Over the winter Graham’s been building a new engine for Dave Griffith’s Standard Vanguard. At nearly 2.5 litres, with steel crank, steel rods, a 320 degree cam, a brand new gas flowed and ported cylinder head, a ported intake manifold and fully modified twin 2″ SU carbs. This should be a significant improvement over the old engine. Can’t wait to see what it does when we get it on the rollers.
The first Coys International Trophy at Donington park with the HRDC was a huge success. Benefiting from a great turn out we saw fantastic, competitive racing in all classes. A particular highlight was seeing the TC63 and TC65 combined one hour race with a host of Ford Falcons and Mini Cooper’s mixing it up with the usual mix of historic saloons with the Mike Gardner/Nik Faulkner Falcon taking first place overall from Nick Swift in his Mini Cooper S. This race also saw the likes of TV chef James Martin sharing one of the Mini’s with Andy Harrison. The Touring Greats 1hr race went to Nick Naismith in his blisteringly quick Austin A90 Westminster. Our very own James Turner had a cracking race in the Ford Zodiac finishing a very respectable 5th overall. Andy Newel too the chequered flag in the MGB50 race with Nigel Bancroft took the honours in Grand Touring Greats in his Lotus Elite. The last race of the day was GTS65 which saw a 1-2 for TVR with Michael Whitaker and Marler/Eagling respectively. As well as James Turners Zodiac we were also looking after Dave Griffith’s in the Standard Vanguard and Julius Thurgood in his MG ZA Magnette ‘Bumble’. A truly great day and a fantastic new event to add to your 2013 calendar. See you next year.