Pre­pare to rally!

( but RPS would rather you didn’t do it in a Bent­ley)

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING - SI­MON AYRIS, RALLY PREPA­RA­TION SER­VICES, OXON When was RPS founded? Do you solely sell mod­i­fied cars, or stan­dard ones as well? What ser­vices other than buy­ing and sell­ing do you of­fer when some­one comes to you for a car? Which pre-war Amer­i­can rally cars

July 2007 of­fi­cially, al­though it started gen­tly be­fore, while I had a proper job. We now of­fer full rally and en­durance car prepa­ra­tion, along­side clas­sic and vin­tage car restora­tion ser­vices and car sales. We’re par­tic­u­larly well known for pre-war Amer­i­can rally cars – what we call our ‘Fan­gio Coupés’. Ev­ery­thing: stan­dard, mod­i­fied, clas­sic, vin­tage – even mod­erns. A care­ful, thought­ful ap­proach is ev­ery­thing, and the RPS crew have seen it and done it all over the years, as we’ve com­peted in and sup­ported over 40 in­ter­na­tional events across the globe. But most of all, it’s about de­cid­ing what you want to rally. As well as to­tal builds, we of­fer full restora­tion ser­vices, event track­ing so­lu­tions and me­chan­i­cal sup­port – our me­chan­ics work on a num­ber of events such as the Monte Carlo His­torique, the Pek­ing to Paris Rally and the forth­com­ing Sa­mu­rai Chal­lenge in Ja­pan. Chevro­let al­ways first as they have given us our best results – Juan Manuel Fan­gio too! Sim­ple, straight­for­ward en­gi­neer­ing with a lot of what we look for al­ready built within. Those that stand out are al­ways Alvis and Bent­ley, both hav­ing sound en­gi­neer­ing and be­ing suit­ably strong, so long as your pock­ets are just as strong. Pre-war Amer­i­can cars don’t work for ev­ery­one, but they’re durable – and cheaper than a Bent­ley or Alvis. Bent­leys are beau­ti­ful, but given the worth of th­ese cars, it breaks my heart when peo­ple want to drive them across the desert at speed and de­stroy them. Af­ter all, they were never meant to do this stuff. Our ‘Fan­gio Coupés’ are called that for a rea­son: Juan Manuel Fan­gio used to com­pete in th­ese cars on un­for­giv­ing dirt roads.

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