A Historical Celebration of Road Sports Cars That Took To The Tracks...
C.A.E ( Carson Automotive Engineering ) CORSE
( Raced in British GT + Auto-Italia Championships )
ENGINE : Alfa Romeo 164
MIRAGE COUNTACH REPLICA
( Raced in British GT 1997 + 98 )
ENGINE : Chevy V8 Cylinders
The iconic Lamborghini Countach had an almost
non- existant racing career so when UK kit-car
maker Mirage teamed with RGS Motorsport to
race a bright yellow Countach replica it was a
very welcome addition. The team were up
against the might of the GT1 super cars like the
McLaren F1 and Porsche GT1. The team had a
tough 1997 with Gary Ward , the former Honda
NSX racer suffering DNFs in all 5 races in the
British GT series. 1998 was better with 4
finishes from 4 and a best at the last race at
Silverstone in 8th , all the more admirable as
Ward drove solo
GARDNER DOUGLAS 427 ( 1996/97 ) /
427 GT ( 2000/01 )
( Raced in British Sports + GT Championships )
ENGINE : Chevy 350ci 5700cc V8 Cylinders
POWER : 500BHP @6700 rpm
( GT had bored 6000cc version giving 550 BHP )
WEIGHT : ballasted up to minimum reg 1080 KGS
( 2000 ) 950 KGS without.
TOP SPEED : 175 MPH ( 1997 )
Established in Nottinghamshire in 1990 by Andrew
Burrows this company has an excellent reputation in
the industry for its high quality 1960s replicas.
Heather Bailey became the works driver and joined
BRSCC Historic Replica series in 1994 in the
companys Cobra 427 replica product to compete
with similar products from rival companys like
Dax and Ram. It was a great series and showcased
the finest replica sports cars Britain offered , not
just Cobra but GT40s , Jaguar C + D types etc.
Heather ( now McAlpine finishing 2nd in 1995.
Nick Taylor became the works driver for 1996 in
what was renamed the Sports + GT Challenge to
continue the good work in the blue Chevy-powered
racer. This proved to be a dominant combination ,
Taylor with 12 outright wins in 21 starts + 6 times
runner-up to comfortably win the 1996+97 series`.
The team had 1998 off , raced and won the 3 races
entered in 1999 and returned fully in 2000 after
putting there racing development into the road
cars. The 2000 was known as the GT and was
featured in both Kit Car Magazine and CCC mag
( Mark Hales track testing it ). The chassis had
been strengthend but a new carbon-fibre body with
perferated bonnet brought the weight down by 100
kgs. The Chevy V8 bored to give more torque. The
team didnt make every round and Burrows had to
replace Taylor when the works driver had a broken
foot. It all came good in 2001 when Taylor secured
his and Gardner Douglas` third title.
GD continue to build this and other exciting sports
cars , see link , aswell as race when possible.