After endless weeks of snow and grey weather things finally brightened up a little for the first race of the HRDC 2013 calendar at Silverstone on Saturday. We were there supporting Julius Thurgood and Rupert Keegan as they campaigned “Bumble” the ZA Magnette qualifying 12th and finishing 9th overall and 2nd in class B. James turner piloted the Zodiac solo this weekend. The old Ford was running quicker than ever achieving 3rd place in qualifying and holding 2nd place in the race until a loss of oil pressure forced retirement with less than 4 minutes left on the clock. Next stop is back up to Silverstone for the HRDC Allstars race on the 21st April. Photographs courtesy of Peter Baker Retro-Speed. Full report can be found here.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been giving the Turner’s Zodiac a cosmetic refresh ready for Goodwood Revival. This has included a Zodaic grille, a repaired and re-painted bonnet, painted number roundels, and and interior re-trim with new seats and door cards. After a thorough polish this Zodiac looks stunning. James Turner will be joined by Christian Horner of Red Bull Racing for the two-part St Mary’s Trophy.
The first Coys International Trophy at Donington park with the HRDC was a huge success. Benefiting from a great turn out we saw fantastic, competitive racing in all classes. A particular highlight was seeing the TC63 and TC65 combined one hour race with a host of Ford Falcons and Mini Cooper’s mixing it up with the usual mix of historic saloons with the Mike Gardner/Nik Faulkner Falcon taking first place overall from Nick Swift in his Mini Cooper S. This race also saw the likes of TV chef James Martin sharing one of the Mini’s with Andy Harrison. The Touring Greats 1hr race went to Nick Naismith in his blisteringly quick Austin A90 Westminster. Our very own James Turner had a cracking race in the Ford Zodiac finishing a very respectable 5th overall. Andy Newel too the chequered flag in the MGB50 race with Nigel Bancroft took the honours in Grand Touring Greats in his Lotus Elite. The last race of the day was GTS65 which saw a 1-2 for TVR with Michael Whitaker and Marler/Eagling respectively. As well as James Turners Zodiac we were also looking after Dave Griffith’s in the Standard Vanguard and Julius Thurgood in his MG ZA Magnette ‘Bumble’. A truly great day and a fantastic new event to add to your 2013 calendar. See you next year.
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.
Despite the damp weather a great day was had by all who attended the first CCK Historic Goodwood Track Day. The event was organised in partnership with James Turner and Fuel Consulting Ltd and attracted a fantastic variety of machinery from a 1917 Le France to a Mk1 Lotus Cortina and Mini Cooper S. We brought down a selection of our own cars including the Volvo PV544, Lenham GT SS1800 and MG1100. We brought ‘Lumbertubs’ with us for a shake down after a misfire caused an early retirement for Ian Burford in the Castle Combe race 2 weeks prior. James Turner was there with his freshly repaired Ford Zodiac. He seemed to be enjoying the car very much spending a lot of time sliding it across the wet track. Nick Swift brought his latest Mini Cooper S out for a shake down. It has only just been put together and according to Nick will be the car to beat his beautiful Fiesta Yellow Mini of 2009 Goodwood Revival fame. We also had Peter Blanchett and his Austin A50 as well as a BMW E36, a Caterham 7 and a Jaguar E type. Thanks of Course to James Turner and to Goodwood for helping to make this day happen.
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.