Harry Rat­cliffe 1935-2016

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

Harry Rat­cliffe, who died last week aged 80, was one of the lead­ing driv­ers and en­gi­neers from the early days of Spe­cial Sa­loon rac­ing.

From his garage in Lit­tle­bor­ough in Lan­cashire, Rat­cliffe built rac­ing Mi­nis for many peo­ple and later, as the Bri­tish Vita Rac­ing team, en­tered cars for driv­ers like Tony Fall, Bar­rie Wil­liams and John Rhodes. In 1968, the team won the Euro­pean Tour­ing Car ti­tle with John Han­d­ley.

Rat­cliffe was also an ac­com­plished driver in his own right and won the North­ern Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship in 1968. He hill­climbed a fear­some Buick V8-en­gined Mini but re­tired from the sport in 1969 and later pre­pared a rac­ing power­boat for Roger Clark.

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