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e all know one of the first rules of de­sign­ing and build­ing a track car is to keep it as light as pos­si­ble as that all im­por­tant power to weight ra­tio is king. That’s if you want to be one of the quick­est cars out there, which let’s face it we all do really. There’s also a com­mon de­sire to be quick enough to catch and pass much more ex­pen­sive and ex­otic ma­chin­ery in some­thing no one would really ex­pect to see other than in Tesco’s car park or a clas­sic car rally. We’re talk­ing sleep­ers here and that in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar niche of retro sleep­ers in par­tic­u­lar, the shells may be older, but they’re much lighter than any­thing built from the past decade or so. Find a good one and with a bit of imag­i­na­tion the po­ten­tial is there to fill the mir­rors of fac­tory cars cost­ing the same as a small is­land.

Andy Griggs was think­ing along th­ese lines when he be­gan his lat­est project, which, in­cred­i­bly given the end re­sult, was his first foray into build­ing some­thing suit­able for track days, “I’ve al­ways been a huge Vaux­hall fan,” Andy smiles, “my first car

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