John Everard's FIA Rally 1600 Sprint GT

John recently completed the build of his FIA Historic Rally Sprint GT  using exclusively Alfaholics parts. This included:

– 160BHP FIA race 1600 engine

– Competition axle

– Competition gearbox

– Full rally suspension with our adjustable aluminium dampers and FIA 2 1/4″ spring kit

– Full stainless steel sports exhaust

– Race propshaft conversion

– Weld in GT rollcage

– 55L foam filled rally fuel tank

….and many other parts.

After a couple of minor shake down events, John took the car down to Sherwood Forest in the UK to compete in the Premier Rally meeting for its first major event – a mix of modern and all types of historic rally cars. John won his class and finished a fantastic 9th overall in the historic group.

To Max and all of your superb crew!

After the rather disappointing result in Barbados (not the car’s fault maybe the driver), we took our 1600 Sprint GT into Sherwood Forest at the weekend. First forest event for me in 25 years. I must thank you and all of your staff for all of the hours of technical advice and parts advice that have gone into the building of this historical 1 category car, which is for rallying of cars aged from 1959 to 1967.

The car in the forest was absolutely superb.  It’s slightly narrow track to the Escorts made it a little unstable at high speed (as we could not run completely in their tracks), but when we move to full Historic Rallying being in H1 class it will not run with the Escorts. 

All of the parts supplied by Alfaholics worked great and again I cannot thank you enough for yours and all of your staff’s hard work in bringing this to fruition.  This is the first time I had driven the car in these conditions and as much as she was possibly 3 second per mile behind the Escorts and the Datsun 240 Z, I do feel that she and I can start taking lumps out of that!

Regards

John

Photos : Neil Cross