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
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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.