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Old 25 Jan 2016, 21:22 (Ref:3607980)   #61
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Old 26 Jan 2016, 09:58 (Ref:3608077)   #62
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The car on the right of the picture is Irishman Michael Cullen Itwas his second Metro race following a run the the Pheonix park event. Cullen went on to be 5 time Irish Touring car Champion , Ferrari Challenge European Champion, F1 Ferrari car owner and BTCC Honda test driver.
Ah yes, Michael Cullen, I was partly right, in that it was one of the Graywoolfe cars, owned by Chris Taylor and run by Seacott out of Luton, who also used to run the Clive Faine, Linden Racing cars in the BTCC.

I met Michael on several occasions during the Metro years, a really nice guy.
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Ah yes, Michael Cullen, I was partly right, in that it was one of the Graywoolfe cars, owned by Chris Taylor and run by Seacott out of Luton, who also used to run the Clive Faine, Linden Racing cars in the BTCC.

I met Michael on several occasions during the Metro years, a really nice guy.
OK chaps, thanks for all your help on this, I'll have to amend the information in the file where I've stored the images. If we could confirm the drivers & the year, that would be even better.
I must have been confused that, as this accident happened at The Woodcote Chicane it was the Chris Tyrell crash, over the years my old memory has become far more crammed with nonsense!
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Old 29 Jan 2016, 16:33 (Ref:3609087)   #64
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OK chaps, thanks for all your help on this, I'll have to amend the information in the file where I've stored the images. If we could confirm the drivers & the year, that would be even better.
I must have been confused that, as this accident happened at The Woodcote Chicane it was the Chris Tyrell crash, over the years my old memory has become far more crammed with nonsense!
I'm almost certain this was 1986, as the Phoenix park race was '86, perhaps billy bleach can confirm ?

There is some Irish TV coverage of that race on youtube, which is well worth a look, there was a massive crowd watching the event, most of them seemed to be intoxicated, (read pi**ed).
It was certainly an experience, the race programme being governed by the pub opening hours !!

Still not totally sure on the Boot Gaymer year, I think '84 though.
Anyone care to chip in on that one ?

Going back to the crash photo of #34 Metro at Woodcote, I found this picture on Flickr of the car with the title "Terry racing a BRP Metro", which may help someone identify the driver ? I think this photo was taken in '83, judging by the livery on the Malcolm Harrison car just in front.
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Note: Chris Tyrrell won the Mini Seven Championship 3 times...in 1974, 1986 and 1987.

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Old 2 Feb 2016, 19:26 (Ref:3611010)   #66
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Kept this clipping, Chris even appears in this.
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I'm almost certain this was 1986, as the Phoenix park race was '86, perhaps billy bleach can confirm ?

There is some Irish TV coverage of that race on youtube, which is well worth a look, there was a massive crowd watching the event, most of them seemed to be intoxicated, (read pi**ed).
It was certainly an experience, the race programme being governed by the pub opening hours !!

Still not totally sure on the Boot Gaymer year, I think '84 though.
Anyone care to chip in on that one ?

Going back to the crash photo of #34 Metro at Woodcote, I found this picture on Flickr of the car with the title "Terry racing a BRP Metro", which may help someone identify the driver ? I think this photo was taken in '83, judging by the livery on the Malcolm Harrison car just in front.
I have borrowed a load of race result sheets from my brother so can now fill in some of the gaps.
The Nigel Gaymer crash is in fact Paul Gaymer #19 and the year was 1983, Nigel was #20 that year.

Also the #34 car crashed at Woodcote was driven by two different people in 1983, it was driven by Terry Pudwell for the second half of the season, which fits in with the Flickr photo above.
In the early races it was driven by race driver coach John Stevens and it would appear as though it was his accident in the crash photo, I think it must have happened in qualifying on 30th May as he only did 2 laps and didn't race, at the next race 24th June, Terry Pudwell was driving #34.

If I remember correctly the throttle stuck open at the end of the Club straight and he just went straight into the wall.

One other interesting snippet I found was regarding the crowd at Phoenix Park, estimated at over 80,000 on both days !!!

A couple more photo's from '83 to wet your appetite.
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Just uploaded a 1983 Austin Rover promotional video onto youtube, I transferred it from VHS to DVD so it's not brilliant quality and it's very '80's in format but is still worth a look, you even get a glimpse of the Group A Metro turbo and the Rover Vitesse.

Type in 1983 MG Metro Challenge and enjoy.
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Old 20 Feb 2016, 19:49 (Ref:3616341)   #69
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I'm almost certain this was 1986, as the Phoenix park race was '86, perhaps billy bleach can confirm ?

There is some Irish TV coverage of that race on youtube, which is well worth a look, there was a massive crowd watching the event, most of them seemed to be intoxicated, (read pi**ed).
It was certainly an experience, the race programme being governed by the pub opening hours !!

Still not totally sure on the Boot Gaymer year, I think '84 though.
Anyone care to chip in on that one ?

Going back to the crash photo of #34 Metro at Woodcote, I found this picture on Flickr of the car with the title "Terry racing a BRP Metro", which may help someone identify the driver ? I think this photo was taken in '83, judging by the livery on the Malcolm Harrison car just in front.
TheTerry was Terry Pudwell
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Mini 7 - Terry Pudwell 1977-78 Season (Photo: Terry Pudwell)
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Old 2 Mar 2016, 19:06 (Ref:3619392)   #71
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Just uploaded a 1983 Austin Rover promotional video onto youtube, I transferred it from VHS to DVD so it's not brilliant quality and it's very '80's in format but is still worth a look, you even get a glimpse of the Group A Metro turbo and the Rover Vitesse.

Type in 1983 MG Metro Challenge and enjoy.

Here is the link, thanks for uploading the video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY7YMemDczI
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Old 3 Mar 2016, 13:26 (Ref:3619549)   #72
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Here is the link, thanks for uploading the video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY7YMemDczI
Thanks for adding the link mab, I didn't know how to do it !
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Just uploaded another Austin Rover promo video onto youtube, this time from the 1986 MG Metro Challenge, perhaps mab could add the link for me again.
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Just uploaded another Austin Rover promo video onto youtube, this time from the 1986 MG Metro Challenge, perhaps mab could add the link for me again.
Link added, great video thanks for uploading.

1986 MG Metro Challenge
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I held spanners once or twice for Shorty (can't say I did much, other than get in the way) when he ran in the BRDC Metro Turbo series. He ran as a sort of team mate to Peter Baldwin.

The arch rivals were Enterprise Racing at the time.

IIRC the one year when the series ran as a European Championship - Peter Baldwin won it.

Thinking of other names from the day... Martin Perrett (?) comes to mind. I may be wrong, bit I think he was sponsored by Bridon Ropes though Might have been Nigel Edwards. I'll have to think hard about more of them... Oh yes, Paul Taft!!

As has been mentioned, cars were built from bare shells - which at the time cost about 400 from RoverSport. Silly cheap! Everything was subsidised by Rover.
There were lots of tips and tweaks, some very very close to the wind. Quite a few would be regularly on the wrong side of the series scrutineer affectionately known as "Mr Milk Carton".

It was very very serious stuff though, plenty of prize money on offer, then the main protagonists moving to the Rover 216GTi series when that started and took the prestige with it.
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