Crosslé 22F-72-01, Historic Formula 2 car
1972 Crosslé 22F, monocoque F2 car, designed by John Crosslé and Leslie Drysdale. Tub built at Short Bros aircraft company, Belfast (now Bombardier), then completed at Crosslé Car Company.
First of 3 cars built in 1972 and with the best history. Supplied new to Desmond Mack Racing in Belfast for drivers Brian Nelson and Nelson Todd, and fitted with Hart 2000cc BDA engine/FG400 gearbox, it raced in period with great success. The car, it's development and early history, is featured in "Hidden Glory, the story of the Crosslé Car Company" on pages 117-123 inclusive.
For most of 1972 the car was fitted with side radiators and special rear wings/ side ducting. Front radiator fitted in late 1972 (Silverstone in October with Brian Nelson). In 1973 the car was modified to run with a more conventional front/rear wings arrangement for driver Nelson Todd. It’s only international appearance in this configuration was in Players No 6 Grand Prix at Phoenix Park International race meeting on 8/9 September 1973 where the car was placed 2nd to TD Reid in Brabham BT38 (Cosworth Chevy Vega).
Converted to F Atlantic specification in 1974 upon creation of Irish Atlantic race series where it had a few home and UK races.
The car was extensively restored at Crossle Car Company in 2001, including fitting of current engine for then owner Tommy Reid. Equipped with 2 litre BDG engine on Weber 50mm carbs and FG400 gearbox, it competed in just a couple of races in Ireland, last raced there on 25 August 2001 at Kirkistown, and was then retired from racing.
Acquired by present owner some five years ago, it was recently fully recommissioned at Gerry Wainwright Motorsport. Engine rebuilt including new pistons, cam carrier and camshafts, clutch, etc., by G W M, delivered 180 ft lbs torque and 260bhp on period 50mm Weber carburettors, dyno sheet available. Gearbox fully rebuilt at Crosslé Car Company with new cwp, gears, dog rings, hub, spacers, etc. Tub fitted with new fuel bladder tanks, all suspension replated, new dampers and springs, brake calipers overhauled, new belts, radiator and hoses, firex serviced, plus a multitude of other components replaced, but retaining as many period parts and features as possible. New Berazzi Chevron pattern wheels with slicks and a spare set of period Chevron wheels with new wet tyres.
Driver and engineer friendly, in the renowned Crosslé way.
Tested at Anglesey in July 2019 with highly satisfactory results, fully set up and race ready.
In the HF2 races at Silverstone Classic 26/28 July it finished race 1 in P16 in very wet conditions, best lap time 2.22.571. Race 2 on a damp but drying track recorded best lap time of 2.14.258 but retired with 2 laps remaining with a fuel starvation issue, now corrected.
Ready now for 2020 HF2 Series with new FIA HTP valid to 31 December 2030.
Viewing by appointment, near Stansted airport.
Price on application.
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