HRGforsaleRare opportunity to acquire a "barn find" pre-war H.R.G. Desirable 1937 Meadows engined 1 1/2 Litre Model.  One of only 25 pre-war H.R.Gs built.  Fully authentic car, with excellent provenance and current DVLA V5c, retaining all major components including bodywork.  The H.R.G. Sportscar has impeccable handling and performance as proven in VSCC and other events by other H.R.G. cars. Eligible for virtually all pre-war sports car events, including VSCC set 3, Le Mans Legends, Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival and capable of winning in them.  Serious offers only. Phone James on 07799 038731 or e mail via the website contacts page.  

Frazer Nash and HRGThe past two weeks have been very busy indeed at Tip Top Engineering, centred around the ex David Thirlby Frazer Nash Anzani, and a very nice prewar HRG.  The Nash initially came in, driven from Derbyshire by her owner, who had a lift back to the train station for checks before being driven to Italy by her enthusiastic custodian. The work expanded somewhat into an overdue bevel box rebuild, and after enormous effort by James and Bill, the Hull ferry deadline was met.  The HRG arrived with grease and oil leaked onto the brake-linings.  TipTopEngineering first fitted new rear axle seals, before having all the shoes relined in an a asbestos free yet traditional material suitable for cable brake, and magnesium brake drums.  Yes, the HRG has magnesium brake drums as standard. 

So the big question is, are you a Nash fan or a HRG fan? Many can appreciate both, and having worked on both makes extensively we certainly like both types.  The 14 years of development between the cars shows well, even though they share their roots deep in the chain drive GN.

imageSeptember brought a chance to drive a Delahaye sports car at the VSCC Loton Park Hillclimb.  The car is owned by Ross Keeling and is a fabulous piece of engineering and beautifully prepared and infact restored too by Ross and his dad.  The 3.5 litre straight six pulled well, reminding James of the power of his old Alvis Speed 25 engine fitted to the Frazer Nash.  The engine pulled well enough to win class 6 outright, with Ross himself driving the car to a very close second place.  The Delahaye 135MS is a formidable car, and remarkably is a standard car.  Not surprisingly it was the fastest sports car at the meeting!!

Nurburg at_prescottJames has been an instructor at Harewood Hillclimb for three years now.  Following the incredible 39 second climb at Prescott last year, James was asked to join the Prescott Hillclimb instructors team, and now after a full year of school events James is extremely honoured to be considered part of the regular instructor team at Prescott as well.  Both schools offer a full day of instruction including 10 runs up the hill, fantastic lunches and instructor led walks.  If you are interested in joining either school for a day of tuition just visit the respective website to book a place, and be sure to ask to join James's group of pupils.   James is also available to hire on a daily base for track days too, see the driving instruction page for more info. 

AC AceThis fantastic AC Ace Bristol was having head gasket trouble.  Tip Top Engineering collected the car from the customer and brought it back to our works.  This Bristol engine is very special because it has a 6 inlet port head requiring triple twin choke carburettors.  This makes the space around the head very limited, even worse than Bristols with 3 ports!

A new gasket was fitted and a leak down test to confirm all was well.  Finally the car was delivered back to the customer. 

An Ace with such impressive inlet stacks? What you might call an Ace of stacks?