The Great British Rally by Graham Robson is the complete history of British international rally events, starting with the very first RAC rally of 1932, which included 1000 miles of road motoring, when a mere three driving tests were needed to produce a result. By 1951 an international permit had been achieved, a speed element was included, and the ‘Rally of the Tests’ ran until 1960. From 1961, the event took on a number of high-speed, loose-surfaced Special Stages, the Scandinavian influence became clear, and the event took on a World Championship qualification in 1973. In that time, competing cars had progressed from having perhaps 50bhp to at least 300bhp, and even more high-tech machines with 500bhp and four-wheel-drive would follow.
Once again, the Red River Triumph Club hosts the Vintage Triumph Registry National Convention. This time it’s on the shore of Lake Texoma on the border with Oklahoma during the mild North Texas Fall weather. Events start on Tuesday 4 October and culminate with the awards banquet Friday evening 7 October. One of the highlights of the convention will be a discussion with Graham Robson and Richard Langworth. Two well know figures in British Motoring. Registration will open on Monday afternoon. Events include Auto Cross, Gimmick rallies, Breakfast and Dinner drives, Funkhana, Le Mans start, TSD Rally, Dinner cruise, Welcome reception, Concours and Participant’s Choice Car shows. Pottsboro is located about 1hr north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and is easily accessible from I-35, I-30 and I-20. Come join the Red River Triumph Club at the Tanglewood Resort for another […]
When you talk about definitive books, The A-Series Engine: It’s First Sixty Years by Graham Robson has to be included in the list. This exhaustive work covers the first sixty years of the engine’s life and development of one of the most popular and widely used engines in British automotive history. I am not sure how one has a favorite engine, versus a favorite marque or model, but I am most certainly an a-series fan. It could be that I love my the BMC 1100s and Minis and Spridgets, or it could be that it is just such a robust and versatile engine. Built from 1951 to 2000, BMC’s A-Series engine was a remarkably successful, versatile and invaluable power unit that far outlived its original projected life. Not only did it power road cars as varied as the Austin A30, […]