Friday, May 1, 2009


When one thinks of a Ford racing saloon from the sixties it is often of Jim Clark’s agile Lotus Cortina, Jack Sear’s thundering Ford Galaxie or the cheeky Ford Anglias of John Fitzpatrick and Chris Craft. No one ever condisers the Ford Consul Classic 315! Determined to stand out from the crowd, the experienced classic saloon car racer, Ian Drew, set out to build something different. His self-prepared car is unique in the historic touring car fraternity. Although the car’s heavy bodywork may hamper it a little the spectators’ always give a very positive reaction to seeing something completely different on the racetrack.

Top Hat Racing was creased in 1999 by Julius Thurgood, an accomplished race driver who specialized in long-distance events, to introduce longer-format races into the historic racing arena. Such was the take-up for this engaging new race format that Julius found himself having to widen the range of cars eligible to the Top Hat series from his original concept of historic saloons (Tin-Tops) to encompass all styles of historic cars from 1950-1980.

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