CCK have just brought in a Volvo 122S and will be building the car for the HRDC’s TC63 race series. This Volvo has a very tidy, virtually rust free shell with some competition experience in it’s past. Ian Goodwright will perform his magic and apply a fresh coat of paint before passing it over to Graham Smeeton to build up. The well known and reliable B18 1800cc 4 cylinder engine will provide the propulsion to make this a very competitive yet accessible racer. This car will be available for sale. If you have any interest in this project please contact Daniel via the form on the contact page.
A brief scour of the internet has brought up some potential TC63 racers which could possibly be prepped and on the grid for £10,000-£15,000. All of these cars could offer huge amounts of fun and decent competition. The first is this great looking 1963 Morris 1100 found advertised for under £1500! The next is this fantastic 1963 Austin A40 Farina Mk2 for the ridiculous sum of only £700. A lovely little Ford Anglia 105e for £2200. And lastly a very nice Vauxhall VX490 for £4500.
A very wet day was had by all. More of a boat race than a motor car race. CCK were there in full force representing 5 cars in the first event of the HRDC calendar. James Turner in the CCK MG1100 had great race in TC63 qualifying 12th and finishing in 9th overall. James Turner and Darren Turner were set to share their Ford Zodiac for the Touring Greats race. On his second lap of qualifying Darren got hit in the side after another car span out in the wet. This shunt saw the end of the Zodiacs racing for the day which was a real tragedy as Darren managed to qualify 3rd after only one lap. Had this not happened the Zodiac could have certainly achieved a podium finish if not a win. Dave Griffiths entered both TC63 and Touring Greats. His TC63 race was going very well until he made a move for 7th position which ended in some late braking sending the Vanguard off the track and in to the wall. Luckily the damage wasn’t too bad and he was able to finish the race. Peter Thompson did well in the GTS65 to finish 3rd in class in his Marcos 1800GT. Unfortunately Ian Burford’s race was cut short in Lumbertubs first outing since restoration due to a misfire. Overall we all had a great day and now we’ve dried out it’s time to get to work. Bodywork damage to the Zodiac and the Vanguard will be addressed as well as some further development to Lumbertubs.
A great day had by all despite a turn in the weather. The Porsche Centre at Silverstone were fantastic hosts a provided a superb spread for breakfast and lunch. After a short briefing it was onto the track for some demonstration runs and photographs. Their was a good selection of cars from all five of this years HRDC series. To mention just a few we had a Marcos 1800GT and Porsche 904 from GTS65 (for pre ’66 GT cars over 1500cc), a clutch of MGB’s including Barry ‘Sideways’ Smith’s for MGB50, Ian Burford’s Lenham, a Sebring Sprite and Rochdale Olympic representing Grand Touring Greats (pre ’66 GT cars under 1500cc), a Ford Cortina GT, Studebaker Lark Daytona, an Alfa Romeo Guilia and Jaguar Mk2 for TC63 (pre ’64 touring cars excluding homologation specials) and finally from Touring Greats (pre ’60 touring cars) we saw a Rover P4, Ford Zephyr, Austin 105 and MG Magnette. We are all now looking forward to another successful year with the first race next weekend at Castle Combe.
In the works for next years TC63 race series we have a Mini. It’s going to run a 998cc motor as this new series will exclude homologation specials. That means no Cooper ‘S’. The shell is in the usual state and will require some welding.