140314RRphotofromLaura2reducedwebRace Retro, where to start. First I would like to extend my thanks to Mike (John’s son) for committing to transport the chassis and body to and from Race Retro. Without his trailer, getting the chassis and body to the show would have far more difficult. So after spending the necessary time making sure the chassis and body were well secured to the trailer, we headed out from the ARRK workshops around mid-day.

After fighting the traffic on the M25 and the M1, we eventually arrived at Stoneleigh at 4.30. And quickly realised we were one of the last exhibitors to arrive. But we quickly unloaded, and rolled the chassis with front and rear body onto the stand. This was directly opposite the McLaren stand. So although an expensive pitch, have to say it was a great location. Eventually finished setting-up around 9.00, and headed-off the B & B in Warwick.


Ahead of the show, John and I anticipated we would spend most of our time drinking tea while fitting the Jenvey injection system. And once that was fitted, we would continue with developing the gear change and seat position CAD. But as it turned out, nothing could have been further from the truth!

Almost from the moment the doors opened, we had people coming onto the stand. Either just checking out the 210 tube chassis in partial view under the front and rear body sections. But the vast majority were seriously interested in how we had managed to manufacture such an accurate replica 917 chassis, without ever having access to an original car. The answer to this is approximately 2000 hours of design time in Catia. Read more in the following section “Project Development and Intent”.

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