We’ve rebuilt the engine over the winter and put the Ginetta G4 on the rolling road yesterday to see what it was doing. The setup on this engine was massively rich to the point of bore wash. It was running at 13.4% CO. We knew it must have been rich when we stripped it down as it was black inside. As the engine is now fresh we haven’t revved it all the way through but the initial run showed 124.3bhp. We leaned off the mixture to a safe level and found an increase of 4.3bhp. Once the engine is run in we will rev it all the way through and hopefully see closer to 140bhp.
We’ve just picked up Ian Burford’s new race car. The 1965 Ginetta G4 will replace his Lenham Midget, which he plans to use in the HSCC’s Historic Road Sports. The Ford powered racer appears to be in fine fettle. We’ve fitted a nice new Stack rev counter and carried out a full service and prep prior to Ian’s first run at Goodwood on Monday 2nd November. Look out for this one competing next year.
The last race of the HRDC 2012 season was held last Sunday at Mallory Park. We were there with Dave Griffiths in the Standard Vanguard, James Turner in the Ford Zodiac, Ian Burford in the Sebring Sprite “Lumbertubs” and sharing the drive in “Bumble” the MG Magnette was Julius Thurgood and Rupert Keegan. Dry conditions and some sunshine made for a very pleasant close to the season. Racing was top class as usual with some strong results from all of our drivers. In the Touring Greats race Dave Griffiths moved further up, qualifying 11th, finishing 8th overall and 2nd in class B. First in class B and 4th overall was James Turner in the Zodiac. Julius Thurgood managed to weave his way from 19th up to 14th in the MG Magnette. In Grand Touring Greats Ian Burford made a big jump up the grid qualifying 7th and finishing 6th. Rupert Keegan drove “Bumble” in the Allcomers race finishing 7th. We have had a great year and have thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the competition that Julius Thurgood and the HRDC has provided. We are looking forward to 2013 and another great HRDC season.
photos courtesy of Kelvin Fagan