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Jeremy Browne - Rallye San Remo

Jeremy's Lancia on the start line

This year the Rallye San Remo celebrates it’s 50th year. The 1972 event marked a major change in rallying – the first major sponsorship deal - when the Lancia Team appeared with “Marlboro” logos. Our car, TOG 36418 was driven by Barbasio and Sodano ( pictured above ) and finished second behind the similar car crewed by Ballestrieri and Bernacchini, helping Lancia to win the World Manufacturers’ Championship that year.

Since then the car went on to win other rallies in Italy before a decade of racing in California. Jeremy Browne bought the car in 1997, shipped it to Australia and carefully restored the car for competition. It’s third life has involved many events in Australia, including finishing first outright in the 2000 Targa Tasmania Classic.

In recent years the car has been driven by Jeremy in numerous European events, including competing in the San Remo Storico Rallye in 2002. This year the car returns to San Remo for the 50th celebrations with the “Slowly Sideways” Group for a special demonstration as part of the IRC Rallye San Remo 25 – 27 September 2008.

The Lancia will be driven by Jeremy Browne and co-driven by regular Australian competitor Darren Masters.

The following week the Lancia will participate in a parade of Historic rally cars at the Rally of Spain, driving the stages after the first pass of the World Rally Cars. This display is again organised by “Slowly Sideways”.


Great to hear the old girl

Great to hear the old girl is "back home" over there performing on her old stomping ground. Great to read the history of Jeremy's car too. Wife and I saw the San Remo Rally on our 10th wedding anniversary in 2001 (and drove the Col Du Turini). What a blast, IMHO much better character than the Sardinia Rally.