Home Mobile Forum News Cookbook FaceBook Us T-Shirts etc.: Europe/Worldwide. eBay Motorsport Links Advertising Live Chat  
Site Partners: SpotterGuides Downforce Radio MotorsportAds MotorsTV (Sky 447)  
Related Sites: Classic Cars Monthly Your Link Here  

Go Back   TenTenths Motorsport Forum > Historic Racing & Motorsport History > Motorsport History


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 4 Oct 2014, 11:27 (Ref:3460153)   #31
mab01UK
Racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 215
mab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridmab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
I have lots of photos from the 1980's 'Metro Challenge' years from when my brother Steve Bell was Chris Tyrrell's race mechanic.
Chris was a former Mini Se7en Champion who switched to racing Metros for a few seasons before returning to Mini 7. The Metro Challenge replaced the previous Mini 1275GT Challenge race series and was sponsored by Unipart.
I will post more photos in this thread over coming days and weeks as I sort them out from my boxes of old photos

Austin Metro Challenge - Silverstone paddock photos - 3rd May 1982








Last edited by mab01UK; 4 Oct 2014 at 11:41.
mab01UK is offline  
Quote
Old 27 Oct 2014, 23:39 (Ref:3469233)   #32
mab01UK
Racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 215
mab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridmab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Mini 7 Champion Chris Tyrrell raced in the Metro Challenge for a few seasons. Here are some photos I took of his Metro and battle scarred Mini 7 loaded up to go racing and in the paddock at Brands Hatch & Silverstone. My brother Steve Bell also a future Mini 7 Champion was Chris's race mechanic in the 1980's and both are seen here working on the Metro and Mini. The photos are from different race seasons so the Metro evolved from an Austin to an MG Metro as the championship rules changed when BL wanted to promote the newly introduced MG Metro and Turbo.



















Last edited by mab01UK; 28 Oct 2014 at 00:08.
mab01UK is offline  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2014, 08:26 (Ref:3469310)   #33
VIVA GT
Subscriber
Veteran
 
VIVA GT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
England
Leicestershire
Posts: 2,652
VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!
Now there's a name from my Mini Se7en racing past, Chris Tyrrell! (Sadly, I was down the other end of the grid from him!).
His Mini was never really that tidy, but it was damned quick (not just the car, he could obviously peddle). I even bought one of his highly rated cylinder heads for my car, the workmanship in that was excellent.
I was also sadly sitting in the Silverstone Woodcote grandstands when he had that career ending accident at the British GP Meeting in his Metro.
VIVA GT is offline  
__________________
Incognito: An Italian phrase meaning Nice Gearchange!
Quote
Old 1 Nov 2014, 00:03 (Ref:3470374)   #34
mab01UK
Racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 215
mab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridmab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by VIVA GT View Post
Now there's a name from my Mini Se7en racing past, Chris Tyrrell! (Sadly, I was down the other end of the grid from him!).
His Mini was never really that tidy, but it was damned quick (not just the car, he could obviously peddle). I even bought one of his highly rated cylinder heads for my car, the workmanship in that was excellent.
I was also sadly sitting in the Silverstone Woodcote grandstands when he had that career ending accident at the British GP Meeting in his Metro.
This was his Metro after the Silverstone crash, my late brother Steve was one of the first on the scene and thought Chris was a gonna.....had hit his head hard on the steering wheel and later ended up with a metal plate in his forehead I think.
I can't remember if Chris ever raced again, I know he wanted to get back racing in his Mini 7 and he was trying to work out how he could get his doctor to sign him up again for his racing licence, as he had some double vision as a result of the accident. Chris eventually retired to Spain but a few years later he fell ill and Steve and some other drivers paid and organised to get him brought back to the UK for hospital treatment. He died around 2001 or 2002 if memory serves me right?


Last edited by mab01UK; 1 Nov 2014 at 00:08.
mab01UK is offline  
Quote
Old 10 Mar 2015, 00:11 (Ref:3513508)   #35
mab01UK
Racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 215
mab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridmab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Some more of my Metro Challenge photos from the 1980's


Photo above - Silverstone - May 1981

Photos below Brands Hatch














mab01UK is offline  
Quote
Old 10 Mar 2015, 08:24 (Ref:3513583)   #36
VIVA GT
Subscriber
Veteran
 
VIVA GT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
England
Leicestershire
Posts: 2,652
VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!
Quote:
Originally Posted by mab01UK View Post
Some more of my Metro Challenge photos from the 1980's


Photo above - Silverstone - May 1981

Photos below Brands Hatch














Great pictures, thanks for sharing them. Nigel Gaymers BoopSpeed cars were always very well turned out.
One totally off-topic question: What on earth is the vehicle Peter Baldwin was using to tow his Metro?
VIVA GT is offline  
__________________
Incognito: An Italian phrase meaning Nice Gearchange!
Quote
Old 10 Mar 2015, 19:59 (Ref:3513797)   #37
mab01UK
Racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 215
mab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridmab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by VIVA GT View Post
One totally off-topic question: What on earth is the vehicle Peter Baldwin was using to tow his Metro?


KJE 914P or R?
mab01UK is offline  
Quote
Old 10 Mar 2015, 20:28 (Ref:3513806)   #38
exit13
Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 4
exit13 should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Mab01UK, I was at that Brands meeting and the silverstone one where Chris crashed.
I was only a young lad though! Remember Steve too, a sad loss both of them. On the front of Chris' metro is Winter Racing, my old man and uncles input into the Metro racing with Chris. The LRV plated Sierra in the background is my dads. I remember him cutting out the Tudorsale decals on the tailgate by hand from fablon!
Some great pics, remember Malcolm Harrison's cars, also him invading the hotel room with a soda squirter at one awards dinner too!
So, you may well have seen me at Brands, I was only about 3ft high though! My dad has a VHS tape of some cine film shot at that meeting.
As an interesting aside, first ever metro challenge meeting at brands, I believe Chris stuck the car on the front row during qualifying, then promptly stuck it in the barriers...front end pulled out with a land rover and a post in the paddock, it went on to the grid for the race...they paid start money in those days you see!
exit13 is offline  
Quote
Old 10 Mar 2015, 21:15 (Ref:3513815)   #39
Malcolm Smith
Racer
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location:
Clyde Valley, Scotland
Posts: 338
Malcolm Smith should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by mab01UK View Post


KJE 914P or R?
Could it be a Marina pickup?


Great to see the Metro photos, reminds me of seeing them at Ingliston.
Malcolm Smith is offline  
Quote
Old 10 Mar 2015, 23:36 (Ref:3513855)   #40
mab01UK
Racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 215
mab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridmab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by exit13 View Post
Mab01UK, I was at that Brands meeting and the silverstone one where Chris crashed.
I was only a young lad though! Remember Steve too, a sad loss both of them. On the front of Chris' metro is Winter Racing, my old man and uncles input into the Metro racing with Chris. The LRV plated Sierra in the background is my dads. I remember him cutting out the Tudorsale decals on the tailgate by hand from fablon!
Some great pics, remember Malcolm Harrison's cars, also him invading the hotel room with a soda squirter at one awards dinner too!
So, you may well have seen me at Brands, I was only about 3ft high though! My dad has a VHS tape of some cine film shot at that meeting.
As an interesting aside, first ever metro challenge meeting at brands, I believe Chris stuck the car on the front row during qualifying, then promptly stuck it in the barriers...front end pulled out with a land rover and a post in the paddock, it went on to the grid for the race...they paid start money in those days you see!
I was also at that first Metro Challenge race at Brands......I have photos of my brother Steve repairing the qualifying damage in the paddock......I will dig them out and scan/post them on here. If you have any way of transferring that VHS tape onto a dvd I would love to have a copy?
mab01UK is offline  
Quote
Old 11 Sep 2015, 09:21 (Ref:3573121)   #41
mab01UK
Racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 215
mab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridmab01UK should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Found another Metro photo from Silverstone 3-5-1982



mab01UK is offline  
Quote
Old 15 Sep 2015, 14:56 (Ref:3574016)   #42
Finbin
Rookie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
England
Ashford
Posts: 27
Finbin should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by Malcolm Smith View Post
Could it be a Marina pickup?


Great to see the Metro photos, reminds me of seeing them at Ingliston.
Using the GOV.UK web site, KJE 914P is/was Austin, first reg 11/11/75 1275cc, petrol, 2 axle rigid body in blue. So could it be a Martina pickup like this one http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/forum...602766e2c6d59b

or one on sale http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/morris-mar...#ht_226wt_1192
Finbin is offline  
Quote
Old 15 Sep 2015, 15:09 (Ref:3574019)   #43
VIVA GT
Subscriber
Veteran
 
VIVA GT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
England
Leicestershire
Posts: 2,652
VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!VIVA GT has a real shot at the podium!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finbin View Post
Using the GOV.UK web site, KJE 914P is/was Austin, first reg 11/11/75 1275cc, petrol, 2 axle rigid body in blue. So could it be a Martina pickup like this one http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/forum...602766e2c6d59b

or one on sale http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/morris-mar...#ht_226wt_1192
OK, thanks, so a Marina pick up with some sort of canvas covering over the bed? That works I suppose as Peter was working for Marshalls of Cambridge (a huge Austin-Rover dealership) at the time.
VIVA GT is offline  
__________________
Incognito: An Italian phrase meaning Nice Gearchange!
Quote
Old 21 Sep 2015, 16:48 (Ref:3575778)   #44
chunterer
Race Official
Veteran
 
chunterer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location:
Down the end of my road
Posts: 12,597
chunterer has a real shot at the podium!chunterer has a real shot at the podium!chunterer has a real shot at the podium!chunterer has a real shot at the podium!chunterer has a real shot at the podium!
Quote:
Originally Posted by VIVA GT View Post
OK, thanks, so a Marina pick up with some sort of canvas covering over the bed? That works I suppose as Peter was working for Marshalls of Cambridge (a huge Austin-Rover dealership) at the time.
Funny, I remember writing a letter to Peter to Marshalls' address as a boy but got a return to sender from the PO!!

Never got to the bottom of that one.
chunterer is offline  
__________________
'Rait then Bill, back to the big bad world of bent bog rolls.'
Quote
Old 8 Jan 2016, 21:39 (Ref:3603208)   #45
WOCCOWAYCER
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
United Kingdom
DAVENTRY
Posts: 68
WOCCOWAYCER should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Metro Challenge

Quote:
Originally Posted by mab01UK View Post
Found a couple of photos I took in the paddock at the Brands Hatch British Grand Prix (17th July 1982) of the Unipart Metro Challenge Mini Moke support vehicle which may be of interest.
(The Datapost Metros racing on the day in the GP support races were the Group A turbo cars running in the RAC British Saloon Car Championship).













I have been guided to this thread by mab01uk on the Mini Forum as I have a keen interest in the Metro Challenge.

I think I can add a few names to some of the photos
The Challenge Moke photos show John Foden, (sporting a very dodgy moustache), who was the Metro Challenge co-ordinator at the time.

I think the guy with him in the TAG shirt is the late Sheridan Thynne who was responsible for collecting sponsors at Williams Grand Prix, I cannot think why he would be there unless it was because another Williams GP employee
Peter Windsor actually raced in the series, (the Richard Grant car in your photos), not sure if it was that year though.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I'm fairly sure the Longman/Curnow BTC Metro's were normally aspirated, not turbo'd, as was the Castrol/Wadham Stringer car of Roger Saunders.
WOCCOWAYCER is offline  
Quote
Reply

Bookmarks




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gollops Metro Bi-turbo V Mansell Williams Fw14 Robin Plummer Rallying & Rallycross 15 6 Oct 2009 23:44
MG Metro/Metro Turbo Group A MG Rover Sport The Chassis History Archive 12 22 Feb 2009 13:38
MG Metro 6R4 POWER Robin Plummer Rallying & Rallycross 3 27 Apr 2004 19:58
MG Metro 6R4 GURRYP Rallying & Rallycross 13 29 Mar 2001 17:57


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:47.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Original Website Copyright © 1998-2003 Craig Antil. All Rights Reserved.
Ten-Tenths Motorsport Forums Copyright © 2004-2016 Royalridge Computing. All Rights Reserved.