Cold starting? No problem
It might have been -5°C, but that didn’t stop intrepid VSCC members from swelling the annual Measham Rally entries to 60 cars, making it the biggest ever. A pretty impressive turnout considering none of the cars had heaters.
DODGE VICTORY SIX
Amazingly, Alan Baker’s recently acquired 3416cc Dodge Victory Six has only 25,000 miles on the clock. ‘It was a lucky find on ebay,’ said Baker. ‘ The Victory Six is a rare car because it was only manufactured for one year – 1928. This one was bought new in Pennsylvania, and had done only 13,000 miles from new when the whole car was sprayed with oil – from bumper to bumper, top to bottom, even including the windows – and stored. That preserved it and as a result there is no rust on the car at all.’
Originally maroon and black, the car was repainted brown during Baker’s restoration.
Tom Duffiffin and Ben Jackson’s 1925 Morris Cowley was a brave choice to compete in – not only had they never contested a vintage rally before, but Duffin only received the ownership documents for his newly acquired Morris the day before the rally.
‘ The car I was going to rally broke down at the last minute,’ explains Duffin. ‘ This Morris is completely unmodified, but I’m used to vintage cars – I’ve been driving them for 23 years and my first car was an Austin Seven. I have never done anything like this, though! I don’t have a trailer either, so we had to drive here in the Morris.’