It has been a hugely busy week but we are here at Donington with 3 cars ready to race at this weekends historic festival. The Jaguar XK140 is back from Portugal with Joao Mira-Gomes competing in the Woodcote Trophy. Mike Haigh is out for the first time since his Goodwood podium in March. This time however he will be piloting his 1958 Ford Falcon in the HRDC Touring Greats race. Finally Larry Tucker will be out in the Shelby GT350R for the cars second ever appearance.
This unique black and gold Mk3 Mini Cooper S once belonged to the founder of Newton Commercial. Although there are not that many miles on the engine it has not run much in a number of years and is looking a little shabby. We’ve pulled the original Cooper S engine out for a sympathetic rebuild and to be detailed. We also plan to detail the engine bay before it goes back in.
We’ve recently started on a body restoration of a Jaguar XK150 fixed head coupe. The body and chassis have been completely stripped and separated before they were media blasted. The body has been mounted back on the chassis and braced so we can started removing the rusted metal and replacing panels. Overall the car is in really good shape and the rust damage is minimal.
Local vintage specialists Pigsty Racing were here yesterday with a supercharged 1936 Riley. The 1500cc twin cam four cylinder engine has recently received the blower and is gently being tuned to accommodate the forced induction. It is being fed through a pair of SU carburettors who’s needles have been profiled to suit. This car will be back soon for further development and will eventually be running on methanol.
Goodwood’s 75th Members Meeting marked a milestone in the Rainford household as this years Weslake Cup was the first race in which Shaun and his son Charles both competed. Father and son both drove admirably with Charles taking advantage of a spin to pass his father on track. Charles made it as far as 2nd position, before the red flag, from 9th on the grid, and Shaun ran as high as 3rd from 8th on the grid, before losing the podium spot to customer Mike Haigh. You can read an article which Shaun gave an interview for on Goodwoods website by following the link below.