Watch Charles Rainford hit the hill at Chateau Impney Hillclimb in the John Rhodes Mini Cooper S.
We had a cracking weekend at one of the UK’s best little events. In it’s 5th year the Chateau Impney Hillclimb had a lot to offer. The weekend was pleasantly relaxed with great camaraderie between competitors and a party atmosphere in campsite. A fantastic range of historic vehicles took to the hill from the Edwardian aero engined to prewar sports cars to Canam cars to the Mini Cooper S. We were invited to bring John Rhodes Mini Cooper S as part of the Mini 60th Anniversary celebrations. Charles Rainford was behind the wheel going quicker with every session. Hopefully we’ll get to go back next year.
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.
Over the past couple of months we’ve been helping out with an old Bedford Rascal camper van which is due to be driven 10,000 miles across Europe and Russia to raise money for Mind the mental health charity. Rhiannon and Esther are taking part in the Mongol Rally along with another 50 teams. The rules state that the vehicle cannot be over 1000cc and that the girls must raise at least £1000 for charity. We’ve done a lot of work in preparation with servicing to the engine and brakes. They are due to set off on July 21st.
You can follow their adventures and donate by visiting their website here.
The Lancia Fulvia uses a transverse leaf spring on the front suspension. This fixes to the upper wishbones via a large rubber bush. This little Lancia came in to have these bushes replaced.
Available for sale is this very well known Triumph TR4 FIA race car. It is one of the best known and longest serving historic race cars in the UK. There is a long list of well respected racers who have owned and raced it over the years including Martin Thomas, Richard Bull, Chris Conoley, of MASS Racing, Martin Brewer and most recently Dave Griffiths. The car has been constantly maintained and successfully campaigned season after season for decades.
Under the current custodian, the car has been re-painted with a change of livery from black with silver stripes to black and red. The car has been mechanically refreshed each winter with maintenance between every race. In recent years the car has raced predominantly with the Equipe GTS series with the occasional outing with the HSCC Guards Trophy. The car has also been invited to Goodwood twice in the last four years, competing at both the 73rd and 76th GRRC Members Meetings.
The freshly rebuilt engine features a 12 bolt steel crankshaft, long steel con rods and light weight short crown pistons. The cylinder head is fully race modified using a brand new iron casting. The light weight steel flywheel transmits power through a Tilton clutch to the Quaife gear set. The gear kit was new for 2018 and the gearbox was refreshed again for 2019. The rear axle has a limited slip differential and competition half shafts. The car is fitted with 15 x 6” Minilite alloy wheels and a good set of Dunlop CR65 tyres. There is a used spare Quaife gearbox with the car as well as a spare set of wheels. The car is sold with FIA HTP papers dated to 2025 and ready to race.
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