This weekend was the busiest one so far. First of all we had John Rhodes Mini Cooper at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with our Charles Rainford driving. Then we had David Griffiths at the Equipe GTS race at Donington Park in the Triumph TR4 and lastly David Moran was out at Brands Hatch with the CSCC in his Mk1 Lotus Cortina. Festival of Speed was massive and a lot of fun. Charles chipped away at his times going faster with every run. We opted to be in the timed competition so Charles could take part in the final shoot out on Sunday. He posted his quickest time of the weekend beating the Alan Mann Escort with a 62.3 seconds.
Dave Griffiths qualified well in the TR4 and with the new spec engine he knocked 2 seconds off of last years lap time. He was running 7th in the race and getting blocked for 6th. He made a dramatic move at the chicane but spun and dropped back down the order. David Moran entered both the Classic K and Swinging 60’s races in his Lotus Cortina. David and driving partner, John Hutchinson, qualified well for both but suffered some axle damage on track. They had to sit out the Swinging 60’s race to repair the axle but starting from 4th for the Classic K race they managed to finish 2nd overall and first in class.
We had another quick TR4 in recently for a little dyno session on the rolling road. Known to be a quick car, it showed very good results from it’s Mass Racing engine.
Not often you see one of these. Although you may not describe it as beautiful it certainly is a grower. What is intriguing about this little sports cars is their feather weight and high revving Coventry Climax engines. This car suffered from bump steer. The route of the problem was a narrow chassis with a relatively wide Triumph sourced steering rack. After some careful calculations we narrowed the steering rack to correct to geometry problem. We also fitted a vernier camshaft sprocket and timed the camshaft in properly as well a few other race prep jobs and started the process of applying for FIA papers. A road test proved that this car is very quick and should be very capable.
We’ve had a busy start to the season this year. Since Goodwood’s 76th Members Meeting back in March we’ve been to Silverstone four times, Brands Hatch twice and to Donington, Snetterton and Oulton Park once each. We are back to Brands Hatch later this month and looking at a busy July with another race at Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Donington and Silverstone as well as the Goodwood Festival of Speed. No rest for the wicked.
Our friends Bill and Michelle of Hardy Engineering brought their lovely little Frogeye Sprite in for a rolling road tune prior to a European excursion for the International Healey week. In Europe the car performed admirably and was even voted 1st in class for the People’s Choice award.