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February 2014

Our latest Lola 212 Re-creation was tested by it's new owner at Donington Park this week.
Initally the circuit was very wet, and took most of the morning to dry,
then a wayward Ginetta crashed into the pit wall and dug part of the surface up,
so an early lunch was in order.



The track now dry, Rob went out on Dunlops, and was immediately very quick, and happy.



After a few more laps, dad seemed happy,



And so did son,



Until it was time to put her away!



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December 2013

This is a photo of Michael Gibbins, aged 16, at the September Brands Formula Ford Festival,
where he was 2nd in the Historic only race on Saturday,
and first overall in the Pinto race on Sunday,
in a Gathercole engined 1980 Lola T590;
in so doing becoming the youngest ever Sports 2000 championship race winner.
He also won the Brands Hatch Enduro (Pinto overall) round earlier in the year.



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We would like to wish all our friends and customers

A Very Merry Christmas
and
A Happy New Year



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November 2013

Another 3 wins from 3 starts for Shane Gifford in his Lotus Twin Cam powered 1972 March 722.
This time at Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia 3/11/2013.
Well done Shane.



Andy Huxtable scored a 3rd overall and 1st in Class in the
HSCC Open Wheel Race at the Walter Hayes meeting.
Andy was driving his 1976 Chevron B34 Atlantic.

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September 2013

Andrew Storer ended his season with a fine 2nd overall
in the HSCC Historic FF2000 race at Brands Hatch.
Andrew was racing his Pukka Pies Royale RP27.

Lorraine Gathercole took her Lotus 18 Formula Junior to the Goodwood Revival
to compete in the Chichester Cup and to also take part in the Jim Clark Tribute Parades.




Lorraine qualified 20th in the 30 car grid.
After a fantastic start Lorraine had climbed to 14th,
when on lap 4 she had a big spin at the chicane, coming to rest on the wet grass,
with a stalled car she lost some considerable time and places whilst restarting.
Lorraine kept her cool and came through to finish 18th.
Lorraine's lap time in the race secured her the Goodwood Revival
'Fastest Lap by a Lady Driver' award.



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Lots of fantastic racing and fun at Zandvoort.
Achievement of the weekend has to be Martyn Donn, who, in his Gathercole BDA powered Lola T760,
won both Historic Monoposto races outright and collected a fantastic Chopard watch.
Steve Allen and David shared his Lola 212 and finished a well deserved 2nd in class,
4th overall and was easily the fastest of the FVC powered cars.
Andrew Smith scored 2 more podiums and enough points in the F2 race to leave him leading the Class
as they prepare for the final round at Dijon.

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July 2013

Congratulations to all the Gathercole drivers at the Brands Hatch Superprix - especially

Nelson Rowe - First overall with fastest lap in Historic FF2000 - Ford Pinto ;
Richard Evans Second overall Historic F2 - BDG;
Jon Finch First in class Historic F2 (Atlantic) - BDD;
Philip Gladman Third overall Historic F2 - BDG;
Phil Hall Second in class Martini Trophy - FVC;
Neil Glover in Derek Bell Trophy First in Class, Third overall - Chevy;
Andrew Storer 5th overall Historic FF2000 - Ford Pinto.

What a fantastic weekend - well done all of you.

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June 2013

Shane Gifford is currently competing in the
Western Australian Sporting Car Club State Championship.
His car is a 1972 MARCH 722, with Gathercole Lotus Twin Cam,
the car behind is a 1986 Ralt RT4 driven by Michael Henderson
the photo was taken 16th June 2013.
So far this season Shane has achieved three 2nd places - well done Shane,
we're looking forward to your first win.



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The Gathercole Lola 210 went to Paul Ricard in France for the opening round of the
2013 V De V Historic Series over the first weekend in June.
Jamie Brashaw was to co-drive with David on this occasion, his first race in an historic sports car.
After a 45 minute test session both drivers felt they knew the circuit well enough
and agreed on the ratios for the race.
Qualifying took place late on Friday evening and David went first
and the car was comfortably second overall
after 3 laps so David came in to allow Jamie more time to get used to the car.
He used this time to great avail and was fastest overall in 2 of the 3 sectors. They qualified 2nd.

Strict rules regarding re-fuelling meant a car could start the race with a maximum of 80 litres.
The plan was to refuel at the same time as the driver change/compulsory pit stop.
However, Jamie came in early, and missed the re-fuelling area.
David went out and made good progress and when the leading car came in for its pitstop
the Lola 210 took a very comfortable lead.
Unfortunately, it was not enough to accommodate an additional pitstop,
so the decision was taken to drive the car and hope the fuel lasted, it didn’t,
running out of fuel with less than 4 laps to go of the 2 hour race.
Despite refuelling at this late stage, the fuel system was unable to re-prime itself
and the car couldn’t get back on track.
However, the lead had been so great that they were still classified 5th overall,
and clearly the car went very well, with no dramas.
Oh well, as they say, ‘That’s Motor Racing!’





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May 2013

Steve Allen invited David to drive his Lola 212 with him at
Brands Hatch in the Masters FIA Historic Sports Car Championship race.
They qualified an excellent 2nd overall only headed by a Lola T70.



Steve started the race and despite a spin midway through his 30 minutes
he handed the car over to David in 5th position.




David then upped the pace and by the time the pitstop window had completed,
at two thirds distance, David was up into 4th place,
he then made steady progress on the cars in front and came through to 2nd,
despite his best efforts he was unable to catch the leader.




Unfortunately, on this occasion the additional engine capacity of the
Lola T70 could not be overcome by the nimble FVC powered car,
but David doesn't believe that will always be the case!
Steve and David were equally delighted at the continuing performance of the little yellow Lola.

David also joined Lorraine in the Gentleman Drivers Race on Monday.
having qualified 14th and 6th in class there was room for improvement.
Lorraine did the first stint and handed over to David.
There followed a rather uneventful race with the couple getting up
to 11th overall and 4th in class.



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Meanwhile at Spa, the Historic F2 fraternity were not blessed with the same good weather
we had in England for the Bank Holiday Weekend,




not that this worried Andrew Smith in his 742 March when he won both races.




Andrew Smith's Gathercole BDG engine didn't miss a beat and he won both races comfortably.



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Steve Allen drove the Gathercole BDG powered Chevron B25 at Silverstone and was
delighted to finish 2nd in class and 4th overall in the Derek Bell Trophy.



Phil Hall took class honours in his Gathercole FVC powered Lola 210 in both HSCC Martini Races.

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Jamie Brashaw tested our Recreation Lola 210 at Silverstone on 17 May
despite the first session being plagued by red flags,
Jamie enjoyed his few laps. He then went out for a further session,
and loved it so much he will now partner David in the V de V Historic
2 hours race at Paul Ricard in just 2 weeks.



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Nigel Corrie scored his first URS Classic FF2000 win at Snetterton
in his Gathercole pinto powered Van Diemen RF82.

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May started with the Donington Historic Festival and Philip Gladman made his first appearance
of the season in his Chevron B34d, as well as Andrew Smith in his 742 March.
Qualifying went well and Andrew was second on the grid a mere 0.04 sec off pole.
and Philip was pleased to qualify 7th.
The first race was not until late afternoon on Saturday. But what a spectacular race,
those that stayed were treated to the leading 6 cars which included Andrew and Philip
jostling for position lap after lap.
Unfortunately, on lap 13 Philip missed a gear and fearing he may have over-revved
the engine he retired.
However, Andrew Smith, kept battling to the very end and finished second,
only half a second off the winner, and took fastest lap along the way.

Race 2 was early Sunday morning, and with Andrew on the grid in second and Philip 4th,
we looked forward to an entertaining race - and we were not disappointed.
Nick Flemming initially led the race but always in close pursuit were Andrew and Philip
until lap 13 when Philip took the initiative,and the lead,
next lap Andrew took the lead which he held for 3 laps until Philip took it back again,
for a further 3 laps, only to loose his clutch and with it a hesitation
and Andrew Smith was released and away for the win.
Philip hung on to take 4th place, which was disappointing having
led for so long, but Philip was pleased that his times were much closer to the
front runners than ever before and he, and the car felt very good indeed.
And Andrew, he was just very pleased indeed.



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April 2013

HSCC Meeting at Cadwell Park the Historic Formula Ford 2000 take to the track again,
Gathercole pinto powered Nelson Rowe led from lights to flag to win both races
in his Reynard SF79,with Andrew Storer securing a second and a third place in his Royale RP27.

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Lorraine Gathercole is voted in as Vice Chair of the British Women Racing Drivers' Club (BWRDC).
Lorraine will be working alongside new Chair, Gail Hill,
and aims to increase the profile of the Club as well as increase the benefits of membership.
Already a New Award has been acquired which comes with a healthy cash and voucher package for
performance in an Historic car, kindly sponsored by Vintage Racecar and Historica.

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Lorraine Gathercole receives invitation to compete at The Goodwood Revival in September.

It has been Lorraine's dream to compete at Goodwood since first owning her Lotus 18 Junior,
well this year, that dream is to come true.
Lorraine's Lotus 18 was the Ex-Works car that belonged to Trevor Taylor,
and in which he won the Formula Junior Championship in 1960.
Trevor sadly passed away in 2010, but his sister, Anita Morrell,
will be coming along to support Lorraine.

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The 5th Gathercole Re-creation took to the race track at Donington Park
at the Masters Official Test day on April 4th.

All went very well for the first Lola T210 Re-creation and it will now head to Barcelona.



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March 2013

HSCC Easter Revival Meeting at Thruxton saw many Gathercole engines
take to the track for the first time this year, it turned out to be
a very cold couple of days, but great results helped warm the drivers and teams.

Andrew Smith in his March BDG powered 742 claimed a 3rd and 2nd in the Historic F2 races,
Andrew was also delighted to claim fastest lap in the second race.

Jim Gathercole achieved another class win and fastest lap in the
Historic Roadsports race in his MG Midget.

Nelson Rowe led from lights to flag to win the Historic FF2000 race
also claiming fastest lap in his Pinto powered Reynard SF79.

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Jim Gathercole takes Class honours in the opening round of HSCC Historic Roadsports.

Jim took his MG Midget to Donington Park, his local circuit on 17 March,
and much to his delight, in his old faithful Midget, just back from its engine rebuild,
he took the class win and fastest lap in very trying conditions.

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Febuary 2013

Race Retro 2013



Our Lola 210 Re-creation joined forces with the Lola 212 Re-creation
that won the last 2 rounds of the HSCC Martini Trophy at Dijon in October.

The 212 is now available for sale, as this year David intends to concentrate on the 210,
in which he aims to compete in the Historic V de V races
and the 24 hour race at Paul Ricard in September.

There was a lot of interest in both cars and David already has a number of drivers
wishing to share the car in the V de V races.

If sufficient numbers come forward there is the option to run 2 cars,
so please don't hesitate to contact us if it might be of ineterest.

Race Retro also brought about more interest in our engines and gearboxes
and was considered a great success by all.

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Lorraine Gathercole wins the prestigious BWRDC Chairmans Trophy.




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January 2013


258 UUR with some of the Ladies at the Autosport International Show




The Le Mans Classic Index of Performance Winning Gathercole Lotus Elan
was on display at the Autosport International Show at the NEC
10th - 13th January on the BWRDC (British Women Racing Drivers Club) Stand.




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