We got a head start on preparation for this years Goodwood Revival. We are honoured to have received an invitation to compete in the St Mary’s Trophy race with our 1958 Volvo PV544. The car has competed at Goodwood twice before but not since 2010. A fresh engine went it over the winter and with some further tweaking we think we can get this car up the front. Charles Rainford will be at the helm along with our seasoned professional and regular Goodwood partner, the legendary John Cleland.
Initial testing at Brands Hatch very positive. We will continue working over the next 8 weeks to get the most out of this old Volvo.
We had a great weekend at Donington for this years Historic Festival. This year we had the Jaguar XK140 of Joao Mira-Gomez and the Bill Thomas Cheetah of Ian Burford. Both cars were out for their first races of 2019 following successful test sessions. The XK140 ran great all weekend but the Cheetah’s running was sadly cut short after being picked up in a collision between the two cars in front. The XK140 will be back out out Thruxton in a couple of weeks. The Cheetah will be back out following repairs.
Not often you see one of these. Although you may not describe it as beautiful it certainly is a grower. What is intriguing about this little sports cars is their feather weight and high revving Coventry Climax engines. This car suffered from bump steer. The route of the problem was a narrow chassis with a relatively wide Triumph sourced steering rack. After some careful calculations we narrowed the steering rack to correct to geometry problem. We also fitted a vernier camshaft sprocket and timed the camshaft in properly as well a few other race prep jobs and started the process of applying for FIA papers. A road test proved that this car is very quick and should be very capable.
The 2018 race season is already in full swing. The calendar is filling up fast with race entries up and down the country. Last week saw us at Snetterton with Ian Burford and his 1965 Ginetta G4 racing in the HSCC’s Historic Road Sports.
As well as Donington Park on Saturday we were also attending the HSCC Silverstone Finals on Sunday. Ian Burford and Larry Tucker were taking part in the final round of the Historic Road Sports Championship. Qualifying was wet and very tricky but both finished. Ian started and finished 11th overall and Larry started and finished in 21st overall and 3rd in class. Photo Joshua Barrett.