I tense up, waiting for the bang as the car lands and my head bounces off the roll cage, but there is nothing. As the doors of the container open in Kenya come November, its shakedown days like this that will have fully prepared the car for the ultimate test of a historic rally car. A day in the life of the Siddall Hilton rally team Posted on: The cockpit is cosy to say the least and as I huddle my knees into my chest in an effort to keep my foot away from the floor mounted horn switch, Andrew hits the gas and the car lurches past the green light of the control building. Quick Contact Your Enquiry Name: As it flicks through the left-right-left at the bottom of the circuit, Andrew lets the back end drift just enough to catch it for the next corner and slide it through the complex with the Escorts synonymous grace.

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A gearbox change in the Escort takes only 12 minutes, the propshaft left assembled to the output shaft in order to avoid topping up the oil level. As the doors of the container open in Kenya come November, its shakedown days like this that will have fully prepared the car for the ultimate test of a historic rally car.

The speed at which the team can replace major components is striking. As the pace picked up it became clear that despite the huge suspension travel and gravel tyres intended for wildly variable terrain, this car is surprisingly capable flicking through the black stuff.

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A day in the life of the Siddall Hilton rally team

As it flicks through the left-right-left at the bottom of the circuit, Andrew lets the back end drift just enough to catch it for the next corner and slide it through the complex with the Escorts synonymous grace. Whilst I thought the Datsun was capable around the tarmac, the Escort is in another league. As preparations for the East African Safari Rally hot up, we took time out to spend a day with Andrew Siddall and Dansport during a testing day at Blyton Park race circuit in sunny Lincolnshire.

Changeover time is assisted by the immaculate condition of the cars underbelly, chassis and transmission, no rusty bolts or rounded heads to sidall them down. The cockpit is cosy to say the least and as I huddle my knees into my chest in an effort to keep my foot away from the floor mounted horn switch, Andrew hits the gas and the car lurches past the green light of the control building.

Just as well the car soaks up big hits like this.

I tense up, waiting for the bang as the car lands and my head bounces off the roll cage, but there is nothing. Passengers swap places and Andrew sets about whitening more knuckles.

As the 6 cylinder engine burst into andeew from cold and after a few blips on the throttle, the immaculate Datsun Z was soon steadily warming up around the tarmac. You can hardly tell that the car has been in the air at all, such is the effectiveness of the suspension and chassis setup.

A day in the life of the Siddall Hilton rally siddwll Posted on: Quick Contact Your Enquiry Name: This web site works best with JavaScript enabled. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

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Wire Products Upholstery Springs. Work continued on other mostly ergonomic adjustments until the car was ready for a few laps.

Andrew Siddall

You can adnrew Andrews progress live once the rally starts at http: Time to switch to the immaculately presented MK1 Escort, currently in tarmac trim so perfect for scaring the living daylights out of friends and family.

As the Escort draws into the pits, the Datsun makes it way out again, complete with second gearbox and several other adjustments.

July 26, As preparations for the East African Safari Rally hot up, we took time out to spend a day with Andrew Siddall and Dansport during a testing day at Blyton Park race circuit in sunny Lincolnshire. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. As soon as possible 8am – 9am 9am – 10am 10am – 11am 11am – 12pm 12pm – 1pm 1pm – 2pm 2pm – 3pm 3pm – 4pm 4pm – 5pm Email: The difference between the two cars is significant.

Immediately on climbing into the car, Andrew commented that his helmet was banging on the roof of the car, so the team set to work on adjusting the height of the Kevlar bucket seat.