Nearly Ready to Go!

Over the past few weeks we have shown some sneaky peaks of the progress being made by Midland Championship contender George Brown on his home-modified OMS project.

George Brown OMS CF07

Nearly ready to rumble, the OMS CF07.


Former Force PT driver George acquired the previously Cosworth DFL-engined OMS CF07 chassis from Bob Penrose at the end of last year and immediately set about converting the car to motorcycle power.

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Big OMS to get Smaller!

During a chat at the recent Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC, we were pleased to hear that hillclimb veteran Bob Penrose has finally sold his OMS-Cosworth having had it for sale for a couple of years.

Bob Penrose OMS CF07

Bob Penrose at Gurston Down with the DFL-engined OMS (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)


The car was built new in 2007 and with the ex. Le Mans 4-litre Cosworth DFL powerplant in the back it was the largest engined OMS chassis ever built. Indeed, as well as it’s Endurance Racing exploits, the motor also has an illustrious history in British Speed Events as it was used by former British Sprint Champion the late Nigel Bigwood, before being used by 6-times British Hillclimb Champion Tony Marsh.

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Rowan Returns

One of the legends of British Hillclimbing will return to the cockpit of a competition car at a speed event this weekend.

Ray Rowan Roman IV

Ray Rowan in the original Roman chassis at Shelsley Walsh in 2007


After challenging at the top end of the sport for a couple of years, in 1989 Walsall-based engineer Ray Rowan secured the British Hillclimb Championship with his self-built, 4-cylinder Hart powered Roman IV.

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Motor Sport This Month

One of the most eagerly anticipated days of every month for me is the day when Motor Sport magazine lands on the door mat.

The ‘Green One’ is compulsory reading for anyone claiming to be a racing enthusiast/anorak!

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Return of ‘Old Number 1′

It was great to see the return to the hills at the weekend of one of the most illustrious single-seater chassis in the sport. 

Kenny Allen Pilbeam MP58

Kenny Allen at Shelsley Walsh in MP58-01 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)


 Few would argue that the Pilbeam MP58 was the high-water mark for the Lincolnshire-based racecar manufacturer. The MP58 was a large, honeycombe chassis’d single-seater designed & built from the late 1980s onwards featuring a variety of engines from the 1600cc Cosworth BDA, right up to F1 V8s and even a 5.4l TVR/Rover V8.

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Hillclimb Engine Technology – Part 7

Cosworth’s KF V6 engine had a very short stay of execution at the top end of the British Hillclimb Championship, surely the longest running top-line motor has been the Cosworth V8. From the DFR to the HB they have always featured strongely.

Wallace Menzies DJ Firestorm Cosworth XD

The Cosworth XD engine in the back of the DJ Firestorm

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