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David Johnston & Ken Handley

Feb 09,2006 by Julian Grattidge

The Tour of Mull has built something of a reputation for showing off immaculate rally cars of every type and age, and David Johnston’s superb 2.0 litre 16v Golf GTi is no exception.

Owner/Driver - David Johnston

David built the Golf to compete in tarmac rallies, prominently the Tour Of Mull Rally & The Jim Clark Memorial Rally. David can also be seen competing on the odd sprint or two and attended the Mount Stuart Motorsport Classic on the Isle of Bute.

The Team

Navigator - Ken Handley

Service Crew - Allan, Robert & Ian


Car - VW Golf 16v GTi

Built in 1998 from nearly standard spec to current spec over the past 8 years. Reshelled in 2004 incorporating new rollcage and suspension.  

ENGINE: Standard 2.0ltr Audi block using 1.8 Ibiza con-rods with racetech bolts, gas flowed and ported 16 valve cylinder head, Kent rally cams timed by vernier pulley to give over 200bhp.

FUELLING: Badger 5 'Direct to Head' throttle bodies managed by DTA E48 EXP fully mapped engine management system.

BODY: 1.3 Golf shell (no sunroof) with Safety Devices multipoint weld in rollcage with full triangulation to strut towers, lightweight doors, poly carbonate windows, 2 x Cobra Imola II lightweight competition seats, Willans 6 point harnesses, hand held and plumbed in fire extinguishers, Momo Corse steering wheel, spa design duel gauges and rev counter, Coralba C Giant rally computer. Aluminum sump guard, fibreglass fuel tank guard.

TRANSMISSION: Quaife 6 speed gearbox with dogged engagement, Quaife torque biasing diff, driving through a 5.091 final drive, using a Golf Rallye clutch and standard drive shafts.VW Motorsport gear lever, cables and internal selectors.

SUSPENSION: Proflex 3 way adjustable shock absorbers front and rear, adjustable for high and low speed bump and rebound. Neuspeed adjustable anti - rollbars.

BRAKES: Willwood Supalite 4 pot callipers with 310 x 32mm discs up front, std Golf Gti rear discs, vertical lever hydraulic handbrake.

Team Website

The team have a great website featuring lots of in-car Mull footage at:


Sponsors - Gibsons Auto Services

Gibsons Auto Services is a small independent garage based in the Ayrshire village of Auchinleck. The business was established in 1999 by Allan Gibson after 14 years in the trade. Gibsons specialise in the repair and servicing of cars, light commercials and 4x4s. Over the years much expertise has been gained on the 4x4 side of the business, namely in the service, and supply of discounted parts for Land Rover, Jeep and Mercedes G-Wagen.

Friendly advice is only a phone call away.

Dalsalloch Farm
Sorn Road

Ayrshire KA18 2BT

Tel: 01290 429579




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