Development of our 1958 Volvo PV544 has continued following a successful test at Brands Hatch. We’ve spent some significant time on the rolling road trying out different things. Ultimately we have gone up on the choke size, changed the emulsion tubes and re-jetted the carburettors and found an incredible 21bhp (flywheel) with an increase in torque across the whole curve. We’ve got some suspension changes to make this week before heading back out on track for our second test.
Jentree Classics brought in this lovely little Lotus Elan Sprint for a session on the rolling road. Until recently this car had been in the same family since it was new. A beautiful car in a not often seen colour.
We’ve had some very interesting machines in for tuning recently. An unusual, yet potent, Davrian Imp race car. These Imp based machines cleaned up on the race tracks during the 70’s but they are a rare sight now. This one looks like its stepped right out of 1975 and features a full race Hillman Imp engine on Weber carburettors.
We also had this delightful Series 2 Lotus 7 with period race history. Raced in period with a Ford engine it now features a 998cc BMC A-Series on a single Weber carburettor.
Finally, a very well done BMC Works Mini Cooper S rally car replica. This car has been built with a fantastic eye for detail and features genuine Abingdon modified split Weber carburettors.
We’ve had two of Paul Kennelly’s race cars on the rolling road recently. I beautifully prepared Jaguar E-type and a 1965 Mustang notch back. The E-type is more of a pure circuit racer where as the Mustang still has an interior and some creature comforts. The perfect tool for Tour Auto perhaps.
We had the pleasure of meeting former racing driver and car designer Rick Stevens last week. Known for designing the Jaguar based Kougar as well as a number of race cars including Formula Fords. We were most interested to find out that Rick raced Hillman Imps in the 1960’s. According to Rick, Ray Calcutt got a driving ban and couldn’t compete for a season. Gergen Bevan needed a driver to cover for Ray and asked Rick to fill in.
Rick came by with the owner of this lovely example of the Kougar Sports Car.