September always proves to be a hectic month with both Goodwood Revival and Spa Six Hours just two weeks apart. Following our success at Goodwood we prepped two more cars and headed off for Belgium. We brought with us the Jaguar XK140 of Joao Mira-Gomes and the TVR Grantura of Ernst Luthi. Both cars ran faultlessly all weekend. The XK140 ran in the Motor Racing Legends cobined race for the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss trophy and the TVR ran in the Masters pre-66 GT race. Charles Rainford shared the drive with the owner of the TVR in the 90 minute race. Being the only car in their class they came home with a trophy for 1st in class!
Last week we attended this years running of the revived Firle Hill Climb. We’ve been attending and supporting this event for a few years now and very much enjoy it. This year we brought with us the Marcos 1800GT, Lotus Elan and James Rainford’s Lenham Le Mans. Joining us with the Marcos was Harry Harrison. Harry’s father bought the car from new and took part in a publicity film, driving the Marcos to Africa. You can see the film on Youtube below.
John Cleland and Charles Rainford finished the weekend in second place overall in the St. Mary’s Trophy at Goodwood Revival 2019! Our 1958 Volvo PV544 has undergone a lot of development this year, all of which paid off this weekend. Both John and Charles drove the socks off the car to finish 2nd overall at the end of the weekend. Thanks again to all at Goodwood who work so hard to put on the event and all the other competitors who worked so hard to put on such a great race.
Grant Williams has been back on the rolling road for a final tune ahead of the 2019 Goodwood Revival. After the recent refresh of the 3.4 litre competition engine the car went back on the rollers to setup the triple SU carburettors. Grant will be competing in the St Mary’s Trophy race along with sports car racer and BRDC member Ross Hyett.
We’ve been tasked with rally prepping this pretty little Alfa Romeo 105 in just 4 weeks. We started with the full Safety Devices roll cage from Alfaholics. Also from Alfaholics came the suspension kit and a lovely set of 15″ wheels. Other works include fitting a set of Corbeau seats, Luke harnesses, foot rest, map light, bonnet pins and a set of mud flaps.
Development of our 1958 Volvo PV544 has continued following a successful test at Brands Hatch. We’ve spent some significant time on the rolling road trying out different things. Ultimately we have gone up on the choke size, changed the emulsion tubes and re-jetted the carburettors and found an incredible 21bhp (flywheel) with an increase in torque across the whole curve. We’ve got some suspension changes to make this week before heading back out on track for our second test.