The Austin Rover Rallysprint was a legendary annual motor sport event that ran throughout the early 1980s, and saw rally drivers pitched against their F1 counterparts to see which discipline bred the best drivers. In 1983, an all-star grid was assembled that included Nigel Mansell, Jimmy McRae, John Watson, Pentti Arikkala, Derek Warwick, Stig Blomqvist, Danny Sulivan, and Tony Pond – and they were went up against each other on the rally stage, autotest and racing circuit. And it’s here at Donington we’re treated to the field racing in identical MG Maestro 1600s…
Throughout the years, the ARG cars that starred in the Rallysprint included Metros, Maestros, Montegos for the races and autotests, but the more powerful Rover Vitesse and MG Metro 6R4.
Needless to say the action started out cleanly enough, but as the laps passed, the race became more of a contact affair. We won’t give the game away, but given the field, you won’t be surprised to see who won…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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