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Prodrive GC8 4 door Ex Recce / Gravel crew cars

Discussion in 'Prodrive Impreza 555 Group A' started by Burnsie, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Burnsie

    Burnsie Moderator

    Location:
    North west
    I’m starting this thread as some of our members are lucky enough to own one of these vehicles (myself included) as used by the Prodrive Subaru World Rally Team specifically between the years 1993 - 1998. This is of course because in 1997 the 4 door Impreza gave way to the 2 door Impreza or Retna to become the WRC car and these 2 door Imprezas were later used as Recce cars too, with most of the 4 door ex Recce cars being built up into Group N spec Rally cars and sold on to private customers.

    As these cars are becoming more valuable it would be nice to try and help the owners trace the history of these cars as far back as possible. Some of the owners have been lucky enough to find evidence of famous drivers using them such as Colin McRae or Carlos Sainz.

    Below is a list of registrations I have gathered which I believe to have once been ex Recce / Gravel crew cars.

    M824VWL
    M825VWL
    M826VWL
    L794FJO
    L488FWL
    M158TWL
    L150TWL
    L596YWD
    N21FWL
    L408MFC
    L149HWL

    If you have or find any early photos or videos or any information of said cars especially being driven during Recce or during their heyday then please post em! :thumb

    I’ll start off with some photos and videos I’ve come across over the years...

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    Unfortunately it would appear that Prodrive omitted the registrations from the team schedules after 1991.

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    1994 Rally of Malaysia no Gravel car registrations.

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    1995 RAC no Gravel Crew car registrations.

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    Great pic of Colin sat in a Recce car by Shaun Flannery, if only we knew which car?

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    1996 Hongkong Beijing Rally showing Gravel Crew cars 6 & 9 kindly sent to me by Bernhard Verkade.

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    1995 New Zealand Rally showing cars 6 & 7 kindly sent to me by Robbie McLean.



    Video showing M158TWL on Recce in Montecarlo 1995.



    Video showing N21FWL and L488FWL on Recce in Catalunya 1995.

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    Screenshot of N21FWL during part 2 of 6 part WRC series.
     
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  2. James Lowry

    James Lowry V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Brilliant thread idea have always had an interest in these too and would sell my RA if one of these came up.
    Would love to track down those legacy chase wagons too.
     
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  3. Burnsie

    Burnsie Moderator

    Location:
    North west
    @James Lowry I’m fairly sure N21FWL lives in Ireland somewhere and is still run competitively :nerd:

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    Could be one to keep an eye out for in case it comes up for sale? :thumb
     
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  4. James Lowry

    James Lowry V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Ah yes I have seen that compete and never knew!

    I remember this one for sale last year https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1078349
    In fact i remember it for sale in 2017 and could have been bought for a lot less than what it was up for at auction!

    @GPA555 used to own an ex-Prodrive 4 door Grp N car however i think it was a V5 or V6. He might know of some earlier cars.
     
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  5. Burnsie

    Burnsie Moderator

    Location:
    North west
    L794FJO



    Rallyspirit in Portugal

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  6. Burnsie

    Burnsie Moderator

    Location:
    North west
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    My little car M825VWL at the McRae Forest Stages Rally 1999 driven by Barry Groundwater. These are the earliest photos I have of my car and it was owned by Dave Weston before Barry and we’re kindly given to me by Peter Stark of Stark Motorsport. If anyone finds any other photos or videos they are very much appreciated :thumb
     
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  7. benji

    benji V-Limited Member

    Location:
    hastings
    Do you have a current photo?
     
  8. Burnsie

    Burnsie Moderator

    Location:
    North west
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    This is current photo of the car lol :) starting rebuild next week :thumb

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    This is the latest photo I have of her in competition and me behind the wheel, just before the engine blew a piston :(
     
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  9. benji

    benji V-Limited Member

    Location:
    hastings
    Looks great,
     
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  10. Etheridge-Bird

    Etheridge-Bird Moderator

    Location:
    Shropshire
    M824 VWL (2012)

     
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