Brooklyn stages

1986 Olympus Rally Revisited: The last daytime stage

This was the last daylight stage we went to on the Sunday of the rally.  As you can see, I think it was the best attended of all the stages.  I’ve seen some pro photos of this stage as well.  We were able to get into the depressed area at the apex of the corner for some good close-up shots.  They probably wouldn’t allow spectators without press credentials to do this today.

These photos were taken by my good friend Denton  Morris.  He has graciously scanned his photos and is allowing me to post them here. Denton is a professional photographer and you can see his recent work at his website  www.dentonmorris.com.  The photos below are Denton’s property and he holds all the rights to them, so please don’t fold, spindle or mutilate the photos without contacting him directly, or contact me and I will put you in touch, if you wish to reuse them.

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1986 Olympus Rally Revisited: Raymond Stages Part 4

Sunday dawned grey and foggy, but dry.  I read later that the fog caused Alen to slow a bit, but his lead was never threatened.  The stage below was a neat stage, with the spectator area in a clear cut.  We hiked in a bit and had the area all to ourselves.  We got some neat shots by standing on some of the stumps.

Once again, these photos were taken by my good friend Denton  Morris.  He has graciously scanned his photos and is allowing me to post them here. Denton is a professional photographer and you can see his recent work at his website  www.dentonmorris.com.  The photos below are Denton’s property and he holds all the rights to them, so please don’t fold, spindle or mutilate the photos without contacting him directly, or contact me and I will put you in touch, if you wish to reuse them.

Markku Alen was first through the stage.

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Next was the 205 of Kankkunen.

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JB was next in the Sport Quattro.  He was quite a ways behind the leading two works cars.

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Lars-Erik Torph’s TTE Toyota Celica Turbo.

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The Alessandrini’s were still in the rally with their private Delta S4.

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Rod Millen in the Group A 323.

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1986 Olympus Rally Revisited: Raymond stages part 3

Here’s another Raymond area stage.  This one took place on the Saturday, just as it was getting dark.  Probably about 4pm at that time of year.  The week before there had been heavy rains in the area causing some erosion.  You can see evidence of that on this stage, the road where we were at was barely wide enough for the cars to pass.

Again, these photos were taken by my good friend Denton  Morris.  He has graciously scanned his photos and is allowing me to post them here. Denton is a professional photographer and you can see his recent work at his website  www.dentonmorris.com.  The photos below are Denton’s property and he holds all the rights to them, so please don’t fold, spindle or mutilate the photos without contacting him directly, or contact me and I will put you in touch, if you wish to reuse them.

Markku Alen was first through.

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Next was Kankkunen in the Pug.

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John Buffum was next in the Quattro.  I like how you can see the sky in the background of the second shot.

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One of the Group B Toyotas.

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The Alessandrini’s Delta S4.

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Rod Millen’s Group A Mazda.  That is me in the background, trying not to get a rock through the lens of my camera.

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A Group N Toyota entered by a Canadian team.

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1986 Olympus Rally Revisited: Brooklyn stages part 2

Here’s another stage that I don’t remember the name of.  I do remember it was another Raymond, WA area stage.  It had a good view of the cars coming into a junction and it turned out to be more exciting that we had first guessed.

Again, these photos were taken by my good friend Denton  Morris.  He has graciously scanned his photos and is allowing me to post them here. Denton is a professional photographer and you can see his recent work at his website  www.dentonmorris.com.  The photos below are Denton’s property and he holds all the rights to them, so please don’t fold, spindle or mutilate the photos without contacting him directly, or contact me and I will put you in touch, if you wish to reuse them.

Markku Alen was through the stage 1st in the Lancia Delta S4.

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Juha Kankkunen was next in the Peugeot 205 T-16.

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John Buffum was next in the Sport Quattro with an unorthodox line.

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One of the TTE Group B Celicas.  Not sure who.

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The privately entered Delta S4 of the Alessandrinis.

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I think this was New Zealander Clive Smith’s Group A Toyota.

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Looks like it could be a Subaru.  Subaru had 2 XT’s entered in Group A for Peter “Possum” Bourne and Chad DiMarko.

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Looks like a Mitsubishi of some sort.  There was a Japanese team that had entered one and finished 14th.

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Not even sure what this car is…

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This looks to be the Audi 80 Quattro of Paul Choiniere and Tom Grimshaw.  Paul is John Buffum’s step son.  Choiniere/Grimshaw would finish 10th in the rally, earning one World Rally Championship point.

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Here’s another mystery car.  It might be Whiting / Damitio in their Toyota.  Whoever it is, they seem to have attacked the caution tape.

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1986 Olympus Rally Revisited: Raymond Ridge

The following pictures were taken on the Raymond Ridge stage.  I can’t specifically remember exactly where it was, but I seem to remember it being off Highway 101 and up the Smith Creek road.  The stage was a favorite with us, we had been going to it for a few years.  You could see the cars for a good amount of time for a rally.  Some years they would run it in reverse of the direction in these pictures.  The land was privately owned Weyerhaeuser land.  I guess it has been many years since they have been used for rally stages.  The last time I went to this stage was in 1989.

Again, these photos were taken by my good friend Denton  Morris.  He has graciously scanned his photos and is allowing me to post them here. Denton is a professional photographer and you can see his recent work at his website  www.dentonmorris.com.  The photos below are Denton’s property and he holds all the rights to them, so please don’t fold, spindle or mutilate the photos without contacting him directly, or contact me and I will put you in touch, if you wish to reuse them.

Markku was first through the stage.

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Juha was next in the Peugeot.

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Then John Buffum in the Sport Quattro, quite a ways behind on time.

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One of the TTE Toyotas.

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The Alessandrini’s privately entered Delta S4.

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One of the Golf GTI’s.

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1986 Olympus Rally Revisited: Brooklyn stages part 1

After the crappy, pouring down rain of Friday, Saturday dawned clear and cold and a bit icy.  We spent the night at my parents vacation house near Shelton, WA and got up early and headed for the stages held near Raymond, WA.

Again, these photos were taken by my good friend Denton  Morris.  He has graciously scanned his photos and is allowing me to post them here. Denton is a professional photographer and you can see his recent work at his website  www.dentonmorris.com.  The photos below are Denton’s property and he holds all the rights to them, so please don’t fold, spindle or mutilate the photos without contacting him directly, or contact me and I will put you in touch, if you wish to reuse them.

Alen was now leading and had been re-seeded to be first on the road.

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Kankunnen was next in the 205.

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Here’s a series of John Buffum.

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The Alessandrini Brothers privately entered Delta S4.

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Rod Millen’s Group A Mazda.  Notice the remote camera in the lower left of the shot.  I always wondered who those guys were and I would love to see the pictures they got.

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One of the Light Performance Works Golf GTI’s.

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The Toyota of the Japanese team of Kunimasa and Nori.

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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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1986 Olympus Rally Part 4: Brooklyn Stages

Saturday was composed of classic Olympus Rally stages in the Brooklyn area of Grays Harbor County between Cosmopolis and Raymond.  The weather was dryer than Friday’s wet stages, with a bit of fog early and then a little sun to end the day.

Kankunnen and Alen were still locked in their own battle for the driver’s title.  Kankunnen had a technical problem with the 205 and Alen was now leading.

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This is one of my favorite shots.  I had it enlarged and it still hangs in my garage to this day.

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JB powering the Quattro over a crest.

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Waldegaard in the Toyota.  I climbed onto a stump to get this.

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The Allesandrini’s head off into the gloom.

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A service stop was held in Raymond.  I got a few good shots of the leading drivers.

John Buffum.

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Juha Kankunnen.

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Mr. Maximum Attack:  Markku Alen

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Allen’s Delta S4.  Notice that the teams were using rental trucks for support vehicles.  After the rally, we used to see rental trucks around the area with their factory Lancia or Peugeot stickers on the side.

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JB’s Sport Quattro.

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This stage is my favorite Olympus stage.  We always used to go to this one.  You can stand on a bank and watch the cars come down a hill into a dip and then a slight crest, then they turn in front of you and head down another hill before they go out of sight.  On this stage we were standing next to the Duke Video crew from the UK.  I should buy the DVD someday…

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There was a washed out area of the road due to some flooding in the area prior to the rally.  We were able to get some good close shots as the cars slowed to go by.  The road was little wider than the cars and the ravine/wash out went down about 20 or 30 feet..

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The sun actually came out for this last stage we went to.

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JB’s co driver must have mis-read a note..

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The future of Group A rallying, a few years early…

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