Storm Callum arrived at Donington this Sunday and wreaked havoc on the grids. A major accident in the MX5 race postponed activities until they could get the ambulances back. Burford did his best with a clean qualifying, in the torquey Cheetah, in the most unsuitable conditions for the car. Due to the extreme weather the race was delayed and with the forecast for rain to continue, we called it a day. Thank you to the HRDC and all of the organisers and marshals for doing their best in the terrible weather. Fingers crossed for a dry day next time
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.
The ex-Urpiala / ex-works Alpina-BMW CSL has been out on track for the first time in 40 years. The restoration of this legendary racer was completed over a year ago and this week saw it’s first outing on track at Donington Park. The first couple of shake down laps highlighted a couple of minor issues that were quickly rectified. The rest of the day the car ran beautifully and sounded magnificent. The owner loved it, quickly adapting the big car on slicks. Shaun Rainford praised the car saying it was the best Group 2 CSL he’s had the pleasure of driving. The car is currently being offered for sale by William I’Anson here.
We’ve got a double header this weekend. We are loading and heading up to Donington Park today for the HRDC race tomorrow then back down to Silverstone for the HSCC meeting at Silverstone. Charles Rainford will be competing with the HRDC in is Lenham Sprite and in Sundays race at Silverstone we will have Ian Burfords in his Ginetta G4 and Larry Tucker in his Ashley GT.
The first Coys International Trophy at Donington park with the HRDC was a huge success. Benefiting from a great turn out we saw fantastic, competitive racing in all classes. A particular highlight was seeing the TC63 and TC65 combined one hour race with a host of Ford Falcons and Mini Cooper’s mixing it up with the usual mix of historic saloons with the Mike Gardner/Nik Faulkner Falcon taking first place overall from Nick Swift in his Mini Cooper S. This race also saw the likes of TV chef James Martin sharing one of the Mini’s with Andy Harrison. The Touring Greats 1hr race went to Nick Naismith in his blisteringly quick Austin A90 Westminster. Our very own James Turner had a cracking race in the Ford Zodiac finishing a very respectable 5th overall. Andy Newel too the chequered flag in the MGB50 race with Nigel Bancroft took the honours in Grand Touring Greats in his Lotus Elite. The last race of the day was GTS65 which saw a 1-2 for TVR with Michael Whitaker and Marler/Eagling respectively. As well as James Turners Zodiac we were also looking after Dave Griffith’s in the Standard Vanguard and Julius Thurgood in his MG ZA Magnette ‘Bumble’. A truly great day and a fantastic new event to add to your 2013 calendar. See you next year.