Gol­lop’s Peu­geot 309 be­ing re­turned to race con­di­tion for next year

Last meet­ings at the Grand Old Lady to be ticket only show­pieces

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The Peu­geot 309 T16 that 1992 Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Will Gol­lop used to de­fend his ti­tle will be re­stored to its for­mer glory hav­ing been bought by for­mer rally driver Adam Keeler.

The York­shire­man re­cently sourced the unique bodyshell af­ter lengthy search­ing for the car. Keeler al­ready owns an ex-gol­lop MG Metro 6R4 that was raced by Tiff Needell in the 1989 MSA Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Grand Prix, and will be­gin work in the New Year on restor­ing the 309 to the same spec­i­fi­ca­tion that it was raced with in Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship events.

“This is an ab­so­lute piece of ral­ly­cross his­tory, it’s the orig­i­nal bodyshell with all the orig­i­nal pan­els. I’m work­ing on find­ing all the bits and pieces now,” said Keeler. “It took months ne­go­ti­at­ing to buy the car, but I’m re­ally happy to have got it.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the orig­i­nal colour scheme was changed a cou­ple of years ago, but I’m go­ing to try and get ev­ery­thing as close to orig­i­nal as I can. We’ll prob­a­bly use an Mi16-based en­gine, the T16 en­gines that Will raced with are rare and very ex­pen­sive.”

The car has been re­cently adapted to suit Honda S2000 sus­pen­sion and run­ning gear, but Keeler will re­turn it to orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Fol­low­ing his ti­tle at the end The fi­nal three big events at Wim­ble­don Sta­dium be­fore it has to be va­cated by short oval pro­mot­ers will be ticket-only meet­ings.

Or­gan­is­ers have an­nounced that the Un­lim­ited Na­tional Banger World Se­ries (Jan­uary 29), the One Last Time BRISCA F1 event (March 5) and Farewell Wim­ble­don meet­ing, which will fea­ture Na­tional Hot Rods, on March 26 will be re­stricted due to the lim­ited space re­main­ing at the track.

The cir­cuit is due to be pulled down to make way for a new foot­ball arena and business park.

Or­gan­is­ers have said: “There are ca­pac­ity re­stric­tions, and these events are likely to be highly pop­u­lar and we have to make sure that it is not overcrowded. They are likely to be very pop­u­lar events.

“These will be great send-offs for the cir­cuit it­self, and peo­ple should act quickly if they want to make sure they can be part of the cel­e­bra­tions.”

Tick­ets are avail­able at spede­worth.co.uk/in­car­ace/tick­ets. php. Al­ter­na­tively, fans can call 01252 322920 and pro­vide de­tails over the phone. These are the only ways to get tick­ets.

The Banger World Se­ries tick­ets cost £18 for adults. It is £20 for the BRISCA F1 meet­ing and £17 for the Na­tional Hot Rod meet­ing.

Gol­lop raced the Peu­geot 309 in Europe in 1992 and the car (inset) is now be­ing re­stored

Hot Rods will sign off at Wim­ble­don

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