Item description for Works Rally Mechanic: Brian Moylan's Tale of the BMC/BL Works Rally Department 1955 to 1979 -Softbound Edition by Brian Moylan...
Tells the inside story of BMC's/BL's Competition Department from 1955-1979 under the management of Marcus Chambers, Stuart Turner, Peter Browning, Basil Wales, Richard Seth-Smith, Bill Price and John Davenport. - Brian Moylan spent 22 years with the Competition Department preparing cars for international rallies and travelling the world to provide service support during the rallies. During this period, Big Healeys, Minis and TR7s were amongst the front runners in the world rally scene, though many other BMC/BL models also saw use as rally cars. - Tells from a mechanic's point of view how BMC/BL rally cars evolved during this important period. - A story of adventure, hilarious events, hardship, winning, losing, real danger and BMC's/BL's corporate politics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 8.1" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Jul 12, 2004
Publisher Veloce Publishing
ISBN 1904788181 ISBN13 9781904788188
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More About Brian Moylan
Brian Moylan started working for MG in 1950 as a mechanic in the service/repair shop. In 1955 he was drafted in to the Racing Department, which was the center for all BMC competition work. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work on several rally winning Minis including the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner. Just before the factory closed in 1980 Moylan was offered the position of manager of a small satellite Morris Garages outlet. He has always been involved in the MG Car Club, serving on the committee of the local Centre in various capacities. Since his retirement he has started giving slide shows on MG history and writing articles for the leading Classic Car magazines, plus three books on MG and rally connected subjects. Moylan also works closely with the Abingdon Museum setting up MG Exhibitions.
Reviews - What do customers think about Works Rally Mechanic: Brian Moylan's Tale of the BMC/BL Works Rally Department 1955 to 1979 -Softbound Edition?
Very interesting for rally fans Aug 15, 2003
I collect rally books and this one is a great read. An inside look at the organization of a winning team that I could never experience on my own. Lots of neat stories and photos.
A frank conversation with a Works Mechanic Jun 3, 1998
Imagine yourself in the pub at International Mini Meet. The place is crowded. Over there there's a clot of Miniacs at the feet of Hopkirk as he relates his triumphs. By the fire Makinen is holding court with spell bound wanna-be's. You're sitting in a quiet corner beside an elderly gentleman. You strike up a conversation and soon find that he used to be THE Works Rally mechanic. This book is a record of that conversation.
Don't expect a novel or autobiography. This book is neither. It's more like a stream of loosely connected anecdotes in more or less chronolocial order. But this is not a fault! It's better that Moylan's experiences be documented and published for all to enjoy than have them lost.
The chapters are broken up by the Works manager of the time - Marcus Chambers, Stuart Turner, Peter Browning, Basil Wales, Richard Seth-Smith, Bill Price and John Davenport. Within the chapters are the authors experiences on each rally under direction of the manager and are illustrated by photographs from his own collection and others - many never published before.
What this book does is shed considerable light on how the rallies were won and how the BMC Works cars made history. It's an essential companion to Marcus Chambers "Works Wonders - Rallying and Racing with BMC, Rootes and Chrysler" (Motor Racing Publications Ltd, 1995). Other books focus on the cars and drivers, like Peter Brownings "The Works Mini's" (1st edition, NLA)& "The Illustrated History of the Works Mini's in International Rallies and Races" (second edition, Foulis, 1996) and Trevor Lord's "Monte-Carlo - The Mini Legend Archive Album" (Brewin Books, 1994). But it's the behind the scenes people that ensure those cars were well prepared, well maintained and THERE at the finish. That work was done by expert mechanics like Brian Moylan.
If you have a passion for the history of motorsports, this book is for you. You'll learn where those 'Works modificaions' were born, how they performed in! service and what it was really like to be behind the scenes during the events which made Mini's famous. You'll also learn that none of these people were superheros. They were just blokes like you and me. They just happened to be at the right place at the right time.... a time which will never be repeated.