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cjl9 said:
Ooh! A Broadspeed Escort Twin Cam at Brands Hatch.

Not strictly a rally picture, but Brands was the location of the first-ever Rallycross event...so maybe that counts.
No it wasn't @cjl9: the first rallycross event took place at Lydden Hill (in 1967). 
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tbtstt said:
cjl9 said:
Ooh! A Broadspeed Escort Twin Cam at Brands Hatch.

Not strictly a rally picture, but Brands was the location of the first-ever Rallycross event...so maybe that counts.
No it wasn't @cjl9: the first rallycross event took place at Lydden Hill (in 1967). 
Beg to differ. The 1967 RAC Rally was cancelled at very late notice because of an outbreak of "Foot and Mouth" disease. So the TV crews put on an impromptu "rallycross' event at Brands with some of the leading competitors invited. First time any body had thought of "racing" rally cars on a circuit with dirt and tarmac.
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cjl9 said:
tbtstt said:
cjl9 said:
Ooh! A Broadspeed Escort Twin Cam at Brands Hatch.

Not strictly a rally picture, but Brands was the location of the first-ever Rallycross event...so maybe that counts.
No it wasn't @cjl9: the first rallycross event took place at Lydden Hill (in 1967). 
Beg to differ. The 1967 RAC Rally was cancelled at very late notice because of an outbreak of "Foot and Mouth" disease. So the TV crews put on an impromptu "rallycross' event at Brands with some of the leading competitors invited. First time any body had thought of "racing" rally cars on a circuit with dirt and tarmac.
This story (and variations of it) have been circulating for years @cjl9: it had nothing to do with Brands Hatch or foot and mouth disease. Foot and mouth disease did indeed result in the cancellation of the 1967 RAC Rally, however the first rallycross event took place 9 months prior to that at Lydden Hill. 

The first rallycross event was run Feb 4th 1967. It was the brainchild of John Sprinzel, Bud Smith, Bill Chesson, Barrie Gill and Robert Reed, open to rally cars and was designed with TV in mind.

ERC24 ran a full article on the Brands myth and the true origins of rallycross a few years ago, it's a brilliant read: 

http://erc24.com/archives/11709

Rallycross celebrates it's 50th anniversary this year. There were a number of historically significant cars at the Autosport show this year, including the 911R that won that very first event at Lydden:

http://www.autosportinternational.com/50-years-of-rallycross
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