THE SIX RAC CARS

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SJN 830R

Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz This mys­te­ri­ous car was seen only once. Ac­cord­ing to the reg­is­tra­tion, SJN 830R was a 1977 car, but this came off a pre­vi­ously-writ­ten-off Es­cort.

MLD 999P

Ari Vata­nen/Peter Bryant This Sut­ton-owned car’s orig­i­nal iden­tity was on his own cars and dated from 1975/1976, but for this event it was ef­fec­tively a brand-new car, spon­sored by Marl­boro.This lined up with the orig­i­nal Ford plan.

UNY 956S

Rus­sell Brookes/DerekTucker Orig­i­nally this was a new car be­ing built up in the Rus­sell Brookes/Peter Har­ri­son work­shops for re-sale.The UNY 956S iden­tity came off a writ­ten-off Es­cort Pop­u­lar from Jeff Churchill’s hire fleet. After the strike was over, UNY 956S was re­turned to Bore­ham and ab­sorbed into the fleet (with yet an­other iden­tity).

WTW 568S

Bjorn Walde­gard/Han­sThorzselius This was a gen­uine Bore­ham car, spir­ited out of Bore­ham be­fore the pick­ets ar­rived, and hid­den away in Mick Jones’s home garage for weeks. Mick then spent much time part-com­plet­ing the build, be­fore de­liv­er­ing it toThomas Mo­tors of Black­pool for com­ple­tion. After the event it was later re­turned to Bore­ham.

OKK 380P

Roger Clark/Neil Wil­son This was JohnTay­lor’s orig­i­nal RS1800, which made its rally de­but in July 1975, but was ready to be re­tired in 1978. For the RAC the gal­lant old car was wheeled out again, thor­oughly re­freshed at Maid­stone, and en­trusted to Roger Clark.

SKK 625R

JohnTay­lor/Phil Short This car was brand new in mid-1978, and built up at Haynes of Maid­stone for John Tay­lor to drove.Tay­lor chose to run it with Lu­cas fuel-in­jec­tion on the RAC rally (all the other cars ran with We­ber car­bu­ret­tors), which gave trou­ble through­out.

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