Unique No­mad FF2000 ma­chine re­turns to ac­tion af­ter 42 years

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The unique No­mad For­mula Ford 2000 is set to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son, hav­ing last been raced by its late de­signer/con­struc­tor Phil Lloyd in 1978.

Lloyd was 750 Mo­tor Club F1300 cham­pion – driv­ing his No­mad Mk2, an­other self-build – when he joined the Pinto-pow­ered slicks-and-wings cat­e­gory with its suc­ces­sor in 1977.

He evolved the Mk3 into lighter

Mk4 spec with in­board rocker front sus­pen­sion for 1978, but trag­i­cally be­came quadripleg­ic when his Frank Bradley­loaned Rey­nard rolled as a re­sult of a clash of wheels at Mal­lory Park in 1979.

The bones of the No­mad were sold but were snapped up by 2015 His­toric FF2000 cham­pion Tom Smith from an ebay ad­vert in 2016. His cat­e­gory spe­cial­ist TS His­toric team has sub­se­quently re­built it.

“We got the chas­sis, body­work and front sus­pen­sion,” said Smith, as Lloyd had can­ni­balised the en­gine, gear­box and rear end to build a Rey­nard show car for Bradley. “It took a lot of work, with pho­tos and info from Phil’s brother Peter, who owns the F1300 Mk2. I shook it down at Mal­lory in March.”

Smith’s part­ner Daisy Bel­lamy did a few laps then, but re­turned for the re­cent Javelin track­day. “It’s very dif­fer­ent to the kit car I’ve driven, but I re­ally got into it,” she said. “The Fal­con has a lit­tle tantrum in the cor­ners, but you point the No­mad and it goes where you want it to.”

Novice racer Bel­lamy plans to com­pete in se­lected events in 2021.

Smith and Bel­lamy have tested the re­built No­mad at Mal­lory

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