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#1 mab01uk

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:04 PM

Finally got round to copying and uploading this from an old VHS video tape of mine, recorded from the TV several years ago. :thumbsup:

Mini Special Saloon Car race at Brands Hatch from the BBC 'Driving Ambition' TV series shown in 8 episodes one hour long in 1984 and repeated on UK Gold a few years later.
Now known for his Mini Miglia, Peter Baldwin was the 'real' driver of his own Ford BDA engined race Mini. Other 'real' race drivers of the time include Ginger Marshall and David Enderby.

"Eight-part serial about a middle-aged housewife who is obsessed with making her mark in the man's world of fast cars. Script by Paula Milne. BBC1 tx 1984/03/03 - 1984/04/21 (Sat) 8 eps. x 50 mins."
http://ftvdb.bfi.org...ift/series/7095



Episodes

* A CLASS OF THEIR OWN (21/04/1984)
* Big torque (14/04/1984)
* The thin red line (07/04/1984)
* The Late breaker (31/03/1984)
* Manifold depression (24/03/1984)
* Five O'Clock shadow (17/03/1984)
* Dream Machine (10/03/1984)
* A LITTLE DIFFERENTIAL PROBLEM (03/03/1984)

Edited by mab01uk, 06 September 2011 - 11:12 PM.


#2 Bungle

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:49 PM

i think watching that series and the Italian job film fuelled my mini passion at a young age

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:57 PM

Thanks :dontgetit:

The picture quality isn't as dated as the hair 'n acting!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:44 AM

Cheers for uploading thid, - I don't remember it, but very entertaining. Took me ages to click that one of the dudes was in Eastenders about ten years after this was made!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:49 AM

Ginger Marshall's blue Reliant Kitten was an Imp / Mini hybrid using an Imp engine on a Mini gearbox. It was attractive for special saloons because it had a long wheelbase in a small car which is also why he had previously raced his Mini Clubman/Traveller/Countryman hybrid.

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#6 mab01uk

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:55 AM

A real race below from the Wendy Wools Special Saloon Car Championship from Thruxton in Nov 1981 also featuring Peter Baldwins Mini-Ford, commentary by Murray Walker. :thumbsup:


Edited by mab01uk, 06 September 2011 - 11:13 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:10 PM

brings back memory's

watching the motor racing on grandstand on a saturday afternoon

all you see on TV these days is over paid pansy's prancing about on a football field unless you search sky

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:15 PM

Excellent, the days when motorsport were good :dontgetit: Nothing like seeing a mini take paddock hill bend on two wheels is there?

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:22 PM

and the only thing between a marshal and the track was his Thermos flask

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 08:52 PM

Just read about these cars and that show in a book about racing Minis i got from Mini Mania. What the @#%$ is the black car with the white trim on the fenders?

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 09:20 PM

I can remember this series well - required saturday evening viewing.
Anybody else remember The Power and The Glory?
http://ftvdb.bfi.org...ft/series/20407

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 10:31 PM

Just read about these cars and that show in a book about racing Minis i got from Mini Mania. What the @#%$ is the black car with the white trim on the fenders?


The black car is a VW Karmann Ghia 'Silhouette' body on a race car chassis and was driven by Dr. David Enderby.

http://rupert8766.fo...t/p3155412.html

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:40 PM

That was a great TV series. Shame it hasn't been repeated since 1992 on UKGOLD.

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