September always proves to be a hectic month with both Goodwood Revival and Spa Six Hour 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 combined 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! We’re already looking forward to next years Spa Six Hour race.
Last week we attended this years running of the revived Firle Hill Climb. Organised by the Bo Peep Drivers Club. We’ve been attending and supporting this event for a few years now and very much enjoy it. This year we brought with us the Marcos 1800GT, Lotus Elan and James Rainford’s Lenham Le Mans. Joining us with the Marcos was Harry Harrison. Harry’s father bought the car from new and took part in a publicity film, driving the Marcos to Africa. You can see the film on Youtube below.
John Cleland and Charles Rainford finished the weekend in second place overall in the St Marys Trophy at Goodwood Revival 2019! Our 1958 Volvo PV544 has undergone a lot of development this year, all of which paid off this weekend. Both John and Charles drove the socks off the car to finish 2nd overall at the end of the weekend. Thanks again to all at Goodwood who work so hard to put on the event and all the other competitors who worked so hard to put on such a great race.
We were delighted to be asked by Mini Sport to come along to their BMC Abingdon Reunion. The event took place at the 2019 IMM in Bristol. Chris Harper of Mini Sport had organised the event. Firstly he wanted to bring together as many surviving members of BMC’s Competition and Special Tuning Departments. And secondly, as many ex-Work’s Mini Cooper S rally cars as he could. Chris asked us to attend with the John Rhodes Mini Cooper S. In addition, we brought our FIA Appendix K Mini race car. The Appendix K Mini was built with support from Mini Sport. It features in our book ‘How to Prepare a Historic Racing Mini’.