EAGLING BRINGS F3 ENSIGN BACK TO RACING
Former Clubmans ace competes in F3 Ensign after restoration
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.”