One of the three 1955 TVR Open Sports ever made is to return to the circuit for the Woodcote Trophy after more than 30 years spent in a Scottish Barn
One of the earliest surviving TVRs will be back racing next season after Kevin Kivlochan bought one of three 1955 models simply known as the TVR Open Sports.
This was the first tubular chassis design from TVR, which started producing cars in 1947. Kivlochan’s car, registered '223 EMA', has been stored in a barn in Scotland for over 30 years but should be racing in the Woodcote Trophy next season.
The Open Sports was built by TVR founder Trevor Wilkinson and was raced at times, including at Brands Hatch in 1955, with a 1500cc Coventry Climax engine. Just three of the 500kg cars were thought to have been built and one is missing and the other one is in the US. Wilkinson also used 223 EMA as a road car. The design was sold to the US where more cars was built under the Jomar brand.
'It seems to have been raced in the early 1980s in Scotland and then stored in a barn,' said Morgan racer Kivlochan. 'It is all there but it needs a complete rebuild.
'It’s a fascinating little car but my aim is that it punches above its weight,' he added. Kivlochan has entrusted the project to Richard Walbyoff at RW Racing Services near Brackley for a complete restoration this winter.
'We’re going to try and gather all the bits that we need over the summer months so that Richard and his team can push ahead with it when the racing seasons ends.'
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Cruel GT40 blow on final stage
Final stage gearbox failure cost British crew Andrew Smith and James Cottingham back-to-back victories on Tour Auto Optic in their Ford GT40. They won 10 of the 14 special stages and races across five days of competition in France, but the last gasp failure gifted victory to the Lotus Elan 26R of Swiss driver Raphael Favaro.
Famous Mallock back on track
The Mallock Mk20 Clubmans car that was originally built as a Formula Atlantic single-seater will be back on track this season in Classic Clubmans in the hands of Adrian Holey.
Back in 1979 Alan Webb persuaded Arthur Mallock to build one of the last single-seater Mallocks but the project was abandoned at the end of the season and the chassis was converted to Clubmans trim for former McLaren director Creighton Brown.
Later, the car was owned by Hugh Chamberlain and Holey recently acquired the car from Chamberlain. 'It has not raced for at least 20 years,' said Holey who was denied a debut race at Snetterton 10 days ago after an oil seal failed in qualifying.
Smith takes his Fiat to the forest
Peter Smith returned to rallying a historic car on the Pirelli Rally when he drove his Fiat 131 in competition for the first time.
In his first two-wheel-drive rally for two years, Smith drove the Fiat last used by Julian Reynolds to take third on the 2014 Roger Albert Clark Rally. It was the original 131 built by Rally Sport Developments.
'It’s 10 years since I returned to rallying on this event and I just wanted to get some miles on the car,' said Smith who contested the longer British Rally Championship section of the event.
'It is a full FIA-spec historic and we’ll review what we do next after this rally,' added the Yorkshire driver.
Livingston to make car debut
Former karter Pierre Livingston will make his car racing debut this summer in a Speedsport-entered Merlyn Mk20 in Historic Formula Ford. The 18-year-old from Winchester is currently testing while taking his A-levels and plans to race at Croft, Brands Hatch and Silverstone before a full campaign next year. 'The budgets are more realistic than modern single-seaters,' said Livingston.
Fruits of Halusa's labour
Three members of the Halusa family will race in three different races at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, headed by Martin in his 1951 Ferrari 212 sportscar. His older son Lukas will race a 1927 Bugatti Type 35C for his Monaco debut while younger son Niklas will race a Maserati 250F from the family’s impressive stable.
Ex-factory Lotus 11 returns
An ex-factory Lotus 11 will race at the Donington Historic Festival this weekend in only its second race after a long lay-off from racing. The 1958 team car for Alan Stacey at Le Mans later went to Africa and Australia before being bought and restored by American racer Harindra Da Silva. He will share the car at Donington and the Le Mans Classic with his son Tim.
Timing for Price is right
Joe Price rallied for the first time in over a year when he tackled the historic section of the Pirelli Rally in his Ford Escort Mk2. The Ludlow driver rolled out of Rally North Wales in 2017 and sat out the rest of the season while fixing the car. Plans to return on this year’s Rally North Wales were abandoned due to engine issues, but things were not too good in Kielder with retirement after an off.
Bannister to miss sixth NHRC title
There will be a new winner of the Northern Historic Rally Championship this season after Steve Bannister elected not to register during the season-opening Pirelli Rally. Having won the title for the last five seasons, the Yorkshire farmer will only contest selected rounds this season as an encouraging 24 contenders started the Kielder event on Saturday.
Barter to share 240Z
Charles Barter will share his hugely successful Datsun 240Z with his son Julian during the next 70s Road Sports Championship double-header at Cadwell Park on May 18/19. Julian has only raced the car once before, at the start of his racing career around 15 years ago. They plan to share qualifying and then do one race each.
Camp takes well-travelled 205 GTI to a class win
Freddy Camp made the 400-mile trek from North Devon to Kielder worthwhile at the weekend by taking his Peugeot 205 GTi to a British Historic Rally Championship class victory in the historic section of the rally. 'It was my first time in Kielder and the stages were lovely and flowing,' said the former road rally ace. 'It was worth the long journey up the M5 and M6!'
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