SIMCA RACING TEAM
How was born this institution whose spirit remains
still today with the meetings Peugeot Sport!
to my memories and assistance of my friend Denis Morand.
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Period 1962 to 1964
1962 to 1964, the service competition of Simca is
Italian, it is of Simca 1000 Abarth, the sporting program stops in
1964, following a major dissension between M.Pigozzi chairman of SIMCA
and M.Carlo Abarth, which reproached this one the side too typified
Italian of Simca 1000.
The service competition of SIMCA became completely embryonic then, until
1968, date on which CHRYSLER enters mainly the capital of SIMCA.
The objective of Chrysler is to start again this mark. For the renovation
of the models, it is necessary to change the old image of this mark. Whereas
Renault, has a name in the French automobile sporting medium, Simca stand
William Reiber and Henri
Chemin: creation of a true service competition in 1969
A man had a determining action
on the image of SIMCA, it is William Reiber. Defector of Ford,
it took part in Ford
in his search of notoriety in the sporting medium, at the beginning of
the Sixties. It is at that time that it met Henri Chemin
both, following dissensions
with Ford France (you can remenber this men because he played with jean
Louis Trintignant in the Claude Lelouch picture Un homme et une femme),
will leave this mark to join SIMCA CHRYSLER in 1969.
William Reiber and Henri Chemin form a terribly effective
tandem then. The service competition takes form at this time.
William Reiber with the directory of the mark and Henri Way
responsible for the service competition.
Henri Chemin then seeks traces of the period of Simca Gordini,
records in any kind with the Swallows. But there remain nothing
of all that, simply a car and a pilot: Proto SIMCA 1200S engine
1800 body Aluminium, and Bernard Fiorentino, as official pilot.
It is well little in confrontation with the Alpine Renault.
Henri Chemin recreates the service competition completely.
He launches the program of the prototypes
CG, frame MATRA, driving SIMCA 2156 DC JRD, in
rally. Bernard Boyer (MATRA) signs the design of it. The
Circuit program is reserved for him for MATRA
SIMCA, with the prototypes of Mans and F1.
Henri Chemin and William Reiber
The Simca Prototype
1200 S carrosery Aluminium engine 1800
with Bernard Fiorentino
Proto MATRA SIMCA
number1 : CG MC with engine (2156cm3) Chrysler central position
1971 creation of challenge SIMCA SHELL
In 1971, Henri Chemin creates
challenge SIMCA SHELL. In fact prototypes run in circuit and hill climb.
Michel Pignard (champion of France of the mountain in the Eighties), as
well as Grizzly of the plate of Langres Guy Fréquelin (which one
does not present any more, Team Manager of CITROEN WRC with Sébastien
Loebs) took part in this championship.
In parallel it is necessary to give a younger image to SIMCA CHRYSLER.
Simca 1000 is with the catalogue, the idea to develop it and to make it
more powerful makes its way (without pun), birth of the 1000 rallye in
1971 of Rallye 1 in 1972 of Rallye 2 in 1973, which will give birth by
following the Rally 2 Kit car in 1977, and Rally 3 in 1978.
In the history of the development
of Rally 2 one should not especially forget Jean Claude Vaucard
who finished directing technique of Citroen Sport, and which took part
in many Rallys with Hubert Arnoux as navigator (current President
of museum CAAPY and old directing of the service driving tests of Poissy)
One remembers Rallye 2 with compressor which foamed in the French Rallys.
Remember to bernard Fiorentino Team driver test for all the 1000 Rallye
SIMCA 1000 Rally 1971
SIMCA 1000 Rally 1 1972
SIMCA 1000 Rally 2 1973
1000 Rally 2 Kit car Groups 2 1977
SIMCA 1000 Rally 3 1978
1972 creation of SIMCA RACING TEAM
In March 1972 SIMCA a: a car, Rally 1, a
service Competition in Rally with the CG, of the cars which run in F1
and Championship of the world of endurance with MATRA, it is necessary
to close the loop.
Henri Chemin thinks whereas it was high time to do something for the young
people. It is necessary to provide them an organization to their measurement.
He then launches the SIMCA 1000 RACING TEAM which became thereafter,
with the advent of Rally 2, SIMCA RACING TEAM. Chrysler France
helped of its companies partners: Kléber Doves, Cibié,
Bosch, Abex, Shell, Comodite,ABEX, Wynn' S, and of Simca
1000, makes it possible to the young people to launch out in the great
bath of the automobile competition.
Structures of SIMCA RACING TEAM
The SRT is a sports association, which envisages
in its rules of procedure three categories of active members, the TEAM 1, and the members practising the TEAM 2 and TEAM 3.
To become TEAM 2, it is necessary to be in possession of its
driving licence and a licence of the regional or national federation
of the FFSA. The TEAM 3 feed the service competition of the SRT.
Is needed a recognizable and easily identifiable Logo. It
is the green Dragon with the
letters of Simca Racing TEAM. These initials are still known at
the present time.
There was to 5000 members with the SRT. Imagine at the
present time a club of 5000 members turned on the automobile sport and
only one automobile mark?
The members are gathered in regional SRT (more than 100 local points and
clubs) like those of the SRT of the city Lille, Dijon, Nimes, Villemomble,
Morsang on Orge, Corbeil, Chambourcy, Bastia, Pau, Strasbourg, Vierzon,
Paris Frémicourt, Villeneuve Saint George, La Rochelle, Cormeille,
Albi, Clermont Ferrand etc. I forget some heard well. All these regional
clubs have their own operation, they are lodged in dealers SIMCA CHRYSLER.
They communicate between them by the means of a newspaper which appears
in the pages of the Echappement review, the Bulletin of the Dragon. This
bulletin is then distributed to the members free, as with the people claiming
it in the concessions.Un club is composed of more than 20 members, a point
less than 20.
The budget of the SRT at the
time is 5 million francs with 5 to 6 permanent and its seat is located
which occurred Avenue de la Grande Armée in Paris. In the permanent
ones much of remember Claude Michel and of Michel Julien
(this last still officiated in Peugeot Sport, not far from the retirement
I suppose) a small hello would make us good pleasure!!
All these clubs one should not especially forget the foreign SRT like those of Belgium (SRT Vilvoorde), of
Germany, of Holland.
The price of the contributions is moderate, 50,00francs by
member for the year.
The presidents of the national SRT were Jacques Ménard until
1979 completion date of the SRT and Olivier Quesnel ( Hebdo-Hebdo
edition now )de 1979 to 1981 with TALBOT RACING TEAM,
It is necessary to add to all
these clubs, a club which marked the spirits: it is STAR RACING TEAM
with incomparable Moustache, like organizer. At that time one met the
stars of the moment, Johnny Halliday, but also Remi Julienne, Henri Pescarolo,
Guy Ligier, Godasse de Plomb (alias Jarier F1 Driver ), Jabouille (F1
driver), Jacques Lafitte (F1 driver) Maurice Trintignant (Pétoulet
F1 Driver ), Jean Louis Trintignant etc.
Death of William Reiber
April 11, 1973, William Reiber
dies of a long disease, it is a terrible blow for all the service competition
from Simca Chrysler. It should be known that Jean Luc Lagardere (Matra
automobile) and William Reiber, had outlined projects of fusion of the
services competition. The only actor living of this period, is Henri Chemin,
whom one could still see with the French TV emission "Auto-Moto on
TF1" in 2004. It would be necessary that one day it tells us this
histoire.D' another share one can think that if William Reiber had not
left so early, the destiny of the mark Simca Chrysler would have been
Operation of SIMCA RACING TEAM
Good but beyond will these structures say to me,
how functioned Simca Racing TEAM?
The SRT National organizes challenges in circuit, like in Rally
and hill climb.
As regards the challenges in circuits, All the federal
organization rests on the SRT Nationale, and for the organization of
the days, it is with the local clubs to take care some.
There is first of all the
" Challenge Speed". That Challenge is opened at the beginning with
Rally 1 then then with Rallys 2. We can count to 250 candidates by concentration
(Magny Court 76 and Monthléry 77). There is up to 10 series of
eliminatory races which emerge for the four first of each series on a
You can imagine without sorrows the battles that there was. When one was
finally, one was a "good", one had a certain notoriety then.
A final classification is then proclaimed with a number of points by races,
the profits at the end of the season are interesting.
SRT Chambourcy In Short Magny
There are also the races of endurances, called "Chalenge William Reiber" in
homage to that which had made so much for the competition at Simca.
This challenge is organized in championship with races of 4
hours endurance on circuit with rally 2 groups 1 strictly controlled.
Climax of these challenges, they are the 24 hours by team of
There were 4 great 24 hours competitions, the 24 hours of Mans
1974, the 24 hours of Albi 1975, the 24 hours of Nogaro of 1976 and
1977. In 1978 and 1979 these 24 hours races are abandoned, with
the profit of great finales like that of 1978 in Clermont Ferrand,
(see on the site of the Club Simca France the retrospective of this
demonstration) and 1979 in Nimes Ledenon.
Engagements are done by club and not by pilots, one can have to the 6
pilots and two cars for these races of endurance. Many dealers engage
themselves of the vehicles of their companies like Lille with M.Clément
Martin (directing of Subsidiary company SIMCA LILLE Centre): cf to see
articles and 24 hour old photographs of Nogaro of 1977
In addition throughout the various concentrations
during the season are held some 4 hours races with a car and 4 pilots
to the maximum.
Concerning the "Challenges
Rally", the points are deducted with the results in
the national and regional rallys. The members of the SRT engage
on a purely personal basis in these competitions and according to the
results which they obtain, they mark of the points to challenge SRT of
the Rallys. They represent at the time of these competitions
their club SRT.
Same operation chairs in "Challenge
hill climb", like in 1978 in "Challenge Rally-Cross-country race".
I do not have many elements over this period in rally
cross-country race, if they are not some photographs.
Cherry on the Cake: In 1978
Simca Racing TEAM was invited in opening of the Great Price of France
of Formula 1. I've took part in this race behind 50000 spectacteurs.
To celebrate this arrival of the SRT on the circuit, the sky fell to us
on the head, 10 minutes before the departure, July 4, there was a storm
the circuit was flooded, the SRT made a spectacle of any beauty, there
were cars in all the directions!! Rallye 2 left 30 seconds before their
rivals Rallye 3. All that much more with the spectators present
Tighten Chevalier 1979
: Concentration and races on the ice's circuit . Before taste of the "Andros
Photographs of the SRT Morsang
in front of the Mr AMIEL's Concession City of MORSANG sur ORGE near Paris
Rally 2, Rally 2 Gr2, Rallye3
Champion of France of Régional Rally (Gerard Goudeaux), "Coupe
de l'avenir" sport proto ARC MF 6, GERI RB2, as well as a part of
End of the history
The repurchase of Simca Chrysler
by PEUGEOT involves a deep modification of the structures. Moreover
Simca Racing TEAM is called at the end of 1979 the TRT (Talbot Racing
TEAM) there was even, since 1979, introduction of Chryler Sunbeam
TI (UK) into the challenges.
The spirit even of the SRT then starts to change, the put hand of Peugeot
is felt, the service competition since 1981 is taken again by Jean Todt
for the sporting program of the 205 Turbo 16. All the other projects such
as the prototype Of Chrysler UK Horizon with central engine (talk
with the museum of the CAAPY) and the project Matra Muréna
groups 4 (Politecnic with JP Beltoise) are abandoned. Peugeot tries
all the same to launch the cut Talbot SAMBA during three seasons. Then
all was abandoned. Local clubs SRT close the ones after the others. Many
Pilots of the SRT from 1980 launch out in the sport proto "Coupe
de l'avenir" which uses the power unit and the suspensions of
back overhanging Rally 2. Philippe
Streiff ( F1 Driver) passed by the SRT Grenoble then by the "championship
cups of avenir "which it gained in 1978.
Only currently the SRT DIJON chaired by Didier Gachot (All the
years until now there is concentrations near de town of Dijon Flageay
Achezaux city) remains who tries to make perdurer this state of mind which
made it possible a great number of young people to launch out in the great
bath of the automobile competition with this small car if attaching and
so much discussed.
Auriol (Word championship WRC) even began in Rally on a Rallye
It should be known that in 2005 still, in group F and F2000, it
is quasi the monopoly of Rally 2 and Rally 3. Not less than 350
of these cars are still registered in competitions in France far in
front of the turbo Samba Rally and R5, and this 27 years after the end
of the production of the car.
I was agreeably surprised all the same last year by the comment
of a person in charge for Peugeot, interviewed on a meeting Peugeot
Sport, which spoke about the races of endurance of the 206, it clearly
announced that these automobile types of competition had been born
from the time of the SRT!!!
Race Relays 206 PEUGEOT SPORT
150 Racing racing cars Relay 206!
It has ever been seen for more than thirty years of existence!
The number of the registered voters does not cease growing at
the point to force Peugeot Sport to limit the volunteers and to create
waiting lists. Small the 206 S16 of series achieve the
unanimity. To two pilots even three maximum by car... it is
nearly 400 competitors which furnish the group. The level is
very recorded and guarantees a tight championship. Each car is
registered under the name of a Club Peugeot Sport or of a Site of
Production PSA and taking into account the number, two comforting are
orchestrated before the final show, also 3 hours, animated by the best
of the category. Among them, the brothers Gomez (Club of Nimes)
give their title concerned. They had been essential last season
on this layout of Vigeant. Vis-a-vis with them, the Club of
Vierzon (Pallet-Lenoir), 3e in 2004 front Clubs of Mans
(Bumblebee-Pale), Bordeaux (Rambeaud brothers) and Clermont-Ferrand
(Put-Bellinato), all at the beginning of this new year. To also
follow some Clubs such Amiens "2" (Greuet-Comis) or the Meeting "2"
(Buzeau-Jolivière) and Sites of Sochaux, Poissy (champion 2004)
and Mulhouse, all armed to the teeth.
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