As always Lord March hosted another magnificent, albeit wet and windy, Revival. This year we were back with our fearsome Nash Metropolitan and Mike Haigh’s vociferous Ford Falcon. We had legends John Cleland and Tiff Needell sharing the driving duties respectively. Qualifying was rather wet but we lucked out with dry weather for our races on Saturday and Sunday. Both cars ran perfectly and performed well against a very quick grid. Shaun Rainford had a 20 lap battle with Alistair Dyson’s Ford Zephyr and Nick Maton’s MG Magnette bringing the Nash home in 15th from 20th on the grid. Mike put in a blinding drive on Sunday dragging the Falcon from 18th up to 8th! The Falcon finished the weekend in 12th on aggregate with the Metropolitan in 14th. All in all another splendid weekend at Goodwood. Roll on Members Meeting.
Mike Haigh’s Ford Falcon has been invited to race for the St. Mary’s Trophy at this years Goodwood Revival. This year’s race is for 1950’s saloon cars. We are excited to see this car perform following our recent developments and improvements in power. We have a little setup work to do before testing begins next month.
Monday was another day at the circuit for us. This time it was Goodwood for the annual HRDC track day. With us was Mike Haigh and his wonderful inline 6 powered Ford Falcon and his Lenham Le Mans. The 6 cylinder engine sounded better than ever, echoing across the air field, with it’s new 250-2V cylinder head and twin SU carb setup.
We are fitting a bespoke roll cage in a 1964 Ford Falcon. Before we started on the cage we had to end to the drivers side floor. Both front and rear floor pans were rusty with poor repairs. Once the structure had been restored we were able to start work on the cage. This is a 6-point bolt in roll cage from 45mm tubing with dash rail and harness bar.
The Ford Falcon is done and heading up to an event in Leeds. The Australian 250-2V cylinder head has gone on with a new exhaust manifold and a custom made twin SU inlet manifold for the two 2″ HD8 SU carberettors. Simply changing the cylinder head and the carburettors has given a 34% improvement in BHP. That is a huge gain and just goes to show how bad the original log intake cylinder heads really are.
We’ve now finished the 250-2V cylinder head and fitted it to the Ford Falcon. The head has been fully ported and polished with big valves, competition double valve springs and exhaust port divider. The head was skimmed to get the compression ratio before being fitted. Next step is manifold fabrication for twin 2″ SU carbs.