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.
We had a great weekend at Donington for this years Historic Festival. This year we had the Jaguar XK140 of Joao Mira-Gomez and the Bill Thomas Cheetah of Ian Burford. Both cars were out for their first races of 2019 following successful test sessions. The XK140 ran great all weekend but the Cheetah’s running was sadly cut short after being picked up in a collision between the two cars in front. The XK140 will be back out out Thruxton in a couple of weeks. The Cheetah will be back out following repairs.
Goodwood’s, season opening, Members Meeting was as good as it ever is. Even without the snow. For weeks we’ve been in preparation for the Betty Richmond Trophy with out FIA Mini Cooper S. We decided early on that we wanted to put in a good effort and make the most of the opportunity. We new the original engine wasn’t making enough power to compete with most of this grid so we chose to build a new one. We went to Swiftune for many of the internal components and built ourselves an engine with comparable performance. Charles Rainford was to pilot the car for the event but other than one test session he was new to Mini racing. Even still, qualifying came around and he brought the car home in 16th out of 30 cars. The first heat was Saturday afternoon and after a long, 4-car, battle Charles managed to finish 13th, clinching a much desired spot in Sundays final. Sundays race was fairly straight forward and despite an overheating clutch and a slow puncture on the front left we managed to finish the weekend 24th out of 60 Minis. We couldn’t be happier with this result. Thanks to Chris Harper and Mini Sport for all their help.
A fresh straight cut, close ratio gearbox has been assembled for our FIA Mini Cooper S race car. New bearings and gaskets were supplied by Mini Sport ahead of the Goodwood Member’s Meeting race this April. We offer a gearbox and differential rebuild service for both Mini and Sprite / Midget road and race cars. Get in touch for a quote.
We are very pleased to receive an invitation to this years Chateau Impney Hill Climb event for John Rhodes Mini Cooper S. A superb event with an MSA sanctioned competitive hill climb on the grounds of the stunning 19th century house. In the drivers seat will, once again, be Charles Rainford, following from his aggressive attack of the Goodwood Festival of Speed course in 2018. The event is being held on July 13th and 14th 2019. Hope to see you there.