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

Silverstone 4 April 2020 – race report

An extraordinary assortment of fabulous race cars turned up for the first race of the 2020 season at Silverstone on Saturday, the 4th of April 2020 despite the manifold dangers and deterrents of the Corona Virus lockdown. The racing was run under the MUK “2 metre distance” rule announced on April 1st, so we were to expect a smaller number of prangs on track and less jollity (arm wrestling, kissing, applying the strength of two people to one breaker bar, dancing of Scottish reels, jostling round the tea urn and giggling at each other’s trophies etc.) in the paddock.

There were half a dozen cars new to the grid. Alistair Baptie with his MGBV8, Benito Chiarelli from Nottingham with this extraordinary AMC Rambler Hot Shot Pimped Special, David Hughes with his newly built Cobra, Hugh Pelling with a newly built Cobra,  Jon Mann in his red and blue # 43 NASCAR turning up with Kevin Borland and in his red #8 Budweiser NASCAR. Lee Maddox brought his Pontiac Ascar out as did Recky Reck with his Ascar. The pride of the new cars was probably the 1957 Chevy Corvette of Thomas Feraud.

The E-Racing simulation of the quallies and racing were so skilfully done that nobody noticed that the entire event was virtual – both in the sense of being electronically generated and in the sense of being a creation of this writer’s vivid imagination. The official results came out with the nota bene “Race results by Excel RAND function, by order of the Virtual Clerk of the Course whose decisions are final” but this did nothing to dampened the joy of participation of the 34 drivers. Of course another novel feature was seeing each driver getting the car off the trailer and prepped without any help, social gatherings being prohibited.

Read more, including full results for every car, in the pdf version at

silverstone_report_results_BSR&V8s_4apr2020

 

Sponsor boost for our series

Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s are proud to announce valuable sponsorship form two esteemed equipment suppliers in a move which reflects our series high reputation and the two manufacturers’ excellence.

GAZ SHOCKS, who sponsor several BRSCC series and F1 Stockcars, will give a discount of 15% off new shocks and servicing to paid up members of Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s. GAZ SHOCKS, based in Basildon, Essex, will also provide an award for the Best Prepared Car of the Meeting.
01268 724585 enquiries@gazshocks.com www.gazshocks.com/

HOOSIER TIRE, pre-eminent manufacturer for short and long oval racing worldwide and more recently excellent circuit radials and cross ply tires, will give a discount of 15% off new tires to paid up members of Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s. Lakeville Indiana based HOOSIER TIRE, whose UK centre is near Gatwick, will also provide an award for the Best Driver of the Meeting.
Looby Postance is on 01293 863579 info@hoosiertyre.co.uk  www.hoosiertyre.co.uk 

For a pdf copy of this release please click here… sponsors_2020.pdf pdf download

The sponsors’ logos will be displayed on our online media as follows…

 

Snetterton 6th July 2019 – race report

This report seems not to have got on the web site in the summer… apologies. Here it is now.

Yankee cars on top until the rain comes down
Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s at Snetterton
with the 750 Motor Club, Saturday 6th July 2019

Qualifying

Saturday was cooler than it had been for two weeks… welcome except for the threat of rain later. We had a lazy morning start with quallies at 10h39 for 15 minutes. Mathew Smith in the Technicolor TVR Chimaera had gone home after testing on Friday; oil surge made a risk of blowing up the engine so he had to stand down. He had also lost his new roof which was so successful at Brands Hatch.
The Ascars of Marcus Bicknell and Andrew Knight and Simeon Chodosh’s Chevrolet Corvette were the fastest cars out there, all three in the 2 minute 12s. The absence of the Crosslés gave this unusual feel to the top of the pack, as did the absence of Cheng Lim’s own Cobra in favour of sharing Andy Lambert’s. Two Spires and a BMW were out with us, but from a different series, qualifying out of category.
Best qually times set the grid for Race 1 (Bicknell, Chodosh, Knight) and 2nd best time the grid for Race 2 (Bicknell, Knight,l Chodosh). Geoff Taylor (TVR Griffith 200), Peter Samuels (MGB GT V8), Paul Kennerley (Marcos GT), Mark Callahan (Taydec Mk3), Mark Bowd (Ford GT40), Andy Lambert (RAM Cobra) smf Shaun Holmes (MGC GT) made up the top ten.

Race 1

Shaun Holmes did not make it to the start so only ten cars lined up at 14h for our first race. Marcus Bicknell in the No.22 yellow and red Joey Logano livery Ford Fusion Ascar Mk3 led away and had a comfortable lead half way round the first lap. Conditions were a bit damp, so tricky, and all drivers were making the effort to get used to the track. There was even a period of light drizzle on about lap 2.

Andy Lambert in his No66 RAM Cobra got back past Mark Bowd and the No1 Ford GT40 on lap 1. At the same time, eyes were turned to Andrew Knight in his black No97 Andronicas-liveried Pontiac Ascar as he got past Simeon Chodosh (black No8 1958 Corvette) for second and went after Marcus. Showing huge confidence in his car, his tyres and himself, Andrew attacked Marcus out of the Bomb Hole and drove past him on the outside of Coram on the first lap! Cries of amazement floated up from the … well… dozens of spectators at Murrays as Andrew took the lead.

You can see this overtake from Marcus’s in-car video cameras and the rest of the race at https://youtu.be/EDyrm_kmw5c

Up at the front, Marcus got to grips with the conditions and tailed Andrew until lap 6 when he got through on the brakes to the Agostini hairpin in the infield. Both drivers were finding grip and picking up speed; Marcus was the first under 2’11 on lap 5 (as against a 2’12.52 in qualifying) but it was Andrew who set the fastest race lap at 2’10.15 on lap 8. He came rushing up behind Marcus at the end of the back straight, through the Bomb Hole jinking left and right, round backmarker Graham Turner in his light blue Ford GT40 (which he had driven from home for the meeting) and attempting another mega-pass at Coram. Andrew was so stoked up, whether or not he knew it was the last lap, that he slipped inside Marcus on the brakes for Riches at the end of the pit straight. In the lead, on the last lap. But not for long. Andrew went long on the brakes into the Montreal hairpin and understeered off to the left and onto the grass. By the time he got the 97 black Ascar straight and on the track, the 22 yellow Ascar was through. Marcus kept the pressure on for the whole of the last lap and set his fastest time of 2’10.56, to prevent Andrew getting back at him at Coram. Marcus took the chequered flag and his first win in a big bore car, his previous wins having been pre-2013 in 1600 or 2 litre Mallocks in Clubmans. The Ascar 1-2 was a happy success for Duane Kidd’s Revolution Fabrications of Stanton, just 15 miles from the circuit, who prep 5 Ascars for circuit and oval racing, with the support of Chris Richardson and Lee Maddox.

Mid field action was busy even if there was not a huge field. No.84 Peter Samuels in his MGB GT V8 got past Simeon on lap 4 but Simeon got back at him 2 laps later and it ended with Simeon 4th and Peter 5th. No.61 Geoff Taylor in his TVR Griffith 200 had dropped to 7th on lap 2 but he recovered to get past both Peter and Simeon by the end. Paul Kennerley, Mark Callahan, Andy Lambert and the two GT40s, Mark Bowd and Graham Turner were the remaining finishers. The full results are below.

1 22 VA Marcus BICKNELL Ford Fusion ASCAR
2 97 VA Andrew KNIGHT Pontiac ASCAR
3 61 VA Geoff TAYLOR TVR Griffith 200
4 8 VB Simeon CHODOSH Chevrolet Corvette
5 84 VC Peter SAMUELS MGB GT V8
6 96 VB Peter KENNERLEY Marcos GT
7 60 VC Mark CALLAHAN Taydec Mk 3
8 66 VA Andrew LAMBERT RAM Cobra
9 1 VB Mark BOWD Ford GT40
10 25 VB Graham TURNER Ford GT40


Race 2

The grid for Race 2 was established on the 2nd fastest qualifying times but with cars with a different driver from Race 1 at the back. The weather had been awful since lunchtime with rain pooling on the circuit and round the paddock. No-one knew how seriously to take Marcus’s pre-race intelligence that the persistent rain was about to stop, but they knew he was wrong when he, the poll sitter again, spun off the track from behind the pace car after only two corners! He neatly backed the yellow Ascar into the Armco, mussed up the fibre glass of the rear left corner and knocked the externally-mounted Go Pro camera off. He had indeed kept his dry tyres on! He took the rolling start, gingerly, from the back of the crocodile of cars.

Simeon was the first on the pace after the rolling start and Peter Kennerley spun his No.96 Marcos GT on the first lap. Sam Callahan (in his dad’s dark blue No.60 Taydec Mk3) briefly took the lead on lap 1 before the power and grip of the No.84 MGB GT V8 driven by Peter Samuels passed him a few corners later. Indeed Peter then made first place his and dominated the wet race; yes, it had started raining again. Mark Callahan was showing well and up to 2nd on lap 1, Mark Bowd (dark blue No.1 Ford GT40) up to 3rd, positions they would also maintain to the end of the race.

Cheng Lim was the driver for this race of Andy Lambert’s No.66 white and red RAM Cobra and was up to 5th, Simeon Chodosh 4th but dropping back. Indeed Cheng was past Simeon at the end of lap 2. The two Ascars were showing their American heritage (I love it when the scrutineers ask where the windscreen wipers are) and slipped to the back, Andrew retiring at the end of his 3rd lap. The rear window was loose on Peter Samuel’s car but he kept knocking in laps at about 2½ minutes to maintain the lead to the end. Marcus, having set fastest Class A lap time, was foolish enough to touch the throttle coming out of Palmer on lap 6, chasing Simeon’s Corvette and Peter’s Marcos; the resultant spin and sideways slide took him 200 yards across the wet grass infield towards the cars exiting the Agostini hairpin but luckily stopped before getting back onto the circuit. As if in sympathy, Peter Kennerley came off at Coram on the last lap and his Marcos GT got a bit of a bullying from the Armco. William Bryan (No.61 TVR Griffith) was keeping it all together and finished 6th.

Trackside plaudits went to Mark Bowd for a fantastic drive by in the beautiful GT40 to take the 3rd place on track and a 1st in Class.

Despite the bad weather and the various bits of damage we had a very cheerful awards ceremony and chose to remember the good bits of the day’s racing.

Pos No Class Name
1 84 VC Peter SAMUELS MGB GT V8
2 60 VC Sam CALLAHAN Taydec Mk 3
3 1 VB Mark BOWD Ford GT40
4 66 VA Cheng LIM RAM Cobra
5 8 VB Simeon CHODOSH Chevrolet Corvette
6 61 VA William BRYAN TVR Griffith 200
7 22 VA Marcus BICKNELL Ford Fusion ASCAR
8 96 VB Peter KENNERLEY Marcos GT DNF
9 97 VA Andrew KNIGHT Pontiac ASCAR DNF

This report is by Cass Lambert, who we thank, worked up by Marcus Bicknell after the event with the help of the lap charts by HS Sports Timing and Results System.