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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Cummins Napier Railton Replica

When I first started using Chris, a vapour blaster tucked away in the back roads of Somerset I  thought that the small garage on the same plot  nearby was a modern car workshop. A couple of weeks later when I wanted to drop some more casings off for blasting Chris said "I won't be there,but  leave them with Terry"
  It turned out that  Terry doesn't really work on modern cars,but he does on Classics and also high up in the air on a lift was a alloy bodied and what I thought was a 30's / 40's racing car. This also turned out not to be the case and was actually something Terry had built from scratch so far taking 4- 5 years  (working weekends - 5,000 hours) and although useable and on the road is still a ongoing project.                 It's based on the 1930's 24 litre Aero engined Napier Railton Brooklands Racer.
  Terry has done the majority of the work himself including the chassis,suspension exhaust etc. The diesel 6.7litre engine was donated by Cummins and produces 500hp (up from the standard 300hp) with a turbo. The alloy bodywork was produced by a local craftsman and it will also soon be getting a bonnet.
   Terry recently had a GPS speedo on it and it turns out that for every 1,000 rpm it is doing 50mph.
  There is some short footage of it on Youtube at KOP HILL hill climb last year to give an idea of what it goes like.
  Why did he build it..... he couldn't afford the original or anything similar and because he could !


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