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his his­tor­i­cal rally car was built by Bri­tish Ley­land Com­pe­ti­tion Depart­ment, Abing­don, UK — GC2 was one of a pair of Mor­ris Mari­nas built for the 1972 Heat­way Rally, along with a pair of Mini Club­mans.

Orig­i­nally en­tered for An­drew Cowan and Jim Scott — the even­tual win­ner in a Club­man — this car was driven in the event by Jim Richards, with Jim Car­ney as co-driver. Af­ter win­ning a spe­cial stage early in the event and run­ning se­cond over­all be­hind Cowan, sus­pen­sion prob­lems and a fail­ing gear­box saw Richards forced to re­tire in mid­field. Late in 1972, GC2 was ac­quired by Chris Kirk-burn­nand, fol­lowed by brother Barry, who cam­paigned the Ma­rina in na­tional ral­lies, club ral­lies, and hill- climb events.

Dur­ing this time, the gear­box, which was not up to the rigours of harsh com­pe­ti­tion, was even­tu­ally re­placed with a Hill­man four-speed gear­box, and the SU car­bu­ret­tors were re­placed with a twin-choke We­ber.

From 1977 to 1992, GC2 passed through a num­ber of owner and reg­is­tra­tion-plate changes be­fore it was pur­chased by Bob Hulme, in 1992. Bob cam­paigned the car in sprints, hill climbs, and cir­cuit-rac­ing events with the li­cence plate ‘RR9291’. Re­search re­vealed its ori­gins, and Bob per­son­al­ized the plate to ‘1 GC2 1’.

The car passed to An­drew Scott in Oc­to­ber 1997 and was given a baremetal re­build and paint. The roll cage was up­rated for side in­tru­sion, and the Hill­man box was re­placed with a five-speed Rover SD1 unit.

The en­gine was fully re­built (it was not the orig­i­nal by this time), along with the sus­pen­sion, brakes, and many other com­po­nents.

The cur­rent owner, Ju­dith Ed­wards, whose hus­band Don passed away

In­ter­ested par­ties can con­tact

on 07 825 9973 for more in­for­ma­tion.

three years ago, has fi­nally de­cided to pass this sig­nif­i­cant piece of New Zealand rally his­tory onto an­other cus­to­dian and is thus of­fer­ing it for sale.

The ask­ing price is $20K, and this price in­cludes a trailer and an as­sort­ment of parts.

In ad­di­tion, Ju­dith is of­fer­ing their one-owner 1972 Mini Club­man — with just 24,000 miles (38,642km) on the clock — for $8500.

The reg­is­tra­tion for both cars is on hold.

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