Immediately on arriving back from a successful week in Belgium competing with the Inca Alfa in the Ypres Rally, the OUMF team set to work on the Riley 1.5 racer in preparation for its next event at Oulton Park the following weekend. Sadly - and very unexpectedly given its apparent good health after HRDC Brands Hatch in June - further problems were discovered with the engine at the Monday evening practical session. Despite many different ideas being thrown around, it was clear that the Riley would not be able to race at the weekend and, regrettably, we had to inform Julius that we must withdraw the Riley from the races.
Despite the very disappointing issues with the car, the level of enthusiasm and commitment to the HRDC is such that many OUMF members were still keen to make the trip up to Oulton Park. An overnight stay was arranged at the Maitland HQ in Shropshire, with fantastic hospitality provided for the whole team on Friday evening. There was even a tour of the ever expanding ‘Maitland Engineering’ workshop, and inspection of the current ‘works in progress’ – Tom’s 1930 Ford Model A-engined Amilcar, and his brother Bruce’s potential HRDC A35 racer! Despite an eventful journey up there for a couple of members, a great night was had by all.