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Carl Boardley: “Back in 2013 we were racing the Ginetta G55 on the TOCA package at Knockhill, as is the norm the Junior formula operate their pace laps behind a G40R pace car. One guy in our team happened to suggest that this pace car in the paddock looked like it would make a good Hot Rod. Before many more words were uttered, tape measures came out, and the Ginetta guys wondered what was going on! It seemed to have all the attributes needed but nothing really progressed from that day until the start of 2015 mostly due to myself having various health issues.
“I then approached the powers that be with the idea and was told that in principle it would be okay but I’d have to follow the appropriate channels with regard to getting it passed for build. Since leaving the formula racing-wise I’ve built up a reasonable customer base both on the car and engine side of things, I love the formula and I’d always wanted to design and build my own National Hot Rod for years but never really had the time to do it. Two weeks before last year’s Spedeweekend I decided to put the idea “out there” and see if I could get enough initial interest in the project to enable me to turn it from an idea into reality. Within 12 hours of the idea going out into the public domain I’d had two people say that they would “have one”.
“With a fair bit of interest behind me I then set about getting a bodyshell and various donor panels to then mock-up the look of it and see whether it would lend itself to being a good Hot Rod. I had Roy Scorer produce some drawings for me to present to the NHRPA to see if it could be passed for build. Meantime I had discussions with some appropriate people at Ginetta to see how they felt about me doing it as I didn’t want to burn any bridges there. Everything was met with enthusiasm for the project.
“Once I had my letter from Spedeworth and the NHRPA accepting that it could be built for use as a National Hot Rod, I entrusted two companies - SHP and Boss Mouldings - to get cracking and put my ideas and drawings into practice and start the process of manufacturing what was on paper.
“After concluding a deal with both companies to solely produce what I required, the first step was to work out where everything needed to be wheel wise, and then engineer a basic chassis with certain points in place that could hold the body in place for the mould process to start. SHP carried this out and produced a ‘rolling chassis’ that was transported to Boss Mouldings and Mark Skitmore began to create what the finished product would look like. All he had was the artist’s impression and what was in my head; this process took around 14 weeks. It involved lots of me “popping over” to look at things and photos going back and forward deciding on the next part, until Mark had finalised what the car would look like. Once this was complete then what he had created got cut up into individual panels, return flanges made and fitted and the body moulds manufactured. This process was then another 4-5 weeks.
“Once the first set of body panels was manufactured we had them here at CBM to trim and bolt together and make sure everything was as we wanted. These panels were then transported to SHP and the construction work is well underway on the chassis and suspension fabrication. This is where we are at currently - most parts have been sourced for the build, and I hope to have a finished chassis in around two weeks time.”
Part 2 Coming Soon