It might not be the most powerful, nor the newest, car contesting this year’s Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, but you’d be hard pressed to find one that’s driven with more gusto than the Highland Cottage Vauxhall Nova of Richard and Pat Egger!
Having finished 31st overall and 6th in class on the Bet On Aces Manx National, their first rally of 2018 no less, the pair are taking their rapid Class B11 machine to next Saturday’s Rally van Wervik (9 June) – where they hope their giant-killing performances will continue, thanks, in part, to some experience of rallying in Belgium.
“We built the Nova in 1999, as a project for 2000,” said Richard. “At the time I was pushing hard to introduce a clubman’s budget formula, two-litre normally aspirated, no active electronics and a cap on engine costs. The formula never took off, but we built a car to the rules and have used it ever since – apart from when we got distracted by using an historic Mk1 RS2000 in the forests!
“The Nova is fitted with a two-litre red top engine, six-speed dog ‘box, wide track, big brakes, big shafts, big everything in fact, and Proflex all ‘round. We built just about everything in-house and are still learning how to make it work. In truth, it is an ideal tool for single venues, but we prefer to tackle the challenges of real roads and lanes.
“We did the Hemicuda Rally in Belgium at the back end of last year and finished fortieth overall and fourth in class. We have also serviced for other people regularly, so have a little feel for what goes on.”