Home Mobile Forum News Cookbook FaceBook Us T-Shirts etc.: Europe/Worldwide. eBay Motorsport Links Advertising Live Chat  
Site Partners: SpotterGuides  
Related Sites: Classic Cars Monthly Your Link Here  

Go Back   TenTenths Motorsport Forum > Historic Racing & Motorsport History > Motorsport History


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 23 Sep 2006, 06:51 (Ref:1716892)   #1
markal
Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
United Kingdom
Lancs
Posts: 23
markal should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Where are all the Modsports Cars !

In the early 70s i watched Modsport's, Tvrs, Lotus, Marcos, E types, Midgets, Sprites etc, Fantastic days, Where are they now, and the drivers! have you any pictures.
markal is offline  
Quote
Old 23 Sep 2006, 08:30 (Ref:1716924)   #2
John Turner
Race Official
Veteran
 
John Turner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
United Kingdom
Spalding, Lincolnshire
Posts: 12,857
John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!
markal, I miss them, too! However whilst there may be a few lying in the corner of garages gathering dust, I suspect a lot have been restored to original spec., or at least closer to original spec. because they are worth more like that.

I'd love to see a historics series which covered the old modsports cars; all those lovely flared arches and wide wheels, but I fear it is probably only a pipedream.
John Turner is offline  
Quote
Old 23 Sep 2006, 09:57 (Ref:1716969)   #3
Steve Wilkinson
Veteran
 
Steve Wilkinson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
United Kingdom
Southport
Posts: 2,493
Steve Wilkinson is a back marker
Speed Event situation

The Modified Production classes in sprints and hillclimbs are now dominated by Locaterfields (that's Lotus 7s, Caterhams and Westfields). You do see an occasional true Mod Sports like Graham Oates' Lotus Europa but they are few and far between. The other growth area are the Mod Prod saloons - mainly Peugeot 205s.

It would be great to see more of the Mod Sports out competing especially as the Midland Hillclimb Championship & the Hagley & DLCC Championship both have a class for Classic Cars.

The MGBs, Midgets & AH Sprites all seem to have gravitated to the Luffield Championship run by the MGCC whilst some of the TVRs run in the one-make series for these cars.

All in all a thoroughly under valued series with some seriously quick cars!
Steve Wilkinson is offline  
Quote
Old 23 Sep 2006, 11:14 (Ref:1716985)   #4
markal
Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
United Kingdom
Lancs
Posts: 23
markal should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
I watched Brian Hough with the big Tvr at Aintree in 73 and was hooked, i know where John Fletchers Lotus Elan is, its not been touched since the late 70s, where is John (Plastic) Pearson with the XK 150, Ed Stevens, who bought Brian Houghs 3ltr Tuscan, i know its just a dream to see them again but it would be great.
markal is offline  
Quote
Old 23 Sep 2006, 17:55 (Ref:1717130)   #5
John Turner
Race Official
Veteran
 
John Turner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
United Kingdom
Spalding, Lincolnshire
Posts: 12,857
John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!John Turner is going for a new world record!
Agree with what you say markal, although my recollection of 'Plastic' Pearson's Jaguar was that it was an XK120, in appearance, anyway. Interesting that the John Fletcher Elan still exists and in its modsports form.
John Turner is offline  
Quote
Old 24 Sep 2006, 19:44 (Ref:1717807)   #6
big andy
Veteran
 
big andy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
United Kingdom
doncaster
Posts: 873
big andy should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridbig andy should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
marrk cambel races a elan and richard waring races a europa in the nsscc there both true mod sports cars
big andy is offline  
Quote
Old 24 Sep 2006, 21:23 (Ref:1717945)   #7
davyboy
Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,986
davyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
I used to race a heavily modified modsports midget back in the 1980s and rescued it from a garden at the time to get it back on the track... sadly I ran out of funds and it was sold to guy who broke it up and sold the bits. I fear the same thing happened a lot of modsports cars as the competition bits on them were often worth more individually than the cars complete. Very sad.
davyboy is offline  
Quote
Old 25 Sep 2006, 07:06 (Ref:1718126)   #8
gfm
Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 897
gfm should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridgfm should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Yes, we ran a 1340 cc Spriget in 69/70 ish with class winner Andreason, Jenvey, Hough who was killed at Thruxton, Fletcher, John Saborin, one or two quick E Types (John Quick?) etc in was it STP Modsports? Great little car, ex-Peter Kitchen about 9 cwt. Did my first foreign trip to Zandvoort in it.
Don't know what happened to the car but it was super light and very simple components, reliable as the day was long. I remember Pearson too.
gfm is offline  
__________________
John M
Quote
Old 25 Sep 2006, 07:57 (Ref:1718155)   #9
chunterer
Race Official
Veteran
 
chunterer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location:
Down the end of my road
Posts: 12,986
chunterer has a real shot at the championship!chunterer has a real shot at the championship!chunterer has a real shot at the championship!chunterer has a real shot at the championship!chunterer has a real shot at the championship!
The ultimate modsport was probably Rob Cox's Design backed Caterham 'Blackbrick', a phenomenal piece of kit. Is that in a collection anywhere?

You might find that a number of 'modsport' Midgets/Sprites are in the MGCC Midget Challenge series. They are still very rapid cars indeed.
chunterer is offline  
__________________
'Rait then Bill, back to the big bad world of bent bog rolls.'
Quote
Old 25 Sep 2006, 07:59 (Ref:1718158)   #10
davyboy
Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,986
davyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Famedavyboy will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Pardon my ignorance but who was Hough and did he die at the wheel of a modsports Midget at Thruxton ? I wasn't aware that anyone had been killed in one.
davyboy is offline  
Quote
Old 25 Sep 2006, 11:48 (Ref:1718355)   #11
jamesholland
Racer
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 202
jamesholland should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
John "plastic" Pearson's XK120 was later seen in the Intermarque series driven by a chap named Brian Arculus. I believe he had a connection with a firm called Staright Six Historic Racing.
jamesholland is offline  
Quote
Old 25 Sep 2006, 12:55 (Ref:1719265)   #12
gfm
Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 897
gfm should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridgfm should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Brian Hough was racing a superquick Blue & Orange TVR Griffith. He went off round the back at Thruxton. Lovely gentle man he was.
gfm is offline  
__________________
John M
Quote
Old 27 Sep 2006, 09:05 (Ref:1721031)   #13
markal
Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
United Kingdom
Lancs
Posts: 23
markal should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Brian Hough was killed at Kimpton Bend at Thruxton on October 28th 1973, racing in the Blue Circle Modsports Championship, on the last lap, of the last race of the year, the race was won by John Pearson in the VRM Elan, second was John Fletcher in another Elan, who also won the championship.

Hough's car was originally built for Richard Taft in 71 by Mike Bigland and was fitted with a full race Gt 40engine bored and stroked to 5.4 ltr 450 bhp. Martin Lilley, who who owned TVR at the time, bought the car and put Ted Worswick in, then Hough in 73. The engine was a special Holman and Moody 6ltr Can Am, the car had Mclaren suspension on the rear, with a Jag lsd, discs all round, 15" or 17" on the back, 12" or 13" on the front, and massive wheel arches, a monster! I have pictures of the car, if someone could tell me how to download them.

I have just finished building a 71 TVR, 5ltr v8, and was going to make it a replica of the Hough car. I have asked before, do you have any pictures of the Hough car? I have all the Ferret ones! I was told John Pearson has got the XK and was restoring it, do you have a contact number? I still dream of those days.

Last edited by John Turner; 28 Sep 2006 at 09:46.
markal is offline  
Quote
Old 27 Sep 2006, 09:30 (Ref:1721049)   #14
Alan Raine
Veteran
 
Alan Raine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
England
Hale, Cheshire
Posts: 2,760
Alan Raine should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridAlan Raine should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridAlan Raine should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridAlan Raine should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by markal
i have pictures of the car, if someone could tell me how to download them.
Markal, see here http://tentenths.com/forum/showthread.php?t=64573 for photo download instructions.

I remember the Brian Hough TVR around Silverstone in the early 70's. A fantastic machine!
Alan Raine is offline  
__________________
Nostagia ain't what it used to be!
Quote
Old 27 Sep 2006, 15:52 (Ref:1721301)   #15
Motormouth
Racer
 
Motormouth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Ireland
Posts: 472
Motormouth should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
There used to be loadsa Modsports cars here in Ireland, nearly all Midgets/Sprites, but most have disappeared. One of the quickest ones, the ex-John Keaney/Liam Plower car is still around and is currently being re-fettled for 2007.
Motormouth is offline  
Quote
Reply

Bookmarks




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help: Modsports Cortina reynard Historic Racing Today 10 2 Nov 2005 13:35
Where are all the Modsports Cars??? MATTinSURREY Historic Racing Today 7 11 Nov 2004 18:53
[Photos/Art] Modsports Morgan Painting Andrew Kitson Armchair Enthusiast 3 26 Sep 2002 13:38


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 17:37.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Original Website Copyright © 1998-2003 Craig Antil. All Rights Reserved.
Ten-Tenths Motorsport Forums Copyright © 2004-2016 Royalridge Computing. All Rights Reserved.