Mitsubishi Rally pictures

Colt pioneer Barry Lloyd has been kind enough to donate some pictures from his collection and to give a summary of each one. Take a look at the pictures below and associated captions.


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Robert Beer 1100SS

Geoff Hamilton/Ken Adams 1100SS

Geoff Hamilton/Ken Adams 1100SS

Geoff Hamilton/Ken Adams 1100SS

Geoff Hamilton/Ken Adams 1100SS

Geoff Hamilton/Ken Adams 1100SS

Geoff Hamilton/Ken Adams 1100SS

Geoff Hamilton/Ken Adams 1100SS

Doug Chivas, Southern Cross Rally

Colin Bond in Southern Cross Rally

1100ff SS in Southern Cross Rally

Doug Stewart, Southern Cross Rally

Colin Bond, Southern Cross Rally

Colt 1500 SS Doug Stewart, Southern Cross Rally

Joginder Singh, Southern Cross Rally

Doug Chivas, Southern Cross Rally

Andrew Cowan, Southern Cross Rally

Barry Ferguson, Southern Cross Rally

Joginder Singh, Safari Rally

Joginder Singh, Safari Rally

Andrew Cowan, Southern Cross Rally

Kenjiro Shinozuka, Southern Cross Rally

Andrew Cowan, Safari Rally

Andrew Cowan, Safari Rally

Andrew Cowan, Southern Cross Rally

Andrew Cowan, Southern Cross Rally

Hannu Mikkola, Southern Cross Rally

Joginder Singh, Safari Rally

Kenjuro Shinozaka

Kenjuro Shinozaka

MValintine - Aus 1984

Mike from Canberra - rally at Hyle's Block

Mike from Canberra - rally at Condor Creek

Doug Chivas - Alpine Rally, 1973

Shinozuka 1974 Southern Cross

Andrew Cowan Southern Cross 1974

Bob Watson driving Ian Wilson's Colt in 1976 Holden Dealers Rally

Lindsay Siebler and Ian Wilson - 1973 BP Rally

Lindsay Siebler & Ian Wilson - 1974 Alpine Rally

Jeff Beaumont & Ian Wilson - 1976 Akademos Rally

Bob Watson driving Ian Wilson's Colt in 1976 Holden Dealers Rally

Danni Traucki ,Steven King.1980 Bay Stages Rally

Danni Traucki ,Steven King.1980 Bay Stages Rally

Hal Moloney article

Hal Moloney's Colt winning 20-09-71

Hal Molonoey - Kerry Wells Memorial rally 1972

71 SC, Robert and Paul Wilson

71 SC, Peter Houghton and Mick Nelson

Works team Colts at Alice Springs in the 1970 Ampol Trial

Three 1100F S.S. cars were entered by the factory who were desperately hoping that one might finish in the first 10 places in a field of 233. The competition was fierce and the event contained a host of factory teams and heavily sponsored stars from both Australia and overseas. History records that these unmodified Colts finished 4th, 6th and 7th outright to the great delight of Mitsubishi and the crews. It is generally believed that if the event (14 days) had gone on for another 2 or 3 days the Colts would have finished 1, 2 and 3 as all others were close to mechanical collapse. Pictured here are, from left. Doug Stewart, George Shepheard, Bob Riley (partly obscured) Barry Lloyd and Albert Browne. ( out of picture is the late Doug Chivas). Car 68 was then driven in the 1970 Southern Cross Rally by Barry Lloyd and Albert Browne (with no service crew) to finish 7th outright in a field of 78 including hot professionals, only beaten by cars of at least twice the horse power.
No 24

Built in 1978 from a 1968 model, this highly modified Colt featured a works Lancer engine from a Southern Cross Rally winning car and the special factory close ration 5 speed gearbox. It provided blistering performance but with reputedly very dangerous handling characteristics partly due to short wheel base and outrageous wheel spin. Barry Lloyd and John Dick ran this car with success in over 20 Rallies in 1978, including, ARC rounds, State Championship Rounds, Rally of Canberra, and various series events throughout NSW including winning the Hunter Valley Championship Series of that year.
Modified 68 Colt

Pictured here is the Barry Lloyd and John Dick highly modified Colt in Rally Of Canberra 1978.
The driver has always maintained that, upon seeing the right arrow sign at the bottom of this muddy hill he set the car up in true Scandinavian approach style, completely under control. It is true that the vehicle is moving quite quickly-close inspection will reveal dollops of mud flinging off the right front tyre and considerable wheelspin on the rear - but the photographer and other spectators formed an opinion that the car was substantially out of control and would probably crash. It didn’t crash and proceeded through the corner in classic style. There is also a small group who were not there at the time who believe the driver was merely practicing “Please park at 45 degrees rear to kerb” in readiness for the next country town which uses that method. The truth probably lies somewhere in between all three.

Repco 31 car

Pictured here, just south of Darwin, is the stretched Colt which Barry Lloyd, Mal Crockenberg and John Dick created for the 1979 Repco Round Australia trial. It is 230 mm longer than standard, fitted with a 1.6 litre engine from a GC Galant and a 5 speed gearbox. Front suspension standard except for Bilstein shocks. Rear springs standard with modified shock absorber fitments to accommodate Monroe Magnum 180 from the rear of a Ford Galaxie measuring around a metre in length and holding about 5 liters of oil. Top shocker mounts were married into the bottom mounts of the roll bar at the parcel shelf. They lasted most of the event where others were destroying Bilsteins on a daily basis. The car was stretched to help accommodate a crew of three. Very few 2 person crews made it to the finish of the 19000 km course composed largely of atrocious rarely-used bush tracks. Only 13 of the original 165 starters completed the whole course; a number of stages were over 4000km in length and 60 hours at the wheel with no sleep break. This car was seeded 31st and finished 31st.
Southern Cross Rally

Barry Lloyd and Albert Browne thrashing the original pre-release test Colt in the 1967 Southern Cross Rally. Cars number 6 and 7 off the production line in Japan came to Australia in late 1966 for a 13000 km proving run through some of Australia’s toughest terrain and temperatures. Barry Lloyd records this torture test in his Book “You can’t get there from Here”. The two Colts were meant to be tested to destruction but they refused to die and went on to form the beginnings of the Mitsubishi rally team. Barry Lloyd recalls: “Their single carburetor was replaced with two dual-throat side draft Webers which assisted them to rev above 7500 rpm (except in the case of Colin Bond where it was more like 8500rpm). In the hands of Doug Stewart, Colin Bond and Barry Lloyd they repeatedly outperformed a variety of much faster vehicles in major events including the Southern Cross Rally which was ranked as the world’s toughest alongside the East African Safari. Lacking outright top speed the Colts were always driven with great gusto over the rough and flat out round the corners as can be seen here by the amount of body roll and the stretch on Albert Browne’ seat belt.


Other Rally Pictures

Below are other Colt pictures found on the internet and many that were kindly donated for the site. If you have any pictures or stories to add to the page, please let us know.
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Pictures from Ron Masing from Coltspeed
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GTO Galant from Japan
Shigeru from Japan contacted us with pictures of his restored GTO Galant. He built the car based on a photo he had of one of Doug Stewarts Rally cars back in their prime. All the stickers were hand made and the car is a great example of what can be done to keep the Mitsubishi rally history alive.

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Matt Philip's Colts
Matt kindly sent us these two pictures of his Colts. He raced quite a few of these cars back in the day and his best result was second outright in the 1971 GMHMC Classic. He has a wealth of tales including the below extract from an email he sent us:

"I actually had dealings with 7 colts during the late 60's and 70's, JZZ, a standard 1100 which I started rallying in, AJR, bought off Colin Bond by Mike Mitchell in 1969, run in a very wet Experts trial subsequently written off against a Rover, JSD, built out of the wreck and used to win the LCCA clubmans rally, first prize which was entry to the BP rally, KMY upgraded with bits Mike begged off the factory, disc  brakes Side draught solex's , SS instruments, BP rally, GMHC Classic and other club & state champion ship events, BCE, ex 1970 round Australia, a BP,  written off against a tree in the 71 Academos, I also had one of the other round Australia cars which they got back, I think I did an Alpine in it. Then after a delay we built IHQ, the hot rod with the gallant engine etc. Briefly I had an Elfin  600 for which I built a colt 1100 engine to compete in formula 3, but I ran out of money before I got that to the track."


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Aussie 1100f Rally car
James in Victoria has kindly sent in these pictures. Peter Coffey is driving in the off road shots (Alpine Rally, Bright, Victoria 1975, finished 2nd Clubman and 14th outright.) and Matt Phillip ( see his other pictures and story above ) is Co driving. All tarmac shots are Matt Phillip driving.

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