Car 40 found - January 3rd, 2013 - By Peter Flanagan

Received the following in relation to the 504 crewed by Basil Wadman, Mark Shand and Robert Arthur:

I have owned Basil’s car for many years. Unfortunately the rust it had when I bought it has almost consumed the body. It was foam-filled, which retained moisture and rusted from the inside out. The body has been reinforced with all the standard Works modifications.I rallied it extensively in Victoria in the 1980′s after installing a 604 engine with two triple-barrel Webbers and the flares were put on by the owner before me.)

A picture of the car as it is now appears under Car 40 in Photo Gallery. Richard has promised more pictures and information on the history of the 504 after the Rally.

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Car 21, Chevy Vega Cosworth came out of the barn - July 25th, 2011 - By Peter Flanagan

We are upright and motoring! It happened and we took the Vega to the GM Nationals at Carlisle, pa on June10-13. Lots of old memories and younger people. I asked the organisers to send copies of many images to you. Event over, people retreat to other lives. Our car was the ONLY car in “original condition”. Interested and interesting visitors, many that I would like more time with. Kids were such a gas! One boy in the car: me- How would you like to spend a month in this car? He- I could LIVE here! We remember that kind of enthusiasm.
I’ll retouch those buttons. Between Carlos and I, there are enough images to show the concept. Did I send you the website for the cosworth vega club? Try a Google. These guys know scary amounts about a machine that we considered a tool. Tom

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- April 8th, 2011 - By Peter Flanagan

Don Brown sent us a note asking if anyone knew if Chris Bruce (he was in the Excort 2000, Car 58) who hosts the other londonsydney website is still around? He put some of my writing on his site but I haven’t been able to get a response in a couple of years.
I drove the #23, the Jeep Cherokee, with Cam Warren. I hope Bruce is OK and would appreciate knowing if he is still with us. Thank you all for any help you can give. Don E. Brown

………………………………………………..I have not heard from Chris Bruce since the Rally so I will put it out there and ask if anyone else can answer your question? Please respond to

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- April 8th, 2011 - By Peter Flanagan

Tom Delashmutt sent us a note telling us that Car 21, the Cosworth Vega will be at the GM Nationals at Carlisle, pa june10-13. First time out of the barn in thirty years. I rooted out the route books and slide(?)tray. Carlos and I wallowed in ancient history.
…………………………………….we would apppreciate any pictures of Car 21 from anyone taking pictures at the GM Nationals in June. Please email them to

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Korkut reply to Iskender - February 14th, 2011 - By Peter Flanagan

Hello Iskender,
Thank you for the compliments. You are actually right about the engine, but it was too late when I got that info, I had almost finished the model. While building, all I knew was the standard engine’s disp. was increased from 1300 to 1600 cc.
Anyhow, the car itself is lost now, but at least its model lives on…
Korkut Varol.

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- February 11th, 2011 - By Peter Flanagan

Iskender Kutlucinar
2011/02/11 at 1:37 am
Hello Korkut,
Its a wonderful job you did on the model. I have one input for you, those cars R12TS’s used in the rally used 1.6 liter Crossflow Gordini engines instead 1.2 liter stock, the hump on the hood was for the air filter housing for the pair of side draft Webers.
Thank you for the old memories.

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More pictures - December 19th, 2010 - By Peter Flanagan

Derek Hanbidge has the photographs he took of some of the Rally cars during the Rally. They are on his website (if not linked just copy it into your browser to view).

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Zasada’s Porsche - July 26th, 2009 - By Peter Flanagan

David Cavanagh sent this in to us:

“Lovely website thank you.  Excited to see some of the material you have here.

Just to let you know one of the original rally cars is still in action – I own the ex Zasada 911 and have done the London Sydney Marathon in it (winning our class) and subsequently the East African Safari Rally with Bjorn Waldegard (top 10 finish and Henry Lidden Memorial Trophy for Spirit of the Event).
Before me it had also done the Australian Rally Championship, 79 Repco Round Australia Rally (Rainsford), twice more round Australia offroad, making it the most rallied Porsche in the world.
Last action was a couple of weeks ago at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Rally Stage which we have supported 05-06-07-08-09.

Folks interested in the car or able to contribute with more of its history are most welcome to contact me.
Best regards
David Cavanagh

You can either send information direct to David or through us by clicking here.

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Model of Car #16 – (Turkish) Renault 12TS - April 17th, 2009 - By Peter Flanagan

Korkut Varol is from Turkey. He is currently making a model of one of the cars that was in the Rally. The model is of Car 16, a Renault 12TS which was crewed by Aytac Kot and Kayhan Kantarci. They came 16th in the Rally and were also members of the Turkish National Team which won t he National Team Prize in the Rally. Korkut has provided the following URL,, which shows his progress on the model to date.

Korkut then sent us a message that reads “……….the provided URL is a forum page in Turkish, so it would not be sufficient to the understanding of the vast majority of people who would click. Instead, please note and replace with the URL of my own website, in English, so that people can understand what they read…….”. Korkut also advises that he is at least 2 months from finishing the model and will send us some pictures of the completed model once it is finished and he is happy with it.

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New Book released on the Rally - January 17th, 2009 - By Peter Flanagan


(Trafford Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-4251-8508-4, price £9.99 gbp) 

The story of car no. 19, ‘the Post Office Mini’ (aka ‘The Buzby Special’), which finished an honourable last on this, the longest car rally in history. 

      Simon was born and brought up in the English Midlands, and is a composer specialising in film and TV music. In 1973, his recording of ‘Eye Level’, the theme from the Thames TV series ‘Van Der Valk’, topped the UK pop charts and sold more than a million copies. It was as a result of this that he first met journalist and broadcaster Mike Dickin, and they quickly became close friends. Their shared love of cars and racing was never better expressed than by their madcap, low-budget entry into the world’s longest car rally.

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