Com­pe­ti­tion run for record car

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

A recre­ation of the Ley­landThomas speed record car of the 1920s will make its com­pe­ti­tion de­but at the Chateau Imp­ney hillclimb in July.

Built by JG Parry-thomas around a 7.3-litre Ley­land en­gine, the car set 16 speed records in 1922. Seventy years later David Hay­wood ac­quired the en­gine and part of the chas­sis and, once he dis­cov­ered the en­gine’s his­tory, set about faith­fully recre­at­ing the car.

Hay­wood spent more than 25 years on the pro­ject and has run it at sev­eral re­cent events, but will now take it into com­pe­ti­tion.

“All sorts of things didn’t work and there was a lot of heartache,” said Hay­wood. “But now it’s run­ning, it’s go­ing, and it’s a lot of fun!”

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