Does anybody know what happened to this Firenza?

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Does anybody know what happened to this Firenza?

Post by damagecontrol » Sun 22 Jul 2012, 19:00

Found this photo by accident.....

Anyone know what happened to it?

Video with some photos.

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Post by 73Ranchero » Sun 22 Jul 2012, 20:28

Thought I'd just let you know, I've never seen this car before, or know what's happened to it. Sorry. :lol: :lol: :lol: But I promise to keep an eye out fot it. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by zahistorics » Sun 22 Jul 2012, 23:47

That Firenza is a UK recreation of Jan Hettema's Can Am rally car.

Created with input from Jan and other Can Am knowlegeable people.

This car is a great and accurate recreation. It runs a proper 302 and Muncie box.

It is no trailer queen. It regularly gets used in anger.

See here: http://www.youtube.com/user/FirenzaCanam

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Post by ZA Perana » Mon 23 Jul 2012, 07:00

damagecontrol wrote:Found this photo by accident.....

Anyone know what happened to it?

Video with some photos.

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Post by Cross Flow Lotus7 » Mon 23 Jul 2012, 10:44

:D

I saw it at the recent Goodwood Festival OF Speed....at the rally stage in the forest.

Entrant/Driver was Mick Stafford 1973 5.3litre v8 and the car was recently driven by Jimmy McRae.
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Post by damagecontrol » Mon 23 Jul 2012, 13:21

Wow, the best I've seen in a while.

Thanks for the replies guys.
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Post by zahistorics » Mon 23 Jul 2012, 15:37

Cross Flow Lotus7 wrote:I saw it at the recent Goodwood Festival OF Speed....at the rally stage in the forest
I wish I had known it was there - I would have taken the trouble to walk all that way, sore foot and all.

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Post by IndianaJones » Thu 07 Jan 2016, 23:39

I hope someone can share some insider info, as I’m not quite sure, but it seems the replica Jan Hettema Rally CanAm that was built in the UK by Mick Strafford in 2009, is still alive and well, now running in Dealer Team Vauxhall Castrol colours.

When Mick isn’t showing the car, non other than rally legend Jimmy McRae, father of Alister and the late Colin McRae took the hot seat, and has taken such a liking to it, that he has been piloting the car in the British Historic Rally Championship since 2014, battling BDA Escorts, and mixing it with all manner of historic rally car, including the group B monsters in historic rally shows.

Quite awesome.

Unfortunately I’ve been struggling to get good footage, as it seems most videographers don’t know what it is and gives precedence to the European specials in videos.

But here is links to some clips:

2013 Race Retro event
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMbRn3si_BY
Testing for Wales Rally GB 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqq7eqXYRu4
Mick Strafford on the Festival of Speed 2015 Rally Stage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de-FI38RP68
November 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcLTE3ee-Qo
Jimmy McRae, Pirelli Carlisle Rally 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Kq4dq9iC0E
Harry Flatters 2014 Historic Rally Top 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoR66U7JC8c

In some of the videos I’ve come across you can distinctly hear that 302 V8 bellowing in the background over the 4 or turbo 5 cylinders barking and spitting in the foreground.
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