A chap named John Astill got in touch recently claiming that he had a photograph of John Rhodes Mini at Snetterton from 1966. He also said he had build specs from Special Tuning and various letters from Downton Engineering as well some photos of his old Mini’s from the 60’s. He asked if I’d like copies, which of course I did, and a few days later a large envelope arrived. This kind of information is vital in our industry as a historical reference. Thanks very much John, the pictures are great and the information is greatly appreciated.
A successful weekend for team CCK at the HRDC’s Snetterton race meeting. Somehow the rain was kept at bay long enough to finish all races. James Turner once again confidently piloted the CCK MG1100 in the TC63 race. Ian Burford’s Austin-Healey Sprite “Lumbertubs” successfully finished it’s Grand Touring Greats race although a couple of spins kept him further down the grid. Sunday morning saw the Touring Greats with James Turner bringing his Zodiac home in 5th overall and 2nd in class despite a few taps up the arse from Paul Taft in the Volvo Amazon. 3rd in class was our very own David Griffiths in his Standard Vanguard who made his way up to 9th overall from 15th on the grid. Well done to all involved for another successful meeting.
This weekend Snetterton will be hosting the second round of the HRDC 2012 calendar. CCK will of course be attending bringing with us James Turner’s Ford Zodiac and Dave Griffith’s Standard Vanguard for Touring Greats, Ian Burford’s “Lumbertubs” for Grand Touring Greats and finally our very own MG1100 which will be driven by James Turner in TC63. Let’s hope its a dry one. See you there.
It was a busy weekend with a mixed bag of results. The MG1100 qualified 10th for the TC63. Shaun got off to a cracking start and was soon up to 5th place and bothering the Jaguar mk2 of Peter Burton. However it wasn’t meant to be. The 28 degree heat and transverse mounted radiator failed to keep the little MG cool. It started spluttering on the straights and after Shaun tried to clear it he retired from the race. His fastest lap was a 1:39.781 which was more than we expected from the car. Sunday didn’t start too well either after an oil cooler hose blew on the Lenham during qualify. After only 1 flying lap Shaun still managed to qualify in 6th. A quick start from the Lenham put us up to 3rd place where we finished behind the Mini Jem of Rae Davis and the very quick Lotus Elite of Brain Arculus with a fastest lap of 135.259. Ian Burford did very well in his Lenham Le Mans finishing 7th over all with a time of 139.026. The 3rd Lenham of David Stubbings did not finish. 2 out of 3 is not bad considering not one of the 3 Ashley GT’s finished the race.