1985 Olympus Rally: Part 2

The next set of pics are from a stage in the Brooklyn area on HWY 101 between Montesano and Raymond.  I think it was the Raymond Ridge stage.  It was always a favorite as you could see the cars for quite a while.  For the ’85 Olympus they ran it in the reverse direction.

Mikkola in the S1 Quattro.

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JB in the A1 Quattro.

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Bruno Kreibich in his Group 4 Quattro.

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Rod Millen in the RX-7.

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The leading trio in another Raymond area stage.

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Dodge (Mistubishi) Colts were popular rally cars in the lower classes of SCCA PRO-RALLY.

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An RX-3.  I think it was sponsored by Walt’s Radiator in Olympia, WA and driven by Ray Damitio.  RX-2’s and RX-3’s were popular regional SCCA rally cars.  They made quite a noise in the forest.

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A regular 2WD RX-7, probably running in a production class.

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The next service halt was in Raymond in the evening.  An Opel Ascona rolls into downtown Raymond.  It was crewed by a local team.  We always wondered how they got it into the country as Opels hadn’t been sold in the US since the 70’s.

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The S1 E2 Quattro gets service while Hannu talks to some interested specators.

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Buffum’s Quattro is serviced while John looks on.  The guy with the red shirt and glasses is noted rally photographer Hugh Bishop.

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Rod Millen’s car is serviced while Rod has another Gatorade.

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Bruno’s Quattro.

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Guy Light’s Oldsmobile Omega.  If I remember right it even ran an automatic transmission.

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Parc Ferme in Raymond.  You can see the Toyota provided MR-2 course cars at the left of the shot.  Also note the Rover in the background.

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The next stage after the halt was a paved stage in Raymond near a lumber mill.  It wasn’t quite dark yet, so my anemic flash didn’t do so badly.

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The rally finish was at the State Capitol in Olympia.  John Buffum receives the second place trophy from rally organizer, the late John Nagel.

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Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz receive the first place trophy from John Nagel.  I read a while back in Octane that the S1 in the Olympus caught fire and burned to the ground.  Here’s proof it didn’t.  I think they are confusing it with an event in 1982 where Hannu did have a Quattro burn to the ground.

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Hannu with some Toyota exec.  I think he was head of Toyota Motorsport in the USA.

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One comment

  1. Some more information on the Opel Ascona. It was not a local crew, it was rented by Gary Eaton and Terry Palmer from Michigan. The car was brought over from Bournemouth, England for the 1984 Carson City International Rally by Trevor Hadley. It was left with Jerry Hines who rented it out a few times, including the 1985 Olympus International and 1986 Olympus WRC. In the 1986 event it was rented by Canadian Martin Kaspers. It was the last Opel Ascona to ever compete in a WRC event. I bought the car in January 1988 and ran it until 1994. I still own it and it is currently all torn apart undergoing restoration.

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