The wallpaper on the left in my dining room is covered with 1" to Mile Ordnance Survey Maps, quite a task as the maps were not all printed the same way on the paper, when you pasted the maps they would expand slightly in different ways, some would be wider, some would be longer.
On the Icebreaker rally in North Wales with Ian Harwood running as car No-1 in his MK1 Escort Twin Cam we encountered a cattle truck on a narrow road, we had to reverse a fair distance to let it pass, needless to say we dropped 2 minutes. On the following Tuesday morning I read in the Daily Express that some cattle rustling had taken place on the Saturday night and the local police were seeking info. I telephoned Ian and he recalled the incident and remembered both the colour of the truck and its registration number. So I telephoned the police with the info and low and behold they traced and arrested the rustlers!
Months later I found out that Chris was courting one of Jack's daughters ! - Whom he later married.
The organisers at the last minute decided that cars should carry side numbers and as they had made no provisions for the sale of these, folk had to resort to 'Tank Tape' and what a mess they looked.
I competed on 15 of the 19 MN Rallies with 4 outright wins, together with other National and International events navigating a variety of drivers that included JB, Ian Harwood, John Bloxham and John Sprinzel. I lost out on winning the MN Championship again, by one point only !
Halfway through the year Jim's own Escort Twin Cam was re-shelled with a big winged body.
Sadly Eddie Green passed away in May 2003
A lot of the Motoring News stories can be read in Peter Robinson's excellent series of books called 'Memory Lane' which spotlights the era of Motoring News Rallies of which Jim and I feature in the results on a lot of the events.
Quote from Peter West - OWH 322H was built by me and Tony Taylor in a disused stable at Harwood Lodge, Bolton. When you add the magical skills of Don Barrow to the mix along with our record of reliability in that era, it was bound to produce something special. It certainly did. Jim was an exceptional pilot not the 'balls out' quickest but as the results always showed they were always well up there at the finish, furthermore Jim always looked after the hardware when ever possible by keeping out of trouble.
That's what being called 'Lucky Jim' does for you.
Squadra Budino Nero
(Team Black Pudding)
Jim Bullough & Don Barrow
FTW 44H - Ford ex Works MK1 Escort Twin Cam
'Super Car' - 'Super Driver' - 'Super Nav'
2nd - Torbay Rally - 1970
Running as number one, we were once again the mechanical hare for the night, warming the marshals up and losing time at each Time Control, here you can see Morley/Briant are catching us up even though we have both dropped time on the road. Approaching the next Time Control I asked for a card with a time of 12.05, (Targa Timing Cards) (This is all hectic stuff) the marshal gave me a card and off we go, I immediately notice that the marshal (who assumed we were running on time) had given me a card with 12.01 on, Hells Bells, reverse back to the marshal quick. Morley/Briant are now passing us, (unbeknown to us at this stage they also accepted a wrong time card) I eventually get another card and off we go again, only to find the marshal, instead of giving a new card had simply altered the card by crossing out the 12.01 and encircling the 12.05 time. Losing at least one extra minute we had to press on at a hectic pace. When the results came out we were posted as the winners with Morley/Briant 2nd, but then the organisers noticed we both had altered time cards, I was fully aware of mine, however Morley/Briant did not reverse back to the Time Control, so how they acquired an altered time card, no one knows!! We entered into a protest, which the Stewards adamantly rejected, the regulations stated that no altered time cards would be entertained whatsoever, this I was fully aware of which prompted my earlier actions at the inept marshals Time Control. A senior official witnessed the time card fiasco and came over to us at the finish and offered to give evidence at our protest. But the Stewards rejected any third party interference and categorically stated that altered time cards were deemed as not visiting the control. Absolutely dejected and disgusted that a win had been taken away by poor marshalling, we left for home. Can you imagine our feelings when Thursdays Motoring News arrived only to find that Morley/Briant had been declared the winners.
A touch of the Barrack Room lawyers, nod, nod, wink, wink.
No little wonder, they could never catch us !
On the 1971 RAC Rally with our car in British Vita colours and motives, we were posing for a photo for Autosport on the RAC Rally when the photographer asked, "who's sign written your car" why? we asked, it stated across the top of both front wings, 'Prepaired by British Vita Racing', how embarrassing, what a spelling mistake! So every time we got out of the car Jim made a bee line to stand in front of the mis spelled word.
Towards the end of the year I was being tempted by Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams - whom I had successfully navigated for on several previous occasions - to join DTV (unpaid of course) in pioneering the, wait for it, Vauxhall 'Firenza'.
By this time I had managed to produce some moulds on my lathe and could successfully build my Don Barrow Light - Map Magnifier and they went on sale around this era in it's grey colour form for about £5.00.
I also did a couple of rallies with David Cowan in his Escort Twin Cam, the first rally we retired in Wales with a cam belt problem, the second was also a retirement on the Devils Own Rally in the Lake District with an inversion in a narrow lane. David's dad, Les lived just North of Manchester and so that I could recognise their house he said he would leave his car parked on the roadway, "just look out for the registration number LES 777" he said, well sure enough it was there. On driving in I could see the rally car LES 7 and when I was ringing the front door bell I caught sight of a MK1 Austin Healey Sprite with a registration plate, wait for it, MRS 777. Yes you have guessed it, Les was a right comedian.
The RAC was another epic affair, having vigorously warmed up a set of racing tyres for the last 6 miles, prior to entering the Special Stage in Bradford sewage works, can you imagine my thoughts when there was a 30 minute delay on the start line! During this delay it also rained, so with a wet road on cold racers, away we sped. However as I had predicted, 'Whizzo' caused another 30 minute delay when he terminally assaulted a solid oak tree at a fair rate of knots. We were lucky not to have drowned to death in the previous day's outflow of the population of Bradford. Needless to say a near wasted year all round.
The life of Whizzo Williams in his hilarious book, written by Paul Lawrence
After you have read Whizzo's book you will probably agree that with me that - as Oscars are awarded to the most outstanding acting performances - if there ever was an annual Oscar award presented by the International Panel Beaters Association for the best performance in bending the most motor cars, Whizzo would probably have won several.
Dealer Team Vauxhall
Don Barrow the 'King of the Navigators' [Eric Bailey - Motoring Correspondent - The Daily Telegraph 16/12/95] © 1999 - Copyright Don Barrow
© 1999 - Copyright Don Barrow
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