Further success for the very quick Colburn brothers in their CCK tuned Austin A35 Academy racers at Donington. James Colburn bringing home the win with his brother Ben coming home 3rd. Both cars have spent numerous hours on our state of the art MAHA rolling road are prepared and run by father Richard Colburn of vehicle recovery firm Westbourne Motors. Photo Jeff Bloxham
As well as Donington Park on Saturday we were also attending the HSCC Silverstone Finals on Sunday. Ian Burford and Larry Tucker were taking part in the final round of the Historic Road Sports Championship. Qualifying was wet and very tricky but both finished. Ian started and finished 11th overall and Larry started and finished in 21st overall and 3rd in class. Photo Joshua Barrett.
Charles Rainford has finished his season in style at the HRDC’s final round at Donington Park. Charles but in a cracking drive against some big machinery in a 42 car grid. He qualified 12th and finished 11th and 3rd in class in the Allstars/A-Series Challenge race and also acquired his 6th and final signature to upgrade his license. Watch out for him next season. Photos Jeff Bloxham.
The Ford Falcon is done and heading up to an event in Leeds. The Australian 250-2V cylinder head has gone on with a new exhaust manifold and a custom made twin SU inlet manifold for the two 2″ HD8 SU carberettors. Simply changing the cylinder head and the carburettors has given a 34% improvement in BHP. That is a huge gain and just goes to show how bad the original log intake cylinder heads really are.
We’ve got a double header this weekend. We are loading and heading up to Donington Park today for the HRDC race tomorrow then back down to Silverstone for the HSCC meeting at Silverstone. Charles Rainford will be competing with the HRDC in is Lenham Sprite and in Sundays race at Silverstone we will have Ian Burfords in his Ginetta G4 and Larry Tucker in his Ashley GT.
We’ve had two BMW M3’s in the workshop this week. The first is an E36 in need of a major service. The second is an original E30 M3 in need of an engine rebuild. We’ve pulled the engine out ready to strip it down and assess the damage.
This Triumph TR4A was restored some 20 years ago and has been garaged ever since. It has survived very well but a lot of the rubber components have deteriorated and the fuel tank has rusted. The carbs required a rebuild and we also fitted a new fuel pump. The brakes and ignition system both needed some work to recommission. A new set of Continental tyres and it’s nearly ready for an MOT.