Time Passages

Twenty four years separated two of the OMS cars that were gathered at Harewood Hillclimb over the weekend for the Yorkshire Speed Trophy meeting on Saturday 3rd August and the Montague Burton Trophy Meeting on Sunday 4th August.

One of the oldest known competing OMS cars is OMS 14/89 owned and driven by Michael Walton that returned to Harewood on Saturday following a few years absence. Chassis number 14 was made in 1989 for Michael's father David Walton and was originally powered by a Honda 400/4 to compete in the then 500cc racing car class. It is now fitted with a 1000cc engine and runs in racing cars up to 1100cc. It is a sister car to the ex-Ian Cruickshank’s/David Oldridge chassis number 3 that is currently being restored by David Oldridge. And also sister to chassis number 4 that is still owned by Steve Owen, which currently lives on the roof of the office in the OMS workshop.

At the opposite end of the OMS cars spectrum was the latest design to be built, the 1600cc OMS 28 driven by Lynn & Steve Owen: chassis number 162. Following the cars' debut at Harewood the previous month, initial set up changes have now been completed and both drivers soon settled into delivering competitive times. So much so that Steve took Fastest Time of Day at both Saturday and Sundays' meetings.

Other OMS chassis models from across the years included a rocker arm OMS single seater driven by Ian Davies, that is fitted with an 1100cc engine and Fergus Duncan’s' 1100cc OMS 2000M in which he took the class win on Saturday. Harewood regular and current Harewood FTD Championship leader John Chacksfield in his 2 Ltr OMS CF04 was under pressure from Steve Owen, Morgan Jenkins and Lee Griffiths who was driving his 1600cc OMS 25. Lee had one of his most successful weekends, taking 2nd Fastest Time of Day to Steve on both Saturday and Sunday. John secured 3rd FTD on Sunday making it an OMS 1 2 3 in the FTD stakes.

For final results of both meetings click here

Date: 4/08/2013 | Author: L.Owen