Brothers Tony, John and Mike Davies plan to join the HSCC Historic Modsports and Special saloon grid for the next races at Donington Park on June 24/25.
The brothers have been around the sport for most of their lives and Tony will race his familiar and very successful Vauxhall Firenza special saloon, which he has raced since the 1970s.
Mike and John Davies, meanwhile, will join the grid in a Mini Cooper S from 1964, which has a remarkable history. First registered CPJ 139B, it was bought new in 1964 from John Cooper Cars by their father Jack. Initially, it was used as a family run around and clocked up more than 115,000 miles of road use in its first five years.
Jack then started to compete in autocross and sprint events in 1965 and the car was gradually modified to the extent that, by the end of the 1960s, Jack decided that it was no longer suitable for road use and it was trailered to events.
Across more than 20 years, Jack collected more than 400 awards in sprints, hill climbs and racing, before finally retiring in 1990 after 495 events with the car. The car was then dry stored for nearly 20 years, before being entrusted to Westbourne Motorsport for a complete restoration.
It returned to the track in 2019 when Jonathan Palmer joined John, Tony and Mike for the Mini’s initial shakedown run at Brands Hatch. Jack was the man who first introduced Jonathan Palmer to racing as the family took him along to his first motor sport event when he was a teenage medical student. The rest as they say, is history!
The Davies brothers will be a further welcome addition to the Historic Modsports and Special Saloon grid, which is growing at each event and will be well into double figures for the Donington races.