November 2001

Latest News in the world of Vintage Rallying

25 Oct 2001 Sandusky Valley Vintage Rally - May 17-19, 2002

The Spring Gathering of the Faithful of the Ohio Chapter of the New England MG T Register in conjunction with the Detroit Region of the SCCA will feature a Time-Speed-Distance rally designed to appeal to the vintage rally enthusiast. The event weekend will be May 17-19, 2002, with the estimated 150 mile rally to be run on Saturday, May 18. The rally will be a full TSD rally, generally run to SCCA TourRally rules. The event will be headquartered in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, at the junction of US 30 and 23. Tentative routing for the rally is through Wyandot, Hancock, Crawford and Seneca counties, utilizing only paved roads. Speeds will be kept to a comfortable pace.

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25 Oct 2001 Team Paradox wraps up 2001 season.

On Brockway Mountain. Photo by Patrick Munits. Team Paradox and the RallyRhybuddRacing program completed its 2001 competition season at the recent ClubRallies held in conjunction with the Lake Superior ProRally in Houghton, Michigan. The team finished their final two ClubRallies for the season with a 5th place and a 4th place in Group 2.

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18 Sep 2001 Rochester NY team to compete in LaCarrera

Calling themselves "Los tres viejos locos" (Three crazy old guys), three Rochester area men plan to compete in the famed LaCarrera Panamericana road race in Mexico. J. Edward Diamond, John Simonson and Brian Fallon have entered the famed "Mexican Road Race" in a 1964 Porsche 356C. They plan to share the driving rotating daily between the driver, co-driver and support vehicle seats.

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1 Aug 2001 RAC Winning Saab entered in Rally of the Tests

RAC winning Saab on the 1998 Great River Road Rally. The Saab 96 that carried Erik Carlsson and Stuart Turner to vidtory on the 1960 RAC Rally of Great Britain will return to England later this year to compete in the Classic Rally Association's "Rally of the Tests". The Rally of the Tests is a re-creation of the RAC Rallies of the 1950s and open only to cars that might have competed during that era. The Rally of the Tests takes place from 30 November thru 2 December, 2001.

Current owner of the Saab 96, Eric Johnson, along with Dave Mahachek, are entered in the Rally of the Tests.

Details on the Entry can be found here.

More details on the Saab 96 can be found here.

Photos can be found here.

29 Jan 2001 Rally Rhybudd MGB-GT First to compete in SCCA Historic Class

Rally Rhybudd MGB-GT at Sno and Drift ClubRallies. An MGB-GT is hardly the first choice you would make for a rally on icy roads in Michigan. That didn't deter Phil and Dallas Smith who took their 1968 GT to a Historic class win (the only starter, but they finished) in the Sno and Drift ClubRallies.

They will go into the SCCA records as the first car/team to compete in the Historic ClubRally class. In addition, they are listed as finishing 2nd in the Group 2 category (2WD, engine size under 2.4-liters) in each of the ClubRallies associated with the SnoDrift ProRally.

Results posted at

More on this rally MG in the Vintage Rally Cars section.

22 Jan 2001 Kammer and Winker nominated to SCCA Historic Rally Commission

Walt Kammer and Tim Winker have been asked to join Mark Williams on the SCCA Historic Rally Commission. The trio will monitor and collect input on the new ClubRally Historic category, and will report to the Performance Rally Board. Both Kammer and Winker were among those who offered their ideas on the rules for new class. Kammer has competed in Historic Rally events in a Datsun 510 and a Renault Alpine A110. Winker is the publisher of

20 Jan 2001 Halda Instruments featured in MOTOR SPORT magazine

The March 2001 issue of Motor Sport magazine will include an article on Halda rally instruments by the Technofile author Keith Howard.

(Information provided by Martin Jubb, The Haldaman.)

18 Jan 2001 Clemens/Pleitner DNF at CRA Winter Challenge

Clemens/Pleitner Saab near the Start of the CRA Winter Challenge. Photo © by Robert Clayson. A look at the final results for the Classic Rally Association's 12th Winter Challenge shows that the Saab 96 of American's Kevin Clemens and Peter Pleitner were among those not classified as finishers. Rally teams experienced the worst winter weather ever for the 12 years this traditional Monte Carlo style rally has been run.

Clemens reports the two-stroke engine on the Saab seized on Col De Granier on the third day. He has promised a brief story on his adventures, and maybe some photos. Clemens' writings will also be found in AUTOMOBILE and european car magazines.

Robert Clayson has posted some photos from the Brooklands start of the Winter Challenge at this web site:

12 Jan 2001 "Historic Rally Trophy" game coming to a computer near you.

Screen image from Historic Rally Trophy Bugbear Entertainment Ltd., a software development company located in Helsinki, Finland, is working on a game to be called Historic Rally Trophy. The game will be published by JoWooD Entertainment of Austria, and ahould be available worldwide by the end of 2001.

Historic Rally Trophy is a challenging racing game and the first "historic rally" simulation. One of the most exciting elements of the game are classic race cars such as Ford Cortina, Fiat 600 Abarth and Morris Mini Cooper. There are ten shining old classics to drive in total, all of which have been modelled in great detail and extremely realistically.

Great emphasis has been put in visualization. The race passes through beautiful landscapes with varying weather conditions such as daylight, sunset, snowfall, rain, storm and foggy weather. Everything imaginable is included, such as fine particle effects, skid marks and reflections. We have used the latest digital photo technology to create a more realistic and stunning graphical environment than ever before.

We have developed a new state-of-the-art 3D engine and extremely accurate vehicle dynamics for this game. The engine supports all the latest 3D graphic cards and gives a very high performance with stunning visual effects. Our car dynamics make it possible to have incredible playability and impressive car handling.

Historic Rally Trophy is combination of stunning playability, shocking visuals and a fine selection of cars and tracks. It's true fun, smooth to play and adds some unique content to the racing game genre.

For more details, visit the Bugbear Entertainment Ltd. web site.

An early review of the Historic Rally Trophy game may be found at the High Gear Sim Racing News site.

 4 Jan 2001 Buffum to compete in Monte Carlo Historique

John Buffum, owner of Libra Racing and eleven time SCCA Pro Rally champion, will take to the byways of Europe in late January when he and Neil Wilson team up once again for a vintage rally, the Monte Carlo Historique. Buffum and Wilson have run quite a few vintage events together in the past few years, last year finishing second overall at the Classic Marathon (Ypres to San Remo). Once again they will be using Wilson's Porsche 356.

Also competing in the MCH are Tom Jones and Ralph Beckman in Beckman's freshly restored 1967 Plymouth Barracuda (see story at

The Monte Carlo Historique is one of three Monte Carlo revival rallies being held this winter, the others are the CRA Winter Challenge and The Winter Trial, organized by HERO Holland. The Automobile Club of Monaco (ACM) organizes the Monte Carlo Historique, and it is the only vintage rally allowed to use "Monte Carlo" in its title.

Kevin Clemens and Peter Pleitner are entered in the Winter Challenge in a 1967 Saab 96 (see story at

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