Ian Burford’s 1958 TVR Grantura made its test debut last week following the restoration over the Winter. Overall it was very positive. The car worked without major issue and we’ve now established a stable bench mark from which we can develop the car. The car looked stunning and garnered a lot of compliments up and down the paddock. Look out for this one racing in 2019.
The Coventry Climax engined TVR Grantura of Ian Burford has a brand new roll cage. The existing cage had some major issues and safety always has to come first. The decision was made to remove the old cage and build a new one to FIA specifications. The bespoke cage was made here from 38mm CDS tubing and bolts to reinforced parts of the TVR chassis. Ian opted to have the cage painted in the body colour, Aston-Martin’s California Sage green.
The TVR Grantura-Climax is nearly ready to hit the track. A brand new Coventry Climax engine and a rebuilt gearbox went in today in preparation for the new season. Glyn Peacock built the all steel race engine which will go in place of the original 75bhp version. The car is due to be testing on March 18th.
Ian Burford’s Coventry Climax powered TVR Grantura has gone into the body shop for the restoration of its fibreglass body. It has decades worth of cracks, filler and paint layers so we are taking it right back to the original fibreglass to be repaired, prepped and repainted ready for the 2019 race season. The car is a rare and very early TVR with a 1097cc Coventry Climax FWA engine and drum brakes all round.
For the past year or so we’ve been recommissioning an old TVR Grantura race car. The car has previously competed in the UK at Goodwood Revival but was in need of some serious TLC and fresh race preparation. We had to remake part of the rear chassis as well as re-wiring, fitting a new bespoke fuel tank, fitting door and harness bars to the roll cage, properly fitting a pair of Tillett race seats, replacing brake line, gauges, fuel and ignition systems, extinguisher system and more. The prep is now complete and we’ve had the car out at Brands Hatch for testing and it’s been to France for a hill climb. There are plans to bring the engine up to spec over the winter before the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique in 2019.