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by email : david@davidgathercole.co.uk

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July started with Lorraine passing her BARS test ready for some rally adventures.
Then the pair set of for Hungaroring where the weather was very trying!
A wet free pactice saw the Gathercole couple in second place,in the Peter Auto CER 1 Championship.
unfortunately the weather dried for timed qualifying and handling issues meant a 13th place grid spot.
Not to worry the couple were enjoying a fabulous time in Budapest,
a huge crowd arrived for the Sunday races despite the on-off weather, and they were enthusiastic and knowledgable.
The race started well but was plagued with safety car interuptions, not least just one lap in to
Lorraine's stint, and during which the heavens opened, Lorraine being the less confident in the wet
took a sensible approach when the circuit eventually went green, for the last 2 laps,
and brought the car home safely in 10th.

Meanwhile in rallying Chris Skills and Tom Murphy enjoyed a 1st place at the Harry Flatters.

In racing Paul Allen, Jason Redding and Andrew Storer have been collecting podiums
at Angelsea and Croft in the HSCC Formula Ford 2000 races
and a second spot on the podium too for Richard Elligworth in his Formula Atlantic March 74B.

At the Silverstone Classic Mark Richardson/Julian Maynard and Kevin Cooke
scored podiums in the Thundersports races.



This month the Gathercole Lola 212 was driven by David and Lorraine Gathercole
at the Grand Prix de L'Age D'or, Dijon.
Things didn't go to plan as a misundertsnading saw David arrive in the pitlane
before the pit window opened, causing the pair to suffer a huge penalty.

However the couple were delighted to once again share a car, the first time in 7 years!

Thanks to the whole grid of CER competitors and Peter Auto who put on another fantastic event.

Here is some footage of david taking the start.

Also out at Cadwell in the HSCC FF2000 Jason Redding scored a 1st place and a 3rd with Andrew Storer also taking a podium.



The Gathercole Lola 212 had a great weekend at the Spa Classic.
The lovely FVC powered Dorset Foods Lola 212 didn’t miss a beat
and Lorraine smashed her best time there by more than 5 seconds.

Finishing 13th overall (from 48), and 6th in class (from 19)

Huge thanks to Greg Caton for doing the first stint
and to David Gathercole for prepping the car all weekend.

Not forgetting all at Peter Auto for another fantastic event.

Here is some footage from Lorraine's stint.

Photo by photo classic racing



The Gathercole prepared ex Dorset Foods Lola 212 joined the Peter Auto CER 1 grid at Barcelona.

The FVC powered sports racer joining the series for 2019.

Good friend, Greg Caton joined Lorraine Gathercole for the 1 hour race with Greg taking the first stint (he being the faster driver in qualifying).

A good first stint from 12 up to 6th at the driver change.

Unfortunately, the starter did not want to play ball for Lorraine's stint and a huge effort by the team headed by David, got the car back out on track, but a massive 3 minutes were lost.

A consistent drive saw Lorraine bring the car to the in finish 26th from the 48
that started the weekend.

Here is some footage from the start of the race.



Lorraine Gathercole joined a team of ladies from the BWRDC
for the first episode of Mission Ignition a new Channel 4 show.

Classic car racers Tina Cooper, Sharlie Goddard and Lorraine Gathercole donned mechanics overalls
for the first of a new televised game show to rebuild a classic car.

The three British Women Racing Driver’s Club members were selected
to put back together a classic car that the television crew had stripped apart,
with no prior knowledge of what car, and all this in a day and against another team of three.

The first team to start the car got to keep it, so there was more than just pride at stake.

The girls in blue were delighted to be in Indy Car Champion Dario Franchitti’s camp
whilst their opponents, three race instructors in red, were backed by Take That star Howard Donald.

The trio were presented with a thoroughly stripped out 944 Porsche,
whilst the opponents were faced with a Lotus Elan.

Both cars had been stripped to the same degree with the engines out and key components removed, along with suspension, brakes, exhaust, seats, doors, bonnet, boot, lights and bumpers etc.

Both teams faced the challenge with good humour, a comprehensive tool box
but no instruction manual and were left to ‘figure it out’ for themselves.

Despite a slow start, the girls kept a tidy ship, and this was to prove vital
as they reached the first check point in the lead,
the boys having to remove the engine already fitted to install a vital missing component.

That lost time was never recovered and the girls were first to call for the ignition keys,
and with the first click the wipers sprung into action
and the second click saw the engine roar in to life and the team got to claim the coveted prize.

Dario was mightily impressed and went in to the lead in this 4 part series.


9th March saw the second round of the BTRDA Rally Championship at The Malcolm Wilson Rally.

David Gathercole, with regular co-driver Ken Bills,
had an almost faultless drive despite the difficult conditions.

Finishing 2nd in Class and 28th overall David felt this was the best result to date in the
fuel injected BDG powered Mk1 Escort.



The Gathercole Escort took to the rally stages at Race Retro,

taking passenger rides and generally entertaining the crowds.

Blessed with good weather for the 2 day event
the crowds took full advantage and seemend to enjoy every minute.


Best result yet for David Gathercole in the Mk1 Escort in the opening round
of the BTRDA Forest Championship.

The long trip to Landudno for the Cambrian Rally on 16th February was well worth the effort.

According to Co-Driver, Ken Bills, David drove a faultless event
and the BDG powered Escort didn't miss a beat,
and they thoroughly deserved the 2nd in Class.

10th February saw a great start to the rally season for David Gathercole and Ken Bills

in the mk1 Escort with fuel injected BDG. Here are a few photos from the Riponian.

Also going well was Bob Bean in his Cortina with a Gathercole Twin Cam,

who achieved 3rd in class H1.



Happy New Year

January historically begins with the Autosport International Show and this year was to be no exception.

Team Gathercole took a stand in the main hall for all 4 days
and were surprised to find themselves extremely busy throughout.

With a mk1 Escort with Fuel Injected BDG on display, and three different BDG configurations
also on display there was plenty to see and discuss.

The fuel injected and carburettor versions were already well recognised by racers and rally drivers,
but the new Road BDG took many by surprise.

With the growing popularity of the classic car market,
David Gathercole decided to use his expertise to produce a wet sump BDG for road use.

This road version has a forged EN19 crankshaft.
It is 6 bolt fixing.
The flywheel is steel and machined to take an organic road type clutch.
It has wide journal conrods.
The springs are set to lighter settings.
The camshafts are Lotus sprint profile.
The engine is fitted with 45 DCOE's.
The engine is also wet sump.
You can expect 190- 200bhp
And 165' lb torque

And, for a limited time is available for £14,950 Including VAT



Gathercole Race Engines becomes the cover and feature article in the December issue of

The Engine Rebuilder

Lorraine Gathercole invited Editor, Laurie Caddell to visit their new facilities
and he was blown away, so much so that he dedicated 7 pages as well as the cover.

You can subscribe to the electronic version for free by clicking on the image

or email us and we'll send you a copy.



Great result for David Gathercole in his Twin Cam powered
Mk1 Escort at the Malton Rally.
New navigator, for David, this weekend was Kirsty Beckwith.
A really good solid performance by both
(barring a couple of over-shoots - 1 each I am told!)
saw them achieve 2nd in the H2 Class.
Surely the first of many great results for this pairing.



Mico Miniero took a splendid pair of class wins and
Overall 2nd positions at the Algarve Historic Meeting.

Driving his freshly restored Mk1 Escort and
sporting a brand new Gathercole BDG

Mico had a few teething problems during the test session before qualifying,
which left him on the back foot with little track time, but still he qualified 3rd.

In the race he quickly moved up to second place, behind a more modified Escort,
Mico's time came down consistently throughout the weekend,
finishing the second race having achieved a 2 mins 5 seconds
a full 2 seconds better than his expectations.

Well done Mico - Our driver of the MONTH


At the HSCC Silverstone Finals Meeting
Paul Allen secured a fine pair of podiums
to ensure taking 2nd in the Historic FF2000 Championship
in only his first season in single seaters in his
Reynard SF79 with a Gathercole Pinto.
This weekend also saw Jason Redding and Andrew Storer
scoring good points in 5th and 6th in both races.


Great result also for Mark Charteris in his Gathercole BDG powered 742 March.
Mark took the overall win in the Derek Bell Race on Sunday
having finished 3rd overall and 2nd in class in the earlier race.


Another fantastic result for Bob Bean in his Gathercole Twin Cam powered Lotus Cortina

First in Class, 3rd Historic and 22nd overall - in Wales Rally GB

and now a BBC celebrity too....

Ian White from BBC Look North meets rally driver Bob Bean from Cleckheaton
who has been competing since 1960 and is still driving his 1963 Lotus Cortina at the age of 80!



Congratulations to Chris Skill on the Trackrod Historic Cup Rally.
Chris took the Class C5 win as well as a staggering 4th overall.

Co-driving was Graham Wild.

Chris’s mk1 Escort carries a Gathercole 2 litre fuel injected BDG.

Chris Skill also collected the award for the ‘Best Improvement on Seeding’,
which is a set of axle brake pads from Mintex.

In one of his best performances to date,
Skill finished second BHRC crew to secure championship victory in Category 2.

Congratulations also to Bob Bean on the Trackrod Historic Cup Rally.

Bob took the B4 Class win by almost a minute and a half.

Keeping him on course was co-driver was Miles Cartwright.

Bob’s Lotus Cortina carries a 1600cc Gathercole Twin Cam.

A good solid performance also by Jerry Bailey in his mk1 Escort

After initial electrical issues on the night stage

Jerry improved on every subsequent stage to finish 15th overall
and 7th in C5 class, co-driving for Jerry was Graham Lacy.


The HSCC Brands Hatch Indy Meeting took place over the very wet weekend of 22nd/23rd September.

Gathercole Race Engines had several of their Pinto powered cars in the HFF2000 races
and 1 in the Classic Clubmans.

Firstly congratulations to Clive Wood on 2 Class wins in the HSCC Classic Clubmans races
in his Mallock mk20b, Clive also took the fastest laps.

It was also a great weekend for Paul Allen (a different one!) in his Reynard SF79.

Starting race 1 in second position Paul quickly took the lead
and charged on to a convincing win and the fastest lap.

The second race saw Paul slip to 2nd but what a fantastic weekend result
in the most appalling conditions!

Jason Redding also had an excellent result coming 2nd in Race 1.

Meanwhile Nelson Rowe who didn't take part in Race 1,
started from 23rd in race 2 and climbed up to 5th before running out of laps.


Spa Six Hours - Report from Lorraine Gathercole

Well it has to be one of the most iconic circuits and I was driving our latest restoration,
a 1971 Lola T212 with one our 1840cc FVC engines.

Race 1 on Saturday. Well what a fantastic grid of 62 cars from all the different
closed wheel categories run by the Historic Sports Car Club.
The 30 minute race seemed over in no time at all and I was 17th overall
and 3rd in my class of 11 - very pleased with that.

Race 2 on Sunday started well and I moved up to 15th overall however, shortly after the restart
I ‘lost’ all my gears - we later discovered the gear linkage had become detached.
Although classified as only a lap an a half to go,
I wish they hadn’t increased the race distance, I was on for another top 3!

Neither the less I really had a fab weekend with a beautiful, and very fast car
in the most wonderful setting and even the weather was at it's best.
So absolutely no complaints here - where to next?

Also competing at Spa for the first time - Paul Allen

in his freshly restored Lola T212 also with a Gathercole 1840cc FVC.

Paul competed in the FIA Masters Sports Cars and finished a splendid 17th overall.

And, thoroughly enjoyed his 'new' car at a circuit he had only previously done a track day at!!!!

Well done Paul.

photos courtesy of Jeff Bloxham



Well done Jerry Bailey, equal top spot times in the D5 Class
and 6th overall in the Bovington Stages.
In his Ford Escort RS with Gathercole BDG
Graham Lacey co-driving

Great Croft results from the Gathercole powered Pinto's.
Nelson Rowe scored 2 second places
Andrew Storer took 2 fourth places and
Paul Allen took 2 fifth places

All competing in Reynard SF79's in a grid of 30 FF2000's
a really great competitive series run by the HSCC



Great News from the Silverstone Classic FIA Massters Sports Cars.
2nd in class and 21st overall for Paul Allen
in his Gathercole restored Lola 212 with 1840cc FVC
This is only Paul’s second event so well done.

Charles Fogg was out in his Tiga SC79 at Oulton Park
and claimed a hard earned pair of 3rd places in class.
After a slow start to the season with some bad luck
Charles was up for some close racing and with his fresh
Gathercole Pinto engine he was very well rewarded for his effort.

Mark Charteris in his March 742 with Gathercole BDG claimed
2 Class wins and an overall podium
in the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy races at the Brands Hatch Superprix.



Historic Sports Car Club Silverstone International

Success in Pre 80s Endurance for Rob Oldershaw and Mark Richardson.

Race 1 saw Mark Richardson claim 2nd overall and 1st in Class in his Gathercole BDG powered Lola 290.

Race 2 saw Robert Oldershaw claim 3rd overall and 1st in class in his Gathercole FVC powered Lola 290,
with Mark Richardson 4th overall and 1st in Class.

Success for Richard Evans, Jamie Brashaw and Julian Stokes in Historic F2

Richard took 2 outright wins in his Gathercole BDG powered March with
Jamie Brashaw taking 2 third places in his much earlier Gathercole BDG powered Chevron B25.
Meanwhile, Julian Stokes took 2 third in class in his Techno with Gathercole 1600 BDA
and Julian Maynard had a good showing in his Gathercole Powered March 742


Meanwhile in rallying we saw the
FUCHS LUBRICANTS MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Red Kite Stages

Congratulations on the Category victory to Chris Skill/Tom Murphy
(Ford Escort Mk1) with Gathercole fuel injected BDG

And From Peter Scott

Only weighing 830kg and with 280 bhp @ 9k from a David Gathercole fuel injected BDG
it is by far the fastest Historic Escort I have rallied



Racing in the HSCC Historic FF2000 races at Cadwell Park in May
were 4 Gathercole pinto powered Reynard SF79's in a huge grid of 26.

Andrew Storer qualified on pole with Jason Redding in 6th,
Paul Allen in 11th and Clive Wood 18th.

Race 1 - Andrew made a poor start and the race didn't get any better resulting in a DNF.
However, Jason came through to 3rd and his first podium of the Championship

which he only joined this year.
Paul Allen improved up to 8th and Clive Wood up to 13th.

Race 2 saw Andrew starting in 24th, delighting the commentators and crowds with his
skilful charge through the field up to 6th.
However, he couldn't get past Paul with his best finish in the Championship in 5th,
which he also joined this year, and Jason with another splendid podium.
Meanwhile Clive improved up to 12th.

Great photo taken by Paul Lawrence

Our latest Restoration. A Lola T290 with new Gathercole Race Engines FVC engine.


Race Retro February

Race Retro
The International Historic Motorsport Show, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry

See us on Stand 2-120

David Gathercole will take to the wheel of his freshly restored mk1 Escort
with one of our new Lotus Twin Cam Rally Spec. engines Martyn Donn to co-drive.

The rally stage is organised by Rallying with Group B and takes place on
Saturday and Sunday. David will be in car number 80.

You can even sign up on the day for a passenger ride!!!!

But, if you would rather stay in the warm and see the engines and parts
you can visit us on Stand 2-120

Where we will have a selection from our Lotus Twin Cam range as well as
Cosworth BDG and FVC range and Lucas fuel injection.






What an amazing experience the Roger Albert Clark Rally is.

David Gathercole and Martyn Donn decided to fulfil boyhood dreams
and take part in this epic challenge over 4 days and 976 miles
including 281 stage miles mainly on gravel, rallying in 3 different countries
starting in Wales, then travelling through England and up to Scotland.

It certainly wasn't without drama,
as the Historic Race pairing started the journey on Friday at Shelsey Walsh
before moving on to the the gravel at Radnor, Gwibedog and Epynt.

Next an overnight journey up to Carlisle for the start of Saturday
which took in Shepherdshield, Roughside, Whitehill, Ogre Hill and Harwood.

Sunday took them to Greskine, Lockerbie, Windyhill, Craik and Twiglees.

Monday started early for the stages in Newcastleton, Capelstone Fell,
Falstone and finishing at Kielder waterside.

The Gathercole fuel injected BDG engine didn't miss a beat,
despite visiting a swamp,
sliding sideways into a ditch and a double roll.

Thanks to the whole team,

The girls - Lorraine Gathercole and Anita Bramhill,

Service crew - Ashley Poulton, Steve Gardner


Team Manager - Glynn Odell who had prepeared the Mk1 Escort,
for David and Martyn, which mechanically, didn't miss a beat.

Together they made the finish a reality and 2 boys very happy indeed!!

42nd overall and 4th in class.

I have a sneaky feeling they are already planning to return!



Massive congratulations to Mark Richardson and David Gathercole
on an excellent third overall and highest placed 2 litre car
at the Algarve Classic Festival in the Pre '75 Sports Car Race.

Driving a Lola 290 with Gathercole BDG
the car ran faultlessly all weekend and both drivers had a ball.


Great results for Mark Richardson and David Gathercole in Marks Lola 290
2nd overall and 1st in class in the 200km race at Dijon in the BDG powered Lola.

And smiles all round when Lorraine Gathercole in her March 712
claimed 6th overall and the class win in the historic single seater race.



Congratulations to Julian Stokes in his Techno with Gathercole BDA,
a double first at the HSCC Snetterton last 2 rounds of the Classic Racing Cars.

Well done also to Andrew Storer on a 2nd and 3rd in the Historic FF2000
with his Gathercole Pinto powered Reynard SF79.

Congratulations to David Gathercole and Martyn Donn
on a fantastic performance at the Woodpecker Rally.

The Gathercole fuel injected BDG powered mk1 Escort
in full Historic spec improved 22 places on the seeding.



Oulton Park Gold Cup success for Julian Stokes - 1st in Classic Racing Cars
as well as a 3rd in class in HF2 and 3rd in class in DBT.
Julian was driving his delightful Techno with Gathercole 1600cc injected BDA.

Gold Cup success also went to Andrew Smith in his Gathercole BDA 1600cc (on carbs)
powered March 79B who beat the F5000 cars to the overall win in the Derek Bell Trophy.

Richard Evans collected two 2nd's overall in the Historic H2 races
in his March 742 with Gathercole 2 litre BDG.

And Clive Wood took 2nd in class in the Classic Clubmans in his Mallock 20B.

Great weekend all round - congratulatons.


What a Great Gathercole Weekend at the Croft Nostalgia Event.

Our Driver of the weekend was Julian Stokes with 2 outright wins in the
Classic Racing Cars / Historic F3 races in his Techno BDA.

In the same races Lorraine Gathercole achieved a 3rd and second place overall
in her 712 March Atlantic.

Other great drives came from Andrew Storer in his Pukka Pies Reynard SF79
in the HSCC Historic FF2000 races, 2 second places overall.

Massive congratulations to the HSCC and Croft Circuit for putting a most fantastic event.



Congratulations Shane Gifford
3 races, 3 wins, with new Gathercole BDG.
At the Barbagallo Raceway, Perth,
in a round of the State Championships for Western Australia.

July started with the HSCC Brands Hatch Superprix.

Richard Evans was out in his March 79B Atlantic in the Derek Bell Trophy and took 2
Class wins and a 1st and 2nd overall.

Whilst Lorraine Gathercole was out in her March 712 Atlantic in Classic Racing Cars
where she finished 2nd overall and 1st in Class.


Please note that on the 13th June 2017 we moved to our new unit
with more convenient access to the A1/A14.

Inevitably there will some disruption,
but we hope to keep this to a minimum and trust you will come and visit us soon.

Gathercole Race Engines Ltd
22 Stapledon Road
Orton Southgate

Our telephone number, email and website will remain the same.

00 44 (0) 1733 208228




As from 1st June 2017 David Gathercole Race Preparation becomes Gathercole Race Engines Ltd.

This more clearly reflects our core business and also allows us to
take advantage of the benefits of being a limited company,
primarily Research and Development incentives.

Rest assured that David Gathercole remains at the helm as Director,
supported by Lorraine Gathercole also a Director.

David, Lorraine and the whole team are excited that the business is going from
strength to strength and that the move into our new premesis in June is on target.

These developments will mean we will have greater control over our machining
and will enable us to hold more stock of our engine components for the
Cosworth BD and FV series engines as well as the Lotus Twin Cams
and the Lucas fuel injection systems.

We will continue to build and rebuild engines in house,
but will also offer a complete engine supply service from a single item to complete engine kits,
all from our new, more convenient location just off the A1 near Peterborough.

Also, be assured that our passion for Historic Race and Rally Cars remains firmly on our agenda
and that our Lola 210 and 212 recreations are still available
as are the parts to support these cars (and many others).

Do keep a look out for our Open Day,
and join us as we move Gathercole Race Engines Ltd into the future.



Congratulations to Robert Oldershaw, 2nd Overall in the FIA Masters Historic Sportscars race
at Brands Hatch on Sunday 28th.

Robert was driving a Gathercole Recreation Lola 212 with a Gathercole FVC engine.

Several drivers out for the HSCC Silverstone International Meeting

We have chosen 2 drivers of the weekend.

Richard Evans secured Pole Position ahead of the F5000's and F1 in the Derek Bell Trophy.

He then went on to take two wins and fastest overall laps in his March 742 with Gathercole BDG.

Martyn Donn achieved an impressive 2nd overall in the first Derek Bell Trophy,

again ahead of the F5000's, F1 and F2's.

And secured 2 class wins over the weekend.

All in his Gathercole BDA Atlantic Lola T760.

Meanwhile in Classic Racing Cars Julian Stokes in his Gathercole BDA injected Techno

who had a poor qualifying in 32nd place,

came through to 6th overall and took the fastest lap of the race.

Lorraine Gathercole, who was having her first race in her newly acquired March 712
was happy with a 17th overall in very tricky conditions.



Well done Richard Evans at Donington Park in the HSCC Historic F2 races.
Fastest lap and new lap record of 1.04.94, which is a 108.71mph lap, on Saturday,
slightly spoiled by a mechanical gremlin.
But, from starting 17th to taking the lead on lap 4.
Finishing nearly 37 seconds ahead of the second place car in Race 2!!!!!
Congratulations Richard, and well done to the HSCC and the Donington Park Historic Festival
on a great weekend which gets better and better every year.



David had his first opportunity to rally the Escort that had been on display at Race Retro.
The first round of the year at Llandudno having been cancelled,
the Escort went to the Malcolm Wilson Rally fresh.
David and Tom thoroughly enjoyed the whole event,
and have entered the Roger Albert Clark at the end of the year,
but watch this space for other rallies through the year.



Race Retro saw the launch of the Gathercole Race Engines replica BDG and Lotus Twin Cam
to compliment the already well established FVC and Lucas Fuel Injection.
It was a really positive event and we had a freshly restored for rallying MK1 Escort on the stand.
Historic Race Technology also had one of our customer Escorts on their stand.

New BDG engines this one incorporates the top mount injection for

Mk1 Escorts for race and rally.

February also saw Lorraine Gathercole voted in as Chair of the

British Women Racing Drivers Club (BWRDC).

Alongside her role on the MSA Historic Technical Committee.



Saw the launch of the BDG Head for Cosworth BDG engines




We are now pleased to be able to offer, brand new Series 1/Mk 1 Twin Cam Heads for Lotus engines,
from our own period correct patternwork,
using our own tried and tested pattern makers, foundry, and machine shop.



Dijon Motors Cup Historic Race Meeting

Congratulations to:

Mark Richardson and David Gathercole
Lola 290 with Gathercole BDG
200km race – 2 First in Class and Second Overall

Richard Evans – March 79B with Gathercole BDD
Historic F2 – 2 First in Class and a Second and 4th Overall.

Which meant Richard Evans won Class B
of the HSCC Historic F2 Championship
in his Gathercole BDD powered 79B March.

HSCC Silverstone Finals

Massive congratulations to Martyn Donn who secured the
2016 HSCC Derek Bell Trophy
in his Lola T760 with Gathercole BDA
at the Silverstone Finals on Sunday.

Photo by Laura Manning/Steve Cross



Spa - HSCC Closed Wheel Race a huge grid of 69 cars!!!

A fantastic spectacle.

Congrats to :
Mark Richardson, Lola 290 with Gathercole BDG, 3rd Overall,
David Alborough, Osella PA5 with Gathercole BDG, 3rd in Class, 5th overall.
Martin Donn, Coldwell C14 with Gathercole FVC, 6th overall.

Brands Hatch - HSCC Historic FF2000

Congrats to :
Andrew Storer, Reynard SF79, with Gathercole Pinto, 3rd in Class in race 1
and 2nd in class and 3rd overall in race 2.

Brands Hatch - HSCC Classic Clubmans
Congrats to :
Clive Wood, Mallock 20B, with Gathercole Ford Crossflow, 1st in Class in both races.

Massive congratulations to Richard Evans on 2 Class wins
and 2 overall 2nd places in his 79B March with Gathercole BDD
in the FIA Historic F2 races at Zandvoort in Holland.

Congratulations also to Laurent Majou with his
WG British Racing 1275 Mini on his
pole position and win at Nogaro.

You can watch his pole lap here



HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup congratulations to

Martyn Donn, Derek Bell Trophy races 2 first in Class B
in his lovely Lola T760 with Gathercole BDA.

Julian Stokes, Classic Racing Cars 2nd Overall
in his beautifully restored Techno with Gathercole BDG

HSCC Croft
HFF2000 - Andrew Storer 2 x 3rd overall in his 79 Reynard with Gathercole Pinto



Always a busy month, congratulations;
HSCC Brands Hatch Superprix
FF2000 - Nelson Rowe 2nd in Class, Andrew Storer 3rd in Class
HFJ - Lorraine Gathercole 2nd in Class

Le Mans Classic - Plateau 6 - Mark Richardson
7th overall and 4th on the Index of Performance and 3rd in the Team Competition
in his Gitannes liveried Lola 290 with Gathercole BDG.

Silverstone Classic - FIA Sports Car Masters - Robert Oldershaw
3rd in Class and 5th overall in his Gathercole Lola Recreation with Gathercole FVC.

The Prudential Ride London
Congratulations to David Gathercole finishing the 100mile event in 4 hours 51 minutes,
and Lorraine Gathercole completing her first ever event, 46 miles in 2 hours 37 minutes.



Cadwell Park saw an excellent 2nd overall for Andrew Storer in his
Pukka Pies Reynard FF2000.



Andy Smith scored another 2 class wins (both second overall)
at the HSCC Silverstone International Meeting in the
Derek Bell races in his Formula Atlantic March 79B.

Andy was only beaten on track by the
Invitation F1 McLaren M26 car of Michael Lyons who took both wins.

Martyn Donn took 2nd in Class in both races in his Lola T760 Atlantic.

April ended well for Andrew Smith,
winning the opening round of the HSCC Historic Formula 2 Championship,

and May started well with a second win in the second race.



The season started well for Nelson Rowe at The HSCC meeting at Castle Combe,
his Historic FF2000 with Gathercole powered Ford Pinto took pole position by 0.5 sec.
Unfortunately he lost 3rd gear in the race, so he only came 3rd, but,
he did set a NEW LAP RECORD.



The iconic Arrows A1 of Jamie Brashaw featuring its Gathercole DFV engine
made its first public appearance at the Goodwood Members Meeting.
And it couldn't have been any better as the photos will demonstrate.

Although the event was a 'high speed demonstration' there was no holding back,
and Jamie took to the front row alongside Nick Padmore and Dario Franchitti!



In case you have been wondering what we have been up to over the winter months....

We have been rebuilding a V12 engine for this very special Jaguar XJ13.

This fantastic car, which is the culmination of many years of work by Neville Swales,
was shown for the first time at the London Classic Car Show in February

and visitors got to hear this fantastic beast of an engine roar into life.



Happy New Year to all our customers and friends old and new.



Congratuations to :

Andy Smith on winning the Atantic Class of the HSCC European F2 Championship


Richard Evans who won the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy
and also the Best Performance in a March



Jamie Brashaw is delighted to have been invited by the Earl of March
to bring his Arrows to the Goodwood Members Meeting in March.


Richard Evans finished the season in style at the HSCC finals at Silverstone
where he took the overall win in the Derek Bell Race in his Formula Atlantic March 79B.
Richard took the lead from the powerful F5000 Chevron of Neil Glover on lap 9.
Well done Richard on a superb performance.

Richard Evans, The Giant-Killer, in his March 79B Atlantic, according to Historic Racing



Another noisy day Testing at Donington Park with Jamie Brashaw in his Arrows A1.


Kind words from another satisfied customer

"Hello David & Lorraine,
Last weekend was my first outing with the Chevron B19.
Since this was my first race weekend with a serious sports racer
(aside of 2 weekends with my slower Brabham BT8)
this was a real challenge to learn to drive the car.
We did not have an opportunity to try it out before, d
ue to the late completion and the rainy weather during the previous weekend.

Friday practice sessions were ok, some suspension adjustments, getting comfortable, etc.
- it's a high revving engine and different from my previous experiences.
By Saturday morning I did an ok. qualifying,
then moving up in the sports racer + formula group gradually during two 15 min. races
on Saturday and two races on Sunday to win the Sunday points race (including fastest lap).
That was incredible - not that I had to pass any professionals,
but we have some pretty good drivers in our groups.

Your engine has outstanding power from 7000 up,
but I still have to learn to stay out of the lower revs."

Well done Ralf, we are looking forward to you getting lots more excellent results.



Jamie Brashaw's Arrows A1 takes to the track at Donington for a shake down,
all looking good for further outings later in the year.



Great article in Historic Racing Technology about the Lotus Twin Cam


The David Gathercole Race Preparation website is now updated with lots of youtube footage,
so do please take a look, http://davidgathercole.co.uk/links.html
and if you want to send in some of yours please let us have the link.


The HSCC annual Brands Hatch Superprix meeting had many large grids
and despite the Silverstone Classic only being 2 weeks away
many Gathercole drivers were out in force.

David had been invited to drive the Ex Jo Bonnier, Gitanes Lola 290 of Mark Richardson
which sported one of our BDG's. Mark was pleased to qualify 4th overall,
and delighted when stood on the podium with David to collected the
trophy for 3rd overall in the Pre-80 Endurance race.

Meanwhile Andrew Smith took the F2 races down to the wire in his
BDA powered March which he took to 2nd overall (1st in class),
only beaten by the full F2 March of Darwin Smith.

Other sterling performances in the F2 races came from
Jamie Brashaw in his Chevron B25 with Gathercole BDG;
and Steve Allen in his March 782 with Gathercole BMW.

Meanwhile, Steve Allen and Andy Huxtable took class wins in the
Derek Bell races.

And, BH report from Richard Rowe - sorry for missing you off
Cracked exhaust completely in Q, only did 4 laps
Went rapidly from 7th on the grid to 2nd and mostly matched the
newer car of Ian Pearson for speed but could not catch him
If I had started at the front could have worried him into a mistake
and repeated the Silverstone result! ( said the driver)

Thanks again for a whizzy engine - Richard Rowe

Lorraine had a weekend off ahead of the Silverstone Classic
but managed to take some great photos.



HSCC Donington Park

Richard Evans put on a supreme performance in the Derek Bell Race
in his Gathercole BDA Atlantic March to take pole position from the F5000's.
Richard stormed away at the start and built up a 12 second advantage by lap 5
when the safety car was called in to intervene,
at the re-start Richard again rushed away and won the race outright by a further 12 seconds.
Richard also achieved fastest lap with a time of 105.62 a staggering 108.56 mph over the lap.
This also gave Richard the lap record from Andrew Smith in the same car earlier in the month!


HSCC Silverstone International Meeting.
Driver of the Meeting has to go to Richard Evans.
Richard drove his BDA powered March 79B to Pole Position
in the Derek Bell Trophy Qualifying with a sub 2 minute lap.

Then whilst leading Race 1, he suffered a puncture.

Race 2 he started from the back (because of his dnf in race 1)
and came through to lead the race by lap 5.

Richard won by close to 20 seconds from the F5000 of Ian Ashley.
Richard also took fastest lap in both races.

Other notable performances were:

Martyn Donn and Andy Huxtable class 1/2 in the Derek Bell.
Steve Allen took two class seconds in Derek Bell.
Nelson Rowe took the outright win in Historic FF2000.
Andrew Storer had a class win Historic FF2000
And Lorraine Gathercole took a class second in Historic Formula Junior.


Well done Andrew Smith in his March 79B,
3rd overall and 1st in Class in his Gathercole BDA powered Formula Atlantic
in the Historic F2 Championship race at the Donington Historic Festival.
Smashing his own Formula Atlantic lap record by 1.2 seconds!!!!!!!!!

Meanwhile Steve Allen scored a great 5th overall
in his newly acquired March 782 with Gathercole BMW.



Richard Evans, Andrew Storer & Clive Wood start the race season in style with class wins in
Derek Bell Trophy, Historic FF2000 & Classic Clubmans.

The HSCC Thruxton Easter Revival Meeting
was the first race of the year for many of our customers,
congratulations on the first of many wins this year for our customers.



Jamie Brashaw had his first outing of the year at a Donington Park Test Day.

Jamie was in his Gathercole BDG powered Chevron B25.

It looked and sounded fantastic and went very well indeed.


January Firstly Happy New Year to all our friends, customers and future friends and customers.

We have had one of our busiest winters ever, with a number of cars changing hands,
restorations under way and new plans and new customers.

The restoration of a Chevron B25, for Jamie Brashaw to compete in Historic F2 is nearing completion.
Whilst his DFV engine is being finalised for his Arrows F1 which will be out mid season.

Jamie sold his F2 March to Steve Allen who also plans some F2 outings this year
as well as outings in his Gathercole Lola 212.

Robert Oldershaw has had his FVC engine rebuilt for his Gathercole Lola 212
and is looking forward to doing more Masters races in it.

Whilst another Gathercole Lola 212 is due to start racing this year
and another is about to ship to the USA.

We are still working through the huge number of engine rebuilds we have had this year,
it looks very promising for some large grids
with a great deal of enthusiasm already charging the atmosphere.



November 2014

Jon Finch and Andy Huxtable score a 1-2 at the HSCC Open Wheel Race at the Walter Hayes Festival.
Jon claimed the win and Andy the fastest lap, great way to finish the year, well done.

Meanwhile, Lorraine (with her BWRDC hat on) had been busy organising a ladies handicap race,
and a turn out of 29 competitors secured a new British Record for the most Ladies in a Motor Race.
And, they all enjoyed themselves.


September 2014

At the Spa Six Hours meeting, David had to withdraw as he had fractured his pelvis in 2 places
the previous weekend, falling off his bike, during a 70 mile sportif.

However, he made the trip to Spa to support Robert Oldershaw in his Lola 212 Gathercole Recreation
in the FIA Masters Sports Car race.
An engine problem (which was later discovered to have been caused by contaminated fuel)
prevented Robert, who had not raced at Spa for some 10 years,
from qualifying very well.
Fortunately, a spare engine was called for from base,
and with no racing on Saturday the engine change was a fairly simple matter.
Starting from 17th Robert made good progress through the field until the pit-stops,
when a misjudgment on his part meant he missed the pit-window, incurring a drive-through penalty.
Undeterred, Robert re-joined and finished 13th overall and 2nd in Class,
greatful to everyone who had helped to get, and change, the engine to ensure he got a race.


HSCC recognise huge effort by David Gathercole and his team
in getting Jamie Brashaw a race in the Gathercole Chevron B25.

August 2014

HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup 2014.
Robert Oldershaw in a Gathercole Lola 212 with 1840cc FVC claimed second on the grid in
Saturdays Qualifying for the HSCC Martini Race, only outpaced by a later 'winged' Lola 296.
Sunday afternoon's race was electrifying with the nimble 212 taking on the
bigger, but heavier 296, with the drivers' swapping places time and again,
but, at just after mid-distance, Robert built an advantage and crept away.
Robert, understandably delighted with the win was even more pleased
to have also secured the fastest lap also.

A fantastic first Oulton Park 'Gold Cup' for a Gathercole Lola 212.


HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup
Richard Evans in his Gathercole BDG powered March 79b, qualified a fantastic 2nd overall
in the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy on Saturday.
There was no racing for DBT cars on Sunday and so Monday morning started with a brief 'warm-up',
Richard decided nothing would be gained by taking to the very wet track and saved himself
and his car for the race.
As the cars were being called to grid everyone had to make a late decision as the circuit,
which had been very wet appeared to be drying, albeit slowly.
The majority played 'safe' on wet tyres,
but Richard believed that it would dry and chose to start on slicks,
with the 'team' on hand to do a tyre change after the formation lap
if he felt it was the wrong decision.
However, Richard did not come in and the race started.
Richard dropped back to 3rd overall in the first lap,
but it became clear quickly that the wet tyred cars were searching for water to cool their tyres,
and Richard's lap times improved dramatically.
Lap on lap he closed down Michael Lyons in his F5000 Gurney Eagle,
until with a lap and half to go Richard took the lead and went on to win the race outright
in his F2 March.
Richard also claimed fastest lap by more than 2 seconds.
In race two, which was restarted following an accident involving several cars,
Richard saw his early lead negated, and lost out to Michael Lyons in his F5000.
Richard was unable to repeat his first race overtake and had to settle for 2nd,
however, he still claimed fastest lap and of course the Class win.

HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup

Andy Huxtable in his Gathercole restored Chevron B34, with Gathercole BDA,

claimed a well deserved 1st and 2nd in class
and two overall 6ths in the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy races.


Sports 2000 at Thruxton 16th August.
In the Championship round of the Historic Sports 2000 race young
Michael Gibbins driving a Gathercole Pinto engined Lola T290 claimed pole position.
He then went on to achieve the fastest race lap.
Micheal lead from the start until the second from last lap, when the tyres started to go off,
which meant he was unable to hold off a class B car.
Michael finished second overall and first Historic.
In the non championship joint pinto/duratec race on Sunday, Michael finished first pinto car.

Congratulations Michael another fantastic weekend.

Photo is 'Team Gibbins' in pole position in the collecting paddock before the race at Thruxton.


David Gathercole Race Preparation listed in
Motorsport News Best of British Companies top 20,
alongside the likes of Williams, McLaren and Cosworth


Shane Gifford won the meeting on the weekend of 9th/10th August
at Barbagallo Raceway, Australia
and set a new lap record for Group Q - Historic Racing & Sports Racing Cars (1970 – 1977).
Shane drives a 1972 722 March with a Gathercole Lotus Twin Cam.


Michael Gibbins continues his success at Pembrey on Saturday 2nd August
where he qualified third on old tyres.
He put new tyres on for the race and was in to the lead by the second lap,
he then pulled away to win overall by 18 seconds.
Also setting fastest historic lap time.


July 2014

Phil Hall and Nick Padmore claimed the class win at the Silverstone Classic FIA Sportscar Masters race,
with Robert Oldershaw and David Gathercole 2nd.
Both teams were driving Lola 212's powered by our FVC engines.
They also claimed 5th and 6th overall, only beaten by the more powerful Lola T70's,
and both had pit-stop dramas, so who knows what might have been!


Neil Primrose and Serge Krikhoff excel at the Le Mans Classic in their Lola 210's.

Neil qualified 5th overall and Serge 17th.
In Race 1, at night, Neil finished 6th overall and Serge 8th.
In Race 2, at dawn, Neil suffered a broken gear linkage and could not finish
whilst Serge finished 15th.
In Race 3, Neil came through from 59th to 6th overall
with a best time of 4mins 26.9 seconds, his best time and fastest of the under 2 litre cars.
Whilst Serge finished 15th, which gave him 8th in the overall classification
and made him the highest placed under 2 litre car.

Well done boys.

And well done Lorraine on this un-orchestrated photo of both 210's on the start/finish straight.


June 2014

At the Oulton Park Sports 2000 meeting on 28 June Michael Gibbins,
driving a Gathercole prepared Lola T590,
qualified fastest in the Historic class,
and went on to be the first Pinto engined car home in the first race,
setting the fastest lap of the race in the process,
and was the second Pinto engined finisher in the second race -
well done Michael,
and dad Allan who was kept busy repairing a broken exhaust!

Gathercole racers do well at HSCC Autosport 3 hour meeting at Snetterton on the 300 circuit.
Historic FF2000 racer Nelson Rowe took a second and first place
and 2 fastest laps in his Reynard SF79,
whilst Andrew Storer in his Pukka Pie Royale RP27 took a well deserved 3rd.

On 1st June at the Historic Trophy Nurburgring,
Martyn Donn took another overall win and fastest lap in the
Historic Monoposto race finishing over a minute ahead
of his nearest rival in his Lola T760 with a Gathercole BDA Atlantic engine.

Also, on the 1st June Clive Wood took 2nd in class
and fastest lap at Silverstone in the Classic Clubmans race.
Clive races a Mallock MK20 with Gathercole engine.


May 2014

A guest driver drove the Gathercole Lola 210 at the Masters Brands Hatch Festival
and did very well indeed for his first time in the car.
The conditions were at best difficult and our driver had a spin early in Race 1,
which put him back to last, but he soon set about making up the lost time
and by the end of the race was 7th overall and 3rd in class with 4th fastest time.
The second race was totally dry and all went well,
and for a while our driver was 3rd overall and 1st in class, but slipped back
to finish 2nd in Class and another 4th fastest time.
He also achieved 2nd in Class in the combined results.


Gathercole engines speed to success at HSCC Silverstone International meeting.

Richard Evans had two dominant wins in the Derek Bell Races in his 79B March formula Atlantic car.
Richards lap time of 2.02.16 was fastest of the entire weekend.
Richard finished race 1 with a lead of over 42 seconds and race 2 with 35.

The Gathercole Lolas of David Gathercole and Robert Oldershaw achieved class 1st and 2nd
and overall 2nd and 3rd in both the HSCC Martini Trophy races.
Other notable performances included John Finch 3rd in Class in Derek Bell Trophy,
and Nigel Correy 3rd in Class in FF2000.


At the second event of the year on the Sports 2000 calendar at Brands Hatch on 10th May,
Michael Gibbins, in a Gathercole prepared Lola T590, won his class,
extending his winning run to three wins in three consecutive races.

Well done Michael.

Photo courtesy of Mike Lambert/Gridshots.


The Gathercole Lolas take a 1 - 2 at The Donington Park Historic Meeting.
David Gathercole in his Lola 210 Recreation won the Martini Trophy Race on Saturday 3rd May,
with Robert Oldershaw taking 2nd in his Lola 212 Recreation.

David also secured the fastest lap in the race,
which went on to be the fastest throughout the entire weekend.


April 2014

At the Jim Clark Revival ay Hockenheim,
Martyn Donn took 2 overall wins and fastest laps in the Historic Monoposto races.
Martyn runs a Lola T760 with a Gathercole BDA Atlantic engine.
Well done Martyn.


At the opening round of the SRCC Sports 2000 championship
at Silverstone on 27 April
Michael Gibbins claimed the pinto powered cars pole, fastest lap
and overall pinto win in a Gathercole prepared 1980 Lola T590.

Meanwhile Rollo Tomasi took a class win at the same event in his Swift
and Anthony Armelin took a class win at the URS Classic FF2000
race at Croft on Saturday 26th.

Great weekend for our drivers at the HSCC Thruxton Easter Revival
with class wins for Jon Finch, Neil Glover and Clive Wood in the Derek Bell Trophy races,
Clive Wood also took a class win in the Classic Clubmans race.
and class top 3's for Anthony Armelin Historic FF2000,
Lorraine Gathercole in Historic Formula Junior and Andy Huxtable in DBT.


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!


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.


We would like to wish all our friends and customers

A Very Merry Christmas
A Happy New Year


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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!’


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Lorraine Gathercole wins the prestigious BWRDC Chairmans Trophy.


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.

View the 2011/12 news here.