Charles Rainford wins at Snetterton

Charles Rainford scored his first overall win last weekend at Snetterton. He secured pole position and the win driving our Marcos 1800GT in the HRDC All stars race. Following some recent mechanical failures the repaired Marcos was on top form despite the heat wave. We also ran Ian Burford in the Bill Thomas Cheetah but struggled to keep the car cool in the record high summer temperatures. The experience will go into the development of this unique racer.

Fairthorpe Electron, bump steer sorted with narrowed steering rack

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.

A lot of racing this spring

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.

   

SDLC Car Club visit

We had the pleasure of having the SDLC car club in for a visit last week. We put on the tea and biscuits and showed them around our workshops before they headed on to a country pub for lunch. Luckily the weather was superb. We always enjoy seeing an eclectic mix of classic cars.