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  1. New series invitation for RS500 group a

    Always nice to see a range of different cars out there. Unfortunately in my case I simply cannot justify the cost of running my car in race events.
  2. I came within a whisker of acquiring 00587. Always liked the livery...
  3. New member introduction

    Wonderful...!!! Welcome to the five hundy experience...!
  4. Chance of a lifetime

    Mega. No other words needed...!
  5. Labbats Car

    Haha. That's a proper job though Andy, unless you cobbled it together in your shed...??? Haha.
  6. GpA shapphire

    Wow. Sweet
  7. Andy Rouse chassis Numbers

    Paul and Roy - I can't comment on the configuration of the car when Martin had it, but when I looked into buying that actual car last year, I did my due diligence. Part of this was speaking to Andy Rouse and I asked him explicity whether 87005 was originally built as a Merkur and he confirmed it wasn't. It was a brand new build during '87. Hope this helps.
  8. Labbats Car

    Not unlike the roadcars, the balance between originality and performance / usability is difficult to achieve with the Gp.A cars. From the collectability point of view, originality and attention to detail is key, and by originality I mean specification rather than actual physical metalwork (although there's only so far you can go down this path). If you want to go out and be competitive on track, then certain trade-offs must be made in this respect. In the case of the ex-Harvey Labatt's car, it's pretty much turn-key usable in fairly high-profile historic events. In order to be reliable and performant yet keep costs sensible, certain non-period modifications have been made to the engine, suspension etc. This said, from a value perspective, originality still takes a back seat to the following criteria that I keep harping on about: 1. Who built it...? 2. Who drove it and in what series...? 3. How successful was it...? You can have the most up-to-date, beautifully presented, top-spec car in mint condition but if it was built by Bill and Ben in their shed and entered once into the north-east Shropshire parochial country bumpkin street race to be driven by their mother and then after all that it failed to make the start then it's not going to be worth a fat lot in comparison with a car with real provenance and pedigree. In this case, the car in question has a good track record so no doubts to be cast there. Again, I'm not saying the car isn't worth the reserve price. I don't think it is a million miles off at all. I am however not surprised that it didn't sell. IMHO, I reckon a few weeks with Paul to improve the presentation of the car and it'd sell.
  9. Labbats Car

    It's an interesting car but has changed considerably in the past few years to the point that it's not very original anymore. My humble opinion would proffer that this has something to do with the fact it failed to sell. Won't tell you what Tim Harvey told me about the car when we looked over it at the NEC. Far too many expletives...!
  10. Andy Rouse chassis Numbers

    ARE 87005 is the Rouse / Moffat / Tassin ANZ car for Bathurst '87 and was a new build for that year rather than an XR4Ti conversion.
  11. Nice editorial ahead of Goodwood MM

    Good news. I'm going to try and get there with the Brock car but it's a big ask at such short notice. Watch this space...
  12. https://www.goodwood.com/grrc/event-coverage/members-meeting/2017/2/the-group-a-era-was-expensive-loud-and-fast/
  13. 4k UHD Videos from the NEC

    Thanks Ian. Would be good to do a few more of these on each car what with it being the 30th anniversary year. We've a great opportunity to market the cars.
  14. 4k UHD Videos from the NEC

    Welcome mate. I've a few more bits to go up but I need to edit them a bit first...
  15. 4k UHD Videos from the NEC

    Thanks Andy. 4K camera and a 3-axis stabilised gimbal help...! Makes it look smooth if nothing else...