AN­THONY BIN­NING­TON

Classic Sports Car - - A Passage From India -

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.”

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