Philip Young was so determined not to be a spectator just standing on the sidelines of the 1977 London to Sydney Marathon he built a kit-car Magenta for GBP 1000, and entered the rally as the smallest car and certainly the cheapest international rallycar in the line-up. He has taken part in six Himalayan rallies, in everything from the Archbishop of Canterbury's Morris Minor, a works Skoda, to ex-works Healey and Triumph TR8. Philip is generally credited with having kick-started the historic rally movement with events such as the Pirelli Classic Marathon, the Monte Carlo Challenge, Around the World in 80 Days, Classic Safari, and, in 1997, the 90th anniversary of the Peking to Paris. Philip has seen the pitfalls of where entrants go wrong, and, how bush mechanics make roadside repairs to get a car going again. Having entered rallies himself with no money, he is a keen advocate that "a stitch in time saves nine" and that good preparation, even if from a garden shed, can help many a tortoise overtake a less well-prepared hare. Today he runs the Endurance Rally Association near Oxford.
"If you've always fancied your chances on one of those major European rallies - this is the best place to start." - New Zealand Classic Car -- A thoroughly entertaining and informative read - this sort of book has been a long time coming and highly recommended to anyone embarking in building a competition car - especially one on a tight budget." - Mini Cooper Register "Buy the book, read it, be entertained ..." - The Motor Cycling Club -- "Philip Young's writing is always entertaining and you'll enjoy this book even if you've no intention of going rallying ..." - Octane -- "Never before has this sort of guidance been collated into one volume, so experienced rallyists are also bound to find something new ... an easy, enjoyable and worthwhile read." - The Marshal -- "Clearly laid out, and split into sensible chapters, each chapter is written in a clear and concise manner with useful accompanying photographs. If you are driving a road-based rally, this book will help you get a result ... don't even fill in the entry form without it!" - Old Stager -- "Who better to explain how to prep a budget rally car than experienced competitor and organizer Philip Young? As well as electrics, brakes, cooling and safety in the Allegro shell, he covers driving tips, events and sponsors." - Classic & Sports Car. 'If you are seriously looking to get into the sport this book is a great place to start" IPMS/USA Journal