A young David Hassall goes for a wild ride across Peter Janson's bonnet in the days of rallycross at Calder.

RALLYCROSS in the 1970s was huge at Calder Park as a range of star drivers and interesting cars competed in the events that took in the combination road course and infield at the Melbourne venue.

One very interesting youngster was budding reporter David Hassall, who later went on to become the founding editor of Motorsport News and, prior to that Australian Motor Racing Magazine.

In this video clip you’ll see how he had a lucky escape one day at Calder when Peter Janson’s Torana ended up aiming at the same part of the venue he was standing in – thankfully all emerged OK!

David talks about how this incident came to be on Episode 220 of the V8 Sleuth Podcast Powered by Repco, listen to it here or via your regular podcast places – Apple, Spotify, Google etc!

This rare gem of vision is on our YouTube channel and you can watch it here:

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