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WITH IVAN SHAR­ROCK

Motor Sport News - - Historics - Age: 77 Lives: Lon­don Com­pet­ing for 50 years

He has been rac­ing for over 50 years “I still have the HRG 1500 I raced in the first Grif­fiths For­mula race at Cas­tle Combe in May 1966. The car was built in 1948 and was de­liv­ered to a test pi­lot who sub­se­quently crashed and was killed and so the car went to a char­ac­ter called Richard Green, a farmer from Glouces­ter­shire. He raced it a lot in the 1950s and then, af­ter it had been through a cou­ple of other own­ers, it came to me. I bought it in 1963 and raced it in the 1960s, but not that suc­cess­fully to be hon­est.”

He was in at the start of the HSCC “The Grif­fiths For­mula race of 1966 was in­ter­est­ing with the types of cars that were there and it was the start of what went on to be­come the His­toric Sports Car Club.”

He re­mem­bers the race “Some of the other cars, like Neil Cor­ner’s Jaguar D-type, were hugely fast and I was only in a one­and-a-half litre car. On the straights they went zoom­ing past, but I had a won­der­ful dice with the Fer­rari of Bernard Worth. I could claw it back on the cor­ners be­cause the HRG has amaz­ing road-hold­ing.”

Rac­ing has changed a great deal “The very first meet­ing for the HSCC was at Betty Haig’s house and at the time I had the HRG and an AC Ace Bris­tol, and my wife was driv­ing the AC Ace. Back then, one could just about af­ford to go rac­ing. It has changed an aw­ful lot over those 50 years and it was good to see the cur­rent range of his­toric cars at the Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional when we got to­gether on the HSCC stand. It was great to meet up with some of the other driv­ers from that 1966 race, in­clud­ing Bernard Worth.”

He now goes tri­alling “The HRG is quite an ex­tra­or­di­nary car and I still own it. I use it for plea­sure th­ese days and I have an­other one that I bought for spares in 1965. I even­tu­ally built that one back up into a com­plete car in 1995 and have been do­ing the MCC clas­sic tri­als ever since. Sadly I rolled it in Corn­wall on the Land’s End Trial but it is now back in pris­tine con­di­tion again and ready to go, so it will be out again this year.”

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