BOARD­LEY

A new model of Na­tional Hot Rod has hit the head­lines. By Matt James

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

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.” ■

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