September always proves to be a hectic month with both Goodwood Revival and Spa Six Hours just two weeks apart. Following our success at Goodwood we prepped two more cars and headed off for Belgium. We brought with us the Jaguar XK140 of Joao Mira-Gomes and the TVR Grantura of Ernst Luthi. Both cars ran faultlessly all weekend. The XK140 ran in the Motor Racing Legends cobined race for the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss trophy and the TVR ran in the Masters pre-66 GT race. Charles Rainford shared the drive with the owner of the TVR in the 90 minute race. Being the only car in their class they came home with a trophy for 1st in class!
Ian Burford’s 1958 TVR Grantura made its test debut last week following the restoration over the Winter. Overall it was very positive. The car worked without major issue and we’ve now established a stable bench mark from which we can develop the car. The car looked stunning and garnered a lot of compliments up and down the paddock. Look out for this one racing in 2019.
The Coventry Climax engined TVR Grantura of Ian Burford has a brand new roll cage. The existing cage had some major issues and safety always has to come first. The decision was made to remove the old cage and build a new one to FIA specifications. The bespoke cage was made here from 38mm CDS tubing and bolts to reinforced parts of the TVR chassis. Ian opted to have the cage painted in the body colour, Aston-Martin’s California Sage green.
The TVR Grantura-Climax is nearly ready to hit the track. A brand new Coventry Climax engine and a rebuilt gearbox went in today in preparation for the new season. Glyn Peacock built the all steel race engine which will go in place of the original 75bhp version. The car is due to be testing on March 18th.
The 1958 TVR Grantura paintwork is finished. The final colour choice was Aston Martin’s California Sage Green with Old English White for the stripe. There couldn’t have been a better choice. It suits the car perfectly. There is a new Coventry Climax engine on the way ready for the 2019 season.
Ian Burford’s Coventry Climax powered TVR Grantura has gone into the body shop for the restoration of its fibreglass body. It has decades worth of cracks, filler and paint layers so we are taking it right back to the original fibreglass to be repaired, prepped and repainted ready for the 2019 race season. The car is a rare and very early TVR with a 1097cc Coventry Climax FWA engine and drum brakes all round.