A Midland business which specialises in preparing classic race cars for clients to race all over the world has rebuilt a little bit of British sports car history.
Mike Luck, from Stratford-upon-Avon, who owns Redditch-based Classic World Racing (CWR), has just unveiled a race car based on a 1968 TVR Tuscan after he discovered that the original moulds had been lying untouched in a barn for 20 years.
The new car was launched at last weekend’s Race Retro show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
Mr Luck said the initial audience reaction to the car’s launch had been “extremely positive”.
He is already starting work on the modifications required for the road-going model, which he has christened the Titan.
He said: “We are very pleased with the level of interest in the Titan and we are close to securing our first order.
“The race car proved to be a very popular showcase for our plans to build the road-going version which will appeal to the classic car enthusiast who wants all the power and handling characteristics of a modern sports car.
“We plan to finish the first car by August and have a further two completed by the end of September.
“It all started when I was commissioned by a client to build a race car so it was a great opportunity to recreate a classic car to the customer’s requirements.
“Only around 20 Tuscans were made at the time, mainly for demonstration purposes but the model was short-lived due to supply issues of the 4.7-litre Ford V8 engine so I was very excited to see how the car would come to life once the mouldings arrived,” he added.
“I must admit at that stage, I had no idea how it might look.
“As the CWR team started work on the Tuscan, it struck me what a beautiful little car it was and I’m so delighted with it, that we decided to go forward and build the road-going version.”
A valuable member of the CWR team is ex-TVR competition manager Chris Schirle.
Mr Luck said Mr Schirle was instrumental in establishing TVR as a successful brand within the racing world and now plays a key role in improving CWR’s customers’ cars.
His experience is expected to play an important role in the success on the track and will go a long way towards producing the road car.
Initial production of the road car will be in limited numbers with the model going on sale for around £42,500 plus VAT.
Mr Luck added: “There is still a lot of interest in older TVRs so I’m hoping we have done justice to the memory of the Tuscan.”