Great Track Day / Vintage Racer 1963 MGB #41
Bucket list time. You have always wanted to get some track time, but didn’t have a car?
#41 MGB is unique in that it has always been a track car and never registered for the road. It has the original registration plate (CASC) “061", Canadian Auto Sports Clubs region 2 (Quebec region) on the transmission tunnel.
It was raced at Edmonton International Speedway in the 1970's and then sat for many years until it was acquired in the 1990s for full restoration by Dr. Alan Lees. The body was sandblasted, revealing a sound rust free straight body. He had a 1950 c.c. 14:1 compression ratio engine installed. He raced #41 in Alberta and also the OTC (Open Track Challenge, 7 different race tracks in seven days) in California. He sold it prior to retiring to the UK.
The next owner vintage raced it for four years. When I bought it, I had a new engine built for dependability, including ARP bolts, and the crank, rods, pistons, fly wheel & front damper balanced. The engine has 1,500+/- km from 7 race weekends and is nicely broken in. It runs on premium (91) gas and in two years of vintage racing it only required oil/filter changes. The tires have 3 race weekends of wear. Since I stopped racing, I have run it regularly and changed the oil. To my knowledge #41 has been raced, accident free, at least since being restored in the 1990's.
I raced under a WCMA ASN Canada FIA Logbook. I kept the Datsun five speed transmission, which was in the car, and had no issues with it qualifying as a vintage racer. I did find that racing, at the Calgary Race City road track, I never used 5th gear.
With some 500,000 MGBs sold from 1962 to 1980 parts are readily available and affordable from a variety of sources. They are also from an age when cars were easier to work on using standard tools.
I loved vintage racing as it is friendly racing where you respect the other drivers and their cars. It is non-contact racing with no winners or losers. But, I was competitive with my peers, as per the lap sheets.
I always raced it without the hardtop with the acrylic low profile windshield. It has a single racing seat and has been stripped of the windows, carpets, etc. and wouldn’t be street legal. It comes with the windows and some other spare parts.
9:1 compression premium gas / Kent fast road cam / Single Weber / Electronic ignition / Oil cooler / Transmission Datsun 5 speed / Welded differential / AP light weigh clutch assembly / Large capacity road race oil pan / Large front sway bar / Panhard bar / Fuel cell (may need updating) / Electric gauge pack / Lowered suspension with racing springs / Track bars on leaf springs / Upgraded master cylinder / Roll bar and harness (harness requires updates) / Aluminum hood, painted flat black / Sebring Headlamp Covers / Minilight style wheels / 195 60 R14 Falken Azenis RT615 heat cycled tires (used 3 weekends) /
Aluminum flywheel modified for the transmission
Open single axel trailer, with brakes and with new 15" tires, is also available.