The team at Tula have decided to prepare and race in the HRDC series an Austin A35. We purchased a car from E bay and have stripped it, acid dipped the shell and had the necessary repairs made and a cage fitted.
We are currently building up the rear axle and have just taken receipt of the one make kits that control the grid. The engine is to follow from the single engine builder/supplier and we await the race calendar. Much more to post over the next couple of months and the plan is to have the car in paint before our christmas break. Thanks to Motobuild, Austin Clayton and Demon Tweeks for supplying the components….
The car was finished the day before the first race at Brands Hatch. Eddie Williams drove the car very well to finish in the top 6 Academy cars all of whom had run before and tested at Brands. A rocker box gasket caused a lot of some to distract those on the pit wall and running behind.
Oulton Park was my first outing and again no time for testing and blind qualifying. The wet race was a real treat and we finished and won the HRDC Best Prepared Car Award.
Castle Combe was the warm up for the Goodwood race and Eddie and i won the two driver race and i started on pole for the Academy cars. A Very close race with James Dorlin where we exchanged places every other lap before James jumped infant at Quarry on the last lap. Julius declared 1= at the prize giving.
The today after Combe and Steve Soper called up asking to share my car for the Revival. Whether he’d heard the news of Combe or i just got lucky but we tested a week later at Goodwood. “Best A35 I’ve driven” were his comments after 5 laps. Well a second test and some engine issues the week before set us up for a week of prep and then heads off in the paddock on the weds of the Revival. Steve Qualified 3rd behind Jordan and Shedden and finished a very wet race on Saturday in 3rd place. I qualified the car 2nd in the owners race and finished 2nd which gave us a 2nd place in the combined results behind the invincible Jordans. TOTALLY chuffed. Tula had no engine dramas or mechanical issues and the one more lap of my race and id have passed James Dorlin but for the red flag…
So onto Donnington in October…if only the Academy cars could run on there own and not with all the other A series cars…..
So the Celebrity race at Silverstone Classic in July 2017 saw the final race for the car. With limited time on track and in good conditions the little Austin came off worse than Brian Johnson who managed to loose it mid way through Beckets and rolled three time. Currently sat awaiting salvage of all the good bits in a farm shed in Herefordshire another project to keep us going is being sought.