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By Quavers, Feb 27 2019 08:29PM

So here we go with Dan Tattersall car insight in 3..2..1..


/ Name: Dan Tattersall

/ Current Age: 21

/ First Ever Car: Peugeot 206 1.6 8V Roland Garros

/ First Ever Modification: GTI 180 Spoiler or a big durp cone - can’t remember which came first


/ Make & Model: Nissan 300zx TT LWB Manual

/ Year: 1991

/ When did you take ownership of it? July 2017



1. Turbo Timer

2. Trio of gauges

3. Custom 2 colour speedometer
3. Custom 2 colour speedometer

4. Custom red and black leather seats

5. Kenwood Speakers

6. Sony Xplod head unit

7. Epman racing Shift knob

8. Custom handbrake

9. Immobiliser

10. Momo steering wheel

* Credit to Tony for getting in the back to get this shot, It was a tight for even for him *


1. Japspeed decat exhaust system

2. Mines Japan ECU

3. Big front mount intercooler

4. Bumper cut

5. K&N intake* - *Somewhere and should probably clean that hey dan ;)

6. Spec S style sideskirts

7. Window tints

8. Stainless steel intake piping

9. Electric fan (rather than viscous)

10. 1999 spec headlights

11. Race style wing mirrors

12. Bailey waste gates

13. Einbach lowering springs

14. Straight cut gears 1+2 - Which to me was interesting to hear. Thought she has a dog box.

Pros & Cons of owning your Car ?

PROS – Lots of looks, It’s rare with prices on the increase, handles beautifully, makes noises that turn me on.... and there dan is why we asked you to be part of the car insight <3

CONS – Expensive when it goes wrong, hard to find parts, its Jap so rust loves to find it (now dealt with)

Future Plans:

I have got a Link G4+ ECU to put in her, mapping from TK Automotive, original wing mirrors to go back on, new front seats to be put in and big mouth front bumper.

I would also like some Volks Racing TE37’s in bronze or silver at some point

Dan, once again thank you for taking part in the Car Insight and sharing your current car details / plans with me.

Tony, massive thanks for tagging along and capturing this great pictures and b-roll for me to use whilst you're snowed under with Uni work.

Rather than reading all of the above, you could save some time and watch the video below ;)

Dan's Socials

Instagram - big_danny_t

Facebook - JDM IOM

Tony's Socials

Instagram - tonyb101

Facebook - Tony Brown Photography

Thank you for reading / watching and if you would like to take part in the next Car Review then please get in touch.

By Quavers, Jul 16 2018 02:02PM

Well today is 'Monday Blues' yet I am writing this still thinking about the event and what a success it really was for a Sunday with so much other motorsport events happening at the same time.

Firstly, I know I have said this a million times already but THANK YOU to everyone who attended. Either from the start at Jurby Parade square or caught up with the event at different locations.

So let’s give you, the reader of this blog post (if you're not distracted by the pictures) a breakdown of the event.

The event started at Jurby Parade Square, which being my old stomping ground has changed a bit. Myself & Tony Brown arrived there 10:25 with James Whelan already there waiting. As the minutes went on cars started to show up. As the organiser of the event was certainly nice to see.

About an hour passed, so was time for the event to move to the next location which was QE2 school.

Photo By: Tony Brown | Tony Brown Photography

Location: Jurby Prison

Photo By: Matty Grant | MG Photography

Location: Just after Devil's Elbow

Being the leading car for this section of the route I was the 1st one to pull into QE2 car park, which to my amazement both car parks was full.

Therefore, a quick location change was required but still in Peel. We decided to go to the pier near Peel castle. Yes you guessed it, it was full too. So whilst I hung around at QE2 to let people know of the location change, Whelan stepped up and suggested the old swimming pool / skate park which wasn't full and we could continue the event there.

The weather being as bad as England in the World Cup it started to rain. Although this is a good thing for farmers with recent heat wave, this isn't good when you are hosting an outside event. Lucky enough this didn't affect people but it's just not nice to stand out in it.

1 hour or so has passed so the meet was onto the next location, Glen Maye Waterfull Car Park with the intention to go for a nosey round the Glen and break up the day a bit and try something new.

I bet you can already guess what happened next... no... Well that car park was full too.

It was mentioned at Peel, if the Glen Maye Car Park was full we would loop back round the car park, head to Patrick, take a right to St Johns, Lower Foxdale and then to Port Soderick lower car park.

So that’s the plan we had to take.

2 out of 3 the original route location have failed so far but this didn't affect the mood of the event and everyone understood and enjoyed the changes, but now I have a problem. Glen Maye was part of the event a good amount of time would be spent of the event.

After doing the same as QE2, hanging back and letting people know the change I finally caught back up with meet at Port Soderick which the lead car, was coming back up the road and the group decide to go up to the top car park and not the lower one.

Not that I would admit that was a better choice at the time or to the person who suggested it ;)

Photo By: Matty Grant | MG Photography

Location: Port Soderick | Top Car Park

As you can see from the above photo which i have only noticed myself, everyone who attended the event at this location are stood together, there is no seperate groups which is refreshing to see.

Anyway back to the story. We are now at Port Soderick Top Car park, and few new people have joined the event. Either they are fresh from their hangovers or because it's now "in douglas" ether way it was good to see but I still have the problem of do I cut the event short here, as it was the last point of the event or figure somthing out.

Lucky enough someone suggested Port Erin next, amy passed the message onto me, for Ice Cream & Chippy was the main reason but it was also a good shout because the roads down to there fitted in nicely amd everyone was up for it.

That being decided after spending some time at Port Soderick the convoy moved onto Port Erin. People got their ice creams or chippy, some got both and then meet us all at the gravel part which I haven't been down there for a long time myself.

Photo By: Tony Brown | Tony Brown Photography

Location: Jurby Prison

As you can see, the Port Erin location makes from some great photo back drops. I mean just look at the WRC Spec i20 here ;)

With everyone arriving in Port Erin, which seen the return of Harris in his MX5 this as it's stomping ground. General chat, banter and laughs was had until the event came to an end around 17:00.

I can confirm that the atmosphere at every location through out the day was great and there was only 1 issue which was dealt with and nothing an apologie couldn't sort out.

As stated at the start of the blog post I would like to add a few personal THANK YOU to the following:

1. Tony Brown | Tony Brown Photography

2. Matty Grant | MG photography

3. Brandon Cain | Twisted Productions

4. Kaleem Ibrahim for doing a great job of talking to everyone without being asked.

Brandon is currently working his magic with a video edit of the edit so keep and eye out for that.

Personally my car of the event was...

Reason, well its very rare you see these motors on the road looking so tidy inside and out.

Engine bay of the event was...

Reason, the work and the tidyness of this thing was not only nice on the eye but knowing the person who owns it and the work he has put into it was great to see. I am happy you have it finished and back on the road matey.

Now that your brew is cold, and no biscuits left I will finish up this blog post with this thought. Would you like a day into night event ? let us know what you think.

Thanks for reading and no doubt see you soon :)

By Quavers, May 16 2018 11:30AM

Firstly we will no doubt have the police over looking this event and reading this blog post, taking notes, so lets get the rules out of the way...

/ If you attend being an idiot then you will be asked to leave and no longer part of the meet. If you try and come back to show off cause your bird is in the car then... well some things aren't for public viewing

Everyone is welcome and let's just go for a nice drive, enjoy the nice weather (Fingers corssed) and take in the views along the way.

/ It's YOUR reasonability to make sure your car is road worthy. Therefore, needs to be taxed, insured, exhaust is -10dB (i joke) etc. If it isn't then why even bother driving it...

/ This event goes nowhere near the Mountain and is against the TT course from Ballaugh shop to Kirk Michael School where we turn off and head to peel. That said if you want to go for a run and catch up with us later that is fine but anything happens it's nothing to do with us.

/ Speed limits - They will change for TT as we all know but most of the route is b roads so with that said keep an eye out for the change in speed and take into fact that there may / will be walkers, horse riders and cyclists out on the roads

/ Respect - Not really a rule and should just come naturally but it's worth noting if we request keep noise to a minimum i.e no random revving your VTec or peeping cause your mates in front of you, then the people of the towns / house etc we are going passed have no reason to have an issue with us.

/ Clean up - Let’s keep our rubbish in the bins, if there isn't one near keep it on you until there is and place it in the bins accordingly. You wouldn't do it at home, so why do it outside. Jesus, I sound like my mother...

Right that's the T&C's out the way... I know, I yawned too, here is the information about the event.

It will be starting at the Parade Square in Jurby at 10:30am

We will spend about 1hr at that location. From there we will head out to peel via the Jurby coast road out to Ballaugh shop.

From Ballaugh shop we will take a right, I will state this, at Ballaugh bridge it is going to be tricky to get off, so please have your wits about you as bikes will be a plenty.

Once you get to Kirk Michael we are taken at right to peel on the corner opposite the school.

We are aiming to be at QE2 school for 12:30 this is taking into account trying to get off at Ballaugh bridge and peel having its 'Peel day' which we shouldn't be effected by as we are only passing through to get to the school.

We will spend an 1hr at this location. From QE2 school we are off to Glen Maye Waterfull car park.

We are aiming to be at Glen Maye Waterfull Car Park for 14:00

We will spend about 2hrs here so people can explore the Waterfull or just general catch up about the drive so far.

From Glen Maye Waterfull Car Park we will be back to Patrick to take a right to St Johns, then right to Foxdale, Lower Foxade then a left out Braaid, Cooil finally to end up at the Car Park before Port Soderick.

Aiming to be at the Car Park before Port Soderick 16:30 where people can either stay and chat or go off and do there own thing from there.

Events finishes at 18:00

If any of the above information needs to change on the day, we will comment on the event / page which can be found HERE

Here is a map outlining the route totaling just shy of 32miles all in :)

Simple Location breakdown:

1. Jurby Parade Square - 10:30

2. QE2 school - 12:30

3. Glen Maye Waterfull Car Park - 14:00

4. Car Park before Port Soderick - 16:30

5. Event ends - 18:00

Thanks for reading and look forward to seeing you there.

By Quavers, Apr 27 2018 09:47AM

Firstly, let us apologise for not posting a blog since November last year, we have been trying to make it on the big screen over on that tube of you. Why not check out our channel HERE #ShamelessPlug

Anyway, let’s get this blog post started.

People had already arrived at Broadway Cinema but no one was brave enough to enter. Being the hero that i am, I entered into the cinem where the rest followed to find our seats.

After 20mins of messing around with people finding said seats, the film finally started which was a couple of minute’s late mind, but what do you expect when Scotty is involved ;)

The opening scene was when he found the car he was going to use for the rally and the project that is CarWars.

It was good to see how Hardys unit out jurby use to look and a great insight into his collection of fords and classic cars.

The car scotty wanted was berried deep in the Unit right at the back. Would of been interesting to see how they got it out.

Once they got back to his 1st workshop, which was by Tesco. It was good to see that they striped it right back but unfortunately they found... well don't want to give it all away

With that said, I could tell you all about the documentary but then you wouldn't go and watch it, and scotty wouldn't be too happy.

I know.. what a cliff hanger.

The hard work that Scotty, Dario and the everyone else involved (that turned a spanner or made a brew) have put into the car, which is called Rita, because she gives off a good aura, not my joke... Scotty’s is great to see and we are glad he recorded the progress along the way.

We will end this blog post with some feedback pro's and con's.


/ If you want to see how a rally car is built from scratch then this is a great insight

/ There was some good jokes in there. Slim being Lee Merryweather & Will Heavey being called Will - HEAVY to name a few.

/ We left the screen really looking forward to starting our own adventure and picking up the camera to record it along the way

/ There is going to be another one


/ Knowing Scotty personally, like most of the island does, we felt like there could of been a lot more of his true personality shining through. We do understand this was edited for TV but an outtake version (or similar) of this which could be made available for the locals to see, might be something worth looking into.

/ For the airing of the document they should have removed the split scenes of the logo which was there for the tv submit before and after adverts etc

If you get chance to watch it, we suggest you do.

We wish you all the best Scotty with which ever direction you take the current documentary.

Here is the promo side of the documentary.

Thanks for reading and no doubt take us another 6 months to write a blog post.

By Quavers, Nov 3 2017 09:09AM


Firstly I must apologise for the length of this post, I hope Admin don't mind. I've written this long-winded article thinking that it might just give a little insight into how I see rally co-driving.

For those that can be bothered reading it, please feel free to throw in your amendments in comments.

Ok so here are my thoughts...

Having been out of rallying for about 15 years, and out of the passenger seat for even longer, I was a tad daunted by the prospect of 'sitting in' again, especially in the International (call it what you like, it's the International to me!). More especially when I got the call from Chris Heyes only 2 weeks before RIOM, asking if I was free. It helped momentarily when Chris said we would simply be going out for a laugh, aiming merely to get to the finish - oh and by the way he'd won the class in the National in May and won the Chris Kelly overall - no pressure then!!!

Immediately I got in touch with a few people for hints and tips... Best piece of advice I received but didn't heed - don't stay up too late during recce (thanks Rob). I really wish I'd had more time to prepare the notes the way I wanted but with recce being so close to the event, and having a (dare I say it) reasonably successful business to run during the day, I had no choice but to burn the midnight oil.

I'll list a few tips that might help and I'll elaborate on each one a bit - as my hgv pupils will tell you, I tend to waffle on a bit so bear with me.

Ok so my personal prep barely involved 'the team'. Thankfully Chris and the MAD Motorsport boys prepared the car, in fact I didn't sit in it until Scrute! Not ideal but being the same sort of height/build as Howard (Chris's usual co-driver) we guessed no seat adjustments would be needed... We were right. I made sure I was aware of where the fire extinguisher, power and horn switches were located as well as the temp, oil and fuel gauges.

I gave a lot of thought to the job I was being asked to do. Each team member will say that they're the most important part of the crew - and they're not wrong! Apart from the fact that YOU (the co-driver) are the most important part but we'll keep that to ourselves. The thing is everyone has a crucial part to play and it's YOUR job to ensure that they do it properly!

Whether it's ensuring that the service crew know where and when they'll be needed, that the team is properly fed and watered (especially you and the driver), or that the nominated official knows where and when to sign on (you might even need to arrange their transport!), or maybe where/when you'll be refuelling during the rally, will you need a light pod fitting, who is responsible for which jobs and so on... It's up to you to ensure it's all in hand.

Then on the event itself your job is mostly to make sure you are at the right place at the right time. You'll need to keep a very close eye on the clock all day/night. You must keep track of which timing system is being used, where and when your next stage arrival is, where/when service is happening and for how long.

Make sure the service team know how long it'll be before you're wanting to leave. The little jobs are often as important as the big ones... Cleaning the windows, checking the fluid levels, checking tyre pressures (including the spare), checking wheel nuts - all important 'bits' that shouldn't be overlooked!

It's well worth setting up a group text between you, the driver and each team member (include your marshal - he's just as important to the team as anyone else, face it, without him/her you wouldn't be able to compete!!!) It's crucial to be able to relay important information about your service requirements, but it can also be used to keep everyone updated... "Clear of SS4, she's flying after those suspension changes boys!" can be a real morale boost for the crew, sat in a cold wet service.

It can also be used for a bit of light relief - on the morning of day 2 on RIOM I sent a message to the group as if I was delivering a co-pilot's greeting from the cockpit of a jet liner "Please take your seats, put down your porno mags, stow away your tables, buckle up and prepare for take off". It was just a giggle and gave me the opportunity to have a bit of banter with the boys, and for them to respond. All good fun. After the rally the same group can be used to send your 'thank you' messages, to send any photos around and to tell the co-driver what an amazing job he did... etc.

Remember you're in charge of the admin for the team - that's you two sat in the car, as well as the crew, your nominated official, even your mates that will be out spectating. They all want to be kept informed!


In preparation and during the event, assume nothing, double-check everything!

Be aware of the regs. You are in charge of the entry (usually done online these days), ensuring the info given is correct. It's normal for the co-driver to pay the entry fee. Doing this will give YOU the power to take charge! You'll feel very much more committed to the event knowing that you've invested a chunk of your hard earned cash into it.

Make sure you're aware of the specifics - you can only recce on certain days, where/when you should present the car for sound test and scrutineering, documentation and signing on, stickers, etc.

Be prepared. On the event your driver will want to know where and when 'this or that' will happen. Consider putting together a 'Movement plan'. This would list the movements of CAR 1, as per the road book. Then whoever is reading it (yourself included) just needs to add the appropriate amount of time for where YOU are running. E.G. On RIOM we were running No. 58 so our timings for leg 1 were 58 mins behind car 1... It's not rocket science!

The movement plan can then be given to the crew so that they know when to expect you in service, how long each service will be, which stages you'll be on and when. Remember your crew are rally fans too - they'll want to get out on the stages and cheer you through. I gave a copy of the movement plan to the wife so she knew approximately where we'd be and when.

Kit; make sure you have everything you'll need. Make sure the car is taxed, insured, MSA log booked (or has the vehicle passport), etc. Ensure you and the driver have your MSA licences and club memberships. Inspect both suits, boots, helmets, hans devices and so on. Make sure the officials won't find any defects. You don't necessarily need to purchase all the kit - I rent my helmet and hans from (through Chris Heyes) - great value and excellent kit.


You'll need a few bits of kit with you. I strap my goodie bag to the roll cage beside my leg so in the unlikely event of the sky being underneath us (!) the bag won't hit us in the face.

In my bag I carry a few small tools (adjustable spanner, interchangeable screw driver, cable ties, fuses, elec tape, torch, etc), my pace notes (I get them ring bound at the Copy Shop on Bucks Road), the road book, spare battery for the intercom, spare pens, some mints, choc bars and bottled water. Kitchen sink won't be required

In the helmet box I keep a beanie hat and a lightweight jacket in a bin liner, in case we're stood around for any length of time. If they get wet, take them off and put them in the bin liner before getting back in the car - stops the windows steaming up

Make sure you've sussed out a plan if you need to change a tyre on the stage. Who will be doing what and where you will find the tools. Maybe even practice it in the garage - you could save a minute or three, might be difference between winning the class or not!

Make sure you know where the emergency triangle is, the spill kit and first aid kit.

At the start of the rally, make sure you 'arm' the in-board fire extinguisher by pulling out the safety pin. This will ensure that if (heaven forbid) the external or internal chords are pulled, the extinguisher will operate properly. At the end of the rally don't forget to replace the pin!

A good piece of advice for the event - especially if you're new to rallying - do not be afraid to ask around. On RIOM I was approached by the co-drivers around me (who were vastly more experienced), asking what time I expected to be at this control or that - they were just double checking they'd got their timings right and it's not a problem. If you're even a little bit unsure, speak to the car in front or behind! We became pretty good 'mates' with them too - build your network of like minded people!

At the first control, set your watch to match the timekeepers. Theirs is what matters as all rally clocks will be set to the 'same second'.

If you get to an arrival early, be prepared to get out of the car and wander up to the timekeeper. Do not allow your driver/car to enter the arrival area, unless you are beckoned forward by the timekeeper. They may ask you what time you'd like (to be written on your time card) - make sure you know the answer and it's worth checking they have given you what you asked for. Many timekeepers will only give you the time you want on that very minute (keeping you stood there in a queue), this is fine - don't get frustrated because once you've been given your arrival minute, you're in 'dead time' - during which you can ensure you're fully strapped in, hans and helmet secured, ready to go live!


Ok so now you're ready to smash up the stages. Your Pace notes should contain as many 'margin notes' as you can muster. It's also well worth mentioning these to your driver occasionally, so he/she knows that you're aware of where you are. Also try to deliver them in a 'conversational manner'.

Simply saying something like "You'll see a salt bin on your right, then after 50 yards there's a 4 left" is so much better than just shouting "50 4 left at bin, 100, 5 left, 50 4 right, 50 Hairpin right" (etc) as this can really become very monotonous... Unless this is specifically what your driver wants. You'll work this out between you during the recce.

Don't be afraid to have a laugh on the stages! Look it's meant to be fun right? So if you had 'a moment' on a stage that's then repeated later, as you approach it next time make light of it - thereby highlighting that there was a problem. On RIOM we had a HUGE sideways moment on Staarvey which Chris recovered in fine style - on our second pass I just said "You might wanna try a slightly different line at this jump".

You might be surprised how much time you've got to have these chats! BUT you must control any conversation - don't let your driver talk over you when you have an important call to deliver. Can you imagine if you omit a 'Hairpin' or a 'Don't cut' call because you don't want to interrupt him. Don't be afraid to tell him to shut up and listen... You won't fall out over it!

At the top of each page, make a note of the previous few calls - if you've turned the page and your driver needs you to repeat a call, it's right there in front of you! Also, at the bottom of each page, make a note of the forthcoming call - it'll help you if you turn 2 pages by mistake (etc).

It can be quite difficult to read small text on a bumpy stage... Especially (as I found) when you're the wrong side of 50 and your eyes aren't what they used to be in the dark!!! Make the print comfortably big enough to read! Paper is cheap, don't try to put too many notes on one page.

As well as the stage info, add as much info as you can to the pages of the notes. Consider putting the road route from one stage to the next or to service - and how long that service will be, in case you have to relay that to the crew.

You could include the roads closing/opening times so if there are delays, you'll be able to prepare in case the organisers need to go to 30 seconds, or if they may have to cancel a stage due to running out of time.

Drivers will always want to improve their times on a repeated stage. So consider writing in the stage time at the end of each set of notes. That way you can compare immediately and feed this back to the driver.


As you reach the end of the rally, shake your driver's hand - he/she got you through it, often in one piece!

At the end of the event you will need to complete and sign the Damage Declaration. It's an important document so think very carefully about it before handing it over. If you think you may have caused some damage to the beautiful Manx scenery, you really should mention it on the 'Dec'. If you don't mention something which is later proved to be your responsibility, you'll be dragged over the coals by the club/organisers and possibly the MSA. Also remember that we of course want future events to run and the sections of the public that are NOT rally friendly would use any opportunity to publicise anything negative, such as unreported damage.

You may also need to return transponders, radios or anything else as per the regs.


Remember it's supposed to be fun, make sure you enjoy it.

Hopefully a little bit of this will help in some small way. Here's to safe and enjoyable rallying. See you out there.

If anyone wants to contact me directly with input, questions, criticism or donations

my email is:

Rick Sutcliffe

Thanks for allowing us to share this further than just a local group on facebook Rick. Here is a video of what we thought on 1st time co-driving

If you want to hear notes being called whilst on stage here is Rob Fagg codrivering / call the notes for Arron Newby TEG Sport's Subaru