Bedford Rascal. Rally to Mongolia

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.

Rolling road tuning for Davrian Imp, Lotus 7 and Works Mini replica

We’ve had some very interesting machines in for tuning recently. An unusual, yet potent, Davrian Imp race car. These Imp based machines cleaned up on the race tracks during the 70’s but they are a rare sight now. This one looks like its stepped right out of 1975 and features a full race Hillman Imp engine on Weber carburettors.

We also had this delightful Series 2 Lotus 7 with period race history. Raced in period with a Ford engine it now features a 998cc BMC A-Series on a single Weber carburettor.

Finally, a very well done BMC Works Mini Cooper S rally car replica. This car has been built with a fantastic eye for detail and features genuine Abingdon modified split Weber carburettors.

Former racing driver and car designer Rick Stevens pops by

We had the pleasure of meeting former racing driver and car designer Rick Stevens last week. Known for designing the Jaguar based Kougar as well as a number of race cars including Formula Fords. We were most interested to find out that Rick raced Hillman Imps in the 1960’s. According to Rick, Ray Calcutt got a driving ban and couldn’t compete for a season. Gergen Bevan needed a driver to cover for Ray and asked Rick to fill in.

Rick came by with the owner of this lovely example of the Kougar Sports Car.

Testing Jaguar XK140 ahead of Donington Historic Festival

Following the recent return of the Mira-Gomez XK140 for the 2019 season, we’ve been busy preparing the car for Donington Historic Festival. Now that the car has some proper power from the new race engine, things are getting pushed a lot harder. One of those things being the driver! To help keep the driver in his seat we’ve changed the old leather bucket for a new Tillet B6 Screamer. We’ve had custom leather panels made up to match the existing leather interior.

Prior to Donington Historic Festival, Shaun has been out testing the car at Brands Hatch. Now that the car is going quicker we will be looking into some other other upgrades to aid handling.

Triumph TR3A hard top fitting, service and MOT

This lovely Triumph TR3A came in for it’s annual full service and MOT but while it was here the owner also instructed us to fit a hardtop. The end result looks fantastic but the hard top did require a bit of work to make it fit. We had to trim it above the doors and around the aperture for the side screens.