Chassis 371/20AS driven by Horatio Fitz-Simon in his first visit to Oulton Park taking part in the Gold Cup in 2020, he qualified 6th and finished 5th in both races, setting fastest laps at the end of race one and 2nd fastest lap in race 2. A second outing in the car at Silverstone in the Walter Hayes Trophy supported by Classic Team Merlyn, finishing 5th in the final and set the fastest lap of the weekend for a Pre 1982 Formula Ford - this is clearly a front running car.
Restored by Retro Track & Air for Laurence Edscer who comissioned them after he purchased the Merlyn through Sotheby's auction in 2005. Having been part of a collection belonging to The Sharpe Family in southern England since the late 1970s, the car had sat dormant for nearly 30 years, the previous owners were the Smith family whom its believed had purchased the Merlyn directly from the Jim Russell School in the mid 1970s. The Smith family owned a horticultural business named 'The Bungalow Nursery' and the Merlyn had been used as a static display within the nursery itself. All in all the chassis had a very sheltered life having hardly been used from its days at Jim Russell in the early 70's until 2005 when restored by Retro Track & Air.
The car itself
The engine is believed to be the original which was built in 2009 by Scholar, it was refreshed by them in 2015 and showed 105 hp on the dyno at the beginning of 2020, it will be supplied with a spares package including several extra body panels, 4 new A arms, suspension bearings, brake discs and track control arms, there are also several Hewland gear sets for different circuits and two extra sets of wheels.
When we purchased the car in January of 2020 we paid a professional racing preparer to thorughly inspect and prep in which the seat belts and fire system were replaced, the engine was serviced and all fluids changed, the battery is a new Odyessey. A current HSCC passport is included
The Merlyn is located close to Silverstone circuit and can be viewed by appointment at Speedsport promotions Silverstone