Storm Callum arrived at Donington this Sunday and wreaked havoc on the grids. A major accident in the MX5 race postponed activities until they could get the ambulances back. Burford did his best with a clean qualifying, in the torquey Cheetah, in the most unsuitable conditions for the car. Due to the extreme weather the race was delayed and with the forecast for rain to continue, we called it a day. Thank you to the HRDC and all of the organisers and marshals for doing their best in the terrible weather. Fingers crossed for a dry day next time
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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.
We’ve rebuilt the engine for this Riley RM this year. The 1.5 litre twin cam engine is essentially a pre-war design with white metal supporting the crankshaft instead of the more modern shell bearings we are used to seeing. It takes a little longer with an old engine like this as there is more work involved and there isn’t always access to new parts. The engine is an interesting design with two camshafts in the block actuated the valves via push rods and rocker arms.
A very nice and well presented Rover P6 came in with a few small rust concerns. As is often the case, once poked and prodded those small concerns became quite large concerns. A common place to find rust in a Rover P6 is in the d-post. A structural area just in front of the rear wheel that meets the sill. Once you get some bubbles in this area it’s usually a sure sign that there is a serious issue inside. We also dealt with some rusty doors and a major rust repair at the front of the n/s sill. Paint was colour matched and turned out perfectly.