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.
We got a head start on preparation for this years Goodwood Revival. We are honoured to have received an invitation to compete in the St Mary’s Trophy race with our 1958 Volvo PV544. The car has competed at Goodwood twice before but not since 2010. A fresh engine went it over the winter and with some further tweaking we think we can get this car up the front. Charles Rainford will be at the helm along with our seasoned professional and regular Goodwood partner, the legendary John Cleland.
Initial testing at Brands Hatch very positive. We will continue working over the next 8 weeks to get the most out of this old Volvo.
Our trusted Volvo PV544 race car finally gets it’s engine back. The full race engine has been rebuilt after the oil seal from the pickup pipe went array causing damage to the bearings. This car’s race history goes back to the 1960’s and has even made it on the podium at Goodwood revival making it very special indeed. For anyone who is interested the car is available to buy and would be eligible for a Goodwood Revival invite in 2019.
Our trusted Volvo PV544 race car has finally received it’s fresh engine and gearbox. We were so busy last year we’ve had to wait until the winter to finish the rebuild and get it fitted. This Volvo has been racing since the early 60’s and now with a fresh motor it should be back on track soon. This extraordinary car is up for sale. You can find more information by clicking here.
Richard Conway brought his trusted Volvo PV544 track day car in for some more beans last week. A new camshaft to unleash a few more horses was in order. The car already runs on twin Weber DCOE’s and now has a suitably sporty camshaft to go with them. Happy days.
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.