Speedy classic to lead car tour
PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 July 2015
A PRICELESS piece of motoring history will take centre stage at the inaugural Congresbury Classic Car Show and Tour this weekend – thanks to the ‘mechanical and metalwork genius’ of one enthusiast.
Terry Clarke’s powerful Napier-Railton tribute is a four-year labour of love.
It was created after Terry studied countless photographs of the original, which was built in 1933 and famously holds the lap record at Brooklands, Britain’s first purpose-built race track.
Terry, a classic car restorer and race preparer by trade, started by constructing his own chassis, brakes and suspension. While the original was powered by a 24-litre aircraft engine, Terry teamed up with Cummins to develop a unique engine that offers similar power and torque to recreate the experience of the original. He says his creation ‘goes like the clappers’.
The Napier-Railton held pride of place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, and will take centre stage at the Congresbury event tomorrow (Sunday).
The family event, sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents and raising funds for the proposed new Congresbury village hall, will see classic and super cars gather at Cadbury Garden Centre before enjoying a scenic 50-mile tour of the area.
It begins at 8.30am and ends with a hog roast at the White Hart near Wrington.