Appointed Service and Motorsport Dealer
Tel: 01462 835500
Fax: 01462 835400
86/88 High Street
Techniques continues to be at the forefront of Morgan motorsport with our long list of clients notching up win after win!
In recognition of our achievements, The Morgan Motor Company has appointed Techniques as an official Morgan Motorsport Dealer. As just one of five motorsport dealers, Techniques can supply the latest Morgan 4/4 competition and support you through your first few steps into motorsport.
Techniques Motorsport prepared Morgans can be seen competing all over Europe and the UK, where we support Competition +8s, Roadster Lightweights, +4’s and 4-4’s in the Morgan Challenge and prestigious historic race meetings.
We are committed supporters of the Aero Racing Morgan Challenge Series for four wheeled Morgans. Our technicians are on hand at every round to attend to our many customers race cars. We also prepare Morgans for historic motorsport events and our clients compete in their Techniques prepared cars all over Europe in some of the world’s most prestigious events.
If you are considering entering your Morgan into any motorsport event, please give Brian Gateson a call on 01462 835500 for a friendly chat and advice.
2012 was another very busy and successful season for Techniques Motorsport. Our customers' cars performed well both Nationally and Internationally throughout Europe, competing against other marques. The Aero Racing Morgan Challenge Race season started and finished at Snetterton in Norfolk, with other rounds including Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Donnington Park, Silverstone, Castle Coombe, Thruxton and for this season a European round at Assen in the Netherlands.
Into Europe with Historic FIA GT Morgans we were kept busy at Hochenheim, Imola, Monza, Le Mans, Dijon, Paul Rickard, Zandvoort, and finally Portimao in Portugal. There were also other visits to Silverstone Classic and the ever-popular Goodwood Revival meeting.
We are very proud that our customers’ cars not only performed well but with much success. Congratulations must go to Sharlie Goddard for winning Class C of the Aero Racing Morgan Challenge and finishing overall Runner Up in the championship and to her husband Philip for winning Class A in only his second season in this class driving his Technique prepared +8.
In Europe, many congratulations must go to Leigh Sebba: Series 1 4-4, Adrian van der Kroft: +8, +4 and series 1 4-4 and John Emberson: +4 & SLR, all of which enjoyed another exciting racing season with many Class wins shared between them, with John Emberson and Bill Wykeham winning the GT3 category of the GT & Sports Car Cup for the second successive season in John Emberson's Morgan SLR and Adrian van der Kroft winning the 2012 GTS 6 class of the Dutch NK HTGT series. For a complete overview of the achievements of our customers in the UK and Europe, please visit our 'Racing Success' page.
Techniques can build you a Morgan competition car or adapt your road car to competition specification whilst still retaining its use for the public roads. Alternatively you may be interested in a brand new Morgan suitable for the track from the Morgan Motor Company, which we can supply. Brian Gateson would be delighted to assist and advice you about what would be most suitable for your requirements.
The Aero Racing Morgan Challenge race series is split into a number of classes for Aero 8s, Morgan +8s and 4 cylinder cars. For the current regulations please visit www.morganchallenge.co.uk. Please visit the Aero Racing website for race reports, images and results.
To get you started in motor sport you will need to equip your car with a minimum of a roll bar, racing harness, battery cut out switch and fire extinguisher. We can very easily fit these items to your road car.
If the racing bug really takes hold you may wish to develop your car further. With our vast knowledge of racing Morgans, we can help you get your Morgan safely to the head of the pack. Below are some of the competition Morgans that Techniques prepare or have built for competition use. They can regularly be seen competing throughout the racing season.
John Emberson with his Morgan +4 SLR Historic Race Car
This is one of 3 Morgan SLRs built in the 1960s based on a Morgan +4 chassis. It has an all enveloping streamlined and polished aluminium bodywork, Triumph TR4A engine and Moss gearbox. This car has appeared at a number of historic race meetings including Laguna Seca and more recently has been racing throughout Europe and is the 2011 and 2012 champion of the GT3 Category of the GT & Sports Car Cup Historic Race Series.
Adrian van der Kroft with his Morgan +4 Historic Race Car.
XOV 555 is an historic +4 dating from 1959. It has a continuous racing and rallying history from new and continues to surprise many exotic sports cars from the ‘60s. This car competes at the highest level of historic motor sport having appeared at Goodwood, Bahrain GP circuit and race tracks across Europe, including five Le Mans Classics, winning the index of performance in 2004 and winning the GTS 6 class of the Dutch NK HTGT series in 2012.
Sharlie Goddard racing her Class C Morgan +8
Sharlie often races with her +8 in the Aero Racing Morgan Challenge and the Thoroughbred Sports Car Series. She is the 2012 Class C champion in the Morgan Challenge and overall championship runner up.
Philip Goddard in his Class A Morgan +8
This car has been converted by ourselves in 2010/2011 and is the 2012 Class A champion of the Morgan Challenge, achieving 3rd overall.
Chris Springall enjoyed much success in Class C8, winning the championship outright in 2008.
Peter Cole enjoying racing his Morgan Roadster Lightweight in the Morgan Challenge and Thoroughbred Race Series.
Leigh Sebba with his Morgan 4-4 Series 1 – ‘FXD'.
This car famously competed at Le Mans in 1938 and 1939. Now completely rebuilt by ourselves it raced at Le Mans in 2010. In 2012 Leigh Sebba with co-drivers Richard Plant and John Emberson, achieved a very credible 9th overall on index of performance in plateau 1 out of a grid of 64 cars.
John Clarke racing his rare original Morgan +4 SuperSports.
This car has been completely rebuilt by Techniques. Seen here at Silverstone in the Techniques Trophy Race.
Chris and Michelle Bailey's Morgan +4.
Michelle competing with the beautiful Rover Twin Cam Morgan +4 in the Techniques sponsored MSCC Sprint Championship.
Roger Whiteside - Morgan +8 Class B Race Car
This beautiful Morgan +8 has competed for the past 11 seasons in the Morgan Race Challenge. Built by us to Class B specification, it features a full race 3.9 injection Rover V8 engine, T5 gearbox and all round disk brakes. Roger Whiteside is the proud owner of this car since October 2010 and has achieved 2nd in Class B in the Challenge Series in 2011 and 3rd in Class B in 2012
Please click here for the complete overview of the Techniques' prepared competition cars.
The following article was written by Mary Lindsay for the Morgan Challenge race series.
Photograph by Ian Gillett, used with permission.
To compete in the Morgan Race Series you will need a 4-wheeler Morgan (of whatever model or vintage) which complies with the regulations. These can be seen on the Morgan racing web site www.mogsport.net
It is a good idea to have a chat with some current Morgan racers or specialists to find out the best entry level car for you. If you need advice on preparing your car for racing and what is involved there are plenty of people in our race series who can advise you. Contact our Series Co-ordinator, Kate Orebi Gann and she will point you in the right direction, depending on your geographical location.
If you are excited by the idea of racing, but have not been on a track before, you could have a taster by taking part in a track day.
The Morgan Sports Car Club track day at Mallory Park provides a good opportunity to try your car out on the track in an informal way. The event is usually over-subscribed so if you are a member of the club you are advised to get your name down early. Details are on the club web site www.mscc.uk.com.
Track days offer you the chance to explore your car's potential in a controlled environment. You could also try circuit driver tuition which will help you when you come to take your ARDS (Association of Racing Driving Schools) course which you will have to complete to obtain your race licence. An internet search will provide plenty of ideas and opportunites for track days and tuition.
The MSA (Motor Sports Association) is the governing body of motor sport in the UK and is responsible for issuing licences. Apply to the MSA for your pack which will cost you 51.00 (inc VAT)
The Go Racing Driver Pack includes the MSA Competitor's Yearbook (the Blue Book) which contains technical rules and regulations and a list of ARDS schools; an ARDS VHS Video/DVD, which contains information on what is required on the ARDS test, and how to fill out the Novice application form. There is also a Silverstone DVD which promotes the Silverstone ARDS course.
To order your pack on the internet go to www.msauk.org, click Getting Started and then go to Novice Race Driver Pack MSA or click here. If you prefer you can write to the MSA at Motor Sports House, Riverside Park, Colnbrook, SL3 0HG or telephone 01753 765000.
The application form in the pack will include a medical form which your GP or another doctor has to complete. You will have to pay your GP a fee for this and it varies but is usually around 50-75. Assuming that you pass the medical (including an eye-sight and colour blindness test) you must then book your ARDS course.
The Association of Racing Driving Schools, which are situated at most of the race circuits in the UK, run one-day courses which include theory tests of your basic knowledge of motor sport (flag signals etc) and a practical test of your ability to drive safely around a circuit.
The basic ARDS session typically consists of an initial briefing with an instructor showing you the circuit, braking points and lines in a classroom situation. This is followed by a driving session; first with an instructor driving, then you driving under instruction which is followed by your observed laps with no input from the instructor/examiner. Once you have completed this it is back into the classroom to take the written test.
The main circuits currently running courses are
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|Castle Combe||Wiltshire||T: 01249 782 417|
|Croft||N Yorks||T: 01325 721 815|
|Goodwood||W Sussex||T: 01243 528815|
|Kirkistown||N Ireland||T: 02890 507 010|
|Knockhill||Fife||T: 01383 723 337|
|Mallory Park||Leics||T: 01455 841 670|
|Oulton Park||Cheshire||T: 0870 512 5250|
|Pembrey||Carmarthenshire||T: 01554 891 042|
|Silverstone||Northhants||T: 08704 588 212|
|Three Sisters||Lancashire||T: 01942 270 230|
|Thruxton||Hants||T: 01264 882 222|
Choose from any of the schools in the Blue Book (listed under Race and Rally Schools in the green pages at the end of the book). It has been the experience of some new drivers that the Silverstone course does promote its other courses rather enthusiastically. We have heard varying reports of ARDS courses and you are advised to consult our Series Co-Ordinator for the latest thinking on the best ones. Costs vary too, so do some research and make sure you know what is on offer. Silverstone charged 350 in 2006 for a one-day course.
Assuming that you pass your ARDS course, you can then apply to the MSA for your National B Race Licence for which you pay an additional fee.
You have to be a member of the club to register for the race series, for information on how to join go to www.mscc.uk.com
To race in the Morgan Series you must register for which there is an annual fee. For details contact our Series Co-ordinator Kate Orebi Gann (see details below) or to download the Regs see www.mogsport.net
There is a very useful publication called the UK Circuit Guide. It contains general information about all UK circuits including how to get there, where to stay and maps of the circuits with advice on the best lines through the corners. A good investment for the complete novice and a handy book of reference for everyone.
The first step is to talk to someone who is already racing a Morgan or who specialises in preparing them for racing. There are plenty of specialists around and now that you have joined the Morgan Sports Car Club you will find that they all advertise in the club monthly magazine Miscellany. If you wish to make contact with other racers you can either ask our Series Co-ordinator for contact information, have a look on Mogsport for information about other drivers or ask in the forum there.
Most obvious requirements are:
The transponder costs about 200 for a direct powered type (AMB), and can be bought from many places on the internet or the rechargeable type can normally be hired on the day at the meeting for about 25.
All of these are strictly regulated by the MSA and it is imperative that you fit the latest and best possible equipment to your car.
You must wear approved clothing including crash helmet and fireproof overalls, and it is advisable also to wear fireproof gloves, balaclava, socks, underwear and shoes.
When buying any equipment make sure that you know the latest regulations as some items have a limited life. Bear in mind that the standards for these are reviewed each year so it is probably advisable to wait until you have your copy of the current MSA Competitors' Yearbook (the Blue Book) before committing to the expense. This also ensures that you are not sold something which is not suitable for car racing helmets are a prime example.
More information about the series can be found at: www.mogsport.net/general/starting.html