Metro 6R4

David Gillanders owned a large car dealership in Peterhead, Scotland and had been a customer for many years, winning rallies with a Gartrac G3 and also the Group A Scottish Rally Championship in 1985 with a Volvo 240 Turbo.

In 1986 Dave Bignold was summoned to a meeting with David Gillanders and the bosses at Austin Rover to discuss running David in a Metro 6R4 competing in the National and Scottish Rally Championships. After a successful meeting, an official team was formed with Gartrac preparing the car and Dave Bignold managing the team which was to be sponsored by British Car Rentals, part of the Rover Group.


1987 Metro 6R4 National Rally Champions

Metro 6R4

1987 Metro 6R4 National Rally Champions

1987 National Rally Champions

Gartrac had a free hand to develop the Metro 6R4, which proved extremely successful with Gillanders winning the National Rally Championship in 1987 and coming runner up in the Scottish Rally Championship.

With nine wins in one year, Gartrac was proud to mastermind Austin Rover's only Championship success.