Oppo - I may have spoken to you that day then; I was building my Seven at the time and was touring the paddock, pestering anyone who would listen with questions and looking for tips - it was the best place to find a pool of knowledgable owners all gathered together!
Yeah, there were all sorts of rumours about those cars, from other competitors or from people involved in administering the series and someone who worked at Reynard. Hard to know what is entirely true - some mods were visible, some not - but the sources I thought credible:
Their engines sounded exceptionally healthy to me; the carbon bits (now actually quite common on Sevens as largely cosmetic accessories); Dymag wheels (which I assume were custom-made, 'cos they fitted the standard 4-stud hub - though I did know of a couple of well-funded road cars that had them too); custom exhausts; one respectable source reckoned that by the end of the year the chassis were effectively improved and lightened copies, possibly built at Reynard; carbon clutches were mentioned too. They were the first Sevens I saw with cockpit-adjustable brake balance. They had their own roll-over hoops too - similar to the subsequent Vauxhall-race ones, but with a diagonal strut going right into the footwell which probably stiffened the chassis more than the usual one. They had a beautiful truck with their set-up floor and corner scales fitted inside (a few drivers in the series were still driving the cars to the circuit); presumably much of it was actually legal or untestable, but I guess their principal technical advantage was simply their level of resources. I just wondered why they bothered - it surely can't have been terribly satisfying; it was like Penske & Donohue taking on a club saloon series!
I have a stack of detail pictures that I took of them somewhere, but these days you find some Sevens on trackdays that would make them look fairly ordinary. I think one of them may have passed through Paul Matty's but I wonder where they ended up?
I think it pretty much killed Class A, but it all changed anyway when the Vaux-powered race model appeared.
Edited by 2F-001, 13 June 2014 - 21:07.