by Paul Sweeney
Welcome a new addition to the collection at the British Car Museum - a 1976 British Leyland P76. Admittedly it is not in 'concours' condition - but this car has an interesting history involving NZ's iconic Targa Rally.
As the photos above show, the car has seen better days and urgently needed some First Aid to ensure it survives for future generations to enjoy. That work started recently and is still underway as this is being written ( as shown in the photo below) with some welding to replace rusted metal.
When Ian Hope purchased the car, there was some mention that it may have been used in the NZ Targa rallies back in the day. The guys at the P76 Club turned out to know the car and have put us in touch with a long term previous owner, Edward Tubman who has been extremely helpful and forthcoming with memories of his time with the car; our very grateful thanks go to Edward. N.B. Edward has indicated he may have some period photos of the P76 in action and is trying to find them for us. Watch this space!
The account that follows is that story in Edward's own words: