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Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 16V Rally Car


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GMC Motorsport reluctantly offer for sale their multiple class winning Opel Corsa. Built over winter 2001/2002 to a tarmac specification, it has widely competed across Scotland, Northern England and Ireland. Powered by a 1400cc 16v Bowyer Development engine, it dominated it’s respective classes over the ’02,’03,04 & 05 seasons. Since then it has only competed in selected events due to increasing family & work commitments, it has however continued to be upgraded and developed during this ‘quiet’ period (see specification below).

The car was built and continues to be maintained by Gerry McCafferty and Davie Hatrick of GMC Motorsport. As can be seen, it is prepared to a very high standard and with Gerry & Davie’s prep skills and attention to detail, no area has been overlooked. With the build costing circa £19k (materials only) and almost 1,500 hours of our own time, the specification and quality are notable. The car continues to be maintained irrespective of cost, again this can be seen noted in the schedule below. In addition to the quality build, the car benefits from a bespoke rear suspension design details of which are also in the specification below. This we believe has contributed to the enormous success of the car. GMC Motorsport’s ethos was continued development & preventative maintenance - we didn’t wait on components failing, we adopted a strict on & off event maintenance regime which ensured vulnerable parts & components were replaced periodically avoiding on-stage time loss and even retirement. With only 3 ‘mechanical fault’ retirements since the original build, our finishing record is second to none. Usually finishing Top 15, frequently Top 10 and even a Top 5, it’s no surprise this car received much attention from both spectators and fellow competitors, and given it’s 1400cc engine, it deservedly gained a ‘Giant killer’ status! Painted in BMW ‘golf yellow’ and with its striking livery it’s not easily missed!

The shell is a 1993 L-registration and the original plate has been transferred back to the car as the team are retaining the personal plate.

With family and work commitments continuing to increase, I’ve reached the difficult decision to sell the car and spares package. A full car specification is scheduled below. Also noted is an overview of the spares package, this is however only a summary and the package is equipped with all ‘typical’ spares required on any event. Preferably, I’d like to sell the car and spares together, however, if required I’m prepared to sell the car separately.

Whilst the car currently sits on a tarmac specification, it could easily be converted to forest spec, indeed, many of the required components are inclusive in the spares package.

The car is MSA logbooked, and currently has 12 months MOT, 6 months road tax and is fully insured for the public highway, therefore I’m happy to take any interested person ‘a spin up a quiet road’! The location of the car alternates between my home and our store, both located in the Glasgow/Edinburgh central belt area. All documents are available for the car although I await return of the V5 registration document from DVLA with the new registration details.

Asking Price (car) : £ 9,999.00

Spares Package : By negotiation

For further information, or to arrange a viewing, please don’t hesitate to contact me on any of the following;

Mobile : 07825 399 473 (keep trying if it rings out)

Home : 01506 638 246

Email : gerry@gmc-motorsport.co.uk

If required, team information can be found at; www.gmc-motorsport.co.uk



Fully seam welded, triangulated and strengthened shell to Grp A specification

Professionally installed 16 point weld in cage including front bulkhead/strut roll cage triangulation

Front and rear strut braces

Spare wheel well removed, this avoids the unavoidable damage sustained from underneath.

Carbon Fibre front arch inserts

4mm lightweight Perspex windows

Roof vent with internal adjustable vents

12mm aluminium sump guard with impact absorbtion rubber mounts

6mm Perspex tank guard

Heavy duty mudflaps

Lightweight fibreglass bonnet c/w air intake

Lightweight doors

Lightweight boot

Corsa ‘kit car’ Super 1600 boot spoiler

External axle stand points (suited axle stands supplied)



Engine & Associated systems

Bowyer development 1400cc 16v Vauxhall engine. Martin Bowyer’s reputation speaks for itself, however, noted below is a brief specification of the engine;

Flowed cylinder head with lightweight valves, Steel conrods, Omega lightweight competition pistons, Kent cams, solid lifters, vernier pulleys,

High capacity aluminium sump, lightened & balanced crankshaft,

Oil recirculation system (a necessity for high revving 16v Vauxhall engines)

Lightweight flywheel

Jenvey Throttle bodies

MBE 967 motorsport engine management

Early warning low oil pressure alarm

Aluminium fuel swirl pot

2 Facet ‘Red top’ lift pumps (duty & standby)

1 Bosch high pressure injector fuel pump

Tony Law 4-2-1 exhaust manifold

Hand-built 2.5” stainless steel exhaust system

Lightweight 80A alternator

High capacity radiator

Aeroquip fuel lines throughout

NGK Racing spark plugs



Transmission & clutch

New Quaife (latest specification) F13 straight cut, close ratio syncro gearbox (1 event)

New Quaife straight cut crown wheel and pinion gear (1 event)

Quaife ATB limited slip differential

Quick-shift gear selector

Helix 200mm cera-metalic clutch


Front – New Bilstien 2.25” adjustable platform coil-over struts (1 event)

Rear – Recently refurbished 2.25” adjustable coil-over struts c/w compression & rebound adjustment **

Tarmac springs currently fitted

New heavy duty motorsport suspension bushes (1 event)

** Box section inner rear arches were fabricated for this car during the original shell prep. This allows fitting of 2.25” rear coil-over struts which allow 250mm rear suspension travel – 150mm more than the ‘standard’ arrangement. This upgrade transforms the rear end control.


Front – Wilwood 4 pot calipers / 256mm diameter grooved disks

Rear – ATE 2 pot calipers / 236mm diameter disks

Bias pedal box c/w internal balance adjustment

Aeroquip hoses throughout

Hydraulic handbrake

Castrol SRF brake fluid

Mintex F4 competition pads



Modified wiring loom with centre console mounted fusebox and control console

Shift light (7750rpm)

Dual cut adjustable Rev limiter – 7800rpm soft cut / 7900rpm hard cut

Oil temperature, Oil pressure & voltmeter gauges

High power LED oil pressure warning light

Power steering

4 light bonnet mounted lamp pod – fully wired and working

Peltor intercom

Push button start

Navigator reading light

High output horn

Internal camcorder mount


FIA Approved Cobra Suzuka Seats

OMP suede steering wheel

FIA Approved Sabelt 6 point harnesses

2.5ltr plumbed fire extinguisher

2no 2.25ltr hand held fire extinguishers.


Built 2001 / 2002

Only 26 tarmac events since build

Maintained regardless of cost

£ 19,000 material only build cost, all labour by GMC Motorsport.

Spares package

Wheels - Approx 30no 14” & 15” lightweight competition wheels (revolution, compomotive etc) All wheels are fit for use (no dents or buckled), 4no are brand new (unused).

Tyres – Approx 30no 14” & 15” tyres, all Michelin, Yokohama & Kumho. Tyres vary from nearly new to testing tyres. All are tarmac tyres (dry, intermediate & wet) with the exception of 4nr nearly new Yokohama gravel tyres

Panels – Doors & rear bumper

Brakes – Used front calipers, used rear calipers, used pads

Suspension – Used front Bilstien strut assembly, Spare 2.25” springs (various lengths & poundages), tie bars, hub assemblies

Fuel – Fuel pumps, fuel pipe, 5 gallon jerry cans

Transmission – driveshafts, clutch

Engine – Engine block, cylinder head

Cooling – Radiator and hoses

Misc – wheel bearings, wheel nuts, ball joints, gear selector, clutch cable, accelerator cable, miscellaneous hoses, pipe, clips, fuses, cable etc, racing spark plugs






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