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#301 RTH

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 08:09

Peter Connew and cousin Barry Boor  - for the first time ever in public- at the Herts film show -  - are going to tell the story of the Connew-Ford PC1 they built in a lock up garage in Chadwell Heath Essex and the raced in the world Championship in 1972.

 

..........and they are going to bring the monocoque and other parts of the car along  as a hall exhibit.Along with photos & film.

 

See the Herts Film Show thread for all the details............. on Saturday 2nd May 2015.



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#302 RTH

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 15:42

All being well it will be great to welcome Doug Nye back as interviewer, moderator. and presenter  of some of his recent  motor sport  finds and rarities.



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Posted 10 May 2015 - 15:30

this may have been mentioned here before (apologies) if so, on Autodiva from france, there is a thread on Francois Migault, driver of the Connew, with a number of photos I've not seen before. one has to register to see them, so cannot do a link.

 

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#304 Barry Boor

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 20:25

We are making good progress with our DFV engine castings. I spent much of today drilling holes in the two cam covers and tapping threads into some of those holes.

Peter aims to make the engine indistinguishable from a real one although as aluminium castings shrink on cooling, the engine will be about 2% smaller than a real one, but probably just as heavy, despite the fact that it will have no crank, pistons, valves, ca shafts etc because the aluminium castings are very thick.

Sorry to say that we have made no progress towards obtaining a Hewland DG300 gearbox. Several people at Richard's film show expressed the fact that they might know someone who could help but nothing has come about yet.

Peter's son Chris shot a video of part of the film show and if you weren't there but want to see what it was all about, click this link to You Tube.



The sound quality is not great - the acoustics in the hall are probably the reason but it will give you a fair idea.

#305 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 28 June 2015 - 05:03

Very good presentation. Very well done and thanks to Peter and Barry. And Doug too.

the only disapointment was not actually seeing the car itself. 

I really hope that they can get it as a runner as Peter said. But a roller with dummy engine is a good way too display it.



#306 f1steveuk

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Posted 28 June 2015 - 13:57

Glad the "DFV" is coming on, just sorry I have been less succesful with a gearbox :confused:



#307 LittleChris

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Posted 28 June 2015 - 22:04

Really enjoyed that, thanks Peter, Barry & Chris



#308 Barry Boor

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Posted 28 June 2015 - 22:24

Well, Chris, you now know just about as much about the whole saga as we do.

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 19:08

Not sure if it'll be of any use, but it looks like someone (other than Hewland) is making parts for the DG300. not sure if they'd make prts for a dummy casing?

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3aac9e5f72

 

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 19:18

Not sure if it'll be of any use, but it looks like someone (other than Hewland) is making parts for the DG300. not sure if they'd make prts for a dummy casing?

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3aac9e5f72

 

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Thats exactly what I wanted to post...but Mistron was quicker..

Here is another link to a DG300 for sale, not sure if it´s still availlable but it may worth a try http://www.racecar-a..._300_gears.html


Edited by funformula, 29 June 2015 - 19:19.


#311 LittleChris

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 20:06

Well, Chris, you now know just about as much about the whole saga as we do.

Very much looking forward to the next chapter Barry :up:



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 10:44

We are making good progress with our DFV engine castings. I spent much of today drilling holes in the two cam covers and tapping threads into some of those holes.

Peter aims to make the engine indistinguishable from a real one although as aluminium castings shrink on cooling, the engine will be about 2% smaller than a real one, but probably just as heavy, despite the fact that it will have no crank, pistons, valves, ca shafts etc because the aluminium castings are very thick.

Sorry to say that we have made no progress towards obtaining a Hewland DG300 gearbox. Several people at Richard's film show expressed the fact that they might know someone who could help but nothing has come about yet.

Peter's son Chris shot a video of part of the film show and if you weren't there but want to see what it was all about, click this link to You Tube.



The sound quality is not great - the acoustics in the hall are probably the reason but it will give you a fair idea.

Well done Chris Connew making the film -The hall is a big space with a high vaulted ceiling with hard walls and floor the resulting echo  does make acoustics a trial - perhaps if you all came in foam rubber suits ?

 

Next time we will plug the camera sound feed in to the PA system to get  voices straight off the microphones - great effort and it does give those who have not been before some idea of what happens on the day.Even though it is just 40 mins out of  8 hours on a Saturday.

 

Next for you diaries is 10th October

 

PS they really do need some help finding an old Hewland DG300 gearbox casing if anyone can help at all- be so nice to see it of 4 wheels again.



#313 Robin Fairservice

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Posted Today, 15:04

Re. the gearbox. Would it be possible to borrow one, have it scanned and then "print" one.  You only need the outside. It would need to be painted the correct colour.



#314 Tim Murray

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Posted Today, 15:20

Next for you diaries is 10th October


Has the date changed, Richard? You said 17th October in your email after the May event.