|Lives – Dumfries, Scotland|
Mini Cooper S
Longman Head + 45 D.COE
100 BHP at wheels
Jack Knight Dog Box
8’’ X 13’’ Revolution Wheels
Avon Rallycross Handcut Slicks
Originally built in the 1980’s by Dave Pritchard, who built the last Works Mini’s for British Leyland, the car has a Space Frame chassis and is fitted with Kevlar Body Panels. Green and White Mini Spares originally built the current engine for the car back in 1997.
With an impressive amount of history the car can be dated back to previous owners who include;
Keith Bird – Sleford
Johnston Bros – York
Roy Clark – Leeds
Stuart Bowes – Middlesborough
Ian from Dumfries Scotland got his Rallycross career off to a start in 1974 at Boyds Quarry in Northern Ireland, driving a Ford Anglia equipped with a 1650cc engine. Ian recalls how John Taylor was the ‘Invitation Driver’ at that first event.
Having been successful in both Autocross and Rallycross during his Motor Racing career; Ian was crowned triple Autocross Champion in 1999 after winning the ANECC, Scottish Autocross Championship and South West of Scotland series.
Prior to Ian’s ownership Stuart Bowes had competed in the Mini in the British Rallycross Championship taking it into Europe racing at the Valkenswaard circuit in Holland. This was not the first time that the Mini had been seen on the European circuits; whilst in the hands of Roy Clark the car competed in both Belgium and Holland.
The Mini was taken off the track in 2002 and dry-stored for a period of 7 years, until Ian purchased it in 2009 with the intention of competing in the 2010 Revivals Series; although this series was cancelled after a couple of events, Ian continued racing in the BTRDA Clubman’s Championship.
Success was achieved in 2011; having won the first 3 rounds outright, Ian finished the season as the BTRDA Championship winner in the up to 1600cc category, claiming 3rd overall in the Championship.
Shirley Gibson Championship Organiser says she is absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Ian to the Retro Rallycross Challenge; “Ian’s car has such an impressive history that can be dated back to the 1980’s and is exactly the type of car this series is aimed at”.