Andy Ryan's Mongrel Mobiles – The way your car should have been designed!

The Dim Sim Formula 1 Dual-purpose Le Mans Super Sportsman Vehicle

<p> This car was designed to compete in both the 1987 Melbourne Grand Prix, the 1988 Indy 500 in Queensland and the famous 1989 Le Mans 24 Hour Race which had been relocated to Adelaide due to Le Mans being closed for repairs to the toilets. This meant that all F1 teams needed to spend at least three years in Australia so many teams based themselves here. In those days there weren’t as many annoying safety rules in motor racing as there are these days and you could pretty much race your car anywhere you liked. And this is exactly what happened. Most F1 teams decided to get the most out of their visit to Australia and compete in as many events as possible. The Sauber team entered the Bathurst 1000 and finished fourth. BMW-Mercedes tried their luck at hill climbing and stock car racing but didn’t fare too well as they didn’t have enough grip with their slick tyres and low ground clearance. The Le Adelaide (as it was called then) 24 Hour Race had many F1 competitors. The Formula 1 Dual-purpose Le Mans Super Sportsman Vehicle was superb as it allowed one driver to sleep while the other raced up throughout the field. The caravan had an on-board toilet and a two berth men’s urinal, a card table, a microwave, two can openers and some car spare parts such as fan belts, door handles and so forth. Many teams camped out while travelling around Australia and to save money, the F1 car was often used to tow around all the gear and crew for the race.</p>


2 responses

  1. Awkward parking.

    December 17, 2011 at 1:21 am

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