In the mid-'60s, George Bevan built two rapid Austin A40s for his son Peter to race. "A40 No 126 was our first car in 1964," recalled Peter Bevan. "After we sold it in '65 we built a second car in '66."This is the second racer, identifiable by its blue roof and the lack of a dashboard. It was discovered by historic motor sport specialist Julius Thurgood and has since been sold."Vandals stole the Minilite wheels, the Weber twin-choke carb and the custom inlet manifold, plus smashed all the instrument glass and the Perspex windscreen," said Thurgood. "But apart from that it is remarkably original."The car retains its indentations on the passenger-side inner wing to clear the carburettor trumpets, plus a 'gas-pipe roll-cage' made by George Bevan, who made industrial kitchens for a living!
| 13 Dec 2010