Works Car Milbrook 1971

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Works Car Milbrook 1971

Post by david painter » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:59 pm

One on my customer came in today he worked at BL back in the day. we got chatting about Marinas and Longbridge etc . Turns out he was the driver of the lead mini on the poster advertising The Itaiian Job it was filmed in Cofton park then superimposed on the buildings. Email below
Dave

Hi Dave,

Here's the photo I promised. It was taken at Millbrook but I'm not 100% sure of the year although it may have been 1972, some time after I finished my Austin Apprenticeship. That's me driving the British Leyland "Special Tuning" Department's car originally driven successfully by Brian Culcheth and Willy Cave in 1971. I was one of the Austin/Morris drivers approved to take passengers at speed round the track. All I can remember is the car went rather quicker and handled far better than the production models! Here's an extract from some information I dug up on the internet:

"Soon Team Castrol was formed, rallying with first the Triumph 2.5 PI and then the humble Morris Marina. Culcheth and Willy Cave were entered for the 1971 RAC Rally in a Special Tuning prepared Marina, winning the 1300cc class. Ford competitions manager, Stuart Turner (formerly of BMC), was famously wrong-footed here, because he thought the Marina was to be 1.8-litre and so didn’t field one of his Escorts in the small class! With the 1275cc A-Series engine tuned like a Sprite to give around 95/100bhp the Marina was only averagely quick but reliable. Culcheth was the man to make it work, claiming 2nd on the Cyprus Rally in ‘72 (with Johnstone Syer) and 6th the following year"

I also drove the World Cup Rally Triumph as course car on the Tour of Dean Rally around the same time.
Cheers,

Roger Boughton
(ex-Austin Apprentice - 1963-1968)
Morris Marina-001.jpg
World Cup Rally Triumph.jpg

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Re: Works Car Milbrook 1971

Post by MarinaCoupe » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:38 pm

Brilliant stuff David,

See if you can get any more reminiscences this stuff will be lost if we can’t capture it. Technical info will be gold in the future.

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Re: Works Car Milbrook 1971

Post by david painter » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:37 pm

He has his A class in next week for a belt noise will see what I can find for you also got another Customer who was a Austin at a similar time don't get to see him very often. My Landlord here a work was a Triumph man in engineering dept in the 60's see if I can get some tails from him as well next time he is in.
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Post by MarinaCoupe » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:41 pm

Brilliant

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Re: Works Car Milbrook 1971

Post by Gee tc » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:28 pm

Likey

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