He brought it back to Goodwood last year, but unfortunately a broken crankshaft meant that the car retired. It took 30 weeks to source a replacement, but he’s back with the car this year. Since we last saw it, the suspension has been put back to how it was in period, and the manual gearbox has been swapped for a pre-selector ’box, the car having alternated between the two transmissions throughout its life. The chassis has also been put back to its original Bellevue Blue from the BRG we saw last year.
The softer suspension has made the car easy to drive on the limit, says Tom: “On the last lap of qualifying, I came out of the chicane sideways. My wife Helen said ‘I told you not to do that!’” He plans to stiffen up the suspension before the race but his other qualm, heavy steering caused by excessive castor, can’t be rectified in the paddock.
It’ll be great to see a car from Goodwood’s very first meeting competing again this weekend.
Photography by Tom Shaxson