James Calvert-Jones has previously competed in the COT, but not since 2009. Let’s meet him and see what’s bought James and his very pretty 911 back…
What car will you be running in the 2016 COT?
We will be running the same 1984 Porsche 911 3.2 that we ran in the 2008 Red Centre to Gold Coast Rally with Ben Hardy and the 2009 Classic Outback Trial with Nicole Bryan. The car is still in good shape and is well looked after in the garage at my property in Mornington Peninsula. The car is prepared by Cairns Classic Modern Porsche Service.
Who will be in your team?
The Red Centre was the first outing for the team and also, the first ever event for the co driver and service crew. We would like to better our 11 th place finish on the Red Centre to Gold Coast. Ben Hardy will be my co-driver again and Shaun from Cairns Classic Modern Porsche Service will lead the service crew.
What do you like about the COT – what has brought you back?
I love being outback and away from the smoky city and meeting people. The endurance part of the event is both challenging but rewarding… to perform well on stages and make sure the car is in one piece and ready for the next stage!
What are your expecting from the COT16?
I’m looking forward to getting the car running again – it’s been too long sitting in the garage. And, to get better results than last rally and not to get lost!
Have you been to Alice Springs before? What are you expecting?
Ive been to Alice Springs a few times. The difference in terrain and surfaces will always challenge the best of drivers.
Are you planning a bit of a Red Centre holiday as part of your rally?
No holiday for me… JUST RACING!!! 🙂
Who are your sponsors or supporters?
Jimjoca Vineyard and Coalition Brands.
What is/was your favourite rally car?
The one and only 1984 Porsche 911.
What is your most memorable rallying moment?
On the Red Centre to Gold Coast, we blew out a tyre after hitting a branch and drove for 16 kms to the end of the stage! We only missed cleaning the stage by 1 minute…
What will you be doing to get ready for the 2016 COT?
I’ll give the car a good run, get fit and find some sponsorship… (Anyone looking to sponsor a top 10 car??)
Where are you, and what are you doing as you answer these questions?
At my office.
Thanks James – glad you and Ben are coming out with us again. See you and your team in Alice Springs!
Pics by James Elliott and Steve Hollowood.