We had a great weekend at Donington for this years Historic Festival. This year we had the Jaguar XK140 of Joao Mira-Gomez and the Bill Thomas Cheetah of Ian Burford. Both cars were out for their first races of 2019 following successful test sessions. The XK140 ran great all weekend but the Cheetah’s running was sadly cut short after being picked up in a collision between the two cars in front. The XK140 will be back out out Thruxton in a couple of weeks. The Cheetah will be back out following repairs.
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 out testing the car at Brands Hatch. Now that the car is going quicker we will be looking into some other other upgrades to aid handling.
The week following Goodwood Revival we were packing up and heading out to Spa with the Jaguar XK140. A new full race 3.4 litre engine from Nick Finburgh was delivered less than a week before the classic Belgian event. The engine went in, the car was prepped and transported out to Spa for the Motor Racing Legends Woodcote Trophy race in support of the famous Spa 6hour race. Qualifying took place on Friday with the race on Saturday. The new engine proved itself immediately with 20 seconds coming off the previous years best lap time. Unfortunately one of the 1/2 shafts broke just before the end of the race. Back in the UK the car is now getting prepped for the Algarve Classic Festival at Portimao in Portugal.
Other than a minor shower on the Friday this years Silverstone Classic was DRY and sunny! Shocking. We were there with Ian Burford’s Ginetta G4 and the Mira-Gomes XK140. This year the event seemed better organised despite the hot weather and the massive attendance of racers and spectators. Overall a great weekend. We will be looking forward to next year.
This long cold winter finally broke in time for this years Donington Historic Festival. We had just the one car this year, the Jaguar XK140 of Joao Mira-Gomes competing in Motor Racing Legends Woodcote Trophy. This car comes over from Portugal to compete in the UK every season. Next race for the big cat will be Silverstone Classic.
The axle in the Mira-Gomes Jaguar XK140 was damaged last year when a half shaft broke. Damge to the bearing surface left us with a little more end float then we were comfortable and its gotten worse. We’ve removed the axle and will be sending it to be machined. The damaged surface will be cut back and a sleeve inserted to restore the original bearing surface.