Triple race weekend. Goodwood FOS, Donington Park and Brands Hatch

This weekend was the busiest one so far. First of all we had John Rhodes Mini Cooper at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with our Charles Rainford driving. Then we had David Griffiths at the Equipe GTS race at Donington Park in the Triumph TR4 and lastly David Moran was out at Brands Hatch with the CSCC in his Mk1 Lotus Cortina. Festival of Speed was massive and a lot of fun. Charles chipped away at his times going faster with every run. We opted to be in the timed competition so Charles could take part in the final shoot out on Sunday. He posted his quickest time of the weekend beating the Alan Mann Escort with a 62.3 seconds.

Dave Griffiths qualified well in the TR4 and with the new spec engine he knocked 2 seconds off of last years lap time. He was running 7th in the race and getting blocked for 6th. He made a dramatic move at the chicane but spun and dropped back down the order. David Moran entered both the Classic K and Swinging 60’s races in his Lotus Cortina. David and driving partner, John Hutchinson, qualified well for both but suffered some axle damage on track. They had to sit out the Swinging 60’s race to repair the axle but starting from 4th for the Classic K race they managed to finish 2nd overall and first in class.

Mk1 Cortina body shell restoration completed

Our Mk1 Cortina body shell restoration has been completed and is now sold. Ian Goodwright completed all of the bodywork which included straightening the front chassis legs, new front wings, new boot floors and lower rear corners and seam welding. The boot has also been framed for an FIA fuel cell. This car is going to be finished as an FIA Lotus Cortina.

CCK Goodwood Track Day

Despite the damp weather a great day was had by all who attended the first CCK Historic Goodwood Track Day. The event was organised in partnership with James Turner and Fuel Consulting Ltd and attracted a fantastic variety of machinery from a 1917 Le France to a Mk1 Lotus Cortina and Mini Cooper S. We brought down a selection of our own cars including the Volvo PV544, Lenham GT SS1800 and MG1100. We brought ‘Lumbertubs’ with us for a shake down after a misfire caused an early retirement for Ian Burford in the Castle Combe race 2 weeks prior. James Turner was there with his freshly repaired Ford Zodiac. He seemed to be enjoying the car very much spending a lot of time sliding it across the wet track. Nick Swift brought his latest Mini Cooper S out for a shake down. It has only just been put together and according to Nick will be the car to beat his beautiful Fiesta Yellow Mini of 2009 Goodwood Revival fame. We also had Peter Blanchett and his Austin A50 as well as a BMW E36, a Caterham 7 and a Jaguar E type. Thanks of Course to James Turner and to Goodwood for helping to make this day happen.

RIP Alan Mann

Legend of British saloon car racing Alan Mann has passed away. Mann was responsible for one of the most recognisable liveries in motorsport and for some of the most successful touring cars in history. Most notable were the red and gold Lotus Cortinas and Mk1 Escorts of the late 60’s. Alan’s contribution to motorsport is significant and will never be forgotten. He is succeeded by his son Henry, who his quite the driver himself, often seen in Historics racing red and gold classic Fords.