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Timo Makinen, Don Barrow, Rauno Aaltonen, Henry Liddon, Tony Ambrose & Paddy Hopkirk.
Line up of the Works Austin Healey 3000 team
BRX 852B is the Timo Makinen & Don Barrow RAC Rally car:
Spa - Sofia - Liege Rally - 1964.
'Click here' to buy or read about the thrilling 'Confidential' BMC Team Instructions compiled in 1964 by
BMC Team Manager Stuart Turner.
'Plus' Mike Wood's book about the only Mini to finish the Liege
1964 saw my second 'Works Team' Co-drive this time with the BMC Works Team, Co-Driving for the legendary Timo Makinen (The Tazio Nuvolari of the 1960s) in a Healey 3000 (ARX 92B) on the Spa - Sofia - Liege Rally where we simply ran out of tyres. Timo Makinen was a long-standing favourite in the BMC works rally team; regarded as the fastest and bravest rally driver of his era,

Prior to the Liege I had flown Home from the Tour de France recce with a medical problem. And two weeks later my wife gave birth to our twins, Richard Donald Barrow and Vivienne Jane Barrow. The hectic year culminated with a 2nd overall and GT Class win on the RAC Rally with Timo in a 'Works' Healey 3000 (BRX 852B). Together with making numerous 'Works' road books for European Rallies throughout the year.

In 1964 Reg and I won the Motoring News Championship again with numerous Rally wins. In fact it was our best year together, which was an amazing feat when you consider he was then 54 years of age. When 477 TU was wheeled out for it's first event the 1964 Express & Star Rally we won with another convincing win.
Reg McBride & Don Barrow - Ford Anglia 105e
on a another winning 'roller'
1st - Express & Star Rally - 1964
Reg McBride & Don Barrow - Ford Anglia 105e
Curragh's Special Stage
4th - Manx Rally - 1964

Don Barrow, Timo Makinen, Rauno Aaltonen, Henry Liddon, Tony Ambrose & Paddy Hopkirk
Works Austin Healey team - Spa Sofia Liege - 1964
Timo Makinen & Don Barrow - Works Austin Healey 3000
on Max attack in Yugoslavia
ARX 92B - Spa Sofia Liege - 1964
Timo Makinen & Don Barrow - Works Austin Healey 3000
One of the greatest 'Super Star' drivers
BRX 852B Now fitted with bumpers for the GT Class
2nd - RAC Rally - 1964
Timo Makinen & Don Barrow - Works Austin Healey 3000
Oulton Park race Circuit in the mist
2nd - RAC Rally - 1964
Timo Makinen & Don Barrow - Works Austin Healey 3000
On a Stage Start Line Under Starters Orders
Waiting to light the blue touch paper
2nd - RAC Rally 1964 - (Mouseover Pic)
Timo Makinen & Don Barrow
BMC Works Austin Healey 3000
one of the 60 Forest Stages RAC Rally - 1964
Unfortunately on the RAC Rally Timo insisted on using German Dunlop SP3 tyres and not the new Dunlop SP44 treaded tyre which all the other Works Teams were using. We led the event for the first two or three Stages and gradually lost out through lack of grip, although we were travelling as great speeds we suffered from loads and loads of wheelspin. On reaching Oulton Park which was shrouded in thick fog, Dunlop's Team manager Morris Tourley, confided in me that he was going to tell Timo that they had run out of SP3 tyres. We were therefore duly dispatched towards the Lake District Stages fitted out with SP44's. What a fantastic difference these made, it was like bolting on another 80 BHP, we simply stormed up the tracks with little if any wheelspin.

By the roadside just prior to the Perth 'IN' Control we were having our rear suspension replaced when Stuart Turner (BMC Competitions Department Team Manager), asked me in no uncertain terms, why we were not leading the Rally and why I had incurred a 500 point penalty for missing a Route Check. He then sidled round to Timo's side and politely asked him how things were going. On his hasty departure, Timo said to me "me try harder tomorrow" this he promptly did with a string of 14 Ftd's (Fastest Time of the Day) on the trot. (it turned out that the first 16 cars had missed the same route check due to crowds of people obscuring the control). However, towards the end of the Rally on the Snetterton Race Track Stage, with three Stages to go (60 in Total), a large crack appeared in the overdrive casing losing its oil and the vital use of the extra speed of the overdrive. The mechanics frantically removed the inner gearbox cover to enable them to apply a resin based bandage around the overdrive unit and with the casing removed it allowed stones, mud, dust and oily engine fumes to fly up into the cockpit. The last few Stages on 'Maximum Attack' with the open floorpan was quite frightening. The gearbox consumed about 5 gallons of oil which I was pouring in while on the move, in order to reach the finish in London. After a panicky results enquiry by myself, our 500 point penalty was removed, although all the other 15 cars had automatically had their penalties cancelled. We lost by a mere 60 odd seconds finishing 2nd Overall and winning the GT Class Outright.

Have no illusions, Super Stars today get paid megga bucks, I was paid a miserly fee of 50 plus a few Trade Bonuses for the 1964 RAC Rally ! Gratefully received, of course.

The overnight stay at the Salutation Hotel in Perth was an extremely cold night, I could not sleep through being so cold. So I had my anarak and the bedroom rug on top of the bed to keep me warm. Next morning around 07.15 hrs I was walking along a corridor on my way down to breakfast, and met team mate Paddy Hopkirk, who was wearing a resplendent blue and red striped dressing gown and complaining bitterly that there was no hot water for a bath. Later in the day, between the Stages Timo and I were talking about the previous cold night, I was explaining how I managed to keep myself warm in bed and Timo said, me OK, me leave hot water tap running all night !!!




Seen this picture before?
ARX 92B


Halfway through 1965, Reg retired through ill health and I teamed up with Phil Simister once again to finish off the 'MN' Championship by finishing 3rd overall. Phil was an ex-motorcycle TT Rider and naturally he drove his cars in a similar smooth fashion, sometimes a little too smooth, especially when a max-attack was being called for by myself. We notched up a few wins but by the end of 1965 Phil also decided to retire, so I was on the look out for yet another good Driver.
Don Barrow couldn't resist this photo when visiting Plymouth - 1990

Andrew Cowan & Don Barrow
Rootes Group Works Hillman IMP - FRW 307C
Scottish International Rally - 1965

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In between competing on National and 'MN' Rallies during 1965 I became involved with my third Works Factory Team, the Rootes Group Competition Dept under it's Competition Manager Marcus Chambers and Chief Engineer Des O'Dell. Firstly making Team road books for the Alpine and Monte Rallies and competing with Andrew Cowan on the Scottish International Rally in a Works Hillman Imp.

The colour picture shows the line up of Works IMPs prior to the start of the 1965 Scottish Rally outside the Royal Scottish Automobile Club in Blythewood Square, Glasgow, Scotland.
Car 8 is Tiny Lewis & Robin Turvey in 4526 KV, Car 6 is Andrew Cowan & Don Barrow in FRW 307C, car 5 is Rosemary Smith & Valerie Domleo in 4525 KV.

On Special Stage 13 ! of the 1965 Scottish International Rally. Andrew Cowan & myself set off from the start of the stage, where Andrew remarked about the worrying noise from the transaxle, sure enough it got worse and eventually cried enough, we pulled over, which co-incidentally was exactly 13 miles into the stage. Low and behold his brother and his then girl friend were spectating at that very corner. We eventually got recovered out of the stage and headed off back to Glasgow in his brothers car, we eventually stopped for lunch at a hotel. During lunch a Wallace Arnold coach pulled up outside and to add more to the co-incidentals, my Mother, Father & Auntie Annie walked into the restaurant, unbeknown to me they were touring Scotland at the time. Whenever my Auntie shook my hand there was always a Five pound note (5 in 1965 was a nice little windfall) to be had from the hand shake, very much appreciated as times were hard in those days. So after the grief of retiring from the event, the day did not not turn out too bad after all !!!!

5 was more than a days pay in 1965. When I spent weeks/days making road books for International events, they, the Rootes Group Competition Department, very generously paid me 20 per week, which was more than my normal pay packet at that time!

As a further story about the 1965 Scottish International.
Harry Skelton (He had a big haulage Company in the Midlands) entered in his Imp with a Swiss guy called Henri Ziegler. Harry had all the prep work done at the customer service Comps Dept, and they were obviously going to service his car throughout the rally. So you can imagine the night before scrutineering, Harry takes all twelve of them out for dinner and drinks.
Our small group had just arrived back at the Rootes Group rally hotel to see them all arrive, Harry was fussing around taking their drinks order for a night cap, Jim who was the service foreman said, "No Way, I've had enough drink for one night" Harry would not take no for an answer and kept insisting he had a brandy, "NO WAY" was the answer again, Harry not to be outdone, pestered him once again with, "Come on Jim your letting the side down, you have got to have something to get you off to sleep" Jim replied "Well go on, you've twisted my arm, I'll have 20 Woodbines (Cigarettes) then !!


I also won a couple of 200 Mile Restricted Rallies with my younger brother Peter Barrow in his Mini & Mini-Cooper on Derbyshire

Pete Barrow & DB - Mini Cooper
1st - Stearnwood Rally 1964


Ian Hall, Marcus Chambers & Don Barrow
Rootes Group Team Management 'pep talk'
Works Sunbeam Tiger - ADU 311B - Alpine Rally 1965
Ian Hall & Don Barrow - Rootes Group
Works Sunbeam Tiger - ADU 311B - Alpine Rally - 1965
Beautifully restored with it's history
Works Sunbeam Tiger - ADU 311B
Ian Hall & Don Barrow competed on the 1965 Alpine Rally in a Works Sunbeam Tiger - ADU 311B - which started in Marseille, France, ending in retirement.

I was very proud to be a member of the Works Factory Rootes Group Rally Team managed by Marcus Chambers and Chief Engineer Des O'dell.
The Team consisted of Tiny Lewis & Robin Turvey, Ian Hall & Don Barrow, Rosemary Smith & Sheila Taylor and Peter Harper & Mike Hughes.

We all had T shirts with the ' Sunbeam Tiger Powered by Ford ' logo both front and back.

Descending the Col d'Allos with Ian Hall in a LHD 'Works' Tiger, please note, it's always the Co-Drivers side that gets bumped.

I then had the misfortune to be teamed up with Peter Harper on the 1965 RAC Rally in a Works Sunbeam Tiger, thankfully ending in retirement at Bristol Airport Main Control with a cooked engine. There's no way I could have endured the abrasive atmosphere in the car much longer. It must be rated as my most hated memory of ever being in such company.

Just to put you in the picture - I collected the Sunbeam Tiger from the Competition Dept in Coventry and drove to the house of PH, he was all very courteous saying cheerio to his wife but as soon as he got in the car he completely changed, he was very sarcastic about everything that we discussed.

We started the event with the homologated carburetor fitted, which at a pre-arranged meeting point was to be changed for the ultimate carburetor. The engine started playing up about 2 miles prior to the rendezvous and I had to push the car for the last 100 yards off the highway, PH was not best pleased and decided to take it out of me, and from that point onwards he queried every route instruction I gave him. On SS1 he overdrove the car and at the spectator point had a monumental high speed nosedive immediately followed by an overshoot where the engine stopped. It took ages to start the V8 engine and we limped off the stage with steam coming from the front end and the temperature gauge in the red. Thankfully, where at the pre-event meeting I had pushed very hard for a service crew to be stationed at the end of SS1, they discovered the fan blades were still embedded into the radiator which was all replaced and topped up. Just prior to entering the Quantocks special stage we were the last car in a convoy of other works cars and I said we turn right into the forest in 200 yards, all the other cars went straight on, he refused to turn right insisting that I check the M.R. (Map Reference). I assured him I was right because I had been through the same stage just weeks before, he would not budge. Minutes later the convoy arrived back and turned into the junction, he then followed them in, no apology was offered, at the stage start he shouted, 'pass my crash hat' he was in a right rage. Halfway through the stage the engine started to misfire, signalling the failure of a head gasket, brilliant I thought, let's hope it expires on a road section far enough away from a service point.

Up to this point in my rallying career I had always enjoyed the company of all my previous drivers, and then I was paired with PH, I had never experienced such a total disregard for a fellow crew member, he was so argumentative, arrogant, ill mannered and pompous, I hated his company and I was simply hoping the engine would fail. However we managed to limp into the Bristol Airport service point, where, hallelujah! the engine was declared cooked and done for. Tiny Lewis who was in the Rootes Team driving a Hillman Imp allowed us the use of his house to stay overnight near Bristol. Unbeknown to me PH had telephoned his girl friend - no names that would be unfair - so lets call her Sally and she apparently arrived overnight which then provided us with transport to get back to London. On the way we stopped for lunch at a roadside restaurant and the pair of them created an awkward situation by canoodling with one another and ending up with Sally sat on his lap kissing and cuddling. Highly embarrassed, I topped up the wine glasses, at which PH looked away from Sally and said 'and you poured the wine just like a plumber too', I could have hit him over the head with the wine bottle.

Many years later at a Ecurie Cod Fillet re-union, I visited the Rootes Group table and spoke with Ian Hall, Rosemary Smith and Peter Procter and I ventured round to PH and asked if he remembered me, he said 'NO' and immediately turned his back on me. So there you have the answer to my abhorrent feelings to such a distasteful individual.


I also vividly remember finishing 5th overall on the Circuit of Ireland with Roy Fidler as private entrants, in a factory loaned 'Works' Triumph 2000, on an event which was 'Plot and Bash' on ½" Scale maps, using a home made cardboard Romer. A miss Plot on these maps could have been disastrous. This was an ex-Spa-Sofia-Liege car and the long range fuel tanks had been removed, the fuel entry point on the rear wing had been plugged with a 4 inch rubber grommet. On the last night we came into Londonderry to refuel, the Time Control was in the filling station. I was busy in the car plotting up the new Route Card and a strong whiff of petrol became apparent, Roy appeared and I asked what the smell was all about, at which he shot to the back of the car and a great argument ensued. By this time I was feeling quite ill, but in true Navigators spirit, I plotted on. Roy knocked on the window and beckoned me to the rear of the car, on looking into the cavenous boot I could see it was half full with petrol. Paddy had prised the grommet off the wing and pumped 10 gallons of juice directly into the boot ! I lifted the carpet and pushed out a couple of floor grommets to start it to drain off. Meanwhile Roy had got Paddy to put another 10 gallons into the proper fuel tank. Fuel was running all over the place and we pushed the car off the forecourt, Roy and Paddy were arguing like 'hell' over the cost of the extra 10 gallons which Roy refused to pay for. We set off in this lethal mobile bomb with all the windows down and with my hand stinging with pain from the fuel. At every Time Contol, Roy would wait outside the Control area and shout his 'war cry' of "put your bloody fags out, before we come in". What a night we had, the overdrive stuck in the 'on' position which meant we had a high second, third and fourth gears with no reverse, which added to the pressure of not wrong slotting. It's amazing that we survived to tell the tale, however we finished a well earned 5th overall.

Roy Fidler & Don Barrow
Loaned Works Triumph 2000 - AHP 427B
5th - Circuit of Ireland Rally - 1965

Jim Bullough & Don Barrow - Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina
Our first event - the start of greater things to come
3rd - Shunpiker Rally - 1966
So having navigated for many drivers in 1965 I hatched a plan to team up with Jim Bullough, as a Driver he impressed me on Road Rallies, mainly because he was always going fast but sometimes in the wrong direction through bad navigation.

Ian Hall and I in his works Hillman Imp, competed on the Jeans Gold Cup rally, also entered were Jim Bullough and Mike Sutcliffe, my intention was to get in conversation with Jim at the finish and hopefully team up with him for 1966. Well half way through the Jeans Gold Cup event, the Imp started to give trouble, Ian new about my plan and so we limped to the finish at Charnock Richard Services on the M6. We sat at a table opposite the entrance and as soon as Jim and Mike came in I asked if they would like to join us and during the breakfast conversation, Jim asked who I was navigating for in 1966, needless to say the rest is now history. So for 1966 we were both over the moon at teaming up together in Jim's immaculately prepared - Peter West - 'Westune' MK 1 Lotus Cortina (JB 222).


The lower picture to the right shows NVW 241C on the RAC Rally driven by Jim Clark and Brian Melia alongside their team mates Bengt Soderstrom and Gunner Palm in NVW 239C, with a yellow striped clad Stuart Turner of Castrol in the background. This fuel station is somewhere before the event reached Glasgow, because. Jim Bullough and I were in big trouble with sump shield problems and after leaving the Turnberry Main Control we deviated off route to a local garage to effect emergency repairs. After welding into position a piece of steel off a farm implement - I remember one of the guy's saying it was now as strong as a 'brick shothouse' or words to that effect - this deviation delayed us by about 40 minutes and was followed by a long road section which I drove through the centre of Glasgow and on to the next Special Stage. From previous experiences in Scotland I was adhering strictly to the speed limits especially in the 30 areas, because the Police were using new roadside Radar units. However on the outskirts of Glasgow I became very aware of large crowds of people waving flags and hats as we approached, which I thought was most unusual. As we neared the centre of the City the crowds of people became stronger all cheering and shouting. As we travelled down the main street in Glasgow between the numerous traffic lights, something caught my eye in the rear view mirror, this was a full blaze of two headlights and four spotlights travelling at a fair rate of knots coming down the outside lane of the slow moving traffic. As I was pulling up at the red traffic lights, a policeman positioned himself in the middle of the road stopping all traffic and waved this fireball through which was of course Jim Clark in his Lotus Cortina, as he passed us at the red lights he must have been doing about 50 - 60 mph and continued on the opposite side of the road right through several traffic lights in the same fashion. This was a sight to behold and he was in a right flapping state, because someone had given him an eiderdown to stuff in the gaping door hole of his MK1 Lotus Cortina and naturally about a third of it was flapping outside the car. As soon as he had passed us the policeman simply disappeared leaving me to wait for the green lights. Later in the afternoon on the Newcastlton Stage we went off the track and slide into a ditch, this delayed us for about 30 minutes and badly damaged the cross member and steering handlebar, we emerged in the dark with our front wheels pointed outwards. As we left the Stage Finish Control, I caught a glimpse of a Ford service vehicle - their service cars were all adorned with a red fluorescent stripe down their sides - amongst the shrubbery, I dashed across and discovered Ginger Devlin and crew who were pretty reluctant to assist at first. However they managed to pull our wheels in a bit but they were still toeing out by about 2 - 3 inches. During this operation I asked Ginger why they were still waiting at the Stage Finish, he confided in me that Jim Clark's car was still in the forest, but added that the Road Book and Time Card were still on Time !! And that we have not seen them !! Did we, of course not !!! We eventually arrived in the Newcastleton Service area, much to the distress of Peter West and crew, who upon examining the damage had to change both struts, cross member, steering handlebar and other bits and bobs. I was due to book in at the Town Hall Control in about 15 minutes time when Peter said, "no chance mate, we will be at least another 40 minutes yet". There was only one thing to do under the circumstances, I hailed a Taxi, travelled to the Town Hall in my Dunlop Racing overalls with my Road Book, dashed in and booked in on time and returned to the Service area, I thought to myself, what's good enough for the goose, is good enough for the gander.

I was also part of the Rootes Group 'Ice Note' crew on the 1966 Monte, this was as near to competing on the event as I ever got.

However on the British Club scene, competition was getting tougher, and although we won numerous events in the 'MN' series, we finished off the season 2nd overall in the 'MN' Championship and 25th overall on the 1966 RAC Rally.

Jim Bullough & Don Barrow - Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina
Our first event - the start of greater things to come
3rd - Shunpiker Rally - 1966
Team Westune HQ - 1966 RAC Rally
L to R - Brian Marchant, Jack Tordoff (JCT600), Jim Bullough, Peter West, John Clarke, Don Barrow, Gerald Ryan & Richard Hill
Jim Clark & Brian Melia - Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina
NVW 241C - Panic Stations
See the damage below - RAC 1966
Jim Clark & Brian Melia - Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina
NVW 241C - Drastic Emergency Service - RAC 1966

Jim Bullough & Don Barrow - Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina
Grizedale Stage
2nd - Morecambe National - 1967
Jim Bullough & Don Barrow - Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina
Wythop Stage
2nd - Morecambe National Rally - 1967
Jim Bullough & Don Barrow - Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina
struggling through a Stage
Welsh International Rally - 1967
Jim Bullough & Don Barrow - Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina
Televised Stage - Cancelled due to Foot & Mouth
26th - RAC International Rally - 1967
Pic Photohistoric
1967 saw the same team of DB & JB have a fantastic year winning numerous events and winning all three major crowns, the RAC Rally Championship, the Motoring News Rally Championship, and the BTRDA Silver Star Rally Championship.












During November the Country was on red alert with the odd outbreak of foot and mouth disease appearing up and down the Country, which gradually grew worse as the RAC Rally was assembling at the London start. Everyone was talking about it and were extremely concerned whether the RAC would be cancelled. Low and behold the RAC committee made a decision at the final hour and cancelled the Rally. Everyone was gutted, especially the foreign entrants who had travelled long distances complete with their service crews. So it was a case of 'forget the soft drinks' and head direct for the now over crowded bar. However at about 22:00 hrs the RAC posted a list of 20 entrants who had been selected to perform for the now redundant Worldwide TV crews in Hamsterley Forest. So it was back to the alka seltzers and an early bed. The following morning 20 cars and crews made their way to rendevous X in Hamsterley, it was kept very low key because the organisers obviously did not want any spectators present. Everyone had a single slow speed run through the hastilly prepared stage as a recce. This was to be a live broadcast being shown instead of the usual Saturday afternoon RAC Rally. Rallying in the UK was totally banned until part way through January of 1968.


In 1968 Jim Bullough and I won various events using a very early MK 1 Escort Twin Cam, which gave one or two minor problems, however once solved we became a major force to be reckoned with.

This car was presented to Jim by the Ford Motor Company as a prize for winning the 1967 MN Championship, they then had the damn cheek to invoice him for the full amount some 6 months later. Eventually we finished 2nd overall on the 'MN' Championship and a magnificent 3rd overall! on the RAC Rally of Great Britain as private entrants, in the same car that we had used all year, which by this time Jim had reluctantly paid for. This 3rd overall RAC Rally position enabled Ford GB to clinch the European title in 1968, some Prize, some reward!

At Knowldale Car Clubs 50th Anniversary re-union in April, 2002, Jim presented me with a package and said that he meant to give it to me some 30 odd years ago, after the RAC Rally. Upon opening it, I was pleasantly surprised to find this original photograph. These were the Trophies that we won, 3rd Overall, best Private Entrant, best Ferodo, best Ford, best Castrol, best Armstrong shockers, best British Crew, best dressed! etc, etc. If you left click on the photograph you can see in greater detail all the awards and a totally undamaged car! This was after a gruelling 5 day/night Rally through 50+ Forest Stages and various Race Tracks including Mallory Park and Silverstone; no doubt the strain of tiredness is showing on our faces.

Having damaged our exhaust system on the very first stage of the Rally on a horrendous gulley and ridge, in fact a lot of cars sustained damage here through landing on their noses and our exhaust system got bent downwards like a banana from the manifold backwards causing the exhaust pipe to hang very low. In the previous forest up in Scotland we seemed to have been dragging the exhaust on occasions and about 22:00 hrs with Twiglees 1,2 & 3 Stages approaching, which I remembered always had very high cambered roads I was desparate to try and make emergency repairs. On the main road we were catching a Lancia service van and I told Jim to pull alongside them, I leaned out and flagged them down. We could not communicate so I waved them to the back of their van and acquired 2 long welding rods from them. Prior to the Stage Start I jacked the car up on my side and with a hammer and posidriver knocked two holes straight through the carpet and floor pan either side of the exhaust pipe, Jim was most miffed at my actions and said "You've just damaged the Carpets" - Crikey! I thought that was the least of our troubles - I bent one of the brazing rods into a U shape, gave Jim a big spanner so that when I pushed the two rods ends up through the floorpan he could start to twist the rods trapping the spanner as a reinforcing bar. So I pushed the hot pipe upwards and told Jim to start twisting the rods, this gave us about 2" more ground clearance. After dropping the car back, removing the jack and opening the door, I couldnt beleive it, Jim had partly rolled the carpet back and had it trapped under the spanner. Anyway it worked and we shot through the highly cambered roads with no problems at all, in fact it stayed like that till the finish of the Rally.

Peter West and staff from Westune, Bolton, who prepared the Escort Twin Cam, serviced the car throughout the event. Jim also seconded Bernard, one of his own staff from the Bullough's TV repair factory to ensure that the car was kept clean at all times. However, at the Fylingdales Main Control Bernard had just finished washing the car and not realising that Geoff Hood was still working underneath, did the natural thing and slung the bucket of filthy water under the car, all over Geoff, you can well imagine the outcome and I think Bernard learnt a few more choice swear words during the aftermath.

Another amusing tale from this RAC Rally happened at 02:00 hrs in the early hours, on the last night at the Selby Fork, Main Time Control when in 4th overall position. It's hard to explain the concentration and determinating required to be competitive on this type of endurance Rally. But I will try. We had swapped driving throughout the event with me driving about 50% of the Road Sections. And on exiting either Dalby or Wykeham Forest near Pickering, Yorkshire, we changed over. Jim was immediately out like a light while I drove towards the A1 dual carriageway, time was very tight but just about on and I was quite relieved at seeing the signs for the A1 South. However within a few minutes, this turned to great consternation when I encountered thick fog on the A1. With 35 miles to run in 34 minutes, I just stuck the car on the 'Cats Eyes' and pushed as hard as possible and was frightened to death every time a roundabout 'popped up' out of the fog. By constantly checking the Halda Tripmeter against our scheduled booking 'IN' Time, I could see I was just about getting the upper hand. With 2 Miles to run to the Control I awoke Jim and explained the urgent situation, and that as soon as I stop in the Control area, he should dash in with the road Book and 'Clock In'. Encountering a bit of traffic at Selby Fork, delayed me a few more seconds and on turning into the Control I was faced with a battery of television floodlights. As I stopped, Jim was fumbling around on the floor, "quick Jim, the Road Book's in you hand, whats the problem" I shouted, Jim being quite put out at the urgency, replied "I cannot find my comb", "Hells Bells" I said, and grabbed the road book, dashed in holding my trousers up and booked in 'on time' with 15 seconds to spare, before incurring a time penalty, phewy! Talk about 'Smile please, your on Candid Camera' my bemused face must have looked a pretty picture indeed! We went on to finish 3rd overall and the best private entrant behind the two Works SAABs.


Jim Bullough & Don Barrow - Ford MK1 Escort Twin Cam
3rd overall and best private entrants
3rd - RAC Rally - 1968 - (Mouseover Pic)
Westune Service Point
Best private entrants
3rd - RAC Rally - 1968


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