Fairthorpe Electron, bump steer sorted with narrowed steering rack

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.

Ginetta G4 at Snetterton

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.

HSCC Silverstone Finals

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.


Upgrades for a Fiat. Race car development

We love historic race car preparation and development. We’ve made huge progress on the Fiat 1500 in the last 2 weeks. A custom exhaust manifold and system will let it breathe an awful lot better. A limited slip diff has been installed in the axle along with custom made competition half shafts. We’ve made a set of 13 x 6″ steel wheels to fit some larger rubber under the arches. There is a new race engine under way which will feature twin Weber carburettors. Watch this space.

Fiat Abarth 1500 S 13 x 6 wheelsCustom intake manifold Fiat 1500Custom half shafts Fiat Abarth 1500 S

Going racing in a Fiat 1500

We have a new racer in this unusual Italian saloon, built in 1962 and having spent some time racing on the continent before Guy Harman brought the car to the UK. After a successful test at the HRDC Goodwood track day in March we are currently in the process of a complete mechanical rebuild and a fresh race preparation. The suspension has all been rebuilt with Nylatron bushes made in house, a new set of adjustable shock absorbers fitted and custom springs front and rear. The engine is out and getting a refresh before the cars UK racing debut at the HRDC All Stars race at Silverstone on April 21st.

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