Racing - History

Here are just some of the cars Andy used to race under the RRC banner, and before that Street Elite Racing. Click here to see an article, originally prepared for 440 Magazine, which describes the early days. Click Studebaker to go to the story of Andy's most successful race car.

First race car. Ford Zephyr, one piece front, AMC power, Transit front axle, Ford 9 inch rear. Raced in Street classes.
Seen here in primer at an NDRC meeting Long Marston.

A Jerry Cookson picture.

At speed close to the finish line at Long Marston in 1983.

A Jerry Cookson picture.

The Zephyr in its' final paint scheme seen at Thruxton during the 1983 Internationals.
Build up pictures of second ARRC  race car - Chevy Monza with a Ford engine.
Just to prove the driver/builder fits the chassis plus the Zephyr in the background.
Back view shows the centre line string used before handy lasers became available
A bit later in the garage/workshop with the body stripped out and fitted to the chassis.
Interior tin work on the way.
First complete tube frame car built by ARRC.
Complete car prior to paint.
On the trailer at Long Marston after a breakage in June 1985.
Fresh back from the paint shop and ready to race.
No graphics or even colour, generic white race car.
Receiving NDRC Transatlantic Drag Bike Street Division  Trophy at Long Marston in 1985. no race suit required.
Start line action with the Monza fully decal'd up.
Andy raced in Doug Grey's Camaro after the Monza was sold and he was building his next car.
One time crew member now Web Master helps Andy burn out.

These pictures of the Monza and Camaro are also from Jerry Cookson. Click here to see more of Jerry's photos in his section of the Acceleration Archive or via the Acceleration Archive home page.

First Pro Mod car, the only two door Sierra Sapphire on the planet(?)

 

468 cu inch BBC with NOS Fogger kit. Brodix ally heads, twin 1050 Dominators on Holley Pro Ram manifold. 4 speed Lenco and ARRC built Ford 9 inch axle. Strange front struts.

 

Click here to see the Sapphire in an early promotional video; here to see the Sapphire towed back to the pits by Dave Warne; here to see the Sapphire running down the fire-up road; here and here to see two different burn outs with trial launches.

Seen here in second paint job. Best figures 7.78 and 178 mph.

These Sapphire pictures courtesy of Roger Gorringe who holds the copyright. If you wish to use them then please get permission first. See more of Roger's excellent work at www.nitroexposure.co.uk

Rover 800 coupe, Pro Mod version. Numerous innovations including push-rod rear suspension, blade anti-roll bar.

Shown here in original paint job.

Design from a promotional t-shirt featuring the Rover.

This video of the Rover at Hockenheim is courtesy of DaSchraadz, click here to see more of his good stuff on YouTube.

Dominated class for two years winning championships in 97 and 98.

Car eventually wrecked in top end roll at Avon Park during 99 season. Decision made not to rebuild.

Click here to see the run with the roll and here to see Andy's interview at the next meeting. These videos are ŠObsession Motorsports Ltd, thanks to them for allowing us to use them on the site.

Click here to go to the section covering the replacement 1953 Studebaker Commander

Meanwhile Andy was an expert in Scrapheap Challenge 2000, sadly Channel 4 have removed information about this episode but they may add it to their 4oD library.
Date  11-Jan-2015
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