Having decided on an AMC AMX as the car for the event we had to find one. Chris Partington, a good friend, kindly inspected three AMX’s for sale with Joop Stolze in Holland. Joop had the only cars available in Europe, the big advantage was we could inspect them fairly easily and it would save time shipping in a car from the USA. After a fair bit of negotiation by email I set out to visit the dealership and collect the AMX. I wasn’t prepared for the amount of stock Joop holds
Mine now, Geen Remmen (the name taken from a note on the dash on collection: it means no brakes in Dutch) on the way home. Note the strap on the bonnet to stop it flying open on the way back. A relief to find the trailer was wide enough.
British Customs were typically shitty about me importing the vehicle. Inspection involved eight of the border forces finest standing around the vehicle and generally poking around. Didn’t seem to make much difference that I had all the paperwork they could ask for. Registering the car with DVLA was fairly straightforward by comparison. The Californian registration was XUM 037, and looks to have been green with white racing stripes originally. The new UK registration is FND 367F. Would be great to find some of its history if anyone has information on the car.
Steve Broadhead and John Taylor of Malbrad Saab, who prepare my Saab rally cars, enjoyed tearing the new car apart, check out the size of the engine relative to the tiny gearbox. The rust I was worried about turned out to be mostly superficial. The shell turned out to be amazingly solid. Although sold with a 390 engine the car actually had a fairly fresh 360 engine fitted which is a better engine for the rally anyway.
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Peter Folbigg of Fabricage does such good work that you just assume an amazing job. Steve Wilson of Autosportif welded in a section to join the front sub frame to the rear one and turrets to accept the new dampers at the rear. Peter did a great job of squeezing the near side front leg of the cage down the side of the existing dash. We later cut out the front cross bar as it presented too much of a hazard to the crew shins, not just in an accident but getting in and out as well. Cross bracing in the rear and a diagonal in the roof give us good strength. We later discussed taking a leg forward from the cage to the front suspension turrets but it proved impractical. Door bars worked well keeping a reasonable balance between side impact protection, accessibility and further strength in the cage.
Great job and having crash tested one of his cages I can’t recommend Peter highly enough. Your life might depend on it…
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Body was put on a rotisserie so cleaning up and preparing the shell gets under way.