HistoryFirst of BTCC Cavaliers built in late 1989 ready for the 1990 season. In the early days the car underwent much development work having been built as rear-wheel drive and raced in that format by regular driver Chris Hodgetts, before briefly running with four-wheel drive and finally converted to front-wheel drive.
Originally intended to be the spare car in 1991, it was pressed into service following an accident at Donington which saw Jeff Allam's car written off. Allam would take over John Cleland race car, whist Cleland switched back to this chassis.
The car remained with the team as a spare car until being purchased by Ian Ashley. Initially run by Team Maxted in the 1993 British Touring Car Championship until Ashley parted company with the team mid-season, before re-appearing under the Colin Davids Racing banner.
I saw the opportunity of perhaps getting into the BTCC, the British Touring Car Championship, and unfortunately I chose the wrong car. What I thought was a '92 car was in actually the original 1990 car that they had originally made rear-wheel drive. Along with Cleland they didn't know whether they were going to have front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Anyway, they had put '92 front suspension on, but that was it, all the rest was the original. It really was a bit difficult to drive, and I should have taken the Ray Mallock/Ian Khan car, but I never did drive that.
Ian Ashley sold the car to Andy Clarkin, who ran the car initially in Thundersaloons, then a variety of saloon car series, and finally in Formula Saloons Championship.
Eventually the car was brought by Jim Pocklington who continued in Formula Saloons and later in the Classic Thunder Championship.
In 2008/09 the car underwent a full bare-shell rebuild, and re-appeared in 1992 BTCC livery in time for the David Leslie Memorial Trophy race at the 2009 Silverstone Classic