Datsun 240Z rally car preparation

This Datsun 240Z endurance rally car came in for some preparation. We are getting the car ready for HERO Events Icelandic Saga 2019 rally. The car has been all over the world on endurance rally’s in Africa, the Himalayas and even the famous Peking to Paris. However, the car has continually suffered from CV joint problems. This was the result of driveshaft bolts pulling out of the aluminium drive flange adapters. We engineered a new driveshaft setup with heavy duty drive flanges made from steel. In addition, we used competition GKN CV joints and bespoke driveshafts. Additionally we had to repair a rusted sill and rebuild the Hitachi carburettors. Finally, for this Datsun rally preparation, the engine was tuned on our rolling road.

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1958 TVR Grantura-Climax tested on track

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.

Triumph TR4A preparation for competition

Triumph TR4A preparation for Sprint and Hill Climb racing. The owner of this very tidy Triumph TR4A is in the process of preparing it for some light competition use. Mainly sprints and hill climbs. Although the regulations are less strict than for circuit racing, there are still many things that need to be considered. As always, safety is paramount.

First we put the car on the rolling road to fine tune the freshly built engine. Following that we made an aluminium rear bulkhead, sealing off the cabin from the boot where the fuel tank resides. Additionally we fitted a rear roll cage with harness bar. Finally, for this Triumph hill climb preparation, we carried out a complete spanner check. We found that the brake and clutch master cylinders were leaking so these were also replaced. We always recommend fitting new brake master cylinders before any competition use.

Triumph TR4A sprint and hill climb preparation Triumph TR4A sprint and hill climb preparation

Bespoke roll cage for TVR Grantura

We’ve built a new bespoke roll cage for the Coventry Climax engined TVR Grantura of Ian Burford. The car had an existing cage, however, it had some major issues and safety must always come first. The decision was made to remove the old cage and build a new one to FIA specifications. The bespoke cage was made from 38mm CDS tubing and bolts to reinforced parts of the TVR chassis. In addition, Ian opted to have the cage painted in the body colour, Aston-Martin’s California Sage green.

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FIA Mini Cooper S to compete at GRRC 77th Members Meeting

We are pleased to announce that our FIA Mini Cooper S will be competing at Goodwood’s GRRC 77th Member Meeting. This April, 60 Mini’s will compete in the Betty Richmond Trophy. Following a blistering run up the hill at FOS in the John Rhodes mini we will, once again, have our own Charles Rainford behind the wheel. Although the car has not seen much action since being completed, we are currently building a new race engine for it. In an effort to maximise our chances of a strong result we are implementing a few upgrades. Competition will be fierce so we want to give Charles, and the car, the best possible chance.

Our Mini Cooper S race car was built to illustrate our book. We received a great deal of support from MiniSport along with other suppliers. Click here to find out more about the book.

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