Wednesday, 23 July 2008

UK Subaru Team Victorious at Rally. With the power of a lawnmower!

The Liege-Brescia-Liege is a 2000-mile rally through some tough European terrain, including Italy's Stelvio and Gavia Passes.

The victorious UK foursome consisted of two Subaru 360cc microcars. The first car was driven by classic car restorer and seasoned historic rally driver James Ewing and his designer partner, Jane Puttock, from Surrey. The second Subaru 360 was driven by Managing Director Victor Sayer from Reading and Craig Lawson from Hampshire.

They scooped 1st prize in the Under 425 Class, plus Best Lady Driver for Jane. In addition, James and Jane came 6th in the Spirit 400 Class.

The Liege-Brescia-Liege commemorated 50 years of the Subaru 360. Both the cars used in the rally were from the 1967 and 1968 model years, and are powered by 2-cylinder, air-cooled 2-stroke engines mounted in the rear, producing 20PS each – which is less than some single-seater petrol lawnmowers!!



This book charts the history and development of the small economy cars which emerged after the Second World War. Finances and raw materials were in short supply and these microcars, or 'bubble cars' as they became affectionately known, provided transport for thousands of impoverished motorists during that lean period in the middle of the twentieth century. These tint economy cars now have a significant place in motoring history. This book follows the microcar’s progress right up to the present day, with original colour photographs.

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