Thomas on Top in Teme Valley!

Last weekend saw the final events of the season at Shelsley Walsh as The World Famous venue hosted a pair of single-day club events.

Gary Thomas Force PC

Gary Thomas heads to the startline with his Force-Suzuki PC (thanks to Sarah Bosworth).


A healthy entry on each day was the result of several Championships running at the venue, as well as many club drivers taking the opportunity to compete on the hallowed slopes of the oldest mainland hillclimb venue.

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TKD Car Share

Last season we posted an update on the progress of the brilliantly devised TKD YV8 hillclimb engines, and now there is more good news about these exciting 2-litre powerplants.

TKD V8 Lola F3 Howard Savage-Jones

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TKD Torque

Unfortunately Saturday evening at Prescott saw Howard Savage-Jones packing up and taking the TKD Lola V8 back to Terry Davis’ Cheltenham works.

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TKD V8 is Worth the Wait

It was great to see Howard Savage-Jones out at Shelsley Walsh at the weekend with his innovative Lola-TKD.

Terry Davis has worked his socks off to get the car ready after the slight engine delays described in our previous post.

Howard Savage-Jones in his Lola-TKD YV8

The car features an ex. Formula 3 Lola B05 carbon tub with an unstressed 2-litre V8 engine, based on a pair of Yamaha WSB-spec barrels, heads & throttle bodies. The engine revs to 13,000rpm and produces around 370bhp which, combined with it’s low crank-height and feather-weight 86kg mass, should make it a very strong prospect in the class.

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Where are the…. 2-litre V8s ?

There was much talk at the season-opening Prescott & Shelsley events about the whereabouts of the eagerly anticipated TKD YV8 engines which are scheduled to be used by Howard Savage-Jones, Tim Elmer and the Fidoe family.

The Savage-Jones Lola F3 based car was launched on the Goodridge stand at the Autosport Interntional Show in January 2010, tested at Curborough in April 2010, and then was briefly seen at Prescott’s opening BHC round a fortnight later. The car was retired from Prescott after first practice suffering from a water leak.

We spoke to the engine’s creator Terry Davis of TKD about progress with this exciting project. He said “we have reworked a number of features on Howard’s engine and the engine is now ready to go back on the dyno”.

There was no clue from Terry as to when the engines may be ready to go back into a chassis, but one thing is for sure, the quality of Terry’s work is of the highest possible order and the engines will not run in competition until he is satisfied that they are ready to perform reliably.

Just as a reminder, the cars & drivers due to recieve these engines are as follows:

- Howard Savage-Jones – Lola B05/30

- Tim Elmer – Dallara F301

- Ian & Simon Fidoe – OMS CF06