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.
We had an eventful Gold Cup this year with Larry Tucker’s Ashley getting t-boned during qualifying and the gearbox in Ian Burford’s Ginetta giving up during Saturday Morning practice. Dave Griffith’s competed in the Guard’s Trophy race in the Triumph TR4 without incident finishing 3rd in class. We managed to source a new gearbox for the Ginetta near Eastbourne so I was able to collect it and bring it up to the circuit in time for Sunday’s race. Ian put in a cracking drive finishing 7th overall from the back of the grid.
Sunday 10th of April saw the start of the HSCC Historic Road Sports Championship. We were there with Larry Tucker and the Ashley GT and Ian Burford with his new Ginetta G4. Both had a good weekend, Larry in long battle with a Lotus Elan and Ian with a run through the pack from 18th up to 7th after being pushed off on a corner. We will be back for the next round at Silverstone on May 21st. Both photos courtesy of Joshua Barrett.
This weekend we will be at Brands Hatch once again for the next round of the HSCC. We will be running four cars. The first three in Historic Roadsports. Ian Burford in his Lenham Le Mans, Larry Tucker in his Ashley Sprite and Richard Ford in the recently prepared Triumph TR4. For the ByBox Historic Touring Cars we are running new customer David Moran in the ex-Les Goble Lotus Cortina. We’ve had a busy week in preparation but all is now ready to load.
We’ve nearly completed the race preparation of this Triumph TR4. The owners are planning to use the car to compete in the Historic Road Sports. We’ve done a lot of work to rebuild suspension and brakes as well as bringing the car inline with the MSA’s safety standards. We are waiting the arrival of the seats and need to install the front cage but otherwise it is good to go. Next stop is Brands Hatch for a track day.
This Triumph TR4 has been stored for many years and has frankly seen better days. It was raced some years ago and everything still works as it should. However, it is tired and needs some proper attention before hitting the circuit. The owners plan to compete in the HSCC’s Historic Road Sports Championship. The suspension and brakes are being stripped and rebuilt. The engine is largely ok although we are rebuilding the cylinder head with new valve springs and fitting a new head gasket and water pump. Among many other small tasks we will be fitting a full height windscreen, making a rollcage and fitting a hard top.