Book review: Chris Sclater – memories of a rally champion
- 23rd January 2018, 2:46pm
Sclater’s recently-released book, 'Chris Sclater, Memories of a rally champion', written in association with rally historian, Jonathon Pulleyn, delves into his long and sometimes difficult career, mainly self-funded but also, in the later years, supported by manufacturers such as Ford, Chrysler, Vauxhall, Datsun and others.While the book is almost an interesting stage by stage account of the notable events that he has contested over the years, there is enough other 'meat' to make it an excellent read. We learn also that renowned photo/journalist Martin Holmes, whose work appears on www.rallysportmag.com, sat beside Sclater in over 50 rallies from 1974 to 1978 – other navigators and co-drivers included Henry Liddon, John Davenport, Mike Greasly and other notables. Drafted into a two-car Vauxhall Chevette works team alongside Pentti Airikkala, Sclater describes the difficult working relationship that existed in the team and the tricks that were employed to get the upper hand. A brief review such as this does not do justice to a great story, but it’s nevertheless a book that we’d recommend.
At over 200 pages and with a great range of photos, it’s a great insight into rallying in the “good old days” when privateers such as Tony Pond, Jimmy McRae, Russell Brookes and others mixed it with the works teams and often won.It was a period the likes of which we’ll never see again. Highly recommended. To purchase your copy, head to http://www.cjpublications.co.uk/
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