Stoneleigh Historic Rally Show - February 2005
I went to the Historic Rally Car Show at Stoneleigh at the end of February 2005. Last year I was marshalling for the HRCR on the outside exhibition course. This year the organisers had asked the Falcon Motor Club to do the marshalling, so I went as a spectator. Lot's of trade stands, loads of cars on trade stands, but no Marinas, so a bit boring really. I wandered round for the best part of three hours, but saw relatively little to spark my imagination. One car caught my eye, not a Marina but at least BMC, an Ex Works 1800 LandCrab, so I thought that you might like to see some pictures.
I went outside to have a look at the cars running and found a cornucopia of Group B & Group 4 rally cars, some of which make up my dream fantasy garage. The cars were provided by a club of like minded and I guess well heeled chaps, who call themselves the Slowly Sideways Club. They come from all over Europe, so I was lucky to see them. I have shown some of their cars below. If you click on a thumbnail picture it will expand so that you can have a good look.
Ideally it should have been all Marina works cars, but you can't have everything.
Last year it was all 60s & 70s cars with Escorts, Imps, MGBs, the odd Porsche and an early Audi quattro, this year took up the timescale where the previous historics left off. Actually I have left the best in my opinion until last, one of the cars was an Ex Works Triumph TR7 V8, which I fell in love with. The interior shot was taken after the display run, it weren't half hot in there.