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Old 11 Nov 2006, 14:19 (Ref:1763448)   #16
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I only have programmes back to 1996 with me here - I am visiting the parents tomorrow so may peruse the previous ten years there.

But in 1996 the BRSCC Pro-Sport 3000 Championship visited Mallory Park on 11 August for a 22-lap race (then that would have been considered something of an endurance event by club standards!).

Sixteen cars entered and qualified in the following order:

Eugene O'Briene (De Wallens Racing), William Hewland (Hewland Engineering Motorsport), Michael Millard (Gold Center Jewellers), Nigel Greensall (Nigel Greensall Motorsport), Tom Reeve (HEM), David Jacklin (Mark Bailey Racing), Phillip Bullman, Nigel James, Barry Shaw, Kevin Sherwood, Phill Armour, Geoff Janes, Dave Brunsdon, Chris Gilbert, Chris Lord and Gene Gibson.

Unfortunately, I can't find in my archives the race report and results I produced for that one.

For the equivalent meeting on 7 September 1997, the entry was down to 11, but with one withdrawal. Millard, Gilbert, Brunsdon, Lord, Shaw, Tavo Hellmun (Mark Bailey Racing), James, Bob Light, Martin Harrison, Armour and John Lee were the entrants, although Brunsdon withdrew.

I have found my report on this meeting, but clearly the 25-lap ProSport 3000 race didn't make much of an impact as it didn't get a mention.

A few weeks later, on 26 October, the championship finale took place at Donington Park. There were 12 entries this time - John Barnard being the extra one. According to the points in the programme, Michael James had already wrapped up the title quite convincingly.

By 1998, for the Mallory Park meeting on 21 June, the championship had been re-named "BRSCC Sportscar LM3000/Protosport EVO 3 Championship". EIght cars entered the LM3000 class - Nigel James, Millard, Armour, Brunsdon, Gilbert, Barnard, Lee, Howard Spooner. Mat Howard entered the Protosport EVO 3 class (of which I have no recollection whatsoever!), but he withdrew. Nigel James took the win to extend his lead in the points.

Another change for 1999, to the "Open Sports Car Championship" - a title that would be revived for 2005 by the BARC with no success whatsoever. This time there was a nine car grid for a 30-minute race at Mallory Park on 3 May - six LM3000s for Millard, Brunsdon, Jonathan Jones, Armour, Lord and Spooner, as well as three Radicals in a separate class.

At the end of the year, on 17 October, the championship visited Donington. A few more LM3000s were out - 10 of them - with Harrison, Gilbert, Barnard and Lee the additions. Two Class B cars - a Mallock and a Phantom.

And that, as far as I can remember, was pretty much that...
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Old 11 Nov 2006, 15:17 (Ref:1763479)   #17
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wow..great info there. I did the right thing joining this BBS.
Thanks for that !

I have heard numbers between 20-30 buildt in total but I could track down how many chassis were made but that doesnt equate to actual cars ( replacement chassis etc..)

I would really like to talk to Chis Lord if he is around though..

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Old 12 Nov 2006, 13:25 (Ref:1764218)   #18
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I believe a guy called Dave Brunsden did try to revive the championship around 1998? Last time i heared of him he was i think in Tewksbury (went to look at a rf88 he was selling). Maybe try and get in contact with him as he seemed very enthusiatic about the Pro-sport concept.
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Old 12 Nov 2006, 13:37 (Ref:1764230)   #19
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Oh yeah, and these guys do spare for LM3000's -

http://www.lynxae.co.uk/

I think they were involved in racing them.
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Old 12 Nov 2006, 19:28 (Ref:1764372)   #20
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By 1998, for the Mallory Park meeting on 21 June, the championship had been re-named "BRSCC Sportscar LM3000/Protosport EVO 3 Championship". EIght cars entered the LM3000 class - Nigel James, Millard, Armour, Brunsdon, Gilbert, Barnard, Lee, Howard Spooner. Mat Howard entered the Protosport EVO 3 class (of which I have no recollection whatsoever!), but he withdrew. Nigel James took the win to extend his lead in the points.

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The Protosport Evo 3 was an open topped version with, I think, a 2 litre Cosworth engine of some description. There was a yellow one for sale for quite a while recently on another web site!

This link shows a picture of one being sprinted:

http://www.ianhardy.net/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=609

I have seen that the recently ex British GT ProSport 3000s are currently for sale - 55K for the pair I think, with a shed load of spares.

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Old 12 Nov 2006, 21:54 (Ref:1764484)   #21
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I found a couple of older programmes today.

I think 1992 may have been year one for the Prosport 3000s. At Mallory on 21 June there was a race for the Prosport 3000 Championship and Midsports Trophy over 25 laps. Just six cars were entered in the Prosport class, for Eugene O'Brien, Friedrich Glatz, Mike Millard, M. Newman, Peter Hardman and Klaas Zwart. Hardman beat Glatz and O'Brien, establishing the lap record at 44.44s (109.46mph). The Midsports entry comprised Mike Wrigley (Bennett B16), Ian Flux (Chevron B8 - he finished fifth overall), Murray Lewis (Sutol 23B - presumably some kind of Lotus replica) and George Douglas (Ginetta G12).

Things were little better on 30 August 1993, with seven cars entered in the Prosport class, with Class B of the championship now being for Sports 2000 (Richard Casswell's Shrike P15, Glenn Dudley's T87/90 and Andy Storer's Chevron B52 being the three entrants). In the main class, Hardman, Millard and Zwart were now joined by Thorkild Thyrring, Paul Gibson, C. Taylor and Matt Aitken. I don't have results, but Hardman started from pole and was leading the championship.

I don't see a good reason why this isn't called the 'Anorak Forum', you know...
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Old 13 Nov 2006, 11:36 (Ref:1764855)   #22
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Hey, enough already, Ian!! Anyway, what's wrong with anoraks?

Chassis nos. anybody?
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Old 22 Nov 2006, 19:58 (Ref:1772518)   #23
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I'd love to track somemore history on my car and am looking forward to getting stuck in with the project, and currently am doing research and getting bits ordered.

Chris Lord in his ProSport/LM3000 was the outright winner of Special GT races at Castle Combe on the following occasions :
5-May-97
25-Aug-97
28-Mar-98
8-Aug-98
12-Sep-98
7-Oct-00

In 1998 he was the winner of Class A in the National Mobile Windscreens Castle Combe Special GT Championship.

During 97-98 he ran as #6. The programs of that time give his home town as Paignton. (Hes not been appearing in the CC Saloons championship though).

You could try Steve Clarke ( www.photodirectuk.com ) or John Gaisford (01225-743400) for photos
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Old 22 Nov 2006, 20:04 (Ref:1772519)   #24
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I saw that there was 2 for sale in Dailysportscar.com classifieds.

May be worth taking a look.

Cheers and Good luck.
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Old 22 Nov 2006, 21:22 (Ref:1772557)   #25
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I can't believe you put this thread in motorsport history Carston .

Would be interesting to trace back some of the cars histories though. Not too sure the origins of Simon's car prior to Bob Light either.

The Prosports certainly are a great little car although all the sentiments about the engines are fair, they are a bit of a tractor engine.
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Old 29 Nov 2006, 23:18 (Ref:1778168)   #26
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i sa wthe open top prosport car today that raced at daytona in 95/6 ish
a mat eran a team around this time
v6 engine had too much torque fo rthe ft200 gearbox oftembreaking the diff cwp
the car should have used FGB
Merlin did most of the engines for the series back then
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Old 7 Dec 2006, 11:32 (Ref:1783988)   #27
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Welcome Carsten. There were a couple of LM3000s entered early on for this year's British GT series. Following issues over their eligibility raised by fellow competitors, despite their (contentious?) acceptability in previous seasons and an SRO 'fudged' compromise, they had pulled out before mid season. One of the drivers, who was pretty miffed, with some justification, actually posted on the GT forum but not sure he is still around, here. Might be worth looking either of these teams up; they might offer a bit of advice on the rebuild - you never know!
Still here (despite the censorship )
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Glad you are Simon. I'm not entirely sure about the censorship you refer to (I wasn't involved) but I don't think it was about the view you held (with which there was much sympathy) but probably more about the way that you expressed it. Anyway, please get involved here, if you feel so inclined!
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Glad you are Simon. I'm not entirely sure about the censorship you refer to (I wasn't involved) but I don't think it was about the view you held (with which there was much sympathy) but probably more about the way that you expressed it. Anyway, please get involved here, if you feel so inclined!
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no problem, (my skin is probably thicker than most!).

Back on the topic...

ProSports are now accepted in the Britcar Championship, and from what I am told, I will not be the only one out there

Seems a shame to me that such a good/economic/reliable/nice looking car get's so much grief....
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no problem, (my skin is probably thicker than most!).

Back on the topic...

ProSports are now accepted in the Britcar Championship, and from what I am told, I will not be the only one out there

Seems a shame to me that such a good/economic/reliable/nice looking car get's so much grief....
Britcar or Britsports? If Britcar it is a very economic competitive toy... quite tempting
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