These two cars, the Abarth 124 replica and the Martini F3 were respectively build and rebuild by us. Both cars are running now in Europe by their new owners.

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Early this year I got a phone call with the question what my thoughts were about a 1962 Lotus Seven that was for sale. I checked the ad, and saw that the car had been for sale for quite some time. I told my customer that something had to be wrong, because if the car was as advertised, it would be a steel.

I went to check the car out, and found the car sitting on a lift, one Weber off and a screw driver in a spark plug hole...

Inspecting the car was a pleasure though, as it appeared to be a well prepped car. But it hadn't run for over a decade. The seller told me it wouldn't run properly and he couldn't figure out why. He had installed an alternator and adjusted the DCOE's. I liked that answer, I had a father that would do that too, and it always resulted in a trip to a shop in France, where they knew how to tune Webers. ( I learned it from Co
I checked the vitals and all was just wonderful, so a week later i returned to pick up the Lotus.

As the car sat for so long we had to go through all systems.

We needed to update many things, change foam in the tank, check suspension, made race tires fit, install fire system etc etc. Tracy showed up so we could fit him in the car and poor a seat.

We made a head rest, installed a new harness and a transponder for timing and scoring. The wire harness was checked and repairs made to it, so with little effort the car can be street legal with blinkers and head lights. A heating blanket was wrapped around the oil tank, so we can preheat the oil before starting the engine. We also made an easy accessible bracket and muffler for the car so the exhaust can be changed in a jiffy as well. However I doubt that the muffler muffles that much.....

In the mean time attention was given to the motor. The Webers were completely off and out of balance. That was an easy fix. The spark plugs changed to the proper heat range and valve lash checked. The timing set and the engine worked as fine as I had expected. Found a small leak at the rear seal and water pump, but we decided to track test the car before we would pull the engine (proved to be good thinking).

A new set of race tires was mounted and a permanent number was applied for both with Council and the VSCDA. #627.

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The August Council school was the first test of the car on the track. Tracy had driven the car a couple of times around the block, but never had a chance to experience what the car can do. At Blackhawk Frams the motor finally came up to full operating temperature, and the rev limiter was hit more than once!
We did find some issues, like a plug missing in the transmission. Apparently not uncommon with these gear boxes. So now we have a good reason to take the drive train out and can take care of the leaking rear seal with very little extra cost.

Fiat 124 Abarth replica at Blackhawk Farms

This is the story of Don Tuscany's Race car. It all started with a spin the "kink" at Road America, where he found himself knocked out in an car destroying encounter with the wall.



After a while during which he didn’t loose his sense of humor, he decided to build a new car, but this time from scratch and in Abarth trim.



A new tub was found near Ottawa in Canada, and this was completely seam welded, and changes according to the Abarth set up were performed.



New body parts were fitted and fabricated.



And Bruce Brabec from Wolf Racing made a new custom fitted roll cage. They also built the roll cage in Don's destroyed old Fiat, and since that was part of the reason he survived these specialist were a logic choice to perform this job.



The engine was build from scratch too, with custom pistons high flowing head, "hot" cam shafts etc etc. When the motor was finally completely assembled, it was tested on our test stand before putting it on the dynomometer.



The engine was dynoed by Barry Sale at PHP Racengines in Wauconda. Historic Race Car now has the ability to dyno in house!



The car was wired by Rich Range, and is fully equipped for road use ( The Abarth after all was a Rally car) including blinkers, horn, lights. We rebuild a 5 speed Abarth transmission, installed an accusump system and a 4 nozzle fire system installed. The steering column was customized and a custom seat that would fit Don's frame installed.



At this time the car was ready to be tested.



With thanks to John Tulloch , who purchased a Mini Cooper Vintage Race car through us, we were able to test a day at the Autobahn. The day was cut short, due to a vibration at higher speeds.

After solving that issue Don is now racing his car with VSCDA, where it draws a lot of positive attention.



Many thanks to Don Tuscany, for allowing us to show what we are able of!



Happy face after a hot session!

This extremely nice1955 OSCA MT4 came

straight from Belgium to our shop. The engine

needed a complete rebuild and a re-design of

the oiling system.

We put in a trip master and

had to recreate a drive for it in the transmission.

Installed seat belts and went through the braking

system. We installed a hydraulic hand brake and

had a custom tonneau made for it.



 

This Lotus Elite was received with a lot of praise at the Peoria Wheel O"Time Museum.





 



Don Tuscany, the owner of this Fiat 124 lost a flywheel after installing a new cylinder head. Luckily no damage was done to the valve train and we rebuild the engine for Don. The builder of the head had used valve spring shims to adjust the valve clearance. One of the shims found its way out of the bucket on the dyno. We rebuild the head and installed venier sprockets, did the cam shaft timing and found almost 15 extra HP.

At the moment the Fiat is prepared for the 2006 season starting at Hallett in March. The car is getting a new rear end, new seat belts installed (to work with a HANS device) and many more minor adjustments.



 

This 1963 Alpine Berlinette A110 raced at the 24 hours of Sebring in 1965. It's equiped with a rare 804 motor (1100cc Gordini) that HRC is rebuilding after a rod bearin spun. We will also do some work on the chassis, and rear end.


This 1972 ex Ecurie Filipinetti Martini MK9 (MK does not stand for Mark, but Martini-Knight) was driven to a second place in the 1972 European F3 Championship by Frenchman Jacques Coulon.

Now HRC owner Yves Boode races it during most of the VSCDA events in the Mid West. A broken brake rotor caused the only DNF at Mid Ohio. The extensive damage was repaired in house during the after hours.



 

HRC rebuilt the engine of this 1961 Mini Cooper S after it had dropped a valve. We also installed a front and a bigger rear anti roll bar. After these improvements the car raced for the first time at Blackhawk Farms and finished fifth overall.



 

Another nice Fiat 124 spider. This one is raced with Mid Western Council as an ITB racer. The owner asked us to go through the car and resolve some problems with overheating brakes and a rear end issue.
We also welded up a spare differential, and will align and weigh the car before the season starts.





 

This pretty potent Datsun 510 had the Engine rebuild with durability in mind by HRC. After the rebuild, the owners couldn’t set the carburetors up properly and asked us to see what we could do. For safety reasons we will also install a removable steering wheel.

Hopefully this car will be flying around Blackhawk Farms again soon, as the driver hasn’t decided to continue racing.

 

http://bringatrailer.com/2007/03/01/restored-vintage-race-alpine-a110-near-chicago/

Restored vintage race Alpine A110 near Chicago…

This Alpine A110 is likely the only one presently for sale in the USA and is available from Historic Race Car LLC for $55k. These rear engine French racers are well known in the international rallying world, and it is rare to see one available in the midwest USA.
1969 Alpine A110 Vintage Race Car OnTrack
This race ready 1969 A110 has a 1600 cc, 159 HP engine and an upgraded 353 5 speed gearbox. We love the nose on this car which incorporates big driving lights. The French were among the best in early lighting development with names like Cibie and Marchal. Yellow lights on this car are dummies…we would mount the original lights and incorporate period yellow lenses.
1969 Alpine A110 Vintage Race Car Front
They are also sometimes seen on roadcourses, but can be a handful with their designed-in oversteer. Look at that rear overhang! It reminds us of the Abarth Periscopio designs.
1969 Alpine A110 vintage race car side
This is a great car for rally and vintage road events, and is easily worth the asking price.

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2 comments

  1. Yves Boode

May 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm
Hi,
Nice to see my car on this site.I was also the guy who restored Jim Gordons A110 ( and others). The one you called the nicest one you’d ever seen.
I am open to all questions and services to Alpines any other French/Italian/Bt cars you may have issues with.
For the man who asked if it is a Renault or Alpine:
Alpine started without the blessing of “mother” Renault. To the point that Redele was not to use the Renault name in any publication. After the first 1-2-3 victory of Alpine in the Monte Carlo, Renault was less reluctant having Redele use their name. In 1969 they bought part of the company and it became Alpine Renault. In the early seventies (oil crisis) Renault bouth the majority and it became Renault Alpine.
Renault managed to kill the brand.
Feel free to contact me.
Yves Boode

  1. zertrat

February 12, 2010 at 4:28 am
I’ve blundered across this website nearly three years after the post. What ever happened to this car? How did it get to the American Midwaste, her, Midwest to begin with? I’m in the St. Louis area, and would consider buying a car like this in a heartbeat. I presume this car is gone, and we won’t be seeing another like it. Ever.