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Works Rally Mechanic: Tales of the BMC/BL Works Rally Department 1955-1979 [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Brian J. Moylan
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A story of adventure, hilarious events, hardship, winning, losing and real danger. Features: * Tells the inside story of BMC's/BL's Competition Department from 1955-1979 under the management of Marcus Chambers, Stuart Turner, Peter Browning, Basil Wales, Richard Seth-Smith, Bill Price and John Davenport. * Brian Moylan spent 22 years with the Competition Department preparing cars for international rallies and travelling the world to provide service support during the rallies. During this period, Big Healeys, Minis and TR7s were amongst the front runners in the world rally scene, though many other BMC/BL models also saw use as rally cars. * Tells from a mechanic's point of view how BMC/BL rally cars evolved during this important period. * A story of adventure, hilarious events, hardship, winning, losing, real danger and BMC's/BL's corporate politics.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904788181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904788188
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 20.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,167,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 1955 to 1965 decade is considered by many to be a golden era of sports car racing and rallying, when the factory-supported cars in competition were virtually identical to those sold in showrooms. This was also a great time to be a mechanic in the British Motors Corporation's Competitions Department, when the famous drivers and unsung mechanics were all colourful characters, and popular cars like MGs, Austin-Healeys and BMC Minis were racing to glory under the Union Jack. One man was in the thick of it all during that period and beyond, and this is the result. Despite the best intentions, personal recollections in book form can sometimes end up being tedious and self-congratulatory bores; delightfully, this is not the case of 'Works Rally Mechanic': Brian Moylan's Tales of the BMC/BL Works Rally Department from 1955 to 1979. The stories that this 22-year veteran of the Abingdon-based British Motor Corporation/British Leyland Competitions Department shares chronicle the evolution of the 'works', and the corporate policies that shaped its existence. In addition to a focus on early rallying, Moylan recounts the trials and tribulations of racing the Austin 1800s, Morris Marinas and Triumph TR7s. Also shared in fascinating detail are the running modifications that these production-based racers received to stay in the running. Fans of BMC/British Leyland cars will also enjoy a treasure of rarely seen photographs, many of which came from the personal collections of the author and his co-workers; 'Works Rally Mechanic' is a must for any Anglophile's bookshelf. --Review from Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, September 2007

About the Author

Brian Moylan started working for MG in 1950 as a mechanic in the service/repair shop. In 1955 he was drafted in to the Racing Department. which was the centre for all BMC competition work. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work on several rally winning Minis including the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner. Just before the factory closed in 1980 Bryan was offered the position of manager of a small satellite Morris Garages outlet. Bryan has always been involved in the MG Car Club, serving on the committee of the local Centre in various capacities. Since his retirement he has started giving slide shows on MG history and writing articles for the leading Classic Car magazines, plus three books on MG and rally connected subjects. Bryan also works closely with the Abingdon Museum setting up MG Exhibitions and is currently working towards having a permanent exhibition in the Museum.

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Looking back at the foundation of the British Motor Corporation Department in 1955, one must not forget that the MG Competitions Department had been revived, after a long sleep, in the autumn of 1954. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars How much? 10 Jan 2014
I saw the title and thought "Oh, that'd be interesting!" then saw the cheapest copy is 147!

Really? How is it so expensive? One of those offered at 247 + p&p even says it is a '2004 re-print', is it really so rare?

I have not bought a copy and must admit i am now searching to see if I can find one at a sensible price, 25 I can stomach but 147.00? LOL, I am not THAT interested!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works Rally Mechanic: Brian Moylan's Tale of the BMC/BL Works Rally Department 4 Mar 2010
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Greta book! Brian did a good job, even more so in keeping the records BL wanted thrown out. My dad was with BL (in factory office in Brisbane, CA) through this period so I knew many of the ins & outs, and wanted a works rally car drive!
Thanks to Brian for the great boo... Needs more pics!!
We have a few at offroadexperience.com/wcb click on Aston Martin & British Leyland
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