During the 1992 season the Honda was built by Jim Morgan at JTM services near Haslemere. The whole project, starting from scratch, was completed in a little over five months with many of the parts coming from well known sources. The suspension was from a Group C2 Spice sports car together with Hewland transaxle, centre lock BBS wheels and AP air jacks. The Ford Cosworth engine was originally built by Andy Rouse and then modified by Alan Sherwood before finally it went to Harvey Gibb in Peterborough. Intercooler and Radiator assemblies were made by Brise Fabrications in Dartford.
The bodywork was all uniquely made by Dove Engineering in Alton, Hants. During the last couple of years that we owned the car the aerodynamics were subtly modified to enable us to compete against the more nimble Super Touring Cars. Endplates were added to the rear wing, an extended front splitter was added with small winglets and the underneath of the floor was altered to tidy up airflow with the aid of a rather nice diffuser.
It was a heart breaking moment in October 2003 to see the Honda go, but the buyer is sure to give the beast more time out on the track than we could. Peter Thurston now owns the car that Rod built during 1992 and which has beaten far more modern Super Touring Cars than we care to mention. Peter is one of the most honest, enthusiastic and spectacular drivers we know, but time will tell if he will manage to get the same sideways action as he does with his splendid V8 MK1 Escort.
UPDATE. The car is currently in moth balls. (August 2006)
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