Motor Sport News - - Club Monsters -

Re­mem­bered as one of the wildest and nois­i­est club rac­ing cars of the mid-1960s, the Jaguar Egal is fondly re­called. When mid­lands in­dus­tri­al­ist Rob Beck – a quick XK120 racer – crashed his semi-light­weight E-type, smash­ing its en­gine block, preparer Ge­off ‘Scruffy’ Richard­son had a cun­ning plan.

The Worces­ter­shire en­gi­neer – who raced his RRA in the in­au­gu­ral Bri­tish GP at Sil­ver­stone in 1948 – sug­gested that he should in­stall one of two seven-litre Ford Galaxie V8s which Beck had bought from Hol­man & Moody in the USA to put in a power­boat.

The Ford was shorter and wider than the straight six Jag, but their weights were sim­i­lar and it fit­ted snugly, mated to a BorgWarner T10 or Jaguar gear­box. Raced ini­tially by Chris Sum­mers, the sil­ver blue Egal, with mas­sive wheels and Fer­rari GTOstyle air ducts in its nose, was later tamed by Bar­rie ‘Whizzo’ Wil­liams, win­ner of the 1964 Welsh In­ter­na­tional Rally.

Wil­liams re­calls it as a brute, which spun its wheels in any gear but didn’t stop so well, yet has great mem­o­ries of rac­ing Brian Red­man in Red Rose Rac­ing’s light­weight E, 4 WPD. “Once at Cas­tle Combe I bet Ron Fry that I could beat his Fer­rari 250LM from the start to Quarry. Un­for­tu­nately the Egal’s bell­hous­ing shat­tered, dump­ing oil ev­ery­where, and the Fer­rari spun off into the bank. Ron wasn’t amused when I asked for my half a crown!”

Hap­pily the hy­brid sur­vives and is un­der­go­ing a painstak­ing restora­tion in east­ern USA. Hope­fully once fin­ished Bri­tish fans like me who saw it race in pe­riod will see it in­vited to events like Good­wood’s Mem­bers’ Meet­ing or Re­vival. MAWP

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