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For the very first time, TIGOSE Member BGMsport went to Daytona with the Ferrari Daytona, on the occasion of the HSR Daytona Classic 24 hour event (Nov 2014).
The team prepared the car driven by Tim Summers and shipped it to the event; they also took care of it at the event according to their usual arrive-and-drive package.
Tim Summers qualified 9th, a great achievement for a first time there, and competing against such cars as Lola T70s, Ford GT40s and various other Chevrons and Porsches.
The main 24-hour race was superb: there were 4 x 50 minute races during the 24-hour period, starting at 13:00 hours on the Saturday and finishing at the same time on Sunday. Tim finished a superb 4th overall and 1st in class in what was one of the most (if not the most) popular car at the track.
The team’s Daytona was a real favourite, both with the spectating crowds, other drivers and teams.
It was an extremely close finish, beating the GT40 of Philip Walker and Mike Jordan by 0.6 seconds; a Chevron B16 was a further few seconds behind.
TIGOSE Member Envisage showcased its contribution to the pool of local and national talents and skills at the Advanced Engineering Show 2014, NEC, as a business selected by the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub.
The show gathers expertise and examples of engineering skills, encouraging more talent to join the industry areas of Engineering and Product Development.
Local business Envisage and others provided items exclusively manufactured in the West Midlands. Envisage’s offering was a Boot Skin Lid, as an example of the methods involved in bringing CAD models to life. Such traditional and rare methods are used to handcraft a vehicle’s panels to perfect standards.
TIGOSE Member Allard’s Palm Beach MkII was test-driven by senior freelance journalist John Simister for Octane magazine.
The car is the first Allard to be the object of a complete ground-up restoration carried out by the same family business which launched it back in 1956.
The firm still employs members of the original manufacturing team and is lead by Alan Allard (son of founder Sydney Allard) and Lloyd Allard (Sydney’s grandson).
TIGOSE Member DK Engineering had two important Ferraris on display on the Ferrari Owners’ Club stand at the 2014 NEC Classic Motor Show:
A 250 SWB (fully restored by DK Engineering) and probably one of the best RHD short-nose 275 GTB graced the stand.
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB, steel-body Berlinetta was ordered by its first owner Horace Gray via Chinetti motors in September 1960. Mr Gray requested a competition engine but this was denied by the factory. However, the car featured, from new, some competition features such as an open air tray (no filters), a ribbed case gearbox and uprated camshafts. In fact, hinting to its competition routes, this is the car that was used for Ferrari’s pictures in the second set of official homologation papers at that time.
Produced in late 1960, the car was delivered to its owner in January 1960 and was, therefore, between the unofficial designation of series 1 and series 2 SWB Berlinettas. One of only approximately eleven cars built that incorporated both the features of an early SWB and a late SWB, it sported curved door glass top, quarter lights, an outside “Monza” fuel filler located in a dogleg of the boot lid, and the interior style of an early car with a rounded transmission tunnel, high parcel shelf (with spare wheel fixing point access flap) and a fully trimmed dash board.
Experts class this variation as THE one to have.
The car remained in the USA until 2007 when it was purchased by DK Engineering and sold to its current owner. The previous owner had loved and cherished the car for 35 years and had amassed the most comprehensive history file one could imagine including over 200 photographs of the car over the years.
In 2007 the car was partially re-trimmmed (retaining the original seats) and returned to its original exterior colour (it had bene re-painted red in the USA). Interestingly the original colour was designated by the factory as Grigio Conchiglia but in fact the actual colour has been determined to be the darker grey it is seen in today by comparison with period photographs. It is regularly used and enjoyed; in fact, it has never been totally restored but extremely well maintained over the years.
The Ferrari 275 GTB 3-carburettor, steel-body “short nose” Berlinetta, RHD, UK-supplied, in China Red (Rosso Cina 20456), with Black VM 8500 leather, black carpets and light grey headlining, came through Maranello Concessionaires, Bournemouth. Of the 40 RHD 2-cam 275 GTBs, it is one of the 19 in short nose configuration.
The first owner was Mr Eric Garott of London. He does not appear to have used it much after 1972. The 275 was then sold in May 1982 through RS Williams Ltd, an Aston Martin Lagonda dealer in London, to its second owner, a Mr Heinz Huve of Germany for £28,000.00, the speedometer reading at this time was approximately 7,700 miles. The 275 was sympathetically restored in 1993. The third and last (!) owner purchased the 275 in September 2013. This car is effectively a 3-owner car in its 49-year history, with just 47,000 miles from new.
Allard Sports Cars at the NEC Classic Motor Show: same family name, historic cars and future models
- British manufacturer Allard Sports Cars shows off its latest projects
- Rolling chassis of the Palm Beach MkIII to be manufactured by same family business who manufactured the first Allard
- Completed Palm Beach MkII now ready for sale
- Sir Stirling Moss on the Allard Sports Cars stand talks about Le Mans 1953
A display not seen in almost six decades: Allard Sports Cars’ stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show (14-16 November) almost exactly replicated the manufacturer’s presence at the 1956 London Motor Show. That was the last time Allard participated in a major industry event as a manufacturer, before this year’s show.
The same prototype 1956 Palm Beach MkII (one of only six ever made) which debuted 58 years ago, joined Allard’s latest project, the new Palm Beach MkIII rolling chassis, at the NEC.
Sir Stirling Moss, who famously raced against Sydney Allard at the 1953 Le Mans and was behind Allard for a few laps, visited the stand during the show to wish Sydney’s son, Alan, all the best for Allard’s Revival plans.
As a long-standing British manufacturer still operating under the same name carried by the company’s founder, Sydney Allard since 1946, Allard Sports Cars has completed the immaculate restoration of the Palm Beach MkII which it launched as a new car back in 1956.
The Palm Beach MkIII rolling chassis, however, is equally original, as it literally follows, in chassis number terms, spirit and manufacturer’s originality, the last Palm Beach MkII ever built (in 1958).
The MkIII chassis has been strengthened to increase torsional rigidity and houses a period-accurate Jaguar XK140 3.4 litre 6 cylinder engine with Moss gearbox/overdrive and multi-link Salisbury rear axle; it boasts twin wishbone front suspension, with coil over shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. The steering has been updated with a rack and pinion design replacing the Marles box.
Allard is planning to give the new MkIII a curved windscreen, and a similar body design to the MkII. There will be hints reminiscent of the Allard JR in the front end body nose section which lifts up at the rear.
This chassis shown is a RHD example, which can easily be converted into LHD for other markets. A V8 engine option is available and a GT Coupe model is planned.
The completed Palm Beach MkII is powered by a fully-rebuilt Ford Zodiac six cylinder in-line engine and gearbox, whilst the aluminium body panels are painted in period carmine red inspired by the 1961/64 Jaguar E-type colour range. At the Classic Motor Show, Alan and Lloyd Allard announced that the car is available for sale, on a POA basis.
DK Engineering has a presence at all high-end motoring events. The London to Brighton 2014 run was no exception.
The vehicle in question was a 1904 Autocar (entry 368), with which Mr and Mrs Cottingham and their Turkish friends, Cengiz Artam and Ahmet Ongun, made it to Brighton by 12.30 pm, with a 45 mins break at Crawley.
It was an impressive achievement, given the age of the car carrying four occupants, dreadful traffic in London and bad weather from Crawley.
Appropriately, DK Engineering’s guests Cengiz and Artam added a touch of colour to the event as participants: they organise the annual Concours D`Elegance in Istanbul which is held on the shores of the Bosporus. Cengiz (on the left of the feature photo) owns a museum back home, housing more than 120 cars.
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