Fasteners for Motor Racing – Tom White at Oulton Park in 1977 Crossle FF

tom white 1977 crossle formula ford fasteners

Last year, we posted this blog entry about supplying the fasteners for a fantastic 1977 Crossle 33F Formula Ford 2 Litre racing car, to be driven by Tom White, then aged 16. We supplied many different fasteners for this car, from socket screws to hexagon bolts, nuts and washers, and thought we’d update on Tom’s progress!

A year on, Tom is now 17 and recently completed a hillclimb in the car. He has now also completed his first track race at the Oulton Park Gold Cup. The picture at the top of the article shows race day.

Tom posted the fastest time in the wet practice session, which is pictured below. A great achievement, especially as it was his first time driving around Oulton Park!

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Tom will be racing again at Brands Hatch at the end of September. Next year, he is hoping to complete a full racing season.

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All of us at Thomas Smith Fasteners would like to wish Tom the best of luck in his future racing endeavours!

Imperial nuts and bolts are extensively used in classic vehicles like this one, and we hold the UK’s largest stocks. We offer a wide range of fasteners with metric and imperial threadforms (BSF, BSW, UNC, UNF). If you’d like to know more about what we can offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01942 520260.

 

TSF at Silverstone Classic – imperial fasteners for classic racing cars

Silverstone Classic is the most important annual race meeting for classic race cars, and Thomas Smith Fasteners were in attendance.

This huge, three day event saw unprecedented crowds with a record attendance of 90,000, with 24 races and cars spanning 9 decades of motor sport history.

Several of motor sport’s most famous names and champions including Jackie Oliver, Andy Priaulx, Rob Huff, Tim Harvey and Gary and John Pearson all competed, and commentating legend Murray Walker was in attendance amongst the spectators and was interviewed. History was made when a new Silverstone Classic lap record of 1m 46.712 was set by Nic Minassian in the 1991 Jaguar XJR-14.

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There were many attractions over a busy weekend, and a lot to take in! This long-nose Jaguar D Type that was driven to victory at Le Mans by Mike Hawthorn in 1955 was at the event.

jaguar d type silverstone classic le mans hawthorne

There were also plenty of aerial activities. A pair of Spitfires performed a thrilling chase routine, as shown below:

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Brooklands Museum were in attendance and demonstrated this fantastic WW1 Sopwith Camel.

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The show was also a success for us at Thomas Smith Fasteners.  Our representatives visited both the National and International pit and paddock areas, and great interest was shown by teams with British made classic cars in our extensive range of BSF, BSW, UNC and UNF bolts, nuts and washers.  Our assorted packs of fasteners are always handy to have in the garage in addition to the specialised parts that we manufacture and supply.

A truly unmissable spectacle for anyone with an interest in classic cars, we are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power 2011 Review

On the 16th July 2011, we attended the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, which is the UK’s biggest celebration of power and speed.

This year’s event was extended to three days, with the Friday being set aside for press, trade and sponsors and also for the competing cars to participate in practice laps of the 1.2 mile, ‘U’ shaped circuit.

Despite heavy rain on Sunday, the meeting attracted a record crowd of 60,000 who viewed the 175 modern and classic cars & bikes on the track in addition to hundreds of display cars.

The spectators witnessed a formidable array of classic and modern cars on track, including the Vanwall VW14, AC Cobra, Ferrari 250GT SWB, the incredibly succesful 1989 Lancia Delta Integrale rally car, and the 1990 Lotus T102 F1 car.

Five times Le Mans winner and racing legend Derek Bell was in attendance, driving the Bentley Super 8 that won the 2003 Le Mans.

Being a celebration of power and speed, the pageant is not confined to road vehicles.  There were many additional attractions including powerboat racing, army mock battle scenes, and airplane stunt displays.

The pageant hosts the largest gathering of racing powerboats in the UK, and the lake saw plenty of racing action, with catamarans, hydroplanes and wetbikes taking to the water.

The Defence Helicopter Flying School, which is based at nearby RAF Shawbury,  provided spectacular air displays including a Search and Rescue Training Unit (SARTU) training demonstration.

The Army conducted a live combined arms demonstration, providing a fascinating insight into miltary operations, and tanks and helicopters were used to insert the troops into the action.  The displays raised funds for the military charities Combat Stress, Remount and the Mercian Benevolent Fund (MBF).  A thrilling spectacle for a worthy cause.

What really stood out this year was that that there were so many different attractions to witness and enjoy.  On track action, classic and modern vehicle displays, powerboats gunning their engines on the lake, biplanes and helicopters roaring overhead, army demonstrations, firework displays and more make for a very enjoyable weekend for all the family.

An action-packed time was had by all and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.  See you there!

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power 2011 is nearly here – information, 2010 report & pictures

This years’ Cholmondley Pageant of Power takes place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July 2011.  As we were perusing an old hard drive, along with pictures of the 1000 Engines Rally we posted recently, we came across these fantastic pictures taken at the 2010 event, and thought an article may be of interest to help whet the appetite for this years’ show.

On the 17th July 2010, Tim Garton attended the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, which is held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire and features racing action on track, air and water, as well as displays  of racing machinery past and present.

The show included displays of famous motor racing machines such as the Lotus F1 car driven by Sir Stirling Moss at the Monaco GP in 1961, and the 1978 Williams FW06, which was the first car produced by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head for their Williams F1 team.

Also on display was the famous Tom Wheatcroft Donington collection of classic cars.   A true delight to behold for the enthusiast, and a fitting tribute.

The show was again sponsored by Bentley and they had a fantastic assortment of road cars, classics, and Le Mans racing cars.

Such a fascinating, enjoyable day – the show was a huge success and deserves a high turnout again this year.

If you are interested in attending in 2011, the event is held on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July 2011 – visit the website here.   The event is supporting the Combat Stress – The Veterans Mental Health Charity and tickets start at £17 for adults and £5 for children.  Gates open at 8am.

Need Fasteners for your classic vehicle?

At Thomas Smith Fasteners, we hold many different combinations of sizes of industrial fasteners to suit classic & vintage vehicles whether they be powered by Steam, Water, Gas, Petrol or Diesel.

BSF, BSW, UNF & UNC imperial threadforms, in addition to metric, are held on our online shop.

Many more sizes are available by contacting our sales staff.

Let us know if there are some sizes that you would like us to stock and we will investigate on your behalf.