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When life mattered

By G3
Saw a Volvo rally car here a bit ago. It stirred many fond memories. I designed/built/drove this car for the best four years of my life. That big thing behind me in the pic is a Corvette that I just passed-we used to refer to them as pollyester pacakaderms as they were always in the way. The years since racing days have been quite empty.
I`ve noticed a couple comments down a mention of weight. This car was fully optimized to what the rules would allow. That included---four wheel disk brakes---Halabrand quick change rear---B20 engine--coil over shocks all four corners --- and lighted to 2020LB. Min weight for this car was 2000LB...so it was as light as it could be...........
Ok--time for an update..comment was made of this fine car`s race history.. In four years of competition it never won but NEVER finished less than fourth. With a better driver than me it could have done much better

Tags: Sports and action

Voters: Wilmot, motorsportpictures, Moj_o and 119 more

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Comments


motorsportpictures 12 289 23 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 8:05AM
Love it, great old shot. Smile.
Scott
Tonyd3 16 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 11:44AM
It must have been great to have race one of these volvos being big and heavy, i am so pleased i got you thinking about it again. Thanks for your comments.
Tony
1 Apr 2009 2:08PM
I agree with the other comments made a truly great shot, nice to see you back.
Peter
Roly 13 Wales
1 Apr 2009 8:45PM
Super shot and interesting write up.
Warriorpoet 12 213 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 11:31PM
Great and different motor sport shot

Dave
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
2 Apr 2009 2:54AM
A great shot, and good memories for you.
Brian
PattiW 15 24 2 United States
3 Apr 2009 8:34PM
Love looking at pieces of the past, This is awesome! How wonderful it would be to have a restored one or one to restore!
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2009 10:57AM

Quote:A great shot, and good memories for you.
Brian


Brian says it all
imagio 14 12 1 England
5 Apr 2009 7:49AM
Looks like you had a great time..

Bernie
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2009 5:08PM
fabulous car, great memories, interesting story.
Rock 18 10 2 England
6 Apr 2009 8:37PM
A cracking shot.

Rock
Techno Plus
12 5.8k 8 England
9 Apr 2009 5:02PM
Great nostalgia and thanks for the narrative..

Mal
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2009 1:28AM
oh wow never seen one of these so old now great shot
Linda
11 Apr 2009 11:30PM
Nice nostalgic shot, and fascinating write-up. Excellent.
Dave
jonwebber 12 4 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 7:48PM
One ton of Volvo. Great shot, captures the feel, if thats the right word.
jon
MickS 15 23 14 England
12 Apr 2009 8:19PM
Watcha
gerry,
excellent action shot, love it, was it one of your mates that took the pic or a newspaper man, of course, they could both be the sameSmile Reminds me of when we used to go stock car racing in the early 60s, they were beautiful cars.

Thanks for visit to my Reeds.. You know, I'd have thought you would be interested in my little series of tools.
best
Mick
goso 14 2 1 Australia
20 Apr 2009 9:15PM
A great era.....Bill
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2009 8:49PM
Looks timeless..not being very up on cars it reminded me of Herbie went to Monte Carlo to start with. Love the mono..works really well.
Di
JudeC 13 6 3 England
25 Apr 2009 5:53PM
Lovely capture - Jude.
RTDS 12 Cyprus
29 Apr 2009 6:47PM
Great capture.
A great car it is...my grandfather and father had one or two of these cars.
Robert
danbrann 16 640 17
29 Apr 2009 8:39PM
And here's me thinking nostalgia was a thing of the past.
ugly Plus
12 9 57 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 12:50PM
I do like this action shot..
A very nice mono...
Well done...
Dave
jinstone Plus
14 6 1 England
10 May 2009 2:57AM
Great picture, don't take this the wrong way, reminded me of the old "wide mouth frog" joke - don't see many of them around here
photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
11 May 2009 2:28AM
Hi Gerry,
A stunning work of art. Both, the car and your classic photo.
Dennis
bpearson3 11 1 England
12 May 2009 10:30PM
Great shot. Bev
Julian 16 76 3 United Kingdom
13 May 2009 11:39PM
love the grain and tone in this pic
Julian
sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 7:40PM
A very interesting image - great narrative - works well in mono - Elizabeth
elf69 11 United Kingdom
30 May 2009 12:27PM
wounderful shot!

classics are the best!
dotpix 16 5 Pakistan
2 Jun 2009 5:06AM
remind me a great story... Wink what a shot... thanx to share with us..
Clicks!
dotPix
thank you for my first vote and comment. enjoyed looking at you PF you have a lot of stunning work.
koka 12 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2009 8:25PM
great story - lovely memories Katie
EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
27 Jun 2009 5:55AM
These old vhicles had something of character modern never provides, even though I know they were gas guzzlers! Great image.

Ann
Craig99999 11 19 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 1:27AM
reminds me of herbie...lol

Craig.
Richsr 13 91 223 England
1 Aug 2009 10:23AM
It always interesting to hear of other racing stores, sounds like you have a lot of fun in those days.
Good memories.
Regards Richard.
somnathchatterjee 11 67 175 India
2 Aug 2009 7:18AM
well done.
davey_griffo 11 213 165 England
10 Nov 2009 11:03AM
...& my vote makes a nice, round 100!!

Like the shot & the memory. I love hearing the story behind a shot, when there is one.

An unusual choice for a racing car, I'd have thought. A Volvo isn't the first thing to come to mind when you think fast car.

You don't mention how successful you were.

Since you obviously enjoyed it, why give up? surely they run veterans races, if you feel you're too old to compete with the young bucks?
U4eA 16 475 England
9 Jan 2010 11:54PM
..and 1! Smile

For the story and the picture, thank you for sahring both.
averity 13 Spain
13 Apr 2010 10:21PM
cool image and text
IFIMAGE 12 143 Wales
5 Apr 2011 8:14PM
cracker!
NICE ! sure U had a blast Smile
Tibetan 8 3 England
19 Nov 2012 4:45PM
Pleased to round the votes up, nice one like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
marcb103 8 4 2 United States
5 Jun 2013 7:57PM
Reminds me of the car I traveled in Japan and the US in the early 60's. Man what a car. It survived my parents, my brother and I and 3 engines, all told 625,000 miles before it was scrapped, and my folks bought it used. What a Car.

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