Well 2015 was one of our busiest years ever, hence the lack of updates! In the workshop the rebuilds have been coming thick and fast. Lots of Minis for rebuild and repair and to round off the year an MGC full body rebuild and paint.
On the track we have had some good results including two wins in the Super Mighty Mini championship and third overall in the championship.
Our team succumbed to gearbox trouble at a very wet and windy Anglesey circuit in August and did a complete engine change in a record time of 1hr 10 mins to finish the race fourth in class!
We then took the win at Spa Francorchamps in October, competing in the 2cv 24hr race once again in the Mini Grande class.
For 2016 we have a new logo in the making, watch this space!
CCRR take on all sorts of body, and mechanical, work but specialise in classic Minis. In mid-November work began on this Rover Mini Sprite, which was in need of restoration.
strip down continued
welding and bodywork
Once stripped down the car there was a clear path forward. The sills were removed and replaced first, followed by work to rectify holes drilled for sport pack arches by a previous owner. The rear valance was replaced; as was the scuttle, closing panels, front wings and A-Panels. These were replaced with Heritage supplied by the customer and other parts such as the inner sills were fabricated in-house.
This week the bodywork will be prepared for the respray. The mini will then have a full exterior respray in its original blue with a black roof for contrast.
After five years of trying, CCRR owner Ian has managed to secure his second race win of the year and took the 2014 Mighty Mini championship after a nail biting final two rounds at Donington last weekend. Heading into the weekend Ian had a ten point lead over nearest rival and team mate Sam Hathaway, who was closely followed by Paul Inch just one point adrift. After race one it was clear that Hathaway was slightly off pace on the day and could only manage a seventh place finish. Inch however was on fine form and took the win, with Ian a slightly frustrated fifth place.
This meant that Inch was then just one point behind Ian, so whoever was in front on the road at the end of the Sunday race would win the title. Hathaway was still in with a chance if the two guys in front finished lower than seventh and he took the win.
Sunday was a nerve racking morning for all concerned but the weather stayed dry much to everyone’s relief. With the reverse grid meaning Sam started on Pole, Ian 3rd and Inch 7th the first step was to get off the line well and stay out of trouble for the first couple of laps. Ian did manage a good start and took the lead early on, however Mini racing being what it is this was not to last with the places changing regularly. Inch came through to lead for a few laps but with some help from team mates Damien Harrington and Sam Hathaway Ian was able to take the lead agin and the win.
The Number Works pubs sponsored team had a great year taking first and third in the championship with many great race weekends and results. Special thanks to Martyn Hathaway (“The Boss”) and of course Slark Race Engineering for your help and support this year.
Held at the challenging Anglesey circuit we competed in a car only built two weeks earlier and managed to win the Mini class by over 60 laps! Reliablility and consistency is key to these events and we were pleased to use the same drivers and some of the same crew as the 2011 event.
More cars and drivers are needed for next years event. You will need a race license, a mini 1000cc with extra safety bits and a lot of effort put into the car, but the atmosphere makes all the hard work worth while!
Things have been so incredibly busy over the last six months, I’m not sure what happened to the last half of 2013!
We are catering for more and more minis by the week and have recently finished the new alignment jig which has been very useful with all the bodyshells we have been rebuilding and straightening!
Well after a long cold winter here at ccrr the sun is finally warming the workshop walls.
The off season has been unusually busy here with no let up in work flow since the Autumn. The baulk of the work has been mini related but a Jensen interceptor has used up alot of space during its repaint and refit. More pictures to follow!
It is now the time of year when we have many services to carry out and MOT’s to arrange. A busy time!!
On August bank holiday ’12 Our team “Slarky Malarky” comprising of Ian Slark (Of ccrr and our Car builder), Neil Slark (Of SRE and our engine builder) Steven Miles (Accountant and our fuel strategist!) And Pete Tervet (Our laid back team member and gravel trap seeker!) all competed in a 1000cc classic mini against four other minis in the inaugral 24hr Mini race.
The event held at Snetterton race circuit was held alongside the annual Citroen 2CV 24hr race who’s commitee invited us to join them for the event, making the field up to 39 cars. www.2cvracing.org.uk
During the 24hrs we encountered Thunderstorms, sunshine, and enough circuit flooding at 3am to suspend the race for 2hrs!
We had a few mechanical problems such as a fuel pump failure, a headlight switch failure and a catastrophic failure of a suspension tie-bar which nearly spelled disaster for the team. Neil who hit the brakes hard at the end of a straight at about 80mph lost all steering but after fortunately avoiding contact with anyone or anything managed to limp the car back to the pits for repair and a change of Pants for himself! There was also a couple of off road excursions by Pete and Steve, mainly caused by the extreme weather, but no major damaged caused.
The last hour was a tense one because if you break down on the circuit there is no recovery and your race is finished. However the car perfomed beautifully and we finished 6th overall out of 39 cars and the 3rd Mini.
Our thanks go to our team without whom we couldn’t have done it! Also thanks to the 2CV racing club for inviting us to join them and we sincerely hope we can join you again in the future for this amazing event!
Selling on behalf of the owner we have a 1968 Triumph TR5. The Chassis and Body were restored by us in 1999 and maintained partly by us and partly by the owner since then. Many thousands of pounds have been spent on this project and whilst not being sold as “concours” it is in outstanding condition.
All aspects of the car have had full treatment and a full history is available.
Finished in Sapphire blue and chrome wire wheels it also has the full surrey top compliment.
Priced at £31000 or near offer
Please call Ian for more details.