Race & Rally Parts
1959 Austin A35 Race Car
This little Austin A35 lightweight racer is the perfect low cost entry to historic motorsport. Converted in 2014 from a solid 4-owner road car into one of the first participants in the inaugural HRDC one-make Academy historic racing series, founded by Julius Thurgood. Four brilliant seasons later I am now racing an Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti in the HRDC, and it’s time for ‘Humphrey’ to find a new home at the grand old age of 60!
Professional conversion including mechanical and bodywork modifications by PA Motorsport, in Kent.
Academy spec fiberglass wings, bonnet and bootlid; weight below 700kgs.
1275cc A series engine by Classic & Modern with only one season of use. All Academy engines built to 90bhp.
Rebuilt 4-speed gearbox and longer final drive.
Full Academy-spec suspension and drivetrain, brakes, wheels and Dunlop CR65 L series race tyres.
Tillet lightweight race seat, full Academy roll cage, Willans harnesses and fire safety system, heated windscreen.
Humphrey was so christened before the 2016 Goodwood Revival St Mary’s Trophy race, where he raced alongside 30 other A35s in the hands of a celebrity driver paired with the owner. Humphrey finished in the top half of the field, ahead of more than one former F1 driver team!
Humphrey also raced in the 2017 Silverstone Classic in the hands of a well known Olympic Gold medalist; race history and photos can be supplied with the car.
Racing this trusty A35, made famous by the likes of driving legends Graham Hill and Rae Davis, was the best education in proper historic racing on cross-ply tyres that I could have hoped for. The time has come for another aspiring or indeed experienced historic racer to sit in the driving seat.
First registered Feb 2 1959, originally and still in Island Blue. Odometer reads 59,133 miles.