A new model of National Hot Rod has hit the headlines. By Matt James
Anew dawn broke on National Hot Rods at Foxhall Heath two weekends ago. Bradley Dynes took a win on his first outing in the new Carl Boardley Motorsportderived Ginetta G40R and the floodgates could be about to open for the new design.
Dynes finished the final in second place behind Scot Rob Mcdonald at Foxhall Heath 10 days ago in the fourth round of this term’s National Hot Rod competition, but Mcdonald was subsequently penalised for a non-marked tyre. That gave Dynes the glory in the first proper meeting for the new Ginetta NHR.
Others types of more modern car have been tried, including a BMW Z4, a Citroen Saxo, a Mercedes-benz SLK, a Mitsubishi Colt and an Audi TT but none have lasted the course, which means that the majority of cars are based on older-style Vauxhall Tigras or Peugeot 206ccs.
But Carl Boardley’s new creation has caused quite a stir. “It has been more than a year in the making,” he explained. “I race in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup on the British Touring Car Championship support bill and the Ginetta Junior series is based on the G40 model. Back in 2013, one of my lads said it would make a good National Hot Rod. “I had always wanted to build a car myself, it had always been in the back of my mind,” he adds. “But, when you are in the flow of a season, it is hard to step back and find the time to do it. You are racing all year, and then you rework and prepare the car over the winter break. There is no time to step back. “But I took time away from racing with some health issues a couple of years ago, and that was the breather I needed to put the plan into action. I approached Ginetta and they gave the idea the green light, so off we went.”
He enlisted the help of Sonny Howard Preparations with the manufacture of the car and Mark Skitmore’s Boss Mouldings firm took four and a half months to perfect the bodywork.
The first example was bought by Northern Irish racer Gary Woolsey and he made his debut in the car at the National championship event at Hednesford in August. Unfortunately, battery gremlins interfered with his run.
So Dynes’s outing at Foxhall was the first full competitive run for the machine, and it exceeded expectations.
“After we put Gary Woolsey’s car on show at the World Final in July, we took three orders and we have had three more since,” says Boardley. “Bradley said the car was great, he could place it where he wanted and it was strong all the way through. That bodes well for us.”
Boardley, a four-time World Final winner, says that he is too busy with circuit racing and fulfilling a busy order book for Carl Boardley Motorsport to consider getting back behind the wheel on the short ovals himself. “Never say never,” he says. “But I am just delighted that this has been a hit with the drivers.” ■