2021 Race Calendar

Following our committee meeting of 12 December 2020 we are delighted to announce our 6-event calendar for 2021. Entry forms are not available yet nor is 2021 live on https://sevenfiftyrm.prosolvehosting.co.uk for the moment.

Sunday 9th May Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit: with invited guests the Calm All Porsche Trophy 750MC

Sunday 30th May Donington National: with CSCC Special Saloons & Modsports, quali + 3×15 mins race in one day, guests of the CSCC www.classicsportscarclub.co.uk/race-calendar

Sat 3/Sun 4 July Brands Hatch Indy: American Speedfest with Euro NASCAR www.speedfest.co.uk 750MC and MSV

Sun 8th Aug Silverstone Intl: details t.b.a. 750MC

1, 2, 3 October Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium: 1-hour race t.b.a

Sun 24th Oct Silverstone GP: 25 min Quali and 40 min race with pit stops, one or two cars, guests of the CSCC

There are other events for which our cars are eligible but which do not form part of the official series. Please contact marcus@bicknell.com for details if you are desperate for more racing.

New Chevrolet Corvette replicas

Here’s a brilliant idea for your next race car… a classic Corvette body with state-of-the-art chassis, engine and running gear. You are surely going to blow the Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s competition away with one of these. Check out the new web site from Bernie, Adam and Simeon Chodosh at https://www.thecorvettefactory.co.uk/

The Corvette Factory  is the brainchild of Bernie Chodosh. 40 years’ of experience delivering dream Corvettes for Road and Track. The simplest way to ‘backdate’ or ‘Restomod’ your C3 Corvette! Our Corvette Factory Bodies are designed to fit straight over C3 Corvette Chassis and include custom floorpan, firewall, inner fenders, dash, doors, hood, lower splash panel and custom body mounts. These are not kit cars but real V8 Corvettes! We can also supply chassis’ too.

“Having built several C1, C2 and C3 Corvettes over 25+ years, there is little we don’t know about making competitive racecars. With FIA guidelines restricting drivetrains, suspension and brakes, the real way to get mid-year Corvettes going fast is to get them to handle, the cornerstone of this is to control weight. Often when people learn that Corvette’s are made of fiberglass, they assume that this means lightweight. If any of you have ever carried a Corvette Coupe door over your shoulder, you will know that this is far from the truth. Ignoring the years of wear and tear, multiple paint jobs and tubs of filler, these bodies were heavy from the factory. Here at The Corvette Factory, we can offer different thickness bodies from ultra-lightweight for drag racing to lightweight and reinforced bodies for Historic road racing. Complete bodies weigh from as little as 100kgs or 220lbs.”

Photo above left: Adam, Simeon and Bernie Chodosh

Dream a while. Then buy one. Then go racing.

FOR SALE: 2009 Dunlop Holden 6.2L V8

2009 Chevrolet CSV Lumina 6.2L V8 Production Touring Car, Built by General Motor Racing, for the Bahrain Goverment, for the support race at the F1 Races in 2009/10. £30000.00 Phone: +44 (0) 7774 268965 Email: james.tucker@ukv8s.co.uk

Up for sale are four 2009 Chevrolet CSV Lumina 6.2L V8 Super Touring Cars. The race cars are based on a Holden Commodore VE chassis, there are many variants of car with this chassis in different countries; Vauxhall VXR8 in the UK for example. The cars were originally built for a single make championship in Bahrain, where it ran for a several seasons. The following four race prepared vehicles are available:

One White – Raced by us, Recently rebuilt and Prepped

One Yellow – Raced by us, Recently rebuilt and Prepped

As shown in the above images and advertised on the front page of our web site http://www.ukv8s.co.uk/

The bodywork condition on all the cars is good, with extensive race preparation carried out on each car. The drivetrain is fully serviced, with the engine sounding great at 105db. The relevant safety equipment is also in-date and fully to specification. A full spares package is available, and we can offer additional parts if required. We stock a large quantity of parts specifically for these vehicles, including all drivetrain components (multiple ratio diffs available), engine utilities, dash software and spare wheels. Custom parts and imports available on request from our international providers. Viewing is advised, and you are more than welcome to come down to our workshop near Guildford, Surrey. If you wish to pay us a visit, please contact us to arrange a time. Please contact us for the relevant delivery options. Delivery is accepted within reason or relevant collection options from our workshop.

ENGINE – LSX 376 B8

· Normally aspirated water-cooled V8.

· 6,200cc stroke 92mm bore 103.25mm diameter

· Max power 450BHP 5,900RPM Max RPM 6000

· LSX 376 B8 – Engine is force induction friendly

· Required fuel quality 95 octane unleaded

· Wet sump lubrication

· Sequential multi-point injection

· Electronic engine management Delphi MEFI 4b by Painless

· Single throttle body intake

· Front mounted Setrab oil cooler

POWER TRAIN

· Jerico four speed gearbox with sequential dog engagement

· ZF LSD differential unit in 2.92 ratio

· Aluminium race flywheel

· Dual plate clutch rated at 1100BHP

· Hydraulic clutch release system

BODYWORK

· Weight optimised body shell

· Aerodynamic front splitter – Lightweight road bumpers available on request

· Adjustable carbon fibre rear wing

· Ventilation for driver via modified windows

· CIC interior panels

· Steel boot lid with strengthening for rear wing

· Modified synthetic rear body panels with diffuser

· Poly carbonate side and rear windows

· Welded in roll cage

· Quick release steering wheel

· Electric fire extinguisher system

· 80 litre ATL fuel tank

· 2.5″ ATL dry break system

SUSPENSION

Front axle

· MacPherson strut, height adjustable

· Double coil spring race set up (helper springs) – Springs with alternate spring rates available separately

· Bilstein dampers

· Dual lower control arms with spherical bearing joints

· Adjustable front anti roll bar

· Power steering

· Continually variable track rods

· Modified steering Column – height and rake adjustable

Rear axle

· Multilink rear suspension on sub frame with rose joint inserts

· Suspension struts, height adjustable

· Single coil spring race set-up

· Bilstein dampers

· Reinforced adjustable track rods

· Adjustable anti roll bar

BRAKE SYSTEM

· Dual circuit brake system adjustable via AP balance system and two master cylinders.

· AP Racing pedal box

· AP Racing master cylinders

Front axle

· PFC ZR27 billet monobloc 4 piston callipers

· PFC 380mm discs

· PFC Endurance pads

Rear axle

· PFC ZR33 two-piece billet 4 piston callipers

· PFC 355mm discs

· PFC Endurance pads

RIMS

· Single piece Enkei RCT4 race rims 18 x 9″ (More available as per request)

Andrew Knight’s Ascar V8 for sale

FOR SALE… Andrew Knights Pontiac Ascar V8 is for sale at £29,950 via Bernie Chodosh. This is one of the 2 fastest Ascar or Nascar race cars on European tracks. Highly developed with limited miles on its 2018 Chevrolet LS3 540 BHP dry sump engine. The transmission is a 4 speed Jerico Nascar Dog box (no clutch needed on the up-shift) the body work is in excellent condition as well as all the components on the car . This is a front-running car in Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8’s and is eligible for the Classic Sports Car Club’s Modsports, MSVR Allcomers, Europe’s Young-timers YTTC series and other events. Car has spare wheels and tyres. Always meticulously maintained. No doors as per a Nascar, just pop in through the window. Not for the faint hearted. Please call Bernie on 07958 932921

Ford Mustang Road/Race car for sale… SOLD

FOR SALE: SOLD 5th December 2020. Ford Mustang Fastback road race car, originally bought in from the States over 15 years ago where it raced with the SCCA and SVRA. Initially bought in by an English driver who campaigned it for a number of seasons with the HSCC and Aston Martin Anglo-American series. It was then sold to Andrew Knight who developed the car as it is today. The engine built by Steve Warrior is a highly developed 289. Correct in every way, coupled to a race prepped 4 speed gearbox. The car is race or road/rally condition. The price of £47,500 is a third of the build cost. The car has now been registered for the road. It would be accepted for most race series and European rallies. Contact Bernie Chodosh at berniecchodosh @ gmail . com

Classic American news from Thruxton

Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s were invited by the CSCC to race with their Special Saloons & Modsports, and several of us enjoyed, for the second year running, pushing our huge motor vehicles round Britain’s fastest circuit. Our friend Steve Havelock from Classic American car magazine was there with ball-point pen and camera. Two page spreads in the magazine are the result and I attach them complete for your interest.

Click to enlarge or download:

Brands Hatch GP 29 August 2020 Report

#43 Steve CHEETHAM Porsche Cayman S placed 2nd

Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s with Gaz Shocks & Hoosier Tyres and the CALM All Porsche Trophy

40-minute pit stop race on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, Saturday 29th August 2020.

AUTOSPORT magazine, 3rd September 2020

Down at the far end of the Brands Hatch paddock, and away from the glamour of the British GT motorhomes, you might have been mistaken for thinking it was a meeting purely for club racers. As far as the eye could see there was an eclectic mix of machines that were taking part in the Bernie’s V8s and CALM Porsche Trophy contest, from Porsche Caymans and Boxsters to TVR Tuscans and MGB GTV8s, with everything in between. Many of them had been brought to the circuit via trailers hitched to cars in typical club racing fashion, with the opportunity to race around the Brands Hatch GP layout and in support of British GT too good a chance to miss for the 43 entries.

2nd fastest lap went to #98 Alex THISTLETHWAYTE in his Lola T70 Mk1 at 1’41.325 (Matt Holben quickest)

Pole position went to the Tuscan of Matt Ellis and Aaron Moyce, the latter taking part in only his second ever race after competing in the Bentley Drivers Club Allcomers contest at Silverstone the previous weekend. “We had a chat with Jack Mitchell [British GT driver] and it’s good to see the other end of the scale,” said Moyce. “Everyone is here to have a good day and good race. Everyone enjoys seeing everyone’s cars, especially these old cars.”

Winner #41 Graham WALDEN, TVR Tuscan Challenge RV8

Fellow front-row starter Christian Douglas took the lead in his Tuscan on the run to Paddock Hill Bend at the beginning of the 40-minute race as Graham Walden in his Tuscan Challenge RV8 moved into second, while Moyce dropped to seventh by the end of the opening lap. A lap later and any chance of the polesitting car being in contention for the win fell away as the cutout switch tripped, turning the car off. Although Moyce eventually rejoined, he and Ellis finished down in 32nd. Matt Holben in his Tuscan had moved into second by the end of lap four, and over the next few laps trimmed the lead to Douglas to get within one second approaching the halfway point. But then it was all change as first Douglas suffered a broken gearbox, handing the lead to Holben, only for his Tuscan to retire seconds later after suffering a suspected broken camshaft. The misfortune allowed Walden’s Tuscan to take up the mantle after the pitstops had been completed, having started third. Then his lead began to be whittled down in the final 10 minutes by the hard-charging Alex Thistlethwayte in his Lola T70 Mkl. He slashed the gap from 5.8s to 1.7s in the space of three laps
as the duo encountered traffic.

#93 Russell McCarthy, MGB GT V8, took 3rd

With a minute and a half left on the clock, the chequered flag was thrown with Walden holding on, as Thistlethwayte spun off at Clearways. Although he rejoined, he pulled into the pits and was unclassified, with his mistake promoting Steve Cheetham – the highest-placed runner in the CALM Porsche Trophy – into second, with Russell McCarthy’s MGB GTVB third, Steve Everson and Marcus Bicknell in the Logano Ford Ascar V8 ex-Rockingham car 4th and Cheng Lim and Phil James in the Cobra RAM 5th. Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s driver of the day was Adam Chodosh who drive his ’55 Corvette from 18th on the grid to 8th.

“The GP circuit is great – my last race was here in September and I’ve not been in the car since then,” said Walden. “You’re guaranteed to get a race; there’s always someone you can race against!”

STEFAN MACKLEY

You can consult the full results of our 40 minute race at Brands Hatch GP on Saturday 29th August 2020 at the following link

https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BF3GT/2020/203505v8c.pdf

Brands GP – The Maestro writes

Well ! A super day at Brands on Saturday. I don’t think it could have gone any better . Shame about the shortened practice , but at least the TVR driver apologised. The start looked frantic and everybody did their best not to have any contact. The odd hit here and there but overall very clean and tidy and the grid looked fantastic viewing from the grandstand . Great to see everybody social distancing and having a good time . There were battles all the way through the field with many cars making up positions both before and after the pit stops. Great to see all of our race cars proudly wearing our sponsors stickers.

Please send pictures and thanks to Hoosier Tyres(Looby) for all their gifts. I missed our prize giving, but the pictures say it all. Thanks to Giles for helping us this awkward season, and the combined Porsche series and more TVR’s made for a spectacular grid . Things will be tough next year and in my opinion , having full grids with similar like minded drivers and cars will be the norm . Let’s work hard with other series joining us . It works with the CSCC Mod sports, Porsche series and others can be included. Well done to the committee and Jane for organising the refreshments.

See you at Donington with the Mod Sports.

Bernie

Donington 26-27 September 2020: entry forms

We are pleased to confirm the invitation from the CSCC in co-operation with the 750MC for us to compete at their Donignton race weekend on 26th and 27th September this year.

Dave Smitheram of the CSCC writes “Thanks again for your involvement at Thruxton last month. Once again we think the mix of cars worked well. We look forward to having you at Donington at the end of September; please find attached the entry form and SR’s. 20 minutes of qualifying and two races of 15 minutes. Apologies that your races are spread across two days, it couldn’t be helped on this occasion; driver will have qualifying and race 1 on Saturday and then I’ll timetable them for a mid-morning Sunday race so they can get away in good time. Your drivers are most welcome to join us in the Open Series races on treaded 1A/B/C tyres too (which I believe you run anyway) at an entry fee reduced from £410 to £310 as a second race (20 minutes of qualifying and two races of 20 minutes)”.

Here is the entry form: entry_form_donington_september2020

Here are the Supplementary Regulations: regs_donington_september_2020

Spa One-hour 10-11 October 2020

NEWS: 10th/11th October 2020 at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium

We have been invited to take part in a new race that is being held at Spa for us, the Barry Sideways Spa One Hour Race. The cost for this race is going to be extremely keen at just 350 euros for 30 minutes qualifying and a 1 hour race ! Phenomenal value for that amount of track time at Spa.

More information is available here www.spaonehour.com/ and www.dmmarketingdesign.co.uk/srgtc/spaonehour2020invite/email_web.html or please contact Cheng Lim on 07836 699 339 for more information.

The annual event is a collaboration between Motor Classic (Vincent Collard who worked with Barry Sideways Smith for 20 years organising races at Spa) and Cheng Lim. This race accepts a wide variety of Classic Sports cars, GT’s, Touring and Saloon cars, built between the ’50s and the ’80s, except
* Caterhams, Westfields, Lotus 7 types and Crosslés are not accepted
* Open wheels, Formula, Single seater cars are not accepted
Cars must be presented in an appearance that reflects the period in which they raced.

Cheng says “I was once second on the grid between a genuine Lola T70 and a Chevron B16.” See the photo below