 pounds of weight out of the car so far.

For P to P we need more range, so a new fuel tank is about to be commissioned increasing the capacity from 65 litres to 100 litres. This will be fitted inside the large boot with an outside filler cap. Giving the car a circa 450 mile range. I am now considering new carbon fibre front seats, the originals are very heavy.

Old Reggie will be ready by the end of January, ready for shipping to the USA for the Trans Am in April. My son Marcus will be my co driver on this event. Reggie will arrive back home again probably in September. He will then need new heavy duty shock absorbers and Owen will go through the car again making him ready for the next adventure. A lot of the work will have been done and we can test over circa 6,000 miles on Charleston to Seattle. There are many new parts in Reggie, he is really equivalent to a 12 month old car in a 52 year old body.

Preparation is not just for Reggie, but for the crew as well. Peking to Paris takes no prisoners and roughly 30% of the cars will fail on route for a variety of reasons. The crew need to be fit and healthy to stand the rigors of driving circa 11,500 tough miles in 35 days across some of the roughest roads and tracks on the planet. Which include, China, Mongolia and Russia.

To get into shape I am running at least 20 miles a week, and Steve recently mentioned in one of his emails he was also embarking on an exercise programme. The preparation will continue until we reach Peking.

I have every confidence in old Reggie he has always brought me home safely, Peking to Paris will be yet another adventure in his eventful life. I think for Steve and me it will be perhaps the challenge of a lifetime.

Michael

I am pleased to be competing in the 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge with Michael Eatough.  This will be a significant challenge for us, but I am looking certainly looking forward to it.  I am also looking forward to seeing Michael and his son Marcus when they compete in the 2018 Trans America Challenge which I have been helping the Endurance Rally Association put together.

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Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Cancels The Lisbon Start

The organizers of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique announced this week that they have cancelled Lisbon as a starting city for the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  Any cars that requested to start from Lisbon will be re-allocated to the other starting cities.

On August 18, 2017 I posted on this website a schematic diagram of the Concentration Runs from the various starting cities to Valence, France from where most of the rally will be based.  That schematic needed to be updated as a result of the cancellation of Lisbon as a starting city.  The updated Concentration Run schematic is shown below.

The Updated Concentration Schematic For The 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

In the above Concentration Run schematic the starting cities are shown within the rectangular boxes.  The known controls are identified by name on the routes to Valence, France.  Be aware that the organizers might set-up additional Passage Controls at their discretion.

A Norwegian Based 1961 Saab 96 In Valence, France At The 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

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Getting Ready For The 2017 Le Jog Rally

I will be navigating for Simon Arscott in the upcoming 2017 Le Jog rally.  The Le Jog rally has been called the toughest classic car rally in Europe.  Simon and I have both been told separately by several experienced rally people that the Le Jog will be very difficult.  When I hear that from many people whose opinion I respect, then I believe it.

Simon and I will be competing in Simon’s 1962 BMC Works Austin Healey 3000 rally car.  This is the very same car that Paddy Hopkirk drove to 2nd place Overall in the 1962 RAC Rally.  It is a very impressive car and I look forward to being both in the event and in the car.

Simon Arscott’s Works Austin Healey 3000 Rally Car

The Le Jog rally starts in the extreme southwest corner of England at Land’s End and ends some 1,450 miles later at the northern tip of mainland Scotland at John O’Groats.  The car is currently in England under the care of Paul Woolmer, a classic car specialist.  Some upgrades are being made to the rally equipment installed in the car.  The interior of the car is shown below.

Interior Of Simon Arscott’s Austin Healey 3000 Works Rally Car

The prime piece of rally navigation equipment that I will be using during the rally is the GaugePilot.  Because of the nature and rules of the event, we will be using the “TwinTime” screen option with the Jogularity display.  This display is shown below.

GaugePilot TwinTime Display

On the upper left side of the screen are two odometer displays, the top number is the total distance, while the lower number is the incremental distance, thus replicating the displays on a Halda Twinmaster.  On the right side of the GaugePilot the timing displays are shown.  The upper right display is the time-of-day, set to rally time.  The display below the time-of-day is a stopwatch, reading in minutes and seconds.  Below the stopwatch is a history of the times when the stopwatch was frozen.  This screen will provide the necessary information for Le Jog.

In order to install the GaugePilot in the Austin Healey the Brantz Retrotrip odometer and a digital clock that are currently in the Austin Healey will be replaced.  The GaugePilot will go where the Retrotrip currently is and my Brantz Rally Timer, serving as a backup timer, will be installed in place of the digital clock.  Note that the external navigation light on the windshield will be removed.  A close look at the photo below shows an internal navigator’s light installed on the dash.  This will be used during the many night-time miles that are part of the Le Jog.

Planned Upgrades In The Navigation Equipment

In the photo above, a close observer will note the presence of a 24-hour analog time-of-day clock mounted in the center console of the Austin Healey 3000.  This is not a particularly common type of clock.  The analog stopwatches mounted on the console will not be used during Le Jog.

For further information about Le Jog check out the event website by clicking on the following link:

https://heroevents.eu/event-type/le-jog/

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A Saab 96 In The 1975 Canadian Winter Rally

Recently I posted some photos that Paul Madder had taken during the 1975 Canadian Winter Rally.  I found out from Paul that he used to take some photos for “Wheelspin News”, a racing newspaper that was published in the Ontario area starting in the mid-1960s.  In the 1960s and 1970s “Wheelspin News” became Canada’s top auto racing publication.

Paul noticed that I owned a Saab at one time and subsequently sent me a photo of a Saab that he also took at the 1975 Canadian Winter Rally.  This additional photo is shown below.

1969 Saab 96 Crewed By Crawford/Drafft

This 1969 Saab 96 was crewed by John Crawford/Walter Drafft who had come to Ontario from the USA to enter the Canadian Winter Rally.  They finished 15th Overall and 9th in Class B.  I do not understand the class structure used for this rally, therefore I don’t know what made a car fit into Class B.

As with the other photos sent to me by Paul Madder, original copies of these photos are for sale.  Please contact me if you wish to purchase any of Paul’s photos.

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