Today brings sad news for many fans of rallying worldwide after the loss of one of rallyings greats, Tony Fall, who died peacefully in his sleep aged 67. Tony came to prominence first as a works driver for BMC where he won several BRC events at the wheel of a Mini and later overall victory in an Austin 1800 on the ERC Donau Rallye of 1967. He went on to have some further success as a driver for Datsun, Peugeot and later, Opel. His greatest success with Datsun was probably placing 4th in the 1973 East African Safari Rally in the Datsun 1800 SSS (the 610 pictured) with co-driver Mike Wood, who was a regular navigator with Tony. The pair also placed 9th in the Monte Carlo Rally of that year in a 240Z.
Later Tony would head the GM Eurosport team during the Opel Ascona 400 and Manta 400 years during which Walter Rohrl claimed 1982 world title. He remained there as team manager until the late 1980’s. Later he became a managing director of the safety equipment and rollcage manufacturer, Safety Devices.
I’m sure all the Datsun fans out there would join with us in wishing our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.