1964 G4R rebuild

1964 G4R rebuild

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Bar8arian

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12 posts

3 months

Monday 5th April
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A number of years ago, Ivor and Tom Walklett helped me to buy the ex Malcolm Douglas Ginetta G4R, that was so successful in Britain and then Canada.

During my research into the comprehensive paperwork that came with the car I found a letter confirming that Malcolm had applied to enter the 1965 Le Mans 24 hours race. I have written to ACO to see if they can provide any further details as to what happened to the application.

In the meantime, the car is being rebuilt with the hope that it is ready to race next season. I attach a photo of the car in the spray shop.


Bar8arian

Original Poster:

12 posts

3 months

Monday 5th April
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.....and the car is now back at the Walklett's factory.[

url]|https://thumbsnap.com/1BDd1BEr[/url]

GTRene

12,237 posts

191 months

Monday 5th April
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oooh, very nice.

and is such frame molded in/to the body? so not bold on the frame?

Bar8arian

Original Poster:

12 posts

3 months

Wednesday 7th April
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The body is bonded - I have a photo of the car racing in period which I will try to upload.

Bar8arian

Original Poster:

12 posts

3 months

Thursday 8th April
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As promised - a picture of the car racing in period

Bar8arian

Original Poster:

12 posts

3 months

Thursday 8th April
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and one of the car on its return from Canada

GTRene

12,237 posts

191 months

Thursday 8th April
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lovely pictures, makes the story more complete, already lots of work went into it, saving the cars life.

NuvolAscaRina

440 posts

7 months

Tuesday 13th April
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Nice rebuild .

1 week after thread starts and only 1 other person has posted about this ,everyone would rather faun over a grey Audi something .

More pics please ....smile

Bar8arian

Original Poster:

12 posts

3 months

Tuesday 13th April
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The car before the rebuild started - being driven to Tom and Ivor Walklett

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|https://thumbsnap.com/b1M7nRyh[/url]

NuvolAscaRina

440 posts

7 months

Tuesday 13th April
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What year did it return from Canada ?

Didn't think it was going to be drivable but I assume much work was done to make drivable and then rebuild later .

jwoffshore

448 posts

221 months

Tuesday 13th April
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NuvolAscaRina said:
1 week after thread starts and only 1 other person has posted about this ,everyone would rather faun over a grey Audi something .
Well, it is pretty much tumble weed here. I posted a lot of info on my 2.5 litre G40R and got one reply. I wonder if people with older "classic" Ginettas are a bit snooty about the new generation ones.

Anyway, this G4 looks great, but I am curious about what engine is installed.

NuvolAscaRina

440 posts

7 months

Tuesday 13th April
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jwoffshore said:
NuvolAscaRina said:
1 week after thread starts and only 1 other person has posted about this ,everyone would rather faun over a grey Audi something .
Well, it is pretty much tumble weed here. I posted a lot of info on my 2.5 litre G40R and got one reply. I wonder if people with older "classic" Ginettas are a bit snooty about the new generation ones.

Anyway, this G4 looks great, but I am curious about what engine is installed.
Indeed , the OP could provide a lot more detail on this but if no one is going to read it , comment on it , hardly seems worth the effort .

jwoffshore

448 posts

221 months

Tuesday 13th April
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He's already had about 6 times more interest than anybody had in my G40R!!!!

NuvolAscaRina

440 posts

7 months

Tuesday 13th April
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I just had a quick read of your 2.5 engine thread .

Good write up there .

I used to see an orange G40 in a residential street of Fulham , off Wandsworth Bridge road when I was working .

jwoffshore

448 posts

221 months

Tuesday 13th April
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Thanks very much!

A brave person, street parking a G40 in London. Despite the roof, somewhat leak-prone and often grounds out on traffic calming obstacles. Same with this G4 I guess, mainly a track device.

Still, we had best not hijack this thread. I hope we have more updates and some info on the G4 mechanics as well as the body.

sketch pad

42 posts

155 months

Wednesday 14th April
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Looks like a new dare frame and new dare body ? what are you going to do with the original car ?

Bar8arian

Original Poster:

12 posts

3 months

Wednesday 14th April
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Morning all - according to the documentation I received with the car, it was brought back to the UK in March 1989, in a very sorry state. The new owner, the late Simon Talbot, was a highly talented aircraft technician. He undertook the restoration himself, including making a flatbed chassis jig. Sadly, Simon passed away before he could finish the car to race standards. I was fortunate to buy the car in August 2014. The car has been disassembled and all usable original parts are being integrated back into the car. This is a 9 month project and I hope to supply more photos as the build progresses.

In the meantime, I am attaching photos of the car in period, the first at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Canada on 17th September 1967 (first in class) and the second, a few months earlier, on 12th June.




andy97

4,209 posts

189 months

Thursday 15th April
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Fantastic cars, hope the rebuild goes well and that you can get it back out racing again.
Am I correct in thinking that the G4R had a Lotus Twin Cam?
It will be interesting to see what reply you get from the ACO about a Le Mans entry - presumably before that application the car may have been raced in other international races? If that info can be found and the car spec verified it may mean that the G4R is eligible for some interesting pre 66 historic races?