Watch Charles Rainford hit the hill at Chateau Impney Hillclimb in the John Rhodes Mini Cooper S.
In-car video highlights from our 77th Members Meeting.
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.
We had the pleasure of running the John Rhodes Mini Cooper S at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. John is 90 years old now and asked our Charles to drive it up the hill for him. The times got better with each run. His best time of 62.3 was in the Final Shootout on Sunday afternoon beating the Alan Mann Escort by a tenth of a second.
Charles Rainford scored his first overall win last weekend at Snetterton. He secured pole position and the win driving our Marcos 1800GT in the HRDC All stars race. Following some recent mechanical failures the repaired Marcos was on top form despite the heat wave. We also ran Ian Burford in the Bill Thomas Cheetah but struggled to keep the car cool in the record high summer temperatures. The experience will go into the development of this unique racer.
Charles Rainford is now our, in-house, qualified ARDS instructor for race and rally. For the past year he’s spent most days working as an instructor for MSV at Brands Hatch and Bedford Aerodrome. Whether you are brand new to motorsport and wish to build up some confidence or are an experienced racer who is looking to find some extra lap time, Charles is here to help. He has experience in historic GT and saloon cars as well as modern GT, touring cars, sports cars, single seaters and rally cars. Please give us a call or send an email if you are interested in these services.