Baby Bertha at Mallory Park Modsports Thundersaloon Meeting 29/08/11

Baby Bertha goes for a stroll round Mallory Park bank holiday Monday 2011

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Avon Tour of Britain 1973-75 - DVD Out Now!
Save 10% on all Duke DVDs at, simply enter the discount code 'youtube' at the checkout. "Alluring cocktail of motor racing's sharpness and rallying's improvisation. Occasionally revived. Much missed" Daily Telegraph "You can just imagine the classic capers involving the likes of Graham Hill, Roger Clark, James Hunt and Tony Pond. Watch this film and see if you're right" Autosport "Brilliant" Classic and Sports Car This DVD brings together action-packed footage of some of the greatest racing drivers and rally stars doing battle around Britain in standard family saloons. The Avon Tour of Britain was designed to put ordinary cars, straight from the showroom, to the ultimate test on racetracks and rally stages during a 1,000-mile journey. Over three years, the Tour attracted the biggest names in motorsport, including Formula One greats Graham Hill, James Hunt and Jody Scheckter and rally stars like Roger Clark, Tony Pond and Andrew Cowan. They could not resist the challenge of fast and furious competition in standard saloons on iconic race circuits, including Silverstone, Oulton Park and Snetterton, and demanding special stages, including the always challenging Welsh mountains. Theres even a drag race at Santa Pod in the first year! All the major motor manufacturers were determined to prove their machines had the reliability, performance and style to survive hundreds of miles of tough driving by some of the toughest drivers in the business. Datsun brought its Bluebirds, Ford the Escorts and Capris, Triumph had its Dolomite Sprint and Vauxhall the Magnum. Rover were there, along with Mazda, Lada and BMW, plus, of course, the Americans got in on the act with the awesomely powerful Chevrolet Camaro. The classic confrontations between race and rally greats in standard road cars makes for compelling viewing, the driving geniuses power sliding these family favourites around Cadwell and Mallory Park, before switching to the grass, gravel and grit of rallying. Avon Tour of Britain 1973-75 brings you all the action from each year. In fact, this DVDs coverage is so comprehensive it features not one, but two films about the incredible 1974 event! "For three years in the mid-1970s, the Tour of Britain pitted stars of racing and rallying against each other in races and rallies around the country. You can just imagine the classic capers involving the likes of Graham Hill, Roger Clark, James Hunt and Tony Pond. Watch this film and see if you're right" Autosport "This brilliant DVD comprising four 1973-75 films (112 mins in total) chronicles one of Britain's best motor sport events. F1 aces such as Hill and Hunt took on rally legends Roger Clark, Pond et al in caged-up, bog-standard motors at the UK's greatest venues" Classic and Sports Car We're on INSTAGRAM: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER:

Ricky Morris 309 Thundersaloon Vs Baby Bertha @ Donington 25/08/2013
Ricky Morris pilots the FC309 Thundersaloon against Joe Ward in the famous Baby Bertha at Donington Park. You can't see Joe filling the mirrors for the first part of the race but we assure you he is there!! Be patient and wait for the action to begin when Ricky doesn't take too kindly being 2nd place to Joe...

Thundersaloon Crash
In honour of the re-union race at Mallory Park this coming 28/29 August (get your butts down there!) here is the tiny bit of footage I have of Thundersallons/Silhouette racing. I loved these cars and races as a marshall, well behaved drivers, spectacular cars, fast and noisy, just what we want! First clip has Tony Sugden's Skoda and Mick Hill's March BMW (anyone confirm/disagree?) arguing over the same bit of Thruxton tarmac, big spin for Tony. Next its a Class-B Silhouette race at Brands and a fast starting Toyota Sarlet knuts the Brands bank. Then off to Donington and a race I was at, hence the brief pause, that's me on the wall on the right. The cars are Pete Steven's works Carlton leading from the Wilson/Birley Armour-All RX7, Whale/Hodgetts ex-BTCC Supra (now with a proper gearbox, lol), Wallace Sierra ?, Dell/Boarer Sarlet, Maries/Nash Holden, Chatfield BMW M3, Jackson/Liles Astra, Morris/Morris 309GTi, Morton & Bridger/Mortlock Sarlets, McLaird yellow 205. Awesome cars. The Cunnigham/Chalmes Manta spins at Redgate and gets a whack from John Quartermayne in the SD1, then Morris spins the 309. Stevens lost the race to the RX7 when a wheel bearing went South, hence all the smoke. Next its Brands and a rear view from the Stevens GM Carlton of Ron Cumming's Aberlan Honda Legend, I remember Tony Wolf running a white Legend as well, same car different owners and paint? We then see a very rare spin from Stevens when he has to slow to avoid the ex-Sean Walker BTCC Sierra RS500. Anyone else have footage of these awesome machines, let me know, and see you at Mallory next weekend.

Baby Bertha
Taken at the Modsports revival at Mallory Park