Charles Rainford is now our, in-house, qualified ARDS instructor for race and rally. For the past year he’s spent most days working as an instructor for MSV at Brands Hatch and Bedford Aerodrome. Whether you are brand new to motorsport and wish to build up some confidence or are an experienced racer who is looking to find some extra lap time, Charles is here to help. He has experience in historic GT and saloon cars as well as modern GT, touring cars, sports cars, single seaters and rally cars. Please give us a call or send an email if you are interested in these services.
Goodwood’s 75th Members Meeting marked a milestone in the Rainford household as this years Weslake Cup was the first race in which Shaun and his son Charles both competed. Father and son both drove admirably with Charles taking advantage of a spin to pass his father on track. Charles made it as far as 2nd position, before the red flag, from 9th on the grid, and Shaun ran as high as 3rd from 8th on the grid, before losing the podium spot to customer Mike Haigh. You can read an article which Shaun gave an interview for on Goodwoods website by following the link below.
Thankfully bad weather was kept at bay for the 75th Members Meeting. Although the track was damp for qualifying the rest of the weekend was dry and mild. We campaigned 5 cars in the Weslake Cup with considerable interest in a 6th. Shaun and Charles Rainford qualified in 8th and 9th whilst Ian Burford, Mike Haigh and Larry Tucker qualified 10th, 12th and 17th. The race was fairly chaotic with a yellow flag, a red flag and a restart. Charles made his way up to second place before the restart but was pulled off the grid whilst the marshals were looking for an oil leak. Shaun restarted the race in 3rd but lost the podium to our customer Mike Haigh. Ian Burford and Larry Tucker finished the race in 9th and 13th. The winning Lenham GT of James Colburn had the original Lenham bodywork repaired here at CCK with repair sections taken from original Lenham moulds. We also supplied a bespoke roll cage Quaife dog engagement gear box and limited slip differential with our solid pinion spacer.
Shaun’s son Charles had his first race last weekend and at 16 was the youngest person on the grid. He entered the HRDC Allstars race at Brands Hatch with his MG Lenham Le Mans. Qualifying was cut short due to an alternator failure so he started from 20th in the race. Charles drove supremely well staying out of trouble and making up 13 places to finish 7th overall and 2nd in class. You will be see a lot more of him in future grids. Thanks to Kelvin Fagan for the photo.