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Rally Day 2016 – Team Colorado

October 7, 2016


The Journey of Team Colorado

Team Colorado is a small team of Volkswagen owners and enthusiasts. Bob Beales, Mark Murphy and Mark Walters all have a keen interest in rallying and specifically Bob’s Volkswagen Beetle.

Bob Beales only acquired Bertie the Beetle after a taxi firm managed to damage the car in an accident. He repaired and retained the car to use as a backup for his already championship winning red Beetle.

With a Porsche 356 engine and German modified disc brakes, Bertie went on to have several wins. Although this soon came to an end as the Herefordshire Motor Club used the car for an auto test and blew up the engine.  Bertie was repaired with left over engine parts from the garage but was soon left unloved on Bob’s drive.

Colin Ellis, dad and sponsor to Bob Beales sparked a renewed interest in rallying. He entered Bob into the First Historic Monte Carlo Rally. The entry was under one condition. His sponsor got to ride with him. For the safety of his 6’3’’ blind elderly dad riding with him, the rear seat had to be removed and a bucket seat with harness centrally mounted.

After this Bob’s beloved Bertie has stayed out of hiding. Bob had a 1300cc Oettinger engine built, which with only one rebuild is still in use now. With this engine the old Beetle won the Historic Rally Championship whilst competing in a number of national and international rallies.

In more recent years, Bob has showcased Bertie at the Race Retro Show, raced at the Goodwood Festival and Speed and also won Rally Wales GB 2015. Team Colorado is planning to defend their title at Rally Wales GB 2016 later this month.

If you are inspired by the Team Colorado story, you can sponsor Bertie to continue participating in worldwide events. Feel free to visit their getting involved page to see how you can help.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.