Historic Motorsport: One of the oldest TVRs to return to racing

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

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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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