The Ex-Mac Daghorn, Brands Hatch Guards Trophy race,1966 Felday 5 Group 7 Sports-Racing Prototype

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Lot 307
1966 Felday 5 Group 7 Sports-Racing Prototype
Sold for £ 32,200 (US$ 42,370) inc. premium

Lot Details
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The Ex-Mac Daghorn, Brands Hatch Guards Trophy race
1966 Felday 5 Group 7 Sports-Racing Prototype

Footnotes

  • Peter Westbury's Felday Developments company at Holmbury-St Mary near Dorking in the Surrey hills built this technology-proving spaceframe-chassised sports-racing car for Group 7 'big-banger' racing in the 1966 season.

    While the company's smaller sister car, the backbone-chassised Felday 4 with 2-litre BRM V8 engine and ground-breaking new Ferguson Formula 4-wheel drive transmission, had won at club racing level driven by both Peter Westbury and his Channel islander team-mate Mac Daghorn, it would achieve undying fame by becoming the car loaned to double-Formula 1 World Champion driver Jim Clark for the major Guards Trophy race which headlined the annual August Bank Holiday Monday meeting at Brands Hatch. While the brilliant Scotsman would explore the Felday-BRM 4's potential within the Guards Trophy's 2-litre category, the spaceframe 'big-sister' Felday-Ford 5 was prepared simultaneously to make its racing debut that day, driven by Mac Daghorn.

    The new car had first turned a wheel during an unofficial test session at the Kentish circuit on the preceding Thursday. Its spaceframe chassis structure had been designed by engineer Mike Hillman and welded-up from large-diameter round and rectangular-section steel tubing. Externally the Felday 5 looked very similar to the Felday 4 with its nose and tail body sections and drop-down doors each side in moulded glass-fibre. Aluminium sill sections on each side accommodated 25-gallon fuel tanks. Felday-designed cast-magnesium wheels were fitted, with 15-inch x 10-inch wide same-size rims front and rear. In the light of test experience that day 12.10 x 15 Firestone rear tyres were adopted, with 9.20 x 15s at the front. A simple carburettor intake scoop was also added to the car's rear deck.

    In its original Guards Trophy form the car was powered by a Holman & Moody-prepared 7-litre Ford V8 engine, converted by Felday to dry-sump lubrication, and rigidly mounted to help stiffen the car's rear bay. Mike Hillman's all-independent suspension system was fully adjustable for camber, castor and toe-in.

    The original Ferguson 4-wheel drive system was Harry Ferguson Research Ltd's P121 system, co-manufactured with Valerio Colotti's GSD works in Modena, Italy. A single transmission aggregate mounted behind the Ford V8 engine comprised gearbox and control unit, and provided four forward gars plus reverse. With a less powerful engine than the 510bhp, 475lbs/ft torque H&M Ford unit, five speeds would have been built into the same FF P121 casing. Torque-split was approximately 33-67 per cent fornt/rear. A three-piece prop-shaft powered the front wheels and both front and rear half-shafts used constant-velocity Rzeppa-pattern universal joints at each end.

    Girling CR caliper disc brakes were featured inboard on the half-shafts both front and rear, 13 ½-inches diameter front and 11-inch rears. Peter Westbury told the press that entries were being considered in the forthcoming CanAm Challenge Cup race series in the US and Canada "if a sponsor can be found". Unfortunately, the search proved fruitless and Daghorn retired the car from its Guards Trophy debut with brake problems. The car was described in a brief photo feature in the British monthly 'Motor Racing' magazine – issue date October 1966 –but with the Group 7 sports-racing car category being abandoned for 1967-68, this complex projectile was all dressed up – with nowhere to go.

    Hill-climb Champion Peter Westbury then sold the car to fellow hill-climber John McCartney although there seems to be no record on file of him actually using it in competition. It then passed to omnipresent dealer J.A. Pearce in Southall, Middlesex,
    From whom c. 1972 it passed as a rolling chassis only – without 4WD transmission system - to enthusiast Maurice Starbuck of Sheffield. He bought March 701 wheels for it from the Bicester factory and supposedly the aluminium body from the sister 2-litre Felday 4 from McCartney although this seems unlikely given the apparent size difference between the two cars.

    We understand that Maurice Starbuck then fitted the car with a Chrysler Hemi V8 engine and a Ford GT40/Lotus 30-type ZF transaxle gearbox before campaigning the car briefly in the early 1970s. He subsequently stored it for many years until Shropshire builder and racing enthusiast Graham Galliers bought it for his own growing collection of exotic and unusual competition cars c. 2008.

    We are told that Felday 5's 4WD system passed to Peter Westbury's eventual successor as RAC British Hill-climb Champion David Hepworth who
    used it with immense success in his GuysonSandblaster Special hill-climb car.

    This most unusual might-have-been is offered here striclty as viewed and at No Reserve. With its 1966 Guards Trophy racing debut it has International motor racing history, and its potential as a very sophisticated and massively tractable 'big-banger' sports-racing proposition remains self-evident.

Saleroom notices

  • Stephen Hepworth has confirmed that the 4WD transmission system from this car was subsequently fitted to his father's hillclimb car in which it remains today. They have all drawings for the 4WD system and are confident they could re-manufacture it for potential new owners of the Felday 5 if needed.
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