Race & Rally Parts
1963 Tornado Talisman project
1963 Tornado Talisman ‘MMK 3C’
· Assembled by Bill Woodhouse after the closure of the original factory for Martin Dell, Accountant for the Tornado business. Finished in ‘buttermilk’ with green nose stripe and black interior.
· Late Mk2 (1500) fitted with anti-roll bar and oil cooler from new. Built as a race car so has several lightweight features (lexan windows, aluminium door hinges).
· Raced by Dell on across late 1963 / 1964 including as a part of winning 1963 6 Hour relay team. Several original pictures of the car in action survive.
· At least two race entries made in the name of the Tornado Car Company (the reincarnated Tornado business) so it appears there was some ‘works’ association.
· Road registered in 1965.
· History 1965 – 1977 largely unknown but during this time the body was modified with cut down rear wings, flared arches and modified gearbox tunnel. Several colour changes inc blue metal-flake and metallic green.
· Crashed in 1977 and left in a garden until purchased by David Martin in 2003.
· Restoration started but sold dismantled in 2013.
· Intention was to restore the car back to race condition finished in original livery but meeting modern safety requirements
· When purchased the chassis was understood to have been straightened however despite the works completed it was still twisted and a replacement deemed a better option. New chassis made to original dimensions by Nick Garrett. Mounting for cage incorporated together with some local improvements over the original. Original chassis comes with the car. Nick builds dragsters and other race cars; his work is much admired.
· Full FIA spec roll cage installed (Nick Garrett) and full set of inner closing panels fabricated.
· Seat and belt mountings installed
· Fuel cell installed (Nick Garrett)
· Body restored to original profile incorporating panels made from the original moulds. Original ‘lightweight’ shell, new boot lid, rear wings, transmission tunnel and bonnet.
· Rear suspension rebuilt – new uprights incorporating larger bearings, new shafts (inner and outer), new hubs, new transverse and trailing arms
· Rebuilt differential with plate type LSD
· Front suspension rebuilt incorporating Triumph Vitesse uprights and hubs.
· Zero miles full race 1500 engine based on a new block. Billet crank and rods, race cam and head, lightweight flywheel and alternator
· Exhaust header made
· Rebuilt twin 40s
· New aluminium radiator. Original header tank restored
· Good used (from my previous Tornado) SCCR gearbox (2.5:1 first gear) with magnesium bellhousing, steel main case and alloy tail shaft, alloy Cortina GT type remote. This gearbox was built up new for my previous car and has completed very few race miles
· OBP pedal box installed
· Steering mounted and working (incorporating additional knuckle joint for safety). ARB installed
· New front and rear screens, new lexan side windows in polished frames
· Wiper motor rebuilt
· New rear brakes assembled on powder coated backplates
· New front brakes including lightweight front disks
· Door handles re-chromed
· Rear lights re-chromed
· Special off-set wheels (max inset) fitted with 5.50 Dunlop race tyres
Probably other details I have missed but clearly much work has been executed. Car is currently a rolling chassis / body. Next intended step was to think through the plumbing and wiring, drill necessary routing holes etc, trial fit parts as necessary and then prep the body and chassis for paint prior to build up. A new owner could obviously elect their own colour scheme at this point if deviating from the original. Relatively few additional parts to be purchased including fuel pump, race seat and belts, extinguisher system, etc and the obvious consumables.
Current V5C, history as I have pieced in together including most corresponding programmes for race entries I have identified.
Apologies for the pictures, the car is currently in the body shop having the new bonnet fitted. Additional pictures will be added in due course.