And succeed they did. After coming eighth on the Rallye Monte-Carlo in ’50, Allard had a crash and burn on the Targa Florio followed by third at Le garage door remote transmitter receiver in a J His greatest win was on the ’52 Monte in a P1 beating one S Moss on his first rally in a Sunbeam-Talbot 90 . Wonderful feat, considering that Stirling was impossibly quick in anything he had the keys to.
While making a TV programme about the Corvette, I discovered that a certain Zora Arkus-Duntov had worked for Sydney in his Clapham workshop and raced Allards at Le Mans in ’52 and ’ He is famous for being the father of the Corvette and putting the V8 into it in ’55, but I wonder where the idea came from? Similarly, Carroll Shelby once told me that after racing an Allard-Cadillac J2 he had no trouble copying the theme, using an AC Ace as the basis. In 1960, Sydney turned his hand to drag racing, which was all the rage in the States but virtually unknown here. His first effort at building what today we would call a ‘rail’ consisted of Allard's team prepares the fearsome Chrysler-powered dragster in ' Born 19 June 1910 Died 12 April 1966 From Streatham, London Career highlights Driver and constructor: won the Rallye Monte-Carlo in garage door remote transmitter receiver British Hillclimb Champion in '49; drag racing pioneer in Europe a simple tube construction, Lotus wobbly-web wheels at the front, bolt-on steels with primitive slicks at the rear, and a Chrysler Hemi being fed by a Hilborn injection system and a Moon blower that he’d imported from the USA. Running on methanol with a little acetone, and churning out something near 500bhp, this was very likely the first of its kind to be built in Europe.
It made its press debut at Brands Hatch in ’61 prior to an attempt to break the record at the Brighton Speed Trials. It must have been seriously impressive, with open pipes spitting fire becoming the father of the sport in Europe. Another accolade has to be the number of cl erivatives that sprung up from like-minded constructors and drivers. The Fairley-Mercury of 1950 was just scaffold tubes welded up and fitted with an Allard-modified lump. The ’53 Farrallac Special was built from the remains of the ex-Peter Collins J2 to a design by Sydney’s own David garage door remote transmitter receiver