John Cleland and Charles Rainford finished the weekend in second place overall in the St. Mary’s Trophy at Goodwood Revival 2019! Our 1958 Volvo PV544 has undergone a lot of development this year, all of which paid off this weekend. Both John and Charles drove the socks off the car to finish 2nd overall at the end of the weekend. Thanks again to all at Goodwood who work so hard to put on the event and all the other competitors who worked so hard to put on such a great race.
Grant Williams has been back on the rolling road for a final tune ahead of the 2019 Goodwood Revival. After the recent refresh of the 3.4 litre competition engine the car went back on the rollers to setup the triple SU carburettors. Grant will be competing in the St Mary’s Trophy race along with sports car racer and BRDC member Ross Hyett.
Development of our 1958 Volvo PV544 has continued following a successful test at Brands Hatch. We’ve spent some significant time on the rolling road trying out different things. Ultimately we have gone up on the choke size, changed the emulsion tubes and re-jetted the carburettors and found an incredible 21bhp (flywheel) with an increase in torque across the whole curve. We’ve got some suspension changes to make this week before heading back out on track for our second test.
We got a head start on preparation for this years Goodwood Revival. We are honoured to have received an invitation to compete in the St Mary’s Trophy race with our 1958 Volvo PV544. The car has competed at Goodwood twice before but not since 2010. A fresh engine went it over the winter and with some further tweaking we think we can get this car up the front. Charles Rainford will be at the helm along with our seasoned professional and regular Goodwood partner, the legendary John Cleland.
Initial testing at Brands Hatch very positive. We will continue working over the next 8 weeks to get the most out of this old Volvo.
Our trusted Volvo PV544 race car finally gets it’s engine back. The full race engine has been rebuilt after the oil seal from the pickup pipe went array causing damage to the bearings. This car’s race history goes back to the 1960’s and has even made it on the podium at Goodwood revival making it very special indeed. For anyone who is interested the car is available to buy and would be eligible for a Goodwood Revival invite in 2019.
The 1st and 3rd placed Jaguar Mk1s in the Jack Sears Trophy, of John Young and Grant Williams respectively, were tuned on our rolling road prior to Goodwood Revival. We found decent gains for both cars.