Tulpenrallye 1978

  • 1200Kilometers
  • 74Equipes at the start
  • 53Equipes at the finish
  • Wolf Berger
  • Rotterdam (NL)
  • Gilze Rijen (NL)

THE STORY OF 1978

The concept of 1977 is in general applied again, and a part of the rally is once again held in Belgium with Arlon as a rest and turning point. The organization has a lot of problems this year and rumors have been going on for a long time that the rally will not take place. The financial guarantee is one of the largest problems, but this is ultimately resolved by Gulf. The regulations will only be published one month before the rally, which is the most important cause for the fact that hardly any foreign factory cars appear at the start.

The route of the rally is secret again, but many teams do recce the area in which the rally is being held in advance. The 1977 Russell Brookes trick is banned in the regulations this year. He had organized an exploratory car that ran the tests one hour before the rally caravan and made pace notes. These were then handed over to Russell Brookes and Peter Bryant in a closed envelope by the special stage chef. Because the route of the rally is secret it only gets a low rating for the European Championship, because the F.I.A. prefer rallies that can be explored three weeks in advance. The top-crews do of course go on the road to recce the route and the route of many tests do leak out before the start of the rally. This creates the necessary tension between the organization and a number of drivers. To further discourage recceing in the Tulpenrallye, this year’s regulations state that during the driving of the tests no pace notes and / or detailed maps may be present in the cars. Inventive navigators also find a solution for this; the notes are thrown out of the window before the finish, memorized before the test or hidden in the crew’s underpants before the finish. Afterwards, the organization announces that this has probably been the last secret Tulpenrallye.

The most well known participants are Brookes-Bryant with Ford Escort RS 1800, also active in the previous Tulpenrallye’s, Gilbert Staepelaere from Belgium, Bror Danielsson from Sweden and the complete Dutch rally-top with Jan van der Marel, André Jetten and Henk van der Lee and John Bestebreurtje. There are two women’s teams at the start this year: Randi Tangeland and Ellen Syberg from Scandinavia and the Dutch team Titia Westerhof and Anja Beltzer.

For the first test at Zestienhoven airport, the license is withdrawn the day before the start. The battle therefore begins after the start at the Doelen in Rotterdam at the Vlasakkers in Amersfoort. After this two more tests are being held at the military areas’ around Amersfoort, where the test on the tank track in Stroe is particularly bad, as a result of which many participants get stuck. The gravel test that follows on the Dikkenberg near Rhenen, has a length of more than 10 km. The tests in the Netherlands are run under sunny conditions and therefore with a lot of dust. In Belgium it starts to rain and the first test can not continue here, because the necessary permits are not available. On the test at Marche it is possible to cut off part of the route, which is only known to a limited number of crews. After the rest in Arlon, the participants return to the Netherlands. It then rains again and things go wrong in the organization. On the test at Celle in a dangerous bend several teams get off the road. The towing of these cars causes delays, after which a number of officials leave the test. Therefore it is possible that a regular road user drives on the test in opposite directions and collides with a participant. This in turn leads to the cancellation of this test from the result. If another test is then canceled, the rally will no longer have enough stage kilometers to count towards the F.I.A. championship. The rally has a total of 32 tests. On one of the last tests, KP 30 at Goirle, the route is not properly indicated by signs and as a result of this a number of crews are getting off the road.

Russell Brookes and Peter Bryant set the tone with a fastest time immediately on the first test and are the fastest on most tests afterwards. Staepelaere-Bessem do win back a bit on the Belgian tests, but at the break in Arlon Brookes has already eighty seconds ahead. Martens-Van Waardenburg have already withdrawn by then. Somebody else has eaten a few months ago under the name Martens in a hotel and also stayed in the hotel without paying and he must therefore go to the police station of Huy. Brookes is heading straight for victory, even though he gets off the road in a smooth turn on one of the last tests in Belgium.

Staepelaere-Bessem do register 15 minutes too early. Initially this is not penalized by the organization. Danielsson – De Jong protest against this, after which the Staepelaere’s team do protests against them. This last protest is not awarded as a result of which both teams change places in the classifications. Danielsson is second and the Belgian Staepelaere has to settle for third place. Brookes and Bryant eventually win the 27th Tulpenrallye with almost two minutes ahead of the next crew. The ladies Titia Westerhof and Anja Beltzer win the national class, and are also the best classified ladies. The awards ceremony at Motel Gilze Rijen is not that festive given the many tensions between organization and participants.

PICTURES 1978

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PARTICIPANTS 1978

Driver / Navigator
Category
STNR.DriverNavigatorCategoryCar
1R. Brookes GBP. Bryant GBFord escort rs 1800
1R. Brookes GBP. Bryant GBFord escort rs 1800
2B. Danielsson SB. de Jong NLOpel kadett gte
2B. Danielsson SB. de Jong NLOpel kadett gte
3G. Stapelaere BE. Bessem NLFord escort rs 1800
3G. Stapelaere BE. Bessem NLFord escort rs 1800
5J.L. Dumont BJ. Materne BOpel kadett gte
5J.L. Dumont BJ. Materne BOpel kadett gte
6A. Jetten NLJ. Meester NLOpel kadett gte
7J. v.d. Marel NlJ. Berkhof NlVauxhall chevette
9M. Spiro DKE. Yde DKOpel kadett gte
9M. Spiro DKE. Yde DKOpel kadett gte
10H. v.d. Lee NLB. v. Traa NLOpel kadett gte
10H. v.d. Lee NLB. v. Traa NLOpel kadett gte
11J.B. Bestebreurtje NLE.H. Hoogkamer NLPorsche carrera
11J.B. Bestebreurtje NLE.H. Hoogkamer NLPorsche carrera
12C. Kridel LLinden LFord escort 1800
12C. Kridel LLinden LFord escort 1800
14H. Vossen NLS. Thomas NLOpel kadett gte
14H. Vossen NLS. Thomas NLOpel kadett gte
15P.J. van Heugten NLD.T. Stapel NLBmw 2002 turbo
15P.J. van Heugten NLD.T. Stapel NLBmw 2002 turbo
16B. van Lunteren NLG. Koremans NLSunbeam avanger
17R. Guliker NLA. v.d. Brink NLBmw 2002 tii
18K. Zegwaard NLJ. Bruin NLFord escort rs 2000
18K. Zegwaard NLJ. Bruin NLFord escort rs 2000
19E. Schuur NLG. Sanderingk NLFord escort rs 2000
20H. v. Gerve NLG. Ypenburg NLOpel kadett gte
21A. Arnaud FA. Picat FPeugeot 504
21A. Arnaud FA. Picat FPeugeot 504
22A. Frunt NLH. Zondag NLOpel kadett gte
22A. Frunt NLH. Zondag NLOpel kadett gte
23A. Falkenberg DR. Maarfeld DOpel kadett gte
23A. Falkenberg DR. Maarfeld DOpel kadett gte
24P. Bijvelds NLG. Bons NLDatsun sunny
24P. Bijvelds NLG. Bons NLDatsun sunny
25G. Richard NLC. Dickhout NLOpel kadett gte
28D. v.d. Pol NLB. Cormelissen NLAlfa romeo gtv 2000
28D. v.d. Pol NLB. Cormelissen NLAlfa romeo gtv 2000
30E. Leerdam NLH. Gordijn NLAlfa romeo giulia 1600
30E. Leerdam NLH. Gordijn NLAlfa romeo giulia 1600
31E. Reimann DU. Heinig DToyota corolla
31E. Reimann DU. Heinig DToyota corolla
32P. Aengenend NLH. Anthony NLTriumph tr 7
33W. Freyther DToyota corolla
33W. Freyther DToyota corolla
34H. Ahlberg NLW. Vroegop NLToyota carina
37K. Faas NLF.T. v. Zutphen NLOpel kadett gte
37K. Faas NLF.T. v. Zutphen NLOpel kadett gte
38J. Scholten NLG. Weier NLLada 1300
38J. Scholten NLG. Weier NLLada 1300
39T. Burger NLR. Vogt NLFord escort rs 2000
39T. Burger NLR. Vogt NLFord escort rs 2000
40J. Kuipers NLN. Smeets NLOpel kadett gte
40J. Kuipers NLN. Smeets NLOpel kadett gte
41J. van Boven NLG. Hoekstra NLVw golf gti
41J. van Boven NLG. Hoekstra NLVw golf gti
42G. v. Espelo NLA. Molkenboer NLFord escort rs 2000
42G. v. Espelo NLA. Molkenboer NLFord escort rs 2000
43M. v.d. Westelaken NLT. Badenberg NLDatsun 1200
43M. v.d. Westelaken NLT. Badenberg NLDatsun 1200
44W. Coremans NLH. van Valen NLFord escort rs 2000
44W. Coremans NLH. van Valen NLFord escort rs 2000
45C. v.d. Aar NLR. Mackenbach NLOpel ascona 19s
46A. Martens NLV. v. Waardenburg NLBmw 2002
47P. Dubbeldam NLG. Edixhoven NLBmw 2002
48A.M. Bedorf NLA. Lekkerkerker NLBmw 2002 tii
49P. v.d. Berg NLP. v. Turenhout NLFord escort 1600
49P. v.d. Berg NLP. v. Turenhout NLFord escort 1600
55M. Ramachers NLR. Nieuwboer NLBmw 2002 tii
55M. Ramachers NLR. Nieuwboer NLBmw 2002 tii
56G. van Lit NLH. v. Montfoort NLMini 1275gt
56G. van Lit NLH. v. Montfoort NLMini 1275gt
57W. Wormgoor NLH. Hamburg NLDatsun 160j sss
58B. Sprokholt NLH. Bullens NLOpel ascona 19sr
58B. Sprokholt NLH. Bullens NLOpel ascona 19sr
59D. Slagboom NLM. Smeets NLOpel ascona 19sr
59D. Slagboom NLM. Smeets NLOpel ascona 19sr
60D. v.d. Vaart NLL. Andela NLDatsun 100a
61J. Medenbach NLH. Wolfs NLOpel ascona 1900
61J. Medenbach NLH. Wolfs NLOpel ascona 1900
62L. v.d. Est NLJ. de Jonge NLToyota corolla
62L. v.d. Est NLJ. de Jonge NLToyota corolla
63T. Sörensen DKC. Bax NLOpel kadett gte
63T. Sörensen DKC. Bax NLOpel kadett gte
64P. Eigenbrood NLJ. Elkerbout NLSunbeam avenger
64P. Eigenbrood NLJ. Elkerbout NLSunbeam avenger
65E. Edixhoven NLP. v.d. Burg NLDaf 66
65E. Edixhoven NLP. v.d. Burg NLDaf 66
66E. Brink NLL. de Rooij NLOpel ascona
67T. te Strake NLC. Bos NLAlfa romeo 1600 s
67T. te Strake NLC. Bos NLAlfa romeo 1600 s
68T. Westerhof NLA. Beltzer NLOpel kadett gte
68T. Westerhof NLA. Beltzer NLOpel kadett gte
69H. Fonteine NLR. Smeets NLFord escort
70A. Bergs BH. v.d. Kimmenade NLPeugeot 504
71G.J. Vermeulen NLF. Bruitsman NLSimca 1100 ls
71G.J. Vermeulen NLF. Bruitsman NLSimca 1100 ls
72J. Maaskant NLD. Kraag NLFord escort rs 2000
72J. Maaskant NLD. Kraag NLFord escort rs 2000
73F. Plasmeijer NLG. de Lange NLAlfa romeo 1600 s
74J. Brouns NLR. Ramaekers NLOpel ascona 19s
74J. Brouns NLR. Ramaekers NLOpel ascona 19s
75J. Stephan NLR. van Tol NLOpel ascona 16s
76R. Viergever NLC. de Rooy NLDaf 66
76R. Viergever NLC. de Rooy NLDaf 66
77B. Verspuy NLJ. Hooimeijer NLVw golf gti
77B. Verspuy NLJ. Hooimeijer NLVw golf gti
78H. Krommedam NLT. Knoop NLFord escort mexico
78H. Krommedam NLT. Knoop NLFord escort mexico
79J. v. Waterschoot NLL. de Hooge NLOpel kadett gte
79J. v. Waterschoot NLL. de Hooge NLOpel kadett gte
80P. Nederhof NLA. Prins NLOpel ascona
80P. Nederhof NLA. Prins NLOpel ascona
81W. Kooima NLC. Treurniet NLOpel kadett gte
81W. Kooima NLC. Treurniet NLOpel kadett gte
82J. Wagtendonk NLF. Wagtendonk NLOpel ascona
82J. Wagtendonk NLF. Wagtendonk NLOpel ascona
83J. de Winter NLM. Visser NLRenault 12
83J. de Winter NLM. Visser NLRenault 12
84P. Komijn NLR. Snoek NLMorris marina 1.8
84P. Komijn NLR. Snoek NLMorris marina 1.8
85D. van Breen NLH. Zentjens NLOpel kadett gte
85D. van Breen NLH. Zentjens NLOpel kadett gte
86G. Roseboom NLG. Mulhuyzen NLFord escort rs 2000
87J. v.d. Vlist NLM. v.d. Vlist NLOpel 1.2s
87J. v.d. Vlist NLM. v.d. Vlist NLOpel 1.2s

RESULTS 1978

  • Category I

  • Category II

  • Category III

  • Overall

POS.STNR.DriverNavigatorCarTotal

THE ROUTE OF 1978

  1. Rotterdam
  2. Oss
  3. Venlo
  4. Heerlen
  5. Huy
  6. Marche
  7. Dinant
  8. Weert
  9. Goirle
  10. Gilze Rijen

THIS WAS THE YEAR 1978.

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Een moment geduld a.u.b.
This year does not have a result.

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