The Saab 96 of Hugh and Debby Myers will evoke memories of Erik Carlsson at the RAC rally in the early ’60s as it tackles Kielder forest for the second round of the British Historic Rally Championship on 4-5 May.
The lime-green Saab was bought by the pair in 2011 and used in selected events last year, before suffering a gearbox failure during the Severn Valley Stages in June.
Having undergone extensive repairs, the Swedish challenger is out to upset the stiff competition that's found in Category Two for cars built between 1968 and ’75.
Hugh said: “The Saab is an ideal car for the up to 2-litre class. On its day it will give the Ford Escorts a run for their money, certainly in terms of reliability, if not in outright pace.
“Even though we had further problems following the Severn Valley blow-up, the car got safely through another event before the season ended. It gives us fuss-free rallying.”
Meanwhile, Motors TV has posted its coverage from this year’s opening round on YouTube, including in-car footage from Shawn Rayner’s attack on the Pikes Peak Stage in his Mk1 Ford Escort.
For more information visit the BHRC website.