Return of Force 10

In just 12 years Force Racing Cars have come a very long way. Started in 1999 by Bill Chaplin to build a chassis specifically for initial customer Phil Cooke, Force is now operated by Ian Dayson and they have cars running in every single Racing Car class in the sport as well as two of the Sports Libre classes.

The first Force, the Force 8, was built around works driver Phil Cooke with a honeycombe chassis and a GSXR1100 engine for the 1999 season. For 2000 Bill Chaplin built another new chassis for the 1100cc class for Cooke which was lighter and stiffer than the original Force 8.

The Force 10, as it was called, was as much a success as the original car and held records all over the country.

After Cooke graduated to the 1600cc class with the carbon fibre Force PT in 2002, the car remained at Bill Chaplin’s Somerset workshop.

Sprinter and occasional hillclimber in the South West Ross Brown then bought the car and Chaplin combined it with a brand new GSXR1100 engine acquired from fellow sprinter Mike Musson.

Ross ran in regional and national sprints for several years, competing against the likes of Tony Wiltshire (Ralt RT30) and Martin Baker (OMS SF).

As his growing family had little interest in the sport Ross stopped competing for a few years, and had barely thought about the car in the garage until near neighbour and former Mallock driver Duncan Barnes suggested getting the car out again.

The duo drove the car together at the Wiscombe National at the end of July, and really enjoyed blowing the cobwebs away!


Don’t be surprised if you see this duo out on the hills near you sometime soon…


  1. Finlay Whyte says:

    The Force PT Phil drove was sold to Tom Kenny in Scotland before I bought it in 2010. A great car

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