For the last few years we have been pushing the limits of a 1965 Jensen C-V8 on both road and race track. The car was purchased from the son of the first owner who had kept the car on the road for all it's life. Since we purchased the car pretty much every part has been stripped, repaired and/or replaced.
We are now planning on taking the car to Bonneville to compete in speed week this August.
Through all of this the car has been kept 100% road legal and has a full MOT history for it's entire life.
The idea of seeing what we can possibly squeeze out of the original design has resulted in a very interesting engineering challenge.
However we have got the project so far and with the state of the current economic climate we are coming up a little short on funds. This is very much a once in a lifetime project and we will not be able to repeat this whatever the result.
To be this close and come up short is very infuriating as we are only short of three items. Namely wheels and tyres, rollcage and personal safety equipment (the US rules mean that our FIA spec gear is not within the rules.)
The SCTA have announced speed week 2018 will be from August 11th to August 17th 2018
NOTE. The speed week events of both 2014 and 2015 were cancelled at relatively short notice by the organisers to protect the salt. All efforts will be made by the team to find an alternative competition should the Bonneville event be cancelled.
We are firmly of the belief that all cars, regardless of age and design specification are designed to be driven first. Whilst a beautiful car in pristine, clean condition is a work of art in itself, seeing a car at speed, in its natural environment, as it were, is far closer to the design concept.
With the above in mind we are also taking the opportunity to promote engineering to young people by hopefully creating an unusual and interesting project. The concept of pushing a car to 155% of its design top speed always throws up some interesting engineering opportunities.
Finally as a team we all are of a mind that life is not a spectator sport and that if an opportunity presents itself it should be grasped with both hands. Furthermore as in this case the opportunity has been created following the untimely losses of a few dear friends in recent years.