Daihatsu Applause rally car build part 3

Snatched from the jaws of the crusher post 3. Rear Brakes Now the suspension was sorted, the rear brake fittings could be completed. First task was to remove the obsolete factory cable handbrake and blank off the cable openings in the tunnel. A new hydraulic handbrake meant making up and welding in a mounting bracket as…

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Plenty of sideways action and drama at the first Khanacross for 2016

Even before entries closed we had numbers in the high 20’s and when we completed the final tally, 31 drivers were confirmed to contest last weekend’s  Light Car Club/Rally Action Twilight Khanacross. It was a great field with a good mix of new and experienced competitors on the entry list. We woke on Friday morning…

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Daihatsu Applause rally car build part 2

Saved from the crusher post 2. Our attention then turned to the interior of the car. We set about completing some minor seam welding around the rear towers, tidying a few areas and removing the factory seat mount brackets. The owner wanted different race seats from those already in the car so we also added some…

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Daihatsu Applause rally car build part 1

Rescued from the jaws of the crusher post 1. This story started with a casual chat at our end of year car club presentation in November 2015. As with any motorsport function, the conversation got around to cars and particularly what may be available to use for the Clubman Cup. At that time there weren’t…

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My introduction to rally

My first rally I remember my first rally like it was yesterday. It was the mid to late 90’s. After many years of club motorsport I’d made the decision to finally go rallying. The thing I remember most about that first event was how underprepared we were. Not so much in terms of the car…

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2015 Rally Awards Night

The 2015 RallyWA presentation night was held in late January on what would normally have been a warm evening. Due to some unusually wet weather, the open air function was moved inside at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. 140+ WA rally people got together to celebrate what proved to be a roller coaster of a…

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Hyundai Excel Rally Car Specs

Background The Hyundai Excel stretches back to the 1980’s when the first examples started out on Australian roads. Back then, the cars were not brilliant and it took some years for the Korean manufacturer to improve production. It was the mid 90’s when fortunes really changed for Hyundai in the form of the X3 model…

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The Rally Action 2015 Season

It wasn’t until I sat down a few days ago to put together a highlights reel that I realised what we’d achieved during 2015. We had a phenomenal season that spanned ten months. Starting in February with a very dusty Motorkhana we got through this program: Competed in all six of the State Championship rallies…

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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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