Chris Sclater’s reputation as a quick rally driver emerged in 1968 when he finished 9th overall on his first international rally driving a borrowed Lotus Cortina. He went on to lead the ’69 International Scottish Rally before crashing down a mountainside. A phone call from Ford led to a test session with rallying greats Hannu Mikkola and Roger Clark, days later driving home a works Escort Twin Cam.
In 1971 Chris won his first international rally and the British Rally Championship, and a year later won a prize drive — the Kleber/Wheelbase scholarship in a Ford supplied BDA Escort. Works drives with Datsun, Chrysler and Toyota followed and by 1977 Chris was driving for Vauxhall in the UK in the new Chevette HS2300 with team mate Pentti Airikkala, and then in ’78 for GM on European events.
This book brings you the highs and lows of this fascinating career preparing, driving and developing rally cars during the ’60s and ’70s. It includes a foreword by John Davenport and valuable contributions from many of Chris’s co-drivers, mechanics and friends. If you loved this exciting period of rallying in the late ’60s and ’70s, or you would like to find out more about it, you will find this book hard to put down.
Paperback, 185mm x 245mm, 224 pages, includes over 180 images
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