1950s Small Capacity Sports Racing Cars.
In response to demand, FISCAR is developing some races for small sports racing cars up to 1500cc from the 1950s.
The idea is to recreate the extremely popular races of the 1950s for small capacity, mainly front engine, sports racing cars.
These events featured everything from home built specials to works entered production cars and lead to many long standing careers in motorsport. As such a priority is the appearance and specification of the cars which should be as close as possible to the period. In the interests of affordability and safety we will permit non-visible mechanical improvements and the fitting of appropriate style modern safety equipment as well as heavyweight fibreglass replacements for expensive vulnerable aluminium bodywork.
Eligible cars will have been built and raced before January 1st 1960 and have engines of either 1500 (production based) or 1100 cc capacity.
• Cars should be visually and technically presented in period style/specification:
Interiors should be simply trimmed, with two seats but without modern racing seats;
• Cars should be road legal, but not necessarily road registered, with working brake lights and at least minimal lighting. Battery, generator & self starter should be fitted.
• Period style instruments (e.g. Smiths) fitted where possible (modern electronic replicas with period style dials are fine);
• Mirrors, windscreens and other body fittings should be of a period style;
• Roll over bars where fitted should be as simple as possible (e.g. a hoop and 1 stay) and offer no structural improvement. Seat belts should only be fitted in conjunction with a roll over bar.
The series will be split into two classes to reflect the change from the early 50s when most engines were 1500cc to the late 50s when the 1100cc Climax engines became almost ubiquitous.
1500cc production based engines, such as MG XPAG, Lea Francis, Ford 100E & Consul 1508cc
and 1500cc racing engines built before January 1st 1955 such as OSCA MT4 2AD, Porsche 547.
Production based engines may be fitted with period tuning parts such as Laystall cylinder heads for MG XPAGs, Elva IOE conversions and Aquaplane tuning parts for Ford 100E.
1100cc racing type engines, such as Coventry Climax FWA, BMC A-series.
BMC A-series engines are included in this class to reflect their capacity and continual development from their introduction, acceptable capacities are 803cc up to December 31st 1955 and 948cc from January 1st 1956 onwards.
Maximum carburettor sizes are 40mm for Webers (e.g. 40 DCOE) and 1½” for SUs.
Are allowed to run non-visible modern components that improve reliability but not performance such as non-microprocessor points replacement systems (e.g. Lumenition Magnetronic) that retain the original distributor and coil ignition (e.g. no electronic ignition) and alternators can be fitted as long as they are in dynamo style casings (e.g. Dynalite).
Non-period components such as roller rockers are not allowed.
Gearbox should be of a type fitted to the model of car in period. 5 speed gearboxes will only be permitted if it can be shown that the car ran one in period.
Limited slip differentials are permitted but should be of a fixed value type as available in period e.g. cam & pawl or Salisbury.
Dampers should be of the original type e.g. friction, lever-arm or telescopic.
Hydraulic dampers may be fixed or single adjustable and must be steel bodied (e.g. Armstrong, Spax or Avo for coil over telescopics). Adjustable spring bases may be used for coil overs.
Suspension components should be non-adjustable and fitted with rubber bushes (e.g. Metalastic) unless it can be shown that solid (e.g. Rose) joints were used in period.
Anti-roll bars should be non-adjustable and may use solid (e.g. Rose) joints.
• Brakes should be of an original size and type fitted to the model in period.
Wheels & tyres
Period type and style of wheels of the original diameter should be used.
Rim width should be no more than 1” wider than original.
Ideally Dunlop tyres must be 204 compound and preferably R5 style since *L-section did not appear until 1962.
* However, given that some competitors race in other series which allow incorrect size and style (e.g. L-section) of tyres an exemption can be applied for.
Maximum tyre width is 5.50” e.g. 5.50 x 15.
Aluminium bodied cars may use fibreglass replacements (to the original shape) for larger expensive aluminium components (e.g. nose & tail) but they should be of a heavyweight period style construction, lightweight replacements will not be allowed.
A list of eligible cars is given below. It is not necessarily exhaustive; for example, we are aware that some 1172 side valve specials built in period may well be suitable. If you have a car which you think may well fit, please contact us.
Attila - Climax
Buckler – Mk5, 6, 90, DD1 & most DD2s
Connaught – ALSR
Cooper – T10, T13, T14, T21, T39
Elva – Mk 1,,3, 4, 5
Gilby - Climax
Kieft - Climax
Lola – Mk 1
Lotus – 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 17
MG XPAG Specials – Dargue, LECo, Lester, DJS, Parson, Playford, etc
OSCA – MT4, FS372
Porsche – 550/550A
Tojeiro – MG
Engines: JAP, Ford 1172, Ford 1508 (Consul), MG XPAG, Lea Francis, Coventry Climax (FWA ONLY) as well as those original for bespoke cars such as the Maserati, Osca, Porsche.