For Sale… More Hillclimb History!

One of the most successful single chassis in the history of the British Hillclimb Championship has been spotted for sale on a popular race car marketplace website.

David Grace Pilbeam MP58

David Grace with MP58-05 at Prescott in 1994 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

The aluminium honeycomb tubbed Pilbeam MP58 was the car of the late 80s and early 90s on the hills of the UK. The MP58 won BHC titles for Martyn Griffiths (1990 & 1991), Roy Lane (1992 & 1996), David Grace (1993 & 1994) and Andy Priaulx (1995).

Of all of the nine MP58s built, the most successful in terms of BHC title wins was undoubtedly chassis 05 which was built new in the winter of 1989 & 1990 for the Chaseweb team of Max Harvey and Martyn Griffiths. The car was spec’d from new with a then-current F1 spec Cosworth DFR engine which was in F1 at that time with teams such as Benetton, Ligier and Tyrrell.

The Brian Hart developed V8 powerplant was more than a match for the huge traction of the pullrod suspended Pilbeam and it was an immediate success with wins, hill records and titles following immediately.

Griffiths claimed his final two titles with #05 in 1990 & 1991, before David Grace took over the running of the car initially with Richard Brown as co-driver and then with Noel Le Tissier sharing the honours. Gracey took his first two titles in the car in 1993 & 1994 before finishing runner-up to WTCC star of the Future Andy Priaulx in 1995. After that the tub was sold to former March 77P (the car now used by Jonathan Varley) Alan Newton.

Richard Brown Pilbeam MP58

Richard Brown set a stunning Hill Record at Shelsley Walsh in 1992 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

Scottish sprinter Stewart Robb acquired the car in the early noughties and used the car regularly until he acquired his current ex. Moran/Leinster MP88-Judd in 2007. Since then the car has only been used occasionally for fun drives.

But now the old warhorse is up for sale on the Racecars Direct website.

This car is a real piece of hillclimb history and, since the ex. Wood/Forsyth MP58-04 was separated from its DFZ/R power unit, is the only remaining Cosworth-engined MP58.

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