DOWN THE PUB

WITH RICHARD UT­LEY

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81 Northamp­ton For­mula Ju­nior vet­eran

He built the Car­avelle “Bob Hicks and I built the For­mula Ju­nior Car­avelle Mk1 in 1960 and it first raced at Sil­ver­stone. We did six or seven races that year with Bob driv­ing as I was in the army at that time. I de­signed it and my role in the army wasn’t ex­act­ing, so I had plenty of spare time. I built the buck for the body in the car­pen­ter’s shop on the army base near Taun­ton.”

“Bob welded up the chas­sis and I was very friendly with Eric Broadley so it has got Lola wheels on it. It was de­signed for a Fiat 1100 en­gine but we had prob­lems get­ting the bits from Italy and so I bought a ba­sic Ford en­gine from John Coombs and then Keith Duck­worth put it to­gether for us.”

They only built three “When I left the army I welded up two more chas­sis and we built the Mk2. It had a very short life as it was in­volved in a mul­ti­ple pile-up at Brands Hatch on Easter Mon­day, 1961, and I was in­jured rather badly. So I con­cen­trated on my business and the bits from the Mk2 were put away and the Mk3 was raced by Bob.”

He later bought it back “A friend of mine bought the Mk1 and con­verted it to an F3 car and it had been through var­i­ous hands and in the late 1970s it ended up with Ge­off Wragg. I was there one day and saw it in a con­tainer and I bought it in about 2001.”

He raced it at Monaco “We’ve had a lot of fun with it and I took it to Monaco in 2006 and we’ve raced it at places like Pau. I started rac­ing again in 1988 in a 500cc F3 car and I’ve raced that at the Nur­bur­gring and Di­jon. I’m not very com­pet­i­tive but I have a lot of fun. As long as I get a li­cence, I’ll carry on.”

“We res­ur­rected the Mk2 with a new chas­sis and young Cal­lum Macleod raced it with Speed­sports. I wanted to de­velop the car, be­cause it was never de­vel­oped in pe­riod. But with the help of Mike O’brien and Cal­lum, the Mk2 re­ally got sorted and it was very com­pet­i­tive. Bob Hicks’ son, James, drives the Mk3.”

Ut­ley: Car­avelle builder

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