Despite the cold weather, things have been picking up since January ended. We finally managed to get our professional photo shoot for Practical Performance Car after a few false starts. The weather was particularly kind and Chris Frosin got some great shots of the car. Unfortunately during the ‘action’ shots the car for the first time let me down, when the wire came off the ignition amplifier.
Once the shoot was over, the car went straight back in the garage and the final strip down began. The engine has been stripped out of all the parts that need to go back on the race engine and the gearbox has been made ready for a final check over. We also made the decision to do some work on the wiring loom, primarily to simplify and tidy it in an attempt to maximise efficiency.
The front splitter has been finished, fitted, strengthened, refitted and removed. All looks very good on that front. Whilst we were there some previous damage to the front of the car was repaired, strengthened with some metal bracing and then adapted to make it removable for easier engine removal and work.
The rollcage is now the immediate problem, due to the delays waiting for the updated rules most of the top rollcage manufacturers are unsure that it can be fabricated and installed within the very tight time scale. If nothing else this is leading to some ‘imaginative’ quotes for the work. We are putting most of our efforts into resolving this with an affordable solution. (Unless of course anyone out there is aware of a ridiculously wealthy benefactor, that wants to fund it!)
The really good news is we are literally ecstatic to announce we have been able to add a new name to our sponsor list. Justin at www.isoenergy.co.uk has arranged for us to fill the final gap in our logistics. We now have a van capable of towing a trailer with the car and carrying all our spares and tools. This now means that we can get the car to and from Bonneville without unnecessary wear and tear on the engine and running gear. This was a particularly smart move of Justin as in most of the images on the salt his van will be in the background. Welcome on board.