COLD CALLING

Author

admin

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Current page

149

Current page

150

Current page

151

Current page

152

Current page

153

Current page

154

COLD CALLING

SIMO LAMPINEN 1973 RIDEAU LAKES RALLY YOU MIGHT NOT THINK THAT A LANCIA STRATOS WOULD NEED TEAM ORDERS TO BEAT ITS BETA COUPE COUSIN. BUT IT DID. ONCE.JOHN DAVENPORT EXPLAINS

GOING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS AS SOMEONE WHO missed the start of a world championship rally and caused the rules to be rewritten is one thing, but being persuaded to let someone else win the very next event is quite another. This saga began for Simo Lampinen on the 1973 San Remo. “It was the first world championship outing for the Lancia Stratos, and also the debut for the Beta Coupe. For us, it was an unmitigated disaster. Noone told us that the start time had been brought forward an hour, so we, Henry Liddon and Basil Tye — the international steward from the RAC — all

missed the start. Actually, John [ahem, Davenport] and I were only a few minutes late, but they had that funny Mille Miglia-type rule that said if you could not start on your actual minute, you could not start at all. It was as result of our little problem that the CSI [the sport’s then-governing body] changed the rule. Ever since, if you turn up late, you can start, but you have to get back on schedule at the first control.” Thus Lampinen’s brand-new Beta never turned a wheel in anger, while Sandro Munari’s Stratos went on to win. Both these cars and crews were then due to

compete in the Canadian and American rounds of the world championship. The first of these was the Rideau Lakes Rally, which was based in Smiths Falls, just south of Ottawa. “There was no practice allowed so it was a bit like the RAC Rally, but much nicer roads, more like Finland. Problems came at scrutineering when none of the Lancias were anywhere near quiet enough for the Canadian authorities. In fact, the 16-valve Beta was the worst But Mike Parkes took the cars away and came back some hours later with new silencing arrangements. Ours was a smart Thrush

silencer from a motorbike shop, but nothing would fit the Stratos. So they had welded baffles inside and stuffed the thing with pads of steel wool. We all passed the noise test okay, but the first time Sandra opened that thing up on a stage, the woods were full of steel wool.”

The first part of the rally comprised five stages in the daylight round Smiths Falls to satisfy the curiosity of the townsfolk and the needs of the TV crews. It then headed into a long night of stages around Bancroft, several miles away to the west. Fiat made the initial running, Marldm Alen leading in his 124 Spyder Abarth until he hit a rock and took an early bath. Even then it was not plain sailing for Lancia. “The guy out in front was Alcide Paganelli in another Fiat. We were quite happy to let him go as he did not have a good record for finishing, especially on unseen stages. In any case, Sandro had had a big jump with the Stratos and landed heavily on the nose. This removed a couple of spotlights and this is why he decided to back off a bit “We would have been ahead of him here but for a rear puncture. We had to drive some 10 miles on a flat tyre. The alloy wheel was in two pieces when we got to service, but we had only lost a

minute to the two Italians.”

Then the inevitable happened. Paganelli went off and removed his Fiat’s sump. Thus, going into the second half of the rally, Munari led by just under a minute from Lampinen. Guy Chasseuil was third in an Alpine A110, but was some eight-and-a-half minutes behind the Finn.

“That last night round Smiths Falls was real Scandinavian weather. It was well below zero and there was even some light snow. We had a big advantage in that we had a front-wheel-drive car — and a heater! “Chasseuil was very quick on the first three stages, but then he inverted it and there was no pressure from behind. And we soon found out that Sandro had problems. His engine was not in good health. The oil pressure was low and he was going to be lucky to get the Stratos to the end. On one stage, we caught him up and then stayed behind him, which became a bit embarrassing when we were caught by Walter Boyce in a Toyota Corolla that had started two minutes behind us. To show you how cold it was, Boyce stopped in a garage to weld up his exhaust, and when he went to drive off, he discovered that the water in his radiator had frozen. He lost 10 minutes on the road sorting that one out

“So we were leading, with Sandro second and I the next guy, Boyce, well behind. And then, with just a couple of stages to go, we came into a village r and there was someone waving us down. It was Daniele Audetto, the team manager. In the middle of the night, in the freezing cold, he took me into this telephone box, and on the other end of the line was the Direttore Sportivo of Lancia, Cesare Fiorio.

“To cut things short, he made me an offer that which involved my 1975 season that I could not refuse. The result was that we stopped in the last stage for some four minutes and counted trees.

“Sandro won the event and Lancia went on to win the world championship. The order in which we finished in Canada would not have affected the final points in any way, but Cesare had been very keen to have the Stratos win. He had put so much effort into persuading Lancia to build that car. And Sandro drove it well. He was third a few weeks later on the RAC Rally, and went on to win Monte Carlo three times in a row with it.”

So no regrets then?

Not exactly… “I miss not having a single world championship rally win to my name after scoring all those other victories before the WRC existed.” lI

You may also like

Related products