1957 Hillman Minx Historic Touring Car
2018 Goodwood Revival Jack Sears Trophy. 2015 Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sopwith Cup 2006 Goodwood Revival St Mary's Tropy
Originally prepared for competition use in 2006 by Chris Snowdon's company CS Racing of Bosham, West Sussex, specifically for that year’s Goodwood Revival meeting where it was raced in the popular St Mary's Trophy by Brian Redman and Andrew Colley.
The Minx was relatively little used after 2006 until Brian Arculus acquired it at the start of 2011 to use in the HRDC Touring Greats series.
A programme of development followed aimed at improving the overall handling of the car. Originally built from a very original and solid bodyshell. The engine incorporates a Holbay cylinder head and camshaft; lightweight alloy flywheel and competition clutch; tubular exhaust manifold; oil cooler; oversize dynamo pulley; and a high torque starter motor. Power was transmitted via a four-speed gearbox with floor change. Rear suspension was extensively re-engineered, transforming the handling. It incorporates a Rae Davis Racing ‘A’ frame, RDR spring bushes, and RDR 2” lowering blocks. The final drive ratio is 4.22:1, and the rear axle has been fitted with a Rootes Competitions Department-specification breather and baffles. Lowered front suspension, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, Spax adjustable dampers complete the picture. The braking system has been rebuilt and up-rated, incorporating front disc brakes and larger Sunbeam rear brake drums together with competition pads/linings, and a bias valve. A Ridgard racing seat is fitted to the interior, which also features a roll cage, Luke six-point harness, instrument pod (including rev counter) and a plumbed-in fire extinguisher.
‘NJN 828’ was then a consistent HRDC ‘Top 10’ runner during the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons, achieving many class wins in the process. In its class it has regularly beaten the Sunbeam Rapiers - even the ones running with oversize engines!
Car is competitive finishing 6th in 2015 Sopwith cup with a lap time of 1.45 and ran again at 2018 Revival in the Jack Sears Trophy.