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Editorial By Mark Constanduros

The MIDLAND AUTOMOBILE CLUB (est. 1901) Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Worcestershire WR6 6RP Telephone during office hours: 01886 812211 Fax No: 01886 812917

OFFICIALS 2013 President: J. W. Moody Vice Presidents: A.B. Griffiths, A.E. Gabriel, N.H. Harrison, I.A. Harper, M.D. Griffiths, F. Drasar, D.M. Nursey, J.J. Toulmin, D.S.Whitefoot Committee: I. Antony Harper (Chairman), M. Harrison (Vice Chairman), J.R. Wood, T.W.J. Moody, D.L. Ball, W.S. Durling, A.K. Harrison, Mrs M. Nightingale, J.S. Robinson, S.D. Fidoe, P.G. Nuthall, Dr C. Perks Treasurer: M Harrison Company Secretary & Commercial Manager: Mark Constanduros

Last month’s issue suffered from tech problems with the incorrect Driving School article being supplied and published; however this month we have an expanded version with the thoughts of Sarah Bosworth and David Strange on their prize drive in the Radical. The season is now over and we have hit the winter mode, as Shelsley Walsh is put to bed. As ever there will be some work going on as we prepare for 2014. I would like to thank all those who have supported what we have done and achieved this year and, as ever, those who have contributed to MAC News with articles and photos. I would also like to thank Chris and Tom Gittins and Mike Cockayne for helping with the Breakfast Club all year. Many of you who have come have probably met Chris as he is often ‘the man on the gate’ when you arrive. If there is anyone else available to help we would be delighted to hear from you. Included this month is the renewals form, which we would encourage you to send back in good time, with membership packs being sent out in early February. The MAC Office will be closed from 21st December to 5th January inclusive. From us all in the office we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You might like to know you can read the MAC News online, ‘follow’ us and receive updates:

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Renewals Enclosed within this issue of the MAC News is a Membership Renewal Form. If you would like to continue your MAC Membership please could you return your FULLY completed forms to the MAC Office at Shelsley Walsh as soon as possible. Membership Packs will be sent out in early February with the MAC News and also lots of exciting news about the forthcoming year. In order not to miss out, don't delay rejoin today!

Temporary Office Changes Some of you will now be aware that Gill Dayson will be out of action for a few months as she has undergone treatment and surgery. We won’t know exactly how long Gill will be out of action for, but it could be for a few months. The latest is, Gill is doing very well and is at home and very chipper. To keep the office ticking along we have recruited Rachel Lovett who will be in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 1pm and she will endeavour to look after and assist with any communications. In order to look after everyone, it would be helpful if you could direct any queries you have to the right person, (see opposite) and they will then respond. Please bear with us during this time and I am sure you will join us in wishing Gill well and a speedy recovery.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show Don‘t forget the MAC will be exhibiting at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show this weekend, 15th to 17th November, at the NEC Birmingham. The MAC are again sponsored by Global Displays, owned by MAC member Richard Cook who has again designed our stand and layout which should be visable across the NEC hall. We would like to thank Richard for his continued support and let’s hope the weekend is a success.

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October Breakfast Club Report by Tony Adams, Photos Tony Adams

The final Breakfast Club meeting of the year took place at Shelsley Walsh on Sunday 13th October with a surprising number of first time visitors still turning up to join the regulars who rounded off the season in style. Midland Automobile Club commercial manager Mark Constanduros said, “The breakfast clubs have been a great success this year with a steadily increasing number of supporters who turn up with an amazing array of vehicles. The idea has been exceptionally well supported and has gone from strength to strength.

Mike Weaver and his Triumph.

“Following visitor registrations on the club website, we have seen people travelling from all over the country to attend in all manner of exotic machinery, ranging from supercars and sports cars to modern hatchbacks and classics, just to spend some time at this iconic venue, possibly walk the hill, enjoy a traditional breakfast and mix with fellow motoring enthusiasts.” One first time visitor at the weekend was Mike Weaver, of Sutton Coldfield, who brought along his unique Triumph estate car which is powered by a 3 litre V8 Triumph Stag engine and has Ferguson Formula four-wheel-drive. Mike commented, “I have spent around 1,000 hours over the past five years restoring this car from the ground up, with a full photographic record of work done. Only the bulkhead and floor are the original panels, the others parts having been sourced from donor cars far and wide. It is a one-off 1972 factory prototype in Triumph ‘Old White’, which as every Triumph owner knows can range from any one of around ten shades, but it has definitely created a lot of interest amongst the other people here today and I will certainly be returning to the meetings here next year.” Worcestershire driver and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor Paul Jones braved the autumnal elements in his immaculately prepared Lotus Elise 135R, adding, “I have attended most of the meetings this year and believe that the success of the breakfast club is down to a combination of the friendly and efficient MAC organisation, together with the enthusiasts and their wide diversity of cars, some in perfect condition and some ‘well used’ examples, that makes for such a brilliant gathering.” 5

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Competitions Secretary’s Report by Roger Thomas

We don't have a Competitions Secretary’s report as such this time round. Some of you may know Roger has also been in hospital undergoing an operation, which went on a little longer than planned, and he has therefore been away from the office recuperating. He is now at home and starting his recovery. We wish him well. ENTRY FEES SW "A"


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NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH-ON-THE-HILL After the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year why not start the year with the traditional

New Year’s Day Walk up the Hill? Clear your head from the celebrations of the night before, meet friends and fellow club members and start that New Year pledge of “more exercise” by joining others for the traditional New Year’s Day walk up the hill.

The Stratstone Restaurant will be open at 10.30 am for coffee and from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm for brunch Please register your attendance by email to or call Pam Jarvie 01299 266468

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Shelsley Walsh Driving School by Jim Robinson

The August School was run in sunshine making it two in row this year at Shelsley. It was quite foggy at the top of the hill in the early morning but it soon burned off. We had 26 entrants on paper but by the time signing-on was completed we only had 23 and shortly after the runs started it was reduced to 22, with 21 eventually completing the day. There was good variety of cars and varying degrees of experience amongst the drivers who ranged from complete novices to experienced competitors. Radical SR3. Several seasoned returnees came to hone their skills amongst many who had come for the sheer enjoyment. The most popular marque was Porsche, with five of them being Boxsters, but there was also a nice 356 belonging to Dr. Derek Skinner whose son Ian also drove in his Honda Civic Type ‘R’. The entry was headed by Jamie Powell in his Mitsubisihi Evo 5 who on his third run left the start in very determined style but, just as Danny Parkinson-Witte in his VW Golf 3.2R was about to leave the line, the hooter sounded as the Evo had smitten the sleepers very hard at the entry to Bottom ‘S’ doing a lot of damage to the front offside and frontal areas and trapping the driver until the rescue unit with their equipment managed to force entry into the vehicle to allow the Doctor access. Fortunately, Jamie escaped with nothing more than a severe shaking and bruising but a very poorly motor car. Meanwhile the meeting was interrupted for nearly an hour. With good weather we were able to make it up in the afternoon and everybody had their eight runs other than the Mitsubishi Evo 4 of Sebastian Cartwright who suffered a leaking radiator and missed the last three or four runs. It was certainly not the day to own a Mitsubishi! The winner of the day was John Pettipher in his Ford Focus RS who had non-started at the previous School due to Ford struggling to rectify an engine management problem. The best improver on the day was Neil Butler in his Porsche Boxster. It was amazing how well without exception the drivers listened to the advice proffered by the Instructors and by the end of the day we had 22 very much improved hillclimb drivers who were all on the road home by around 5.00pm. Our next highlight will be to see how Sarah Bosworth, our top pupil of this year, and David Strange, last year‘s winner, cope at the Shelsley September weekend in their drive in the works Radical SR3. It is hoped next year‘s dates will be sorted shortly so watch this space and put your entry in for a great day‘s tuition which, judging by the several flattering comments we received, proves to be well worthwhile. 9

Radical Prize Report By Sarah Bosworth and David Strange

L-R: David Strange, Sarah Bosworth, Jayden Kruger and Woody

Hi Jim and everyone at the Shelsley School. Just dropping you a line to say a big thank you to everyone at Shelsley Driving School for the great time I had with the prize as your top marked driver from the two Shelsley schools in 2013. I'm a bit of a school regular as I don't get to Shelsley as often as I'd like and it helps bring me back up to speed. I enjoy the Shelsley school format with individual feedback given to each driver several times during the day. I always feel Jim, Chris, Simon and Peter are trying their very best to help me try to find the elusive extra tenth. I attended the first school of the year in June and was lucky enough to get the highest score; the scoring system is a highly guarded secret known only to the instructors. My score was good enough to survive the second group of competitors at the August school and a few days later I got the call from Jim to confirm that I had won a drive in a Radical SR3 at the September meeting. I was asked to attend at Blyton Park on the Thursday before, for a test drive and to see if they could make the car fit someone who is 'munchkin' size. I was expecting the Radical to arrive on a Landrover and trailer but 'Woody' turned up in one of Radical's monster race trucks that deliver cars to circuits in the UK and Europe. We had to explain to 'Woody' that something smaller would be needed to get the SR3 into Shelsley. 10

The SR3 looked huge but with the pedal box moved backwards and a seat I still had from an outing in a Clubsport a few years ago I was in. Radical supplied an instructor, Jayde Kruger. Jayde is a two time South African Formula Ford Champion and was here to stop me destroying their car. A few laps with Jayde and then I was allowed out on my own. The car was superb, totally sorted. The paddle change was perfect making it an easy drive on an empty airfield circuit but probably not so easy within the confines of Shelsley. Saturday arrived and the Radical arrived in a very nice racebox. Jordan was looking after me and on the following Sunday he was helping David Strange who had won the car as the best pupil of 2012. We were limited on tyre choice as the car is a circuit racer so their softest tyre was still a very hard tyre in terms of hillclimbing. Getting the car in and out of the sheds was not easy. Jordan was at his first hillclimb and trying to get his head round the concept that we drive for 30 odd seconds and then eat and chat for two hours. I started with a 35.94 and chipped a second off each run to finish at 32.52 with the car still in one piece so I was delighted. I just pipped David who drove the SR3 on Sunday to win the box of Matchmakers which we had decided to compete for. It's a great prize and was much appreciated.

Dear Jim, This is a belated thank you for my splendid Radical day, a day I will remember for a very long time. We left for Canada at 10am the Monday after Shelsley and although we returned in time for Prescott my feet haven‘t touched the ground since. There‘s a price to pay for holidays! Even so, it‘s a poor excuse for such a late thank you. I had felt I was going quite well in testing at Blyton, but Shelsley was another matter altogether. Thank god for Blyton but circuits and hills are very different and Blyton only half prepared me for the launch and the general intensity of Shelsley. I thoroughly enjoyed it even if I was Bosworthed! I finished wanting more, which is always a good sign. So thank you Jim, your fellow instructors, MAC and Radical, especially Jordan. It was a great experience. All the best, David 11



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MAC Sports & Classics - News and Events by Tony Harrison

MAC Classic events are open to MAC Members only, unless otherwise noted. Eligibility of cars - Vintage, classics and modern sports cars. The final event for this year was the Classic Cruise to Stratford, reported elsewhere in this issue. The show season starts with the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC on 15th,16th, 17th November. This will be followed by Race Retro on 21st to 23rd February 2014 inclusive at the usual Stoneleigh Park venue. Looking forward to next year, the major events in the calendar for classic and sports car aficionados will be: 27th April 2014 - MAC Classic This will be another of our biennial fundraising events using a number of start venues around the Midlands. They currently include The National Motor Cycle Museum, Cotswold Airport, Shelsley itself and Halfpenny Green Vineyard. Open to all comers, we will be inviting other clubs and individual classic car owners to enter, so do tell anyone you know with a qualifying car about it. As well as the Tulip note guided route to follow there will be a chance to experience the famous hill, plus music, food and drink, mill tours and so on. Entries are now open and a form is available in this issue. 13th to 19th May 2014 - MAC to SCOTLAND From the team that brought you this year‘s tour of the Yorkshire Dales – Scotland. First night Gretna Green, then five nights Loch Fyne and finally one night at Aston Hotel, Dumfries. Cost £435.00 per person, to be paid three weeks before. Please request a single or double room when booking your place. A deposit cheque for £20 to the MAC to cover club costs and to secure your place should be sent to John Spencer, The Brackens, Old Wood, Tenbury Wells, Worcs. WR15 8TF. Any queries Tel 01584 811040 or e-mail 27th August to 3rd September 2014 Following the success of this year’s visit to Brittany, we are planning another similar event. Overnight ferry to St. Malo on Wednesday 27th August 2014 with six nights at the hotel Le Manoir du Rodoir in La Roche-Bernard. It is within walking distance of the town, which looks an attractive place, and close to the sea. Although not very far from where we went this year, it will give the opportunity to explore further east and south. 23 rooms are ‘on hold’ until 30th November – eighteen double rooms and five twins, half board. As the price includes group and early booking discounts, decisions will need to be made fairly quickly. Return via Cherbourg on Wednesday 3rd September on the Fastcat, about 17.00. La Roche Bernard is 205 miles from Cherbourg so should be (reasonably) easily do-able in the day. For two people sharing a two-berth cabin with twin/double rooms at the hotel, the total cost is £1,050.25. The cost will be amended for any special cabin upgrade requests. Please let Gail Harrison know whether you are interested in the above. 13

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Morgan’s Thrill on the Hill by Tony Adams, Photos Morgan Motor Co and Dennis Wood

Saturday 28th September saw Shelsley Walsh play host to the first ever Morgan ‘Thrill On The Hill’ Festival, one of the largest gatherings of Morgan cars in the UK. Steve Morris, managing director of Morgan, said, “We liked the idea of a collaboration between the Morgan Motor Company and the Midland Automobile Club, as there is a really good synergy between these two iconic organisations. “Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motorsport venue in the world and the Morgan Motor Company is the oldest privately owned car manufacturer in the world.” Over 500 Morgan cars and thousands of owners and enthusiasts turned out to enjoy the various different attractions that the Morgan Motor Company had put on at Shelsley Walsh, with a further 200 Morgan owners putting a wide variety of cars through their paces on the historic hill, much to the delight of a very enthusiastic audience. Around the venue crowds were entertained by fantastic live music, while a breathtaking and evocative Spitfire fighter plane thrilled onlookers overhead. Trade stands and a fun fair were just some of the added attractions on offer. With fortunate good weather, owners were able to experience the delights of the hill in glorious sunshine and the very encouraging response from drivers, fans, dealers and staff as a result of the day was overwhelming. Jayne Jones, Morgan Motor Company event organiser, added, “We have been inundated with a huge amount of positive feedback from the day and a number of people have requested that Saturday‘s event should not be a one-off, so plans are already in place for a 2014 event, date to be announced soon.” 15

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Our Correspondent Reports By Eddie Walder

With the Hill Climb and Sprint season over it is time for a round up. My year has included flights to the Channel Islands, Belfast and Scotland all in the pursuit of speed action for the two Haymarket weekly motorsport titles. My final trip was in early October, back to Guernsey for the little-known, dark and mysterious annual Petit Bot hill climb that rises through a tiny wooded valley on the south side of the island. It was a concentrated couple of days of action also taking in a motorcycle sprint on the local kart track, a junior motorcycle trial and finally a sand autocross meeting on Chouet beach. Rob Stevens, 2013 Midland Hill Climb Champion.

We already know the top two positions in the British Hill Climb Championship in Scott Moran and Trevor Willis. The significant news for Shelsley aficionados is that Teme Valley resident Alex Summers moved up to fourth place overall for his first ever seeded ‘number’ and sealed his first ever Championship, taking the class-based MSA Leaders title. He also won the penultimate run-off of the season at the Loton Park finale with what would become secondbest time of the day. The other top ten seeded places were settled at Loton – Roger Moran finished in fifth overall behind Alex after his drop scores were deducted, his first time outside the top four since his championship year of 1997. Wallace Menzies, the best placed Scot, was already safe in his highest ever third position. Will Hall and John Bradburn were also in best placed sixth and seventh with Jos Goodyear eighth after recovering from a torrid early season where nothing seemed to work as expected. Attention then focused on the last two seeded places where three drivers were in contention but nothing changed from Doune with Tom New and veteran Deryk Young both scoring five to remain three points apart. The unfortunate Richard Spedding finished outside the seeded places as he could not strike a blow all weekend. He finished ten adrift of Deryk who returned to a seeded place for the first time since 2010. Rob Stevens won his fifth Midland Hill Climb Championship in the series‘ 34-year history. He took just a single run at Loton to win the over 2-litre Sports Libre class which was enough to hand him the title. Final 2013 Championship Points: 1 S Moran *258pts; 2 Willis *246pts; 3 Menzies 204pts; 4 Summers 177pts; 5 R Moran *170pts; 6 Hall *128pts; 7 Bradburn 115pts; 8 Goodyear 101pts; 9 New 60pts; 10 Young 57pts. * After ‘dropped scores’ deducted. 17






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An Interview with Alan Goodwin of Aldon Automotive By Tony Adams

Rolling along competition…



MAC member and regular competitor Alan Goodwin has spent all of his working life – a period of some 50 years – around cars and racing engines. Alan is co-founder of renowned tuning and engine specialists Aldon Automotive of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, having set up the business 44 years ago jointly with teenage friend Don Loughlin. The pair worked together as student apprentices at BMC in Birmingham and, after qualifying with their engineering degrees, left to set up the firm, originally to supply performance parts and build Mini engines and spaceframe Austin Healey Sprites, in which Alan had successfully competed in the 1960s, and supporting fellow competitors. Aldon Automotive was one of the first places in the country to install a ‘rolling road’ system and this facility is in constant demand and full use to this day. The firm originally started in Alan‘s father‘s factory in Smethwick where they initially raised funds by servicing Alan‘s dad‘s fleet of vans, but demand for their own MG Midget suspension parts and other tuning kits brought expansion into a ‘shed’ in Cradley Heath where the Aldon Sports racing car was designed and built. They then moved to the present larger premises in Brierely Hill and subsequently had branches at Worcester and Hartlebury. Alan recalls, “We started with £200 and an old Anglia van, working all the hours possible and concentrated on engine building and race car preparation, later working on the Triumph Dolomite Sprint of Wolverhampton‘s John Handley in the British Turing Car Championships and the Tourist Trophy meetings. “My wife Joan and I did a season supporting Eddie Jordan when he was driving a Formula Ford, travelling all over the country with him, and we later supplied engines for his team in the days when he was signing up promising young drivers, which helped establish us on the motorsport map.” Keeping it in the family, after a 20 year lay-off, Alan competed in stage rallies with 20-year-old daughter Deana acting as co-driver, before she went on to rally a Talbot Sunbeam, Metro and Suzuki Swift. Deana is now Sales and Marketing Manager at Aldon. Alan‘s own circuit racing and rallying career came to a halt in 2000 due to health reasons so he bought a lightweight Lotus Elise sports car which he developed and modified, campaigning that in sprints and hill climbs for several years with great success. 23

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P Mintoft D Norsworthy J Grady S Milner Mrs JA New C Keane RCA Smith D Nicholas

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Alan‘s business partner Don, who semi-retired at Christmas, had originally designed the Aldon Sports Racing car, a two-seater Monocoque chassis which could accommodate a variety of engines due to being, as Don put it, “over engineered” for F100, its original class. Journalist Marcus Pye later purchased the car and exported it to the USA to race there. On reaching a ‘certain age’ and with the dollar exchange rate at a good point, Alan was offered the car back and with full support and great enthusiasm from his family, he bought it back home, converted it to hill climb specification and has competed in it ever since, narrowly missing becoming Midland Hill Climb Champion by only one point in 2009! Alan has been an active MAC member for ten years and was also secretary for the Hillclimb & Sprint Association for that time, still retaining his seat on the HSA committee. Aldo Automotive is best known for being the biggest dealer of Weber carburettors in the country but as Alan commented, “Besides our regular Weber set-up and tuning work for classic and modern competition cars, we are now seeing an increased demand for engine re-mapping on competition cars and even for motor homes to provide better towing performance. “Times are changing but we are still pleased to be able to provide a service and support for a wide range of our fellow competitors on the hill climb and sprint circuit.”

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Classic Cruise Report - 29th September 2013 by Ann McDonald, Photo Philip Sloper

We arrived at a busy bustling Shelsley on a fresh sunny morning – people standing around chatting and drinking coffee – then all of a sudden, it became business-like; drivers gathering navigators, who gathered route cards and got into their cars and were off. Our old lady, nearly 84, enjoyed the company of two other vintage cars, let‘s hope we see more on future runs. The tulip style route card was easy to follow, even for me! The only little hiccough we had was when the driver drove too fast and overshot a right turn. We duly arrived in Stratford after travelling along very pleasant country lanes and roads. The Holiday Inn provided an enjoyable light lunch on their terrace overlooking the boarding point for the boats, very convenient. Due to high numbers, two boats had been booked. Ours went up the Avon to the limit of navigation before turning downstream past the theatre to turn back by the weir, alongside the first lock that enables boats to proceed further downstream and eventually into the Severn Estuary via Evesham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester. The fact that 50 cars and occupants had entered must be some reward for the organisers, very many thanks to all involved. Finding a suitable route, producing a route card and organising, on this occasion, the boats and, last but not least, having the original idea, all takes much time and dedication. Very many thanks to all.

MAC Monthly Draw October Winners 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

JW Moody £100 B Lines £50 B Wakefield-Jones £35 N Elliott £30 R Buxton £25 E Shephard £20 J lawrence £15 M Gleeson £10

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Clee Hills Trial, 19th January 2013 by Jonathan Toulmin

As in every year since 1995, the club‘s sporting calendar commences with the classic trial around south Shropshire, next year on Sunday 19th January. It will be, almost, the event that we had hoped to run in January this year, had not the weather gods decided otherwise. The route will be about 70 miles, from Craven Arms to Much Wenlock, and over the very top of the Long Mynd with a mix of rocky or stony hills and muddy forest tracks. It will take competitors through the National Trust woods of Wenlock Edge and the Forest Enterprise forests on ‘The Mynd’ – along a railway line (disused!) and up a winch-cable railway. There are classes for different types of two-wheel drive vehicles, or you can enter the rather easier Class 0. In good weather, the views from the top of the Long Mynd are superb, especially if it snows beforehand (but not too much this time please!). No competition licence is required, but the event is not suitable for cars with limited ground clearance or immaculate paintwork. Offers of marshalling will be most welcome – we need about 80 to run the twenty different sections being used. Whether as a competitor or a marshal, come and have some fun. We may take you to parts of Shropshire that you have never seen before! If you might compete but have not done so before, check out the ACTC website on Further details, including marshalling, and entry form/regulations, from Jonathan Toulmin on 01789 731332 or e-mail or

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For Sale EMPIRE 002 – 998cc Suzuki - £22,000 Class leading Carbon wrapped steel space frame single seater (26.33 at Shelsley). Mono-shock front with belville washer anti-roll set-up, double adjustable shocks at rear. K8 Suzuki (refreshed for 2013) standard ECU with Power Commander & Cordona quickshifter, Billet aluminium baffled sump. AIM EVO4 data logger and Mychron dash with integrated shift lights, gear position indicator, GPS receiver and wheel speed sensor. 2nd set of ATS wheels with Avon cut inters. Available as roller (less datalogger, dash & engine) if preferred £17,500. Contact Simon Fidoe 07788 926 944 1967 SUNBEAM STILETTO HILLCLIMB CAR Aldon/HSA Speed Champ class winner 1999, 2002, 2003, Midland Hillclimb Champ class winner 2007, BOC Classic Champ class winner 2009. Driver retiring from Motorsport. Complete package: CAR, PRG enclosed trailer, plus paddock awning and spares package. Whole package worth £30+K ... Best offer over £15,000 secures. Tel: 01327 262444. E-mail: LOTUS ELISE S1 Lightweight 1997 model prepared and maintained by Aldon Automotive, 200bhp (dyno sheet) K-Series engine, SC/CR gearbox, bespoke exhaust, Safety Devices roll & petty bars, two sets of wheels and tyres, new Willans belts, covers and spares, record breaking/ holding car at Shelsley, Prescott, Loton and Gurston this year, 3rd overall in Midland HC Championship. £15,750. Tony Adams 07928 708090. MK 4, JEDI KNOWN AS CATPOL Powered by ZZR 1100 Kawasaki with high compression pistons, R2 cams, Flat slide carbs, Vance and Hines switchable ECU, Corrillo con rods, Bewley adjustable Diff casing, sequential gear shift lights. Two rear wings. Full nut and bolt strip down and chassis repaint for 2012 season, along with complete body repaint. £6,000. Can put a package together including spare engine with lots of other engine spares, and a twin axle trailer with elevating roof. All for £7,500. Contact Brian Sanders, 07884121427 or 01905 821763. 1967 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPRINT GTV Originally a Rhoddy Harvey Bailey development car, totally rebuilt in the late 90s. Acquired by me in 2009. Since then the car has had a full engine rebuild by Alfaholics in 2010 and has had very limited track day and hill climb use since. For more in depth details please contact Ian on the number below. Current MOT and free road fund licence. Price £34,500. Telephone Ian on 07831 820648 or email 37


SKON An opportunity to buy this unique hill climb and sprint car built by Nutsan Racing. It is a total one off probably never to be repeated. Powered by Suzuki TL1000R engine, with Power Commander ECU set up by HML, cross pin diff with unique adjustment for chain tension. All new suspension and modified front wish bones, lightweight brake calipers, detachable steering wheel. Three sets of wheels, slicks, wets and another set, two front wings and two rear wings, spare chassis and the fibre glass mould for the body, a one off. This mould alone has been valued at £1,000. All this for £7,500. Contact Brian Sanders 07884121427 or Phil Nuthall 07720040093. FORCE PT—SUZUKI Fresh 1600cc Hayabusa. High spec car. FTDs at Mallory Park and Blyton Park. Some class records, several class wins, 5th in British Sprint in 2010. Frequent V8 beater driven by an OAP. What could you do? £19,000. or 01789 731332. DAX RUSH COSWORTH SUPERCHARGED Built for competition in 2000, but fully road equipped, including bespoke weather equipment: hood, side screens, tonneau cover, etc. Car has done around 3,000 miles since new, including about a dozen sprints and hill climbs. Built as four-wheel drive Cosworth turbo, now running in rear-wheel-drive supercharged form. Running on Image minilites and A032R Yokos. Road legal, taxed and insured. Has around 300 bhp and 300+ lb ft of torque but huge potential. £12,500, or £14,000 with Brian James trailer. For full details and photos contact Ken Young, 07813 793447, and see ARGO JM 9- BUILT 1984. Chassis No. JM9 057 FA – Formula Atlantic chassis fitted with QED built 2000cc Vauxhall with DTA ignition pack 4 speed Hewland FT200 gearbox. Has been fettled by Dave Whitehead in the past and more recently by Ian Dayson at Force Cars. An ultra reliable car in first class condition that can be double driven with no problems. Comes with a host of spares including front and rear wings nose cone, suspension parts, wheels, etc. Wet and dry tyres- new Avon slicks this season. Complete with purpose built 2-wheeled covered trailer plus jacks / fuel cans / fitted car cover etc. Tow it away and take it to a meeting - you will have everything you need. Priced at £ 17,000 ONO for the lot. Contact Laurie Ritchie on 01527 852548 or or BIG VALVE, DRY SUMP,1600CC FORD KENT X FLOW ENGINE c/w Twin 40DCOE18 Webers Freshly built with: gas flowed head with new valves, guides, springs, retainers, collets, steel rocker posts and Ajusa gasket. 711M block honed and decked with new 1300GT pistons, KC244 cam, followers, duplex vernier sprocket, water pump c/w toothed pulleys and Titan 5 port oil pump. Lightened, deseamed, polished, shotpeened and balanced conrods. Tuftrided, double dowelled crank with skeleton steel flywheel and sintered clutch – new plate. All new bearings, seals and gaskets. All new fasteners as required. Will email full spec on request. Ideal hillclimb engine built, but never fitted, as a spare for the light blue and red Lotus 51s I used to run – now both sold to good homes and both still on the hills! All receipts and other documentation available. Price £3,495 ovno. To view central Birmingham contact Paul J Robinshaw 0121 351 7592 or 07875 235 264 email 39

COACH BUILT MOTOR CARAVAN Based on a Transit 190 chassis – 2500cc diesel (no turbo). Built in Ireland in 1996 – registered in the UK 1998. Used for hill climb meeting only for the past six years. Only 54,000 recorded miles – dry stored for past six winters. Needs some TLC on the rear bodywork Sleeps 4/5 – cooker / 4 ring hob / oven / fridge / toilet / shower / awning. Tax and MOT to October 2014. Priced @ £5,000 ONO or car + trailer + van for £20,000. Contact Laurie Ritchie on 01527 852548 or or PARTS FOR SALE 4x 13x7 Revolution four spoke alloy wheels 33⁄4" pcd £160. Contact Bruce Atkinson, Bewdley 01299 266969 or 07742 366553. TWIN AXLE BOX TRAILER With barn doors and clam shell roof. New heavy duty tow hitch fitted. Internal measurements 13’ x 6’ 2” by 5’ high. £1,200 ono. Call John on 01905 381161. CLASSIC AND THOROUGHBRED CAR MAGAZINES Full set from 1973 to date all in excellent condition - £250 the lot. All proceeds to the Shelsley Restoration Fund. Contact David Haggerty on 01684 575425 (Malvern). SPARCO OPEN FACE HELMET But BS 6658 type A so not current motor sports spec (not fire proof). OK for track days. £10.00 Please contact Graham on 01584 781137. YAMAHA 125 Fully automatic scooter only done 169 miles and as new. First registered July 2012. Complete with two helmets, top box and waterproof cover, Watling tow-bar mounted rack and lashings. Will sell separately and can deliver or make available for collection in North or Midlands. Owner currently touring Scotland and heading south soon. Just email or phone Terry for more details. 075820 045272, PARTS FOR SALE 4 into 1 High Level Exhaust Manifold & Silencer for Lotus Twin Cam c/w Support Frame to Hewland £185.00 Pair ITG Foam Air Filters for Twin Weber DCOE £25.00 2 Cobra Clubman Seats, one like new & one well used! Offers Contact Roy Fellows 01384-393116 ‘UPHILL RACERS - THE HISTORY OF BRITISH SPEED HILLCLIMBING’ BY CHRIS MASON This book is in clean condition and is becoming hard to find through book dealers. The price is £100. Please contact John Green on 01653 692617 or


BRABHAM BT21 OR SIMILAR RACE CAR Any condition considered. Contact Mike Broome on 0208 337 1572 or 0743 2151316. Email: 40

MAC News 193 Nov & Dec 2013  
MAC News 193 Nov & Dec 2013  

MAC News, the official club magazine of the Midland Automobile Club.