At Scott Automotive, we have over twenty years experience preparing race cars and providing trackside support; it’s the core of our business. It’s also our passion, as much as yours. Time allowing, we have for the past decade been quietly working away on our own race car project and share some of that process here. Of course, during the day-to-day running of our business, we carry out different levels of race preparation depending on the condition of our customers’ cars, their budget and, obviously, to much shorter timescales!
Many, arguably all, race cars are worth bringing back from the dead. The best ones have history though and we are very happy to work with our customers to research their cars further and obtain FIA Historic Technical Passport (HTP) papers if applicable. In our case, this Austin A40 was the overall winner of the British Saloon Car Championship in 1960 (running to the SupaTura regulations) and its history before and after that was easy; Trevor Parfitt of Scott Automotive purchased it in 1967! Not seen on the road, let alone the track, since 1970, and in storage until 2008, Doc Shepherd’s famous A40 UCE 13 has now been fully rebuilt and race prepped by us. We re-launched it back on track at the 2018 Silverstone Classic, during the 60th Diamond Jubilee anniversary year of the BTCC.
But there was a lot of work to be done before this. The A40 was taken right back to its bare shell, which was then dipped to eliminate all rust. The body was then repaired as necessary, before the body was dipped a second time. All components have been stripped, rebuilt, repaired if necessary, or re-engineered. This is a true “nut and bolt” restoration and our attention to detail should see UCE 13 last for decades if kept under the right conditions.
A restoration of this depth can often mean a car goes on to be used infrequently, or even, never. Here at Scott Automotive, we believe that if a car was built to be on track, then this is where it should return to … and competitively. During the course of this rebuild, many features have been re-worked to give the car its competitive edge. Piqued your interest? Well, sorry to disappoint you, but we’re not giving away our secrets here! You can be assured though that our many years of experience come into play when interpreting rules and regulations legally.
Whilst the vast majority of our work is carried out in-house, we also use a trusted circle of suppliers with particular skills sets where required; the A40 has a brand new interior which has been produced by one such third party. The devil is in the detail with small touches such as the usually yellow brand name of the head-rest being bespoke stitched by the manufacturer so the colour matches the car’s interior instead; as requested by us.
Let us help transform your race car into the best, and most competitive, it can be.
Our workshops are always open for our current projects to be viewed, or watch one of our prepared vehicles in action at a track near you.
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