Following a busy couple of weeks in preparation the works Milano MG Special has made it’s UK debut at Mallory Park with the HRDC. The car was a long from MSA racing standards when it came in so a lot of work was required to get it ready for scrutineering. We had a huge list to attend to including the electrics, fuel system, roll bar, and extinguisher system. Once at Mallory Park the car developed a misfire in qualifying due to some errant breaker points. Once rectified the car showed huge potential making it up to 5th overall.
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
Mini racing legend John Rhodes will be attending this Sundays HRDC event at Mallory Park. The former Cooper Car Company driver will be available to answer questions and sign autographs throughout the one day event. If you wish to meet John you will be able to find him under the awning at the CCK Historic transporter, the centre of HRDC hospitality. Tickets for the HRDC Mallory Park meeting are available on the gate for £13. Bargain!