This was the first jalopy racer that I helped Andy build in 1964-5. After going to the same school and following the same interests Andy used to ride pillion on my motor cycles to visit all the local M/C and car races we could at age 16 and Andy soon decided he wanted to have a bigger part in the racing world. He bought an old messed up non running car and decided it would be a good basis for an entry into the local jalopy or Grass Track races as they became known. This picture is of the first completed car he and I built (I was more of a helper & tow vehicle).
This was it ready to go to the first race at Maismore near Gloucester. Starting with leaf springs front and rear and some economy hand cut (by Andy) tires.
Me giving it a quick adjustment up before Andy goes out for a race. I did also do a race with the car but the front eye broke off the rear leaf spring bringing an early closure to the day.
We borrowed Andy's neighbors Landrover to tow the car to our first race at Maisemore near Gloucester UK. At that point Andy had sill not got his full road drivers license!
Check out my home made air filters made from my Dads Gold Block tobacco tins with nylon stockings for gauze. Tires were hand cut (cheap) .
Running second in a heat race
Hm, must have been lapping this one!
For the second year it became clear some upgrades were needed and with the help of a borrowed arc welder from Andy's Uncle A Standard Ten front end with rack and pinion gets welded onto the old Hornet Chassis and a Triumph Herald Rear End at the back.
Another addition was a not yet attached Roll cage strengthening frame, then the upgrade to a later Ford 100E 4cyl side valve engine out of a Thames van at the scrap yard (with a few home mods of course)
My beautiful picture
In race trim with second year improvements, note the roll gage strengthening. It was definitely better than original but still needed more power to compete with Rod Ryder's Jaguar powered car.
A Grass Track Race at Gloucester Oxlease. All gone now and carrys the bypass around the docks. Andy chasing John Bevan for the win.