Earlier in the year we made roll cage for Ian Northeast’s Jensen CV8 land speed car. Since then he’s been working to a very tight schedule to get the car finished in time for Bonneville Speed Week. He’s made it.
Initial rookie runs and to qualify for his license have seen a best of 137.386mph despite the engine not running cleanly above 4000rpm. I chance encounter with a tuning guru on the salt now means they can use a full 6500rpm. Sundays running came to an early end due to an accident and Monday morning brought with it a starter motor failure but with a new starter on the way Ian is ready go for a 150mph run. We are all very proud of Ian and pleased to have been involved in the project.
The summer heatwave held out for the Goodwood Breakfast Club last Sunday. I popped down with our Lotus Elan to enjoy the sun and see some classics. There is always an interesting selection and it’s always great to get a cup of coffee and have a wander around the Goodwood circuit.
Last weekend we were back at Brands Hatch with Equipe Classic Racing although this time we were on the full Grand Prix circuit and the race was in support of the British GT championship. Dave Griffiths was racing his black Triumph TR4. Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan but he fought hard to make up a massive 12 places.
Other than a minor shower on the Friday this years Silverstone Classic was DRY and sunny! Shocking. We were there with Ian Burford’s Ginetta G4 and the Mira-Gomes XK140. This year the event seemed better organised despite the hot weather and the massive attendance of racers and spectators. Overall a great weekend. We will be looking forward to next year.
We had the pleasure of running the John Rhodes Mini Cooper S at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. John is 90 years old now and asked our Charles to drive it up the hill for him. The times got better with each run. His best time of 62.3 was in the Final Shootout on Sunday afternoon beating the Alan Mann Escort by a tenth of a second.
David Moran and John Hutchinson shared the drive in the CSCC Classic K race at Brands Hatch. They qualified in 4th place but made up two places in the race to bring the car home in 2nd overall and 1st in class. Before the race David’s Mk1 Lotus Cortina was treated to a brand new Neil Brown race engine and a rebuild for the front shock absorbers. Bring on the next round.