Silverstone Classic Preview Day

We were pleased to be asked to attend the Silverstone Classic preview and test day with Ian Burford. We brought with us the Ginetta G4 and the Bill Thomas Cheetah. Despite the torrential down pour in the morning that weather did eventually subside and we had some good track time.

Brands Hatch test for FIA Cheetah

We had Ian Burford and his FIA Cheetah out at Brands Hatch this weekend for some testing. The car ran great, Ian got some good time in the seat and we continued to gather information. This test highlighted a few areas that will need attention before the next test at Silverstone in December.

75th Members Meeting – Cheetah and Shelby GT350 in the Graham Hill Trophy

We are very pleased that both the Cheetah and the Shelby GT350 have been invited to Goodwood’s 75th Members Meeting. We’ve put so much work into building both these cars it is really exciting that they will debut at Goodwood. The Cheetah has been a real challenge. Taking the better part of 3 years to complete it will be the first Cheetah to ever race at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Shelby Mustang was a little more straight forward but equally emotive when you hear the 289ci V8 engine on full chat.

Cheetah gets some doors

With the season over we are able to spend more time on the bigger projects. The latest work to the Cheetah sees the doors fitted with fabricated hinges. The door handles we have also fabricated to match as accurately as possible those in period photographs.

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Cheetah Progress

A lot of progress has been made over the past couple of weeks. The body work has been fitted, the roll cage has been fabricated and welded to the chassis and much of the aluminium paneling for the chassis has been made. The seat and pedal box are both in place now and we are currently working on the steering column.

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