For­mer Club­mans ace com­petes in F3 En­sign af­ter restora­tion

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Ex­pe­ri­enced racer Glenn Eagling has re­stored the ex-mo Har­ness En­sign LNF3 for this year’s Clas­sic For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship.

Eagling started racing in FF1600 but en­joyed much of his suc­cess in Club­mans. He tested the 1600cc En­sign at the end of 1973 but never got to race it. He fi­nally bought it last year and has spent six months restor­ing it to im­mac­u­late con­di­tion.

The 1973 car is chas­sis 17 and was raced by Har­ness in the Bri­tish F3 Cham­pi­onship for owner Teddy Sa­vory un­der the Modus Team En­sign ban­ner. How­ever, mid-sea­son Har­ness switched to a March 733 and the En­sign was sold for sprints and hill­climbs and did not race again un­til Eagling de­buted it at Cas­tle Combe ear­lier this month, fin­ish­ing 14th over­all and first in class.

“The chas­sis was in good con­di­tion but I stripped and re­built it and even made new wish­bones,” said Nor­folk-based Eagling. “I started the work in Septem­ber and worked on it all through the win­ter. This is my baby and I wanted to do it prop­erly. I can’t stop look­ing at the car; it’s fan­tas­tic!”

Back in 1973, Eagling was in­vited to test the En­sign as a promis­ing 18-year-old For­mula Ford racer. “Teddy Sa­vory, who was lo­cal to us, asked me if I’d like to test the car and I tested on the old Snet­ter­ton at the end of the sea­son,” added Eagling. “I’d never driven with slicks and wings be­fore. Then I did the Thrux­ton race at the end of the sea­son in the team’s March. That was my one and only F3 race in pe­riod.”

Photos: Paul Lawrence, Steve Jones and LAT

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