bolougnefrazernashautosportclippingJuly was was a month of Anzani Frazer Nashes.  

James drove the 1926 Frazer Nash Boulogne in the VSCC Cadwell Park Frazer Nash race and was delighted to be the first Anzani engined car to cross the finish line.  The Boulogne is a fabulously original car, with all major and minor components originating from the Frazer Nash factory. Modern additions are a new crank and rods and new engine block, fitted to THE original crankcase.  Not many Nashes carry an original body!  The Anzani performed faultlessly and was admired by Marcus Pye in the Autosport magazine write-up.

TerrorThe car is a famous Frazer Nash single seater known as Terror, and Tip Top Engineering had recently completed a full bevel box and rear axle rebuild, including new bevel gears and a new axle beam, whilst also retaining as many original components as possible.

The owner was about to scratch his Shelsley entry so James offered to drive the car, because the test drives around the block had given hints of fantastic potential. 

The car owner and equally James at Tip Top are pleased to report that Terror won first Vintage in class at the VSCC meeting.  Due to its very quick steering, Terror is a twitchy but fun car to drive and the little 1500cc Anzani pulled well. There must be something lucky about James and blue Frazer Nashes, because his outright VSCC record in the blue Frazer Nash Norris remained unbroken.  Also unbroken, was the outright prewar record from 2014 when James drove the ERA, despite a challenge this year from a much faster ERA.  

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A regular and valued customer always books both his prewar cars in for their annual service and MOT.  TipTop Engineering thoroughly recommend that all cars should have an MOT even when not strictly required by law, so that in the event of an accident, which of course may not even be your fault, you are on equal footing with any modern motorist. We use a local garage which is both thorough and sympathetic to prewar cars, and of course TipTopEngineering prepare the cars and perform any corrective work.  We even offer collection and delivery of our customer cars.  

R4D at Chateau
A video was recently released by Chateau Impney to help promote the 2016 event.

JB and his run in ERA R4D are a featured video.  Follow this link to get the full tyre squeeling action, which won fastest in class, fastest ERA and fastest Prewar car at the hill.  Many thanks to Mac Hulbert for asking me to drive, on the day before the event.  

Driving tips for Chateau Impney?  Well, maybe you should just pick up the phone. .. . . . .  



hillclimbcupThe Vintage Sports Car Club held their AGM last week, and James was pleased to be awarded the Hillclimb Cup for the sixth time.  Bruce Spollon driving his ERA was the previous best with 5 wins, and Anthony Mayman features driving ERA R4D with two wins.  The proudest thing about dominating such a cup, is to join the names of those long passed on who I have admired.  Stubberfield won four times driving his Bugatti, Doc Taylor four times in the Caesar Special, Bernhard Kain four times Bugatti mounted, Moffat, Preston, Berry all likewise in Bugattis.  Already the only driver to win driving two different cars, namely Frazer Nash and ERA R4A, TipTopEngineering extended such a lead in 2015 driving various ERAs that James was able to turn up in the family Frazer Nash Nurburg, entered in the road going sports car class, and still win the best overall VSCC Hillclimb award.