The Ford Falcon has come a long way in the last 2 weeks. The car has been partially stripped and the underside has been media blasted and etch primed. It then went in the body shop where we’ve welded up a few holes, seam sealed it, epoxy primed and painted in Wimbledon White. Next up is to rebuild the axle and suspension.
A very interesting project has arrived here at CCK. The car is one of a Myriad of MG based specials that were raced around the world during the 50’s and 60’s. This one is the ex-works racing car from the Australian firm Milano. It is based on an MG J2 chassis and features a fibreglass body styled after the Ferrari 750 Monza. The car is small and light with ample power provided by the 1500cc MG XPAG engine. The car received a quick prep prior to its first outing at the GRRC track day at Goodwood. There is a lot more work to be done before it’s ready to satisfy the scrutineers but the first race is planned for Mallory Park on September 2nd.
After a number of years in build this Sebring Sprite is finally off to be with it’s owner in the USA. It started out as a rusty Frogeye Sprite body shell which we restored and advertised for sale. It was bought by a lovely chap in the USA with a passion for British sports cars. He wanted to build a proper aluminium bodied FIA Sebring Sprite here in the UK and have it shipped back to the USA. Most of the parts were sourced through Martin Ingall and the car was assembled here at CCK. We also made a roll cage for it and the Sebring bonnet. Right now it is in a container somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean.
David Moran’s Lotus Cortina hasn’t been on track for a little while. This winter the car received a new light weight T45 roll cage and a new Neil Brown race engine is on its way. In the meantime we’ve been down to Brands Hatch for a little track time. The car is going well but there are a couple of jobs to do before it’s next race..
Our good friend Julian Balme brought his Ford Falcon race car up for a refresh. The car has not raced in a couple of years and it needs a little TLC before it heads back out on track later this season. The underside of the car needs painting and the suspension needs rebuilding with new bushes and ball joints. Julian raced this Falcon at the first ever Goodwood Revival 20 years ago.
A couple of years ago we started writing a book. With help from Chris Harper and MiniSport, as well as other suppliers, we built our own FIA Mini Cooper S to illustrate. The aim of the book was to unpick the various regulations and provide the enthusiast a basic understanding of how to build a historic racing Mini. The book is due for release this month. Click here to pre-order.
Ever since its launch in 1959 the original Mini has been a stalwart of the motor racing scene. Even today, there is a bewildering array of formulae that it can compete in. This book explains how to prepare a historic mini to the original pre-1966 Appendix K standard, which provides the racer with the largest choice of national and international events to compete in.
The contents include:
- Regulations – understanding the FIA’s Appendix K
- Sourcing a suitable car
- Every aspect of preparation including, body, safety, engine, transmission, electrics and ancillaries
- Setting up and race preparation
- Testing and racing