John Cleland and Charles Rainford finished the weekend in second place overall in the St. Mary’s Trophy at Goodwood Revival 2019! Our 1958 Volvo PV544 has undergone a lot of development this year, all of which paid off this weekend. Both John and Charles drove the socks off the car to finish 2nd overall at the end of the weekend. Thanks again to all at Goodwood who work so hard to put on the event and all the other competitors who worked so hard to put on such a great race.
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.
Fancy taking on Andy Jordan in your own Austin A40 historic saloon car? Offered for sale is our race proven 1960 Austin A40 race car. This is the best A40 on the market at the moment.
Built from the ground up to the HRDC Speedwell class / St Mary’s Trophy regulations using an excellent road car and developed extensively over a number of seasons. This car has been raced with great success. Most notably a podium finish in the 2006 Goodwood Revival St. Mary’s Trophy with Shaun Rainford and legendary racing driver John Rhodes. The rear axle is fitted with competition half shafts, limited slip differential and a Watt’s linkage. MG Midget disc brakes are fitted up front along with lowered and strengthened wishbone pans, competition springs, modified lever arm dampers, anti-roll bar and Weller wheels. The interior features a full MSA specification roll cage, Corbeau racing seat, OMP plumbed in extinguisher, STACK rev counter and Smiths gauges. The comes with a straight cut, close ratio gearbox a freshly rebuilt Swiftune 1293cc engine on twin SU carburettors.
This is an ideal opportunity to get your hands on a race proven Austin A40, with past Goodwood success. Eligible for the HRDC Touring Greats and Goodwood Revival St. Mary’s Trophy. We would be more than happy to discuss preparation for an additional cost and race support if required.
Goodwood Revival’s St. Mary’s Trophy never fails to entertain and this years running was no different. The 1950’s grid is always eclectic with a varied range of weird and wonderful saloons. Add a handful of BTCC professionals and you have an explosive recipe. For those who wishing to take part selecting the right car is the first step. We currently have two such cars on the market, both of which offer there own unique appeal. The first is a former Goodwood podium Austin A40. The A40’s are known to be a formidable weapon when the setup is right. This car will be available race ready with a freshly rebuilt Swiftune 1293cc engine. The second car we have available is another former Goodwood podium sitter, it is fast and most importantly it is unique and therefore a desirable contender for the top events. The Volvo PV544 has period race history and is the most interesting and formidable Volvo PV544 in the UK. This car will be available race ready with a freshly rebuilt engine. Links to the ads on racecrsdirect.com below.
As always Lord March hosted another magnificent, albeit wet and windy, Revival. This year we were back with our fearsome Nash Metropolitan and Mike Haigh’s vociferous Ford Falcon. We had legends John Cleland and Tiff Needell sharing the driving duties respectively. Qualifying was rather wet but we lucked out with dry weather for our races on Saturday and Sunday. Both cars ran perfectly and performed well against a very quick grid. Shaun Rainford had a 20 lap battle with Alistair Dyson’s Ford Zephyr and Nick Maton’s MG Magnette bringing the Nash home in 15th from 20th on the grid. Mike put in a blinding drive on Sunday dragging the Falcon from 18th up to 8th! The Falcon finished the weekend in 12th on aggregate with the Metropolitan in 14th. All in all another splendid weekend at Goodwood. Roll on Members Meeting.
If you can’t make it to the circuit don’t forget you can watch all the action from Goodwood Revival in the comfort of your own home. The whole thing will be streamed live all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For those interested in following us in the St. Mary’s Trophy our sessions will be at 12:15 and 16:20 on Friday, 14:20 on Saturday and 12:35 on Sunday.