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.
David Moran and John Hutchinson shared the drive in the CSCC Classic K race at Brands Hatch. They qualified in 4th place but made up two places in the race to bring the car home in 2nd overall and 1st in class. Before the race David’s Mk1 Lotus Cortina was treated to a brand new Neil Brown race engine and a rebuild for the front shock absorbers. Bring on the next round.
This weekend was the busiest one so far. First of all we had John Rhodes Mini Cooper at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with our Charles Rainford driving. Then we had David Griffiths at the Equipe GTS race at Donington Park in the Triumph TR4 and lastly David Moran was out at Brands Hatch with the CSCC in his Mk1 Lotus Cortina. Festival of Speed was massive and a lot of fun. Charles chipped away at his times going faster with every run. We opted to be in the timed competition so Charles could take part in the final shoot out on Sunday. He posted his quickest time of the weekend beating the Alan Mann Escort with a 62.3 seconds.
Dave Griffiths qualified well in the TR4 and with the new spec engine he knocked 2 seconds off of last years lap time. He was running 7th in the race and getting blocked for 6th. He made a dramatic move at the chicane but spun and dropped back down the order. David Moran entered both the Classic K and Swinging 60’s races in his Lotus Cortina. David and driving partner, John Hutchinson, qualified well for both but suffered some axle damage on track. They had to sit out the Swinging 60’s race to repair the axle but starting from 4th for the Classic K race they managed to finish 2nd overall and first in class.
David Moran’s Lotus Cortina hasn’t been on track for a little while. This winter the car received a new light weight T45 roll cage and a new Neil Brown race engine is on its way. In the meantime we’ve been down to Brands Hatch for a little track time. The car is going well but there are a couple of jobs to do before it’s next race..
We had Ian Burford and his FIA Cheetah out at Brands Hatch this weekend for some testing. The car ran great, Ian got some good time in the seat and we continued to gather information. This test highlighted a few areas that will need attention before the next test at Silverstone in December.
Photographs of an open top Nash Metropolitan racing at Brands Hatch have been un-earthed. Registration VGW 748. If anyone has any knowledge of this or remembers seeing it in period we would love to hear from you.