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Richard and I always used a very easily recognised helmet design; silver with a distinctive bright orange stripe over the top which always shows up really well in pictures.
I can’t remember exactly when we started to use this but think it was at Mitsubishi in 1997. David Williams, our friend and mentor came up with the design which is a predominately silver helmet with an orange stripe that breaks into ever smaller orange squares down the back of the helmet. When we were at Subaru there was a blue part around the bottom of the helmet and at Mitsubishi and Peugeot it was all silver. David runs an exhibition and conference design business called Genesis so is a demon with a drawing board and coloured pens. Quite a few people have asked how the design came about and it sort of first appeared on the Group N Subaru Legacy when a few random squares appeared on the side but then the Group A car the following year developed the theme even further.
We always used Bell helmets and had a very good relationship with Stephane and the guys at Bell Racing. We helped develop the Bell open face helmet with the bulging shell and earcups inside, and then latterly used moulded earpieces similar to the ones racing drivers use. When we moved to Peugeot I started to use a full face helmet, although Richard was going to move to full face too when we were due to return to Subaru in 2004.
The orange stripe certainly makes it easy to identify pictures of Richard and I, especially as I sat so low in the car and usually had my head down. I was the one to start the trend of sitting so low when Christian Loriaux was looking at ways of getting weight lower for the 2000 Subaru WRC. I tended to read the pacenotes as much by feel as anything else and only really needed to glance up occasionally to reference where we were so not seeing much didn’t bother me. In the Subaru my eyeline was pretty much the bottom of the windscreen.
For the last two weeks I have honestly been dreading today and moaning about it to anyone that will listen 😂🙈.. it was the idea of getting up at 5am and not getting home until 8pm.. on a Wednesday aswel! Not even the end of the week so you have the weekend to recoup.
But I actually thoroughly enjoyed my day today at the @autoglymuk
head office and Academy! As you know I was always a car enthusiast over the years but this last year or two I haven’t been “into it” the way I used to be.. growing up brings its own challenges and spending time cleaning or running about in the Subaru has deffos went straight to the back of my ideal ways to spend a Saturday after working all week.
It was quite fun to do something a little different for work today and see behind the scenes of the AutoGlym world in Letchworth 🙂🚙💨 and I’m sure @rosskoedmiston
is super jealous that he didn’t get to go 😉 ..I thinkkkkk I can bare to share my free cup with you😆 .
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For 1992 Richard and I stepped up to the Group N Subaru Legacy and become the first crew to win a national rally outright on our way to the British National Title.
After we had won the 1991 Peugeot Challenge we were looking for other opportunities and to get some 4WD experience so managed to do the Border Counties and Cumbria Rallies in Prodrive’s Group N development Legacy. David Williams, who owned the Peugeot 205 that we were using for the challenge, then bought the car with a view to using it himself. David did the Audi Sport and RAC before Richard and I used the car in 1992. We started off doing both the British National and Open rounds with a view to concentrating on one from mid season.
The year started well with a 2nd on the Mazda Winter Rally in Bournemouth before a couple of mechanical issues and an accident on the Manx National where we came across a stationary car in the Baldwins whilst in 4th gear. The first thing I knew was when we hit it square on. We slid off in Fonab on the Scottish (damage in the picture) and Colin McRae stopped to tow us back on as he had a huge lead. Then an outright win on the Kerridge and a 2nd on the Severn Valley set up the British National Title for us.
The team was run by Ron Hill and the guys who had looked after David’s cars, and Phil Mills came along to coordinate things on event going in the management car with David. Ian Rae, who had been a local car club member and helped me hugely when I was getting started was also part of the service crew. It’s amazing now looking at the car which is part of Richard’s collection and just how Group N it was; it’s basically a road car with the back seats and trim all still there as the category was originally intended. With continued backing from Shell and Elonex we were able to use the relationship with Prodrive to again step up for 1993, this time to a Group A Legacy in the British Open Championship.
Cracking day today at the 4x4 experience at Richtoy Subaru, showing what the Xv, Forester and Outback are capable of.