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Beautiful Opel Vincent:) but you can have
all that snow ?
Thank you sir for your kind words!!! And I Love winter and I will gladly keep my snow....:)
 
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Wow cool!!! Did you drive on hwy 63 over the river to Temiscaming? So this rally started in North Bay and finished where? Super interesting!
It was a performance rally, like FIA rallying, not a TSD rally. It was nominally based out of North Bay but actually started and ended in a village north or NE of North Bay. Then it ran on closed sections of the gravel forest roads heading over into QC and then back. Now that I think of it, that was the the last rally my '71 Ascona finished before I ran into the trees in Maine in Dec of that year and finished it off... my old rally war horse, snifff.

If I get a little time, I will see if I can find the info in it and let you know.
 

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Here you go Vincent..... 1992 Rally of the Voyageurs. Part of the OPRC..... Ontario Performance Rally Championship.

Here is a video with some old VHS video cam footage from that year OPRC. If you look at the start of a stage at around 11:40, I do think that is one of the roads for that event... it looks veeeery familiar. Watch this action and you'll see why rally drivers don't need drugs LOL...it's a trip!

 

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So far winter has been fairly mild down here in central Texas, so much so that I actually had to mow my lawn the last time I was home from driving the big rig. As far as getting things done done to my GT, money has been the main issue but I did manage to pull the dashboard to check a couple of things and I found out that the reason my dash lights are so dim is that the bulbs are old. So I have new light bulbs for my dash coming from OGTS and I also narrowed down the play in my steering to a bad U-Joint on the steering shaft. I have a spare one in my parts stash so I will be working on that next time I am home.
 

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Here you go Vincent..... 1992 Rally of the Voyageurs. Part of the OPRC..... Ontario Performance Rally Championship.

Here is a video with some old VHS video cam footage from that year OPRC. If you look at the start of a stage at around 11:40, I do think that is one of the roads for that event... it looks veeeery familiar. Watch this action and you'll see why rally drivers don't need drugs LOL...it's a trip!

That's insane!!! My hat is off to you and your abilities as drivers!!!!
Thank you so much for sharing that!
 

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that my friend is controlled ciaos at it's best
do want Manta to give you a ride ( nope I only brought one pair of britches)
 

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Yep.... now that I am getting close to retring, I hope to be able to do some rallying again. Running a business has been all-consuming. It's pretty neat to be racing but also way out in the netherlands with all the natural beauty around. Kinda like the enjoyment of snowmobiling that Vincent knows well....a motorized adventure.
 

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For sure!

Do you have pictures of your present Rally car with some info / specs?
 

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Thanks for asking. Have not rallied in over 10 years... when you run a small business, all that you have heard about working far more hours for yourself than for someone else is all true! (But it has paid off, so it was a good trade.) Before that from '77 through '92, it was a '73 Opel, and then a '71 Ascona, both saved from small wrecks and put back on the road as rally cars. Pretty much standard 50 series suspension with improved springs and shocks, stock 4 speed, hopped up 1.9L's.

Our last really active rally car was an '87 Mitsubishi Starion... 2.6L turbo, boosted to 14-15 psi about 275 HP, RWD, posi-traction IRS. Rugged, heavy tank-like car but quite potent on a smooth rally. Parked and needing TLC.

Also have a '91 Toyota Celica Alltac....Built by Rhys Millen for Pikes Peak. Been a rally car all its life. Also parked and needing TLC.

Also had a '80 Plymouth Arrow with a hotly built-up 1.6L for a bit.

Current have a '72 Manta project that has been stalled out for 7-8 years. Stripped and partly caged. Toyota pickup rear axle with a 4 link + panhard rod rear axle: plenty of cheap gear choices and posi units and the 4 link is what Opel used in their rally championship Ascona B rally cars. My own front suspension designed yet to be built. Rally valved Bilsteins all around. Maybe a T5 trannie. Gotta get through a bunch of other sutff to get back going on that.

Pix coming up.
 

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In order:
  • The '73 Manta prior to the '78 Sunriser 400 in southern OH; me on the right and John Bell co-driver on the left
  • The '71 Ascona crossing a creek in snow flurries in the '84 Press On Regarless in the UP of MI
  • My regular co-driver John Bell from Iowa had an identical '71 Ascona that I often co-drove for him; here are pix of both of us competing at the same event in '82 in Ohio
  • Before the start of the '87 Lac Vieux rally in the UP of MI
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing all of these!
 

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Very nice Manta Rallier :) thanks for sharing. Oh the good old days back when we were young and full of energy
 

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Hey I am still full of energy.. just for ridiculouolsy short periods of time.

BTW something interesting... look on the 2nd pix at the 'B-' just above 'SCCA" on the door. They used to make us put our blood type on the cars! I just told people that was my driving grade LOL
 

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LOL that's Funny stuff Mr. Manta thank fully it was never of any use right?
 

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OH YEA the good ol days when your joints and other things worked and didn't hurt for days after and our hair wasn't gray or silver LOL
 

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Hey I am still full of energy.. just for ridiculouolsy short periods of time.

BTW something interesting... look on the 2nd pix at the 'B-' just above 'SCCA" on the door. They used to make us put our blood type on the cars! I just told people that was my driving grade LOL
Really? Lol
 
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