DOWN THE PUB

Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH IAN MEAKIN

Age: 65 Lives: Pon­typridd Saab en­thu­si­ast

He com­petes in a Saab “I’ve been ral­ly­ing since the late 1960s and have done a lot of co-driv­ing. I’ve also done a lot of his­toric ral­lies with the Saab 96 two-stroke and it has won a lot of his­toric road ral­lies. I’ve never done any stage events in the Saab; it’s not set up for stage ral­lies and it doesn’t have a roll cage or suit­able seats. I’ve had it for about 24 years and have al­ways used it. We use it mainly on tours these days.”

The Saab went to Shel­s­ley­walsh “The Shel­s­ley Walsh Clas­sic week­end last month was the first hill­climb the car had ever done and it was the first time it had been on a trailer. Every­body seemed to love it and I think it was pretty rare for a two-stroke Saab to com­pete at Shel­s­ley. When I was ill last year I de­cided to start book­ing up some events for when I got bet­ter and the Clas­sic was on my ‘to do’ list.”

It’s not burst­ing with power though “It is a 1965 two-stroke with an 841cc en­gine and about 45bhp on a good day. The fastest cars at Shel­s­ley were cross­ing the fin­ish line at 130mph and I crossed the line at 45mph. The whole hill is flat out in the Saab, you don’t lift off any­where. It is a four-speed gear­box and most of the hill was flat in third. I did change down to sec­ond for the Esses. It takes a long time to get to the Esses!”

He’s also a renowned co-driver “I do a lot of co-driv­ing at places like Epynt and Caer­went and I’ve been go­ing to Caer­went since it opened for ral­ly­ing 20 years ago. I do know it very well, but I also like Epynt and we go to events like West Cork in Ire­land. I’ve not done so much this year as I’m re­cov­er­ing from lym­phoma, but I did Car­low ear­lier in the year. But the plan is to do more over the rest of the year and be­yond.”

He’s a Saab en­thu­si­ast “I work three days a week as a driv­ing ex­am­iner. I also do quite a lot of art; I draw and paint cars mainly. I’ve done three Eric Carls­son pic­tures be­cause I’ve al­ways loved Saabs.”

Meakin just loves Saabs

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.