The Clubman Cup where the magic begins

For some years we’ve had a rally championship that anyone can get started in (formally) called the WA Clubman Rally Series. Known more commonly as the Clubman Cup, it is always hotly contested with 25+ cars lining up at each round and often up to seven teams vying for podium places.   Keeping the rules…

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Nissan Silvia rally car build part 4

We were down to the last few weeks before the debut rally and some long hours were being spent on the Silvia. With the major mechanicals and the exterior sorted it was onto the list of smaller items to get the car ready for competition. The owner had found a set of used Velo race…

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Toyota Celica GT4 Rally Car specs

Background In the mid-late 80’s Lancia was all dominating in the World Rally Championship (WRC) with its Lancia Delta. Several manufacturers had cars in development to compete against Lancia however it was Toyota who would mount the biggest charge with the Celica. Built with a 2l turbo charged engine and constant four wheel drive, the…

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Need a last minute Christmas Gift?

Santas List

It can be a tough decision especially if you’re buying for someone who has everything. The same thing happens in our house every year. Flipping through the endless catalogues, so much to choose from. Will they like the present? Is it the right type? Is it the right colour? Trying to work out the differences between…

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Nissan Silvia rally car build part 3

As we started to put the car together we tackled a few tasks simultaneously. A new fuel tank, Warlbro fuel pump and filter were fitted and plumbed in. We received the car with the original tank removed and inspection inside revealed plenty of rust from exposure to the elements. A HDPE fuel tank guard was…

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Queen Scout and Rally Driving

This week we were honoured and privileged to attend an awards ceremony of a different kind. It was for the presentation of a Queen Scout award, one of the highest accolades available in scouting. For Venturer Scouts (aged 14-17 years) the award requires many hours of dedication and hard work over a period of several years. What…

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Nissan Silvia Rally Car Specs

Background By the time the Silvia/180SX S13 began production, four wheel drive was needed to win in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and so Nissan never intended to run it at WRC level. The earlier S12 model (which we knew as the Gazelle) did win the East African Safari Rally in 1987 where more ruggedly built,…

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Subaru WRX Rally Car specs

Background Subaru’s Impreza actually started production late in 1992 with the first models of the WRX landing on Australian shores in 1994. With 4 wheel drive and turbo charging a necessity to be competitive in the World Rally Championship (WRC), Subaru designed the small four door sedan to accept the 2 litre turbo flat four…

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Get more out of your Rally Driving Experience

You’re excited to be getting behind the wheel and driving sideways. You’re so looking forward to the day, you’re out the door and in the car reversing out of the driveway. Where are the directions? Oops, left them on the kitchen table. Back in the house quickly to grab them and then you remember your…

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Rally Action at the 2015 Darling 200

The last rally of the season, the Darling 200 broke a few records. First there was a field of 38 entries, a big number for the 2WD only rally based around Jarrahdale, southwest of Perth. Second the weather hit a scorching 39◦ and third we had seven cars in the rally, with two of those…

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