This week we were asked to add a bespoke dash rail for a Mini Cooper S roll cage modification. The car is an Appendix K FIA historic race car with an existing weld-in roll cage. However, the existing roll cage did not feature a dash rail and the owner wanted the additional safety.
We keep a range of roll cage tubing in stock but if we don’t have it we can usually get it next day. We cut a piece of tube to length and bent it on our Baileigh Industrial mandrel tube bender. Next, the ends of the tube are carefully notched for a tight fit. Finally, the new tube is welded into place.
If you have any bespoke roll cage requirements, even a simple roll cage modification like this, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We’ve just finished a custom bolt-in roll cage for a lovely little Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Made from 38mm CDS tubing to FIA Appendix K regulations and painted in the body colour Alfa Rosso. This cage has 6 points with rear diagonal, door bars and a harness bar. Roll cages are not available for all historic vehicle so a custom made cage might be the only option. Additionally, some people like to tailor their roll cage to suit their driving position.
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.
Earlier in the year we made roll cage for Ian Northeast’s Jensen CV8 land speed car. Since then he’s been working to a very tight schedule to get the car finished in time for Bonneville Speed Week. He’s made it.
Initial rookie runs and to qualify for his license have seen a best of 137.386mph despite the engine not running cleanly above 4000rpm. I chance encounter with a tuning guru on the salt now means they can use a full 6500rpm. Sundays running came to an early end due to an accident and Monday morning brought with it a starter motor failure but with a new starter on the way Ian is ready go for a 150mph run. We are all very proud of Ian and pleased to have been involved in the project.
You can follow Ian’s progress on his website https://worldsfastestjensen.co.uk/
A little while ago we were asked if we could make some replica John Aley roll bars for some period correct Mk1 Escort restorations. We had to make some tools to work with the skinny 1.25″ tubing that was used in period but they turned out great. We worked to some photographs from the early 70’s to get them just right.