Tojeiro-bristol returns to the track
The Tojeiro-bristol sports-racer that sowed the seeds of AC’S Ace had its first outing in several years in the Equipe Libre races at Castle Combe last weekend.
Portugal-born John Tojeiro’s son Robin, who curates the marque’s history, attended on
Sunday to see owner Simon Arscott and Graham Dodridge exercise the car, registered LOY 500.
Commissioned by flamboyant West
London motor trader Cliff Davis, who raced in a bright check shirt, the Tojeiro – wearing a curvaceous alloy body styled after Ferrari’s 166 MM barchetta – superseded his Cooper-mg JOY 500 and finished second on its debut, unpainted, at Combe in April 1953.
Powered by Bristol’s straight-six engine, derived from BMW’S pre-war unit and breathing through triple carburettors, Davis’s Tojeiro was a giant-slayer, not least because of its lithe double-wishbon-suspended tubular steel chassis. Its performance impressed AC Cars, which bought the design to underpin its Ace, launched at the London Motor Show in October.
Tojeiro continued to design eponymous racing cars while AC marketed the Ace until 1963, selling more than 700 examples.