Published: 00:00, 26 October 2017 |
Updated: 08:36, 26 October 2017
Wrotham-based Motorbase Performance will expand into historic racing next season with a 1965 Ford Mustang.
Team owner David Bartrum plans to drive the car himself in the Historic Racing Drivers Club (HRDC) Allstars series.
Bartrum – who last competed in 2002 and is a former Ford Saloon Car Championship winner – bought the V8-powered machine from California.
“We are all getting older so we wanted to build a car and look at the historic world,” he said.
“We want to build a car that will show people what we can do.
“I want to drive it and I picked the Mustang because I like them – it is only four years younger than me and offers a good bit of history.”
Bartrum, who has run the Tower Industrial Estate-based British Touring Car Championship squad since 2004, started racing in 1988 in the P100 Pickup series.
He hopes to enter the Mustang Notchback in events at Goodwood and the Silverstone Classic.
“We are building it properly and need to get it done over the winter – we are aiming to get it finished by March,” he added.
“People like Mike and Andrew Jordan are building historic cars to a very high standard and if someone walked past our Mustang and said it was as good as a Jordan one, that would be sign-off for me.
“It has got to be fun and the initial aim will be to race it in the HRDC.”
Alongside its new historic arm, Motorbase will also compete in TCR next season after taking delivery of two Volkswagen Golf GTIs.
It is not yet confirmed which TCR series the team will enter, but a new British championship will start next year.
“We are open to all available options for next season with TCR,” Bartrum added.
“I am excited to see which drivers are out there with the potential and budget to work with us whether in the UK, Europe or further afield.
“TCR opens up a lot more opportunities for us as a team as we now have a stable of cars that we can take all over the world.”
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