Hartmut Ries' 1971 1302
Hartmut is from Germany, and ran this VW1302 in the 1980s, still with the 1300cc engine.
He began running the car in orientation and reliability rallies in 1982 with his co-pilot Gunter Fertig, using the original 1300cc engine, along with some club rallies where the 44bhp eninge struggled with the likes of the NSU-TT and Simca/Talbot Rallye 2 and 3, with 120bhp or more. Over that winter, he built up a new 1300cc engine, using new Mahle barrels and pistons, Sauer and Sohn cylinder heads with hemi combustion chambers, larger valves and a 9:1 compression ratio. He also lightened the crankshaft, conrods and flywheel, with the whole assembly balanced at Sauer & Sohn. Added to this was a new camshaft with 316-degree, external oil cooler, and Solex/Zenith 32NDIX dual carburettors, with estimated power of 75-80bhp. The engine would rev to 7300rpm, but they limited it to 6800rpm for longevity and reliability. As time and money allowed, the car was converted into a more serious rally car, with underbody protection, Bilstein dampers, Heigo rollcage, König and Recaro sports seats, Halda tripmaster and spotlights.
In 1983, they ran in the entire Main-Rhön-Pokal rally series, which inclded the following events: Marktheidenfeld, Zellingen, Himmelstadt, Karlstadt, Würzburg, Hammelburg, Bad Neustadt, Bad Königshofen, Coburg, Sennfeld, Eltmann and Ebern. That year, they achieved 12th place overall for the series, the most successful 1300cc car in the series. They ran the car in the same series in 1984, along with some 200km rallies such as the Sachs Rallye Franken. On weekends when the M-R-P series didn't have a rally, they expanded to rallies outside Bavaria, including Öhringen, Weinsberg and Grötzingen.