car that started it all
this 1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC was discovered
rotting away in a local orchard by historic racer Rob Newall.
a part-time project it was restored, by Tim, over 12 years before
taking to the race track once again, winning the JEC XK Championship
found, the XK, had the look of a modsports racer with rear bubble
arches, 'Carlos Fandango' reverse rim wheels and trible webbers.
to a bare chassis the body was then shipped off to a specialist
body shop for repair and then sent to Elliot Dale at South Western
Coachworks for finishing in the gorgeous 'Ecosse Flag Blue'.
interior was taken care of by original Jaguar trimmer Mick Torley
and aside from the race bucket seat, is as original complete
with headlining and the beautifully finished burr walnut woodwork.
the car had a sporting heritage (it was campaigned in the National
Hill Climb Championship in the 70's), it was always Rob's intention
to return it to the track.
So a 'reasonably modified' build sheet was drawn up. The specification
has remained largely the same as when put together and includes:
XK150 spec rear axle with L.S.D. and disc brakes
Rear telescopic shock absorber conversion
Modified 4 synchro gearbox with overdrive
Rack and pinion steering
XK140 type radiator
the highlight of this package is a beautifully modified and assembled
3.8 litre engine, built by XK engine specialist Pete Lander of Sigma
Engineering. Pete and Rob have been working together since Rob's
days of MK2 saloon racing. Over the past few years Pete has completed
a number of engine developments which has created an extra 100bhp
pushing the power output to somewhere upwards of 350bhp.
The engine still runs on triple SU carburettors too!
with most race car projects the XK development programme continues
and currently she is having a cooling system upgrade and a cosmetic
makeover, to prepare for the 2008 season.