Cold start­ing? No prob­lem

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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.


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.’

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