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.
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.
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.
Charles Rainford dominated at Snetterton in his Lenham Sprite in the HRDC race. Qualified on pole and went on to lead the entire race up until the last lap when a gearbox issue forced his retirement. A superb performance that will no doubt continue on his next outing.
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.