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Old 3 Sep 2021, 21:53 (Ref:4071862)   #2536
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For only the 2nd time in 30 years doing this I've had to scratch from the meeting tomorrow.
Really disappointing. Stubbed my toe last night going to the garage with no shoes on.
Didn't hurt that much.
7 hours in A&E followed and I now have no nail on my left big toe...


Thus, no tow driving or car driving for a week or so.


It will be me to watch the sole surviver in the class on Live Stream as the replica 6R4 also has scratched leaving the EVOmini all alone.
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Old 4 Sep 2021, 00:04 (Ref:4071883)   #2537
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Sorry to hear that Graham... best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
I guess that was the Midland round at Prescott you scratched from?.
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Old 4 Sep 2021, 07:24 (Ref:4071917)   #2538
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Yes, it was/is.
Toe feels a bit sensitive as I did when I saw it taken off by a very nice nurse in A&E.
Waited 7 hours, treatment was 20 mins!


'Service' at the treatment point was utterly superb, the treatment process was fantastic, utterly professional and very friendly.
The skill dressing it has to be seen, work of art.


We next run in late Sept and she thought all would be well enough by then so I will do the Loton Park meeting to wrap the Championship up there.


Not bad though, 2 scratches in over 320 entries, 2 breakdowns, 4 crashes.
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Old 14 Sep 2021, 21:57 (Ref:4073950)   #2539
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Toe feeling good!
Walking and driving again 2 days ago, amazing healing just 10 days after knocking it off.
Entry arrived for the Loton hillclimb on the 25/26, #94.
Only one other in the class, someone I don't know but in a 2 litre turbo Escort which I suspect is a rally car.
Meeting looks a bit light with spaces in the paddock, but the last of the year.


Big plan for the winter on the car, serious spend on serious mods, but will let you all know after the event.
This will be the swan-song of this little race car for me, doubt I will do anything else but simply use it until I get fed-up of trailers or simply too old!


Wife is on-board so far, going to draft a detailed cost estimate and see if w are both happy to spend this money or go on 2 good Euro tour trips while we have the energy.
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The final event is here already, just where has the last 6 months gone?
Three in the class now, Allan in the EVOMini got in so him, the Escort and me.
We are #94 if anyone cares to watch Live Stream.
I think only Sat pm and all sunday will be running.


The engine parts are on order.
Really looking forward to this winter and April next year.
An old friend is returning to the hills after at least 10 years in a car similar to the Lola, but with a rumbling Rover V8.
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Good practice day today at a perfect Loton Park near Wales.


P1: 59.18/ 2/29 start
P2: 57.14/ 2/18
P3: 56.14/ 2.09


Pb: 55.33 secs/ 2.1 set a long time ago!


Escort is behind me so far, the EVOMini way ahead by a couple of seconds...


For some this will be a record breaking Sunday, conditions are perfect.
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Old 26 Sep 2021, 18:31 (Ref:4075708)   #2542
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What a day of hillclimbing at Loton!
The hill record was cut no less than 14 times by successive runs of the big single seaters into a breath taking 41 second bracket, simply fabulous.
Perfect weather, a capacity crowd (tickets sold out) and an electric atmosphere.


If you can, watch the Live Steam.


Meanwhile down in the over 2 litre Sports Libre class, we had a great day.
The EVOMini won as ever, a full 3 seconds faster than me, the Escort was fast too esp on road tyres, but the Lola came 2nd in a 3 car class.


The car ran great, gave me a few 'bloody hell' moments as I tried to get to my 5 year old PB, but it was not to be.


R1 was 56.48 and R2 was 56.54.


Tried too hard.
But, a wonderful weekend to finish 2021 on, back in one piece and I cannot think of another car I would have rather had this year.
Awesome!


2 weeks off now and then to the Lola's engine build.


I want 300 bhp and a red line of 8,000 rpm, self built.


I hope you all will follow me on my first modified engine ever.


If I'm right, we have won the class in the Midland Hillclimb Championship for the 2nd time, this will be a lovely end to the year.





And here the picture of my year that sums up the Lola to me, I am so very lucky to have this little race car.


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Old 26 Sep 2021, 19:09 (Ref:4075723)   #2543
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Thought it best to start a thread on the rebuild of my engine out of my hill climb Lola sports racer:



The car currently has a stock 3.2 engine with DIY headers, PMO carbs and a flat fan conversion made by Crispin Manners for the engine's previous owner.
I wont bore you all with the story (a long one) behind the car, but I've been hillclimbing it for over 10 years and have won lots of Class wins in the Midland Hillclimb Championship.

The gearbox is a mag cased 915 some special bits inside inc a LSD, bit more on this later.

The car is not fast enough for various reasons, so time to take this very heathy engine and modify it to take 8K rpm and maybe generate 300 bhp and 270 lbft.
This is the purpose of this project.

It will be the last evolution of this little car before we retire together.

This thread will detail the various things that can and will happen as I DIY this engine which ha to be fully tuned and running by the end of March 2022, the start of the season at Prescott hillclimb.
It will be a slow start then will get very busy.

Spec:
JE Pistons @ 10.5:1, Ordered, arriving Xmas 2021
Carrillo rods to 8500 rpm, Ordered, arriving Xmas 2021
GE 60 cams from Kent Cams
Light spring kit
Twin plugged heads if I can find someone to machine them!
Twin plug ignition from Clewitt
Keep the carbs
Replace all the bearings etc and build up from the crank.
Probably a few other things as we go along.

The 915 will get a WEVO Shift Gate mod done by the builder of the box, Mike Bainbridge, safe hands.

So, we have to get it apart which I have spent a few hours on. First time this drive train has been out of the car since the last huge engine blow-up...5 years or so ago.
Engine oil out, nothing on the magnetic pug ( ), box oil out after 10 years and clean, small steel filings on mag plug, nothing scary.

Exhaust and gear change linkages off, transmission cross member and support frame.



With that lot clear, the drive shafts freed off, engine frame braces off, fuel line off and it's regulator, engine loom free, alternator off and finally the carbs.





With the inlets fully open and with some trepidation, I shone a torch down each cylinder. What a lovely sight! All perfectly clean and looking new, love it!



The WEVO kit is on order, ex stock at Twin Spark and I will call Mike when I have it to get the box to him. Be nice if he is coming to the Swap Meet to save me a run to the Lakes.

The 911 will go into professional storage in Nov so to free the 1/2 garage space to do the engine.

I just wish I could find someone to machine the heads for twin plugs!
People say they do them, but never respond when asked.
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Old 10 Oct 2021, 15:08 (Ref:4077836)   #2545
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Picked at the engine a bit more for an hour, very busy weekend, Bike show yesterday, Bicester today.

Exposing the flat fan, hidden for the last 5 years.

The fan shrouds hand made by Crispin Manners are fabulous. must have taken hours and hours



Custom made cross bean with drive and angle drive box for the fan driven off the custom alternator pully belt



A better view of same maybe



Quickly getting to the point of until the 911 goes to storage on 1 Nov I can't do much more due to space.
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