The Jaguar XK140 Le Mans Replica of Joao Mira-Gomes spun a big end bearing at Silverstone this summer. We had the engine out and inspected the damage. The engine was stripped, the crank was ground and polished and re-assembled with steel conrods and all new bearings. The engine went back together with a Cometic multi-layer steel shim head gasket and was fitted back in the car. Mira-Gomes, who lives in Belgium, came over on the Eurostar to pick the car up ahead of this years Spa 6 hours race. He drove the car back to Belgium that night arriving home at 3am. The following week he competed in the support race for the Spa 6 hours with the XK140 and knocked 7 seconds off his previous best lap time.
“Just to let you know that all went according to plan at Spa. The XK went like a clock. I did 7sec better than last year. The next race will be at Portimão, mid October. Please convey my thanks to the CCK team” – Joao Mira-Gomes