Tony Pond IOM TT Challenge Rover Vitesse 100mph lap record
In 1990 Tony Pond one of the greatest British drivers laps the Isle of Man TT course in a Rover 827 Vitesse averaging 102 mph.
For me this is an incredible lap in a car that is far better than it was given credit for.
Can you imagine someone trying that in a Ford Granada or BMW 520 or Citroen, Renault, Vauxhall or any other similar priced cars in the Rover price range.
As said below by liverush24 this was to show how good the Rover is and at the same time Tony Pond showed how brilliant a driver he is.
He did that lap with an average of over 100mph through those narrow lanes and country roads, find other 100mph average laps and get a true perspective of the achievement.
Higgins lap to is impressive and a great achievement but done in a modern lightweight state of the art, turbo charged rally car with computer controlled 4 wheel drive to save you in big moments, ABS etc etc, Ponds lap is in an 80's front wheel drive production car with a about 180hp, that is truly brilliant.
Isle of Man TT Speed Run: Mark Higgins vs Ryan Douthit
Ryan Douthit challenges Isle of Man TT record holder Mark Higgins to a run
on the infamous TT course. Douthit, in a 2013 Subaru WRX STI Type UK
leftover from the Fast and the Furious 6 film, Higgins driving a Subaru
BRZ. Filmed in 2013 for Season 2 of Driving Sports.
Mark Higgins holds the world record from 2011 in a Subaru WRX STI where he
averaged a speed of 115.36 across the entire 37.75-mile course. In 2014 he
is attempting to improve on his 2011 record by racing a 2015 WRX STI around
It may not have been a fair fight, but it was a lot of fun. You can watch
the full 22-minute episode here: http://dspor.tv/1iCWHoy
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1981 Manx Rally
Another win for the late Tony Pond, this time on a Vauxhall Chevette
Police Camera Action - The Liver Run *complete episode*
Complete Liver Run episode. Police deliver a donor liver to a patient
driving from Stansted Airport, Essex to Cromwell Hospital, Kensington,
London on 8th May 1987. Check out the landmarks, the Routemasters and the
construction of the A406 North Circular.
BBC Rally Sprint 1983 part 1
Credit for the original cap. goes to angmo. This is BBC's "Rally Sprint"
from year 1983. It features a production (Group N I assume) Rover SD1 with
a few rally modifications including a 300 HP V8 and an MG METRO 1300 (not
the turbo version). I have extracted the
best I could out of the original video file. I am a BIG rally fan so
thought everyone should share in the goodness LOL. The F1 drivers are ;-
Danny Sullivan, Derek Warwick, John Watson, Nigel Mansell, the Rally
Drivers are ;- Jimmy McRae, Pentti Arikkala, Stig Blomqvist, and Tony Pond.
I mostly uploaded this as I am a big fan of the looks of the original
mini-METRO. However when I sat in a Metro turbo recently I was shocked to find that the
inside and controls and door slamming sound and smell are amost exactly the
same as a Morris Minor LOL.
Sorry about it being 720p even though it's originally only SD, but
Youtube removes far too much picture detail on 480p so I am finding that I
need 720p just to get SD levels of picture detail...
MG Metro 6R4 VS Opel Kadett (Vauxhall Astra) Awesome!
MG Metro 6R4 VS Opel Kadett (Vauxhall Astra) Group B. MG Metro 6R4 It means
6 cylinder rally drive four wheels. Race which belongs to the third heat of
the British Rallycross Grand Prix 1990.Personally I had an Opel Kadett GSI
and in England they call Vauxhall Astra GTE. This Vauxhall had a 2.1-liter
turbo engine with around 650bhp body
with kevlar and carbon fiber.
MG Metro 6R4 VS Opel kadett (Vauxhall Astra) Grupo B .Carrera que pertenece
a la tercera manga del British Rallycross Grand Prix de 1990. Personalmente
tube un Opel kadett GSI y en inglaterra lo llaman Vauxhall Astra GTE.
Aunque nada tenia que ver .Este Vauxhall tenia un 2.1-litros motor turbo con alrededor de 650bhp carroceria en
kevlar y fibra de carbono.
MG Metro 6R4 Significa 6 cilindros, rally tracción a las cuatro ruedas.
Subaru Impreza isle of man TT record onboard and massive mo
I will be reuploading the last bit of this video where he reflects on the
safe and I am going to upload a video of the car being follows by a
helicopter so if your interested by this then you might like them!
Subaru of America, Inc. has released a new YouTube video of the 2011 Subaru
WRX STI setting an all-time course record for the historic Isle of Man TT
Mountain Course. The 5 minute 25 second video highlights in graphic detail
the speed and drama surrounding rally driver Mark Higgins' lap that
averaged 115.356 MPH. After the run, Higgins talks through the "moment" at
Brey Hill when he momentarily loses, and then regains, control of the WRX
STI at more than 150 MPH. Driving a US specification 2011 Subaru WRX STI,
Higgins achieved speeds of 162 MPH and a lapped time of 19 minutes 37
seconds over the 37-mile track, navigating more than 200 corners. "This is
one of the most daunting tracks I have ever driven, and the most
terrifying," said Higgins, a Manx native. "We were only able to get two
practice runs and on our second practice I had the biggest "moment" of my
career. We had a passenger on the run and so coming into Bray Hill at more
than 150 MPH, the extra weight compressed the suspension more than on
previous runs and shifted the Subaru to the left and then right as I
corrected--it was a real tank slapper. The whole thing went by so quickly
that we never slowed below 110 MPH, and then we were back on the power. It
was amazing and the helicopter shots really show just how hairy it really
was." The WRX STI was a production US spec car running a standard 305 HP turbocharged boxer engine. Some safety
modifications were made. The Subaru was equipped with a Lifeline fire
Design with Style -- The Rover SD1
Rover and British Leyland were beset by problems in the mid 1970s. Out of
this cauldron of mismanagement came the Rover SD1 in 1976. It was called
SD for the Specialist Division and 1 for the first car to come from the
in-house styling department. Despite a dramatic, innovative design both
inside and out, the option of classic V8 grunt, and more or less
universally praised dynamics, the SD1's reputation -and its longevity
suffered at the hands of a company in meltdown.
And it could all have been so different. The car, which was styled by
Rover's design genius David Bache, had some grand ambitions. It had been
designed to look like a family version of contemporary Italian supercars
(they even got a load of Italian supercars in for comparison purposes early
in the design process), while the attractive interior was intelligently
designed from both a user's and an engineering perspective. Such was BL's
confidence in it that they ploughed £31 million into a new factory (which
in the end would be mothballed after just five years
it even received rave reviews from the motoring press. "It is hard to be
over-enthusiastic about the new 3500" said Autocar. "On every score, its
qualities justify any kind of enthusiasm. It would have been hard to
predict, especially looking at the bald paper specification, just how well
the car would perform, handle and ride.
"Add to that the spaciousness and aerodynamic efficiency of the body, and
the attention paid to ensuring that the car will last, and it is easy to
see why all competitors are casting worried glances, not only at the car
but also at its price. If the 3500 will be built in sufficient numbers, if
the quality can be maintained along with the price, and if the ground is
not cut from under its wheels by ill-advised legislation, the new 3500
should be one of the successes of the decade."
But production numbers, of course, could not be maintained and nor could
the quality. And all we are left with in the 21st century is a whole bag of
'what ifs' and a dwindling handful of what was once one of the most
promising cars ever to be created in Britain.
The Story Of The Metro 6R4 PART ONE
A look at the Competition history of the Metro 6R4, from it's design to
it's last World Rally, the 1986 RAC.
We then follow the Austin Rover Works drivers, Tony Pond and Malcolm Wilson
through the 1986 season.
We also look at the 6R4 in the British Open Championship.
This film is called Genesis to Revelation and is
Part 1 of 5.
MG Montego 2.0 Litre Turbo, A demonstration by Steve Soper
This along with it's brother's the, Maestro and Metro turbo's became very much the leaders in the hot
hatch scene back in the 80's. Here Steve Soper takes the Montego through
it's paces at Thruxton. This is a dealership Video, which was given to
dealers at the time. Want to know more? Give us a shout via our website