Classic ex-derek Bell Beagle makes race return in Clubmans Cup after 30-year absence
Beagle Mk IV 1700 designer Jim Yardley is eyeing further Clubmans Cup appearances this season after the car raced for the first time in 30 years at Croft last weekend.
The uniquely built side-engined car, which was previously driven by Derek Bell in its heyday, was guided to three podiums by current driver Jonty Hair.
Hair recorded two second places and a third at Croft and battled admirably with defending champion Alex Champkin in the much-fancied Vision V84.
Both Yardley and Hair know the significance of Beagle’s long overdue return to racing and are confident of more success.
“We’re there with a 40-year-old car, keeping up with the new cars with modern aerodynamics,” said Hair. “It’s such a unique car, there’s nothing like it really. It only comes alive when you’re fully on the limit so you need to be on it the whole time.”
As yet, the car does not qualify for the Historic Classic class, but Yardley is hopeful that the rules can be tweaked to allow the Beagle to make a full-time racing return this season.
“Currently it doesn’t meet their regulations because the flywheel is too small. So I’m hoping they can change the rules to allow us to run, which would be against like cars.”
Side-engined car ran in Croft races