RIP’N ROAR

1300CC HIS­TORIC RALLY STARLET

NZ Performance Car - - CONTENTS - WORDS: MAR­CUS GIB­SON PHO­TOS: ADAM CROY

There was a time in the not so dis­tant past when the likes of the hum­ble Toy­ota 4K 1300cc with a pair of side-draught carbs, plenty of com­pres­sion, and a ‘hot’ cam was a for­mi­da­ble weapon for any­one who mashed the right pedal to the metal and danced on gravel, swap­ping lock to lock. But, as any mo­tor­sport stal­warts, rally folk were not per­turbed by ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy, and the quest for vic­tory soon saw the likes of the hum­ble 4K su­per­seded by big­ger ca­pac­ity en­gines and, of course, boost!

Some 30 years later, and here we are, blast­ing up a wet and wind­ing road as the Lam­pola five-speed screams away un­der the floor­pan, the Stack tacho licks 9000rpm, and the trees and Armco are but a blur through the side win­dow. The lack of tech­nol­ogy, ca­pac­ity, and boost, for that mat­ter — all of those quib­bles sim­ply melt away as the nim­ble lit­tle Starlet dances on the Al­con brakes, and proves just how well these lit­tle ter­rors would have gone in their day.

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