Mustangs in the Liege-Sofie-Liege rally 1964

© Wolfgang Kohrn - July 19th, 2002, updated March 2015


DPJ8B - Peter Harper driving and Peter Procter sitting on the co-drivers seat. Note the special underbody protection device, the side exiting exhaust, the hood fixing lever and the various fog and far beam lights.
These early Mustangs of the pre-series production definitely left Dearborn in March 1964 to be send via Holman Moody to Alan Mann Racing/UK.

First outing of the Unexpected car from Detroit in an european rally  

Mustangs had their first european rallye appearance in the 6000km Liege-Sofie-Liege rally in August 1964. First they had to be homologated, which happened in June/July through Alan Mann with the FIA.

The rallye started in Belgium, heading to former Yugoslawia and back again to Belgium. Out of 98 starters only 21 finished, one of the toughest rallies ever.

2 Mustangs were entered by Alan Mann Racing/UK - probably VIN#100025 and 100026, but some time soon we are shedding more light on these VINs. A number of other Mustangs were in this batch sent overseas, but not all arrived at Alan Mann. Amongst those where 100030 and 100055. One went to a Herb Nobb according to our research papers. Wo knows more about this name?

One team driving for Alan Mann were Bo Ljungfeldt and Fergus Sager in DPG3B. During the night suddenly all headlights failed and Bo this time was not able to go on with his hairrising driving style. They went down a sidebank, landed on the roof and Bo in the car was injured.
The car was heavily damaged. John Grant said this one was crashed beyond repair, but it seems it got repaired with another roof and side plexi windows before Christmas Eve 1964, when Alan used a clapped together car at the Boxing Day qualification runs.

Both cars did not finish, Ljungfeldts car crashed as said at night, the other DPJ8B due to brake failure. Unfortunately we have yet no picture of the crashed DPJ8B to judge which one was really saved, of if one was made out of two. The car that appeared at the Boxing Day Race 31st of January carries a DPJ8B licence plate in the race.

Anyway let us stick it at this moment at this tone of voice, until we find more evidence about the second car.
One of them was rebuild for Brands Hatch by Alan Mann and later entered by Paddy McNally. Different pictures are available, it being shown with the plexi side windows and without headlights at the Boxing Day qualification most probably without headlight beams and without licence plate and one at the actual race 4 weeks later.

Paddy McNally as a driver is mentioned as well.

We can only assume that the DPJ8B licence tag was put on DPG3B, as both licence plates of DPG3B were damaged and maybe even scrapped. A common practice, but we don't have further evidence for that.
Another story is that DPG3B was in the end easy to repair with parts of another Mustang. We will shed more light on this soon.

Bought by John Fellows and used at Silverstone. John wrote us:
"My Mustang was Alan Mann's which I bought from Paddy. It was white with a dark blue central stripe. I subsequently sold it in part-ex for a Daytona to Richard Crossthwaite of H.R.Owen." 
From there Mustang parts later went again for sale, if a chassis was involved, is not clear. It is reported that still somebody claims to have that chassis.

If the other Liege car survived (pictures will tell the true story) it may have been sold, given to Jacky Ickx or somebody else. But that is just speculation as of now, as two other Mustangs were later delivered to UK after the TDF cars, maybe prepared by HM and/or Alan for those drivers, however they said no. For sure is that Jacky Ickx also drove DPK6B at some time in Europe, before receiving APB325B. Ickx and  John Whitmore where team mates at John Wyer then. Easy to get any Mustang.

I have made an interview with Alan Mann in late June 2002, later an interview with John Grant and years later with Lee Holman and several phone calls or visits to verify details. The reports are made to best knowledge. Yet the fun lies in finding more details, as the Alan Mann cars still have some mystery destinies that keep historians busy.

Details of the Alan Mann interview can be read  here

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