I had been away from the speed Hillclimb scene for a few years when, in mid-2011, I decided to dip my toes back into the water with a Westfield. This was the type of car I had started competing with in the mid-1990’s, although my first Westfield was road-legal, whereas this one was a pure race car.
This one had belonged to my friend Jonathan Gates, and he held the 2-litre record at Gurston Down with this car. However, the car had been sitting around for a couple of years unused, and it looked a sorry state when I cut a deal to buy it from him – it was covered in dust and the tyres were flat.
This car had the same type of “Red-Top” 2-litre Vauxhall engine as my first Westfield, although this one was fuel injected and about 250hp , whereas my first Westfield ran on carburettors and was only 200hp.
I ran the car for a couple of events at Gurston Down towards the end of the 2011 season with a view to stripping it right down and rebuilding it over the winter, ready for the start of the new season in the following April.
A few pictures of the re-build.
The finished car
Onboard video from Gurston Down - 2012
This was a difficult car to drive fast, compared to single-seaters which had front and rear wings and a lot of downforce. Plus I was getting older, and I wasn’t getting any quicker, so towards the end of the 2012 season I decided to hang up my boots and I sold the car.