This unique, ex-le Mans Twin Cam coupé is looked after by Binnington for its owner, Steve Dixon. “Steve has owned it for about 10 years,” says Binnington. “He bought it from Bob West – a well-known MGA man from up north. It was originally prepared for Le Mans in 1958 as a roadster with a cut-down screen, but that year it hit a dog on the Mulsanne Straight [when Colin Escott was driving], sadly ending its race. It had done many hours and was doing very well.”
SRX 210 was rebuilt for Ted Lund after parent firm BMC refused to enter MG’S EX186 prototype twin-cam racer for Le Mans in 1959. To dodge management’s anti-racing inclinations, the car was entered by the North Western centre of the MG Car Club. Its engine was bored out to 1762cc and twin Weber 40DCOE carbs were fitted in 1960 when it became a fastback coupé.
“It did very well, winning the 2-litre class and averaging over 91mph for 24 hours with a fastest lap of 99.46mph. Lund and Bob Olthoff ran it again the following year, but made the front end more aerodynamic. It didn’t do so well in 1961, however, and after a couple of hours it was curtains when the engine blew up spectacularly while running at 140mph on the Mulsanne.
“After that the car was club raced in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s by Bob Mcelroy, and it’s also been to the odd historic event such as the Le Mans Classic, where it did okay.”