Now the 2019 race season is over we’re spending a bit of time on the bodyshell race preparation of our Plymouth Barracuda. In recent weeks we’ve continued to seam weld the body. Additionally we’ve reinforced some high stress areas around the suspension pickup points.
We’ve removed all unnecessary tabs and brackets to help save a little weight. Furthermore, we’ve filled all unnecessary holes in the bulkhead. Because a sealed bulkhead is a requirement under the FIA and Motorsport UK regulations.
The other major modification is the 4-speed conversion. This Plymouth Barracuda was originally an automatic. We sourced a gearbox in the UK and a pedal box on eBay in the states. The rest of the parts came from Brewers Performance in Ohio.
Once we complete the bodyshell race preparation this Plymouth Barracuda historic race car it will be prepped for paint. We’re think red.
September always proves to be a hectic month with both Goodwood Revival and Spa Six Hour just two weeks apart. Following our success at Goodwood we prepped two more cars and headed off for Belgium. We brought with us the Jaguar XK140 of Joao Mira-Gomes and the TVR Grantura of Ernst Luthi. Both cars ran faultlessly all weekend. The XK140 ran in the Motor Racing Legends combined race for the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss trophy and the TVR ran in the Masters pre-66 GT race. Charles Rainford shared the drive with the owner of the TVR in the 90 minute race. Being the only car in their class they came home with a trophy for 1st in class! We’re already looking forward to next years Spa Six Hour race.
We’ve been testing the XK140 race car. Following the recent return of the Mira-Gomez XK140 for the 2019 season, we’ve been busy preparing the car for Donington Historic Festival. Now that the car has some proper power from the new race engine, things are getting pushed a lot harder. One of those things being the driver! To help keep the driver in his seat we’ve changed the old leather bucket for a new Tillet B6 Screamer. We’ve had custom leather panels made up to match the existing leather interior.
Prior to Donington Historic Festival, Shaun has been at Brands hatch testing the XK140 race car. Now that the is going quicker we will be looking into some other other upgrades to aid handling.
Goodwood’s season opening, 77th Members Meeting was as great as any Members Meeting before it. Even without all the snow! For many weeks we’ve been in preparation for the Betty Richmond Trophy. Getting our FIA Appendix K Mini Cooper S ready to do battle with 59 others. We decided early on that we were going to put in a good effort and make the most of this opportunity. The original engine wasn’t making enough power to compete with most of this grid so we chose to build a new one. We went to Swiftune for many of the internal components and built ourselves an engine with comparable performance.
Charles Rainford was to pilot the car, however, other than one test session he was new to racing Minis. Even still, in qualifying he brought the car home in 16th out of 30 cars. The first heat was Saturday afternoon and after a long, 4-car, battle Charles managed to finish 13th. In doing so he clinched a much desired spot in Sundays final. Sundays final race was fairly straight forward and despite an overheating clutch issue, in addition to a slow puncture we finished the weekend 24th overall out of 60 Minis. We couldn’t be happier with this result. Thanks to Chris Harper and Mini Sport for all their help. If you are interested in reading about how to build an FIA Appendix K Mini and how we built our car, check out our BOOK.
We had another historic racer in from Paul Kennelly. This time his recently prepped Jaguar E-type. The standard of preparation on this car is very high, much the same as Paul’s Austin-Healey. This E-type racer is built like the early steel bodied cars you see in the Kinrara Trophy at Goodwood rather than the Lightweight and Semi-lightweights you see in the TT. We spent some time on the rolling road setting up the triple SU carburettors.