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The DAF 55 V8 brief history...

Truely one of the iconic supersaloon cars of the '70s. Bonkers creation from Tony Hazelwood to race using a short DAF coupe from Holland and stuffing a Rover V8 ,then a 450 bhp Oldsmobile V8 under the bonnet. The build took 2000 man hours with the help of Chas Beattie and Cooper Motors. The result was entertaining handling and certainly fast , setting the first 100mph saloon lap at Thruxton amongst other lap records.
Colin Folwell of Corbeau Seat fame bought the car and loaned it back to Tony to continue racing during the height of the supersaloon era.
Alan Minshaw of Demon Tweeks was the next owner and had a couple of seasons with her before letting Tony Sugden race it in 1978. A switch to using the 2-litre BDX from Tony's Escort made it handle a little easier and also ma\de it eligiable for the BARC Wendy Wools which had a 2500cc limit . Re-branded as a Volvo 66 in line with Volvo's takeover of the DAF company and having been in various colours she was repainted all red. Tony won the very first national Wendy Wools round ,Thruxton March 12th but it would be the rival BRSCC 'Rivet Supply' championship that Tony gained 9 podiums to win the 2500cc class than year. Suprisingly the Thruxton win ,his 2nd race of the year was the only outright win all season with 3 class wins in total from 30 races.
The car had been for sale for sometime whilst being raced and would eventually find a new buyer having been advertised less engine for £3500 along with the origianal Olds V8 engine for £1100 separate. The car soon disappeared until Tony Hazelwood was able to aquire most of what was left late 2003 and undertook a huge restoration to bring her back to original condition and livery ,see photo.
The old girl has made a few public appearances since its restoration such as Goodwood ,Cholmondeley and most recently at the Thruxton 50th anniversary meeting in 2018.

DATE VENUE CLUB RACE # QUAL/F-LAP RESULT
MARCH 11th OULTON PARK BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R1 14 5th ( 3rd in class )
MARCH 12th THRUXTON BARC WENDY WOOLS R1 2 1m 29.1 Q1 1st ( 1st in class )
MARCH 27th SILVERSTONE BRDC SUPERSALOONS 1 51 Q7 8th ( 3rd in class )
APRIL 2nd SILVERSTONE BARC WENDY WOOLS R2 1 Q4 3rd ( 3rd in class )
APRIL 9th THRUXTON BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R2 18 1m 26.7 2nd ( 1st in class )
APRIL 22nd OULTON PARK BARC WENDY WOOLS R3 2 Q4 4th ( 4th in class )
APRIL 23rd DONINGTON PARK BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R3 11 7th ( 2nd in class )
APRIL 30th DONINGTON PARK BARC WENDY WOOLS R4 11 Q8 DNS
MAY 1st SILVERSTONE BRDC SUPERSALOONS 2 51 DNS
MAY 7th CADWELL PARK BARC-Y NORTHERN SAL 20 7th ( 2nd in class )
MAY 20th OULTON PARK BRDC SUPERSALOONS 3 51 Q8 5th ( 3rd in class )
MAY 29th THRUXTON BRDC SUPERSALOONS 4 51 Q3 4th ( 2nd in class )
JUNE 4th SILVERSTONE BARC WENDY WOOLS R6 12 Q5 2nd ( 2nd in class )
JUNE 11th DONINGTON PARK BARC WENDY WOOLS R7 8 Q7 DNS
JUNE 18th SNETTERTON BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R4 9 1m 13.4 Q3 2nd ( 1st in class )
JULY 2nd MALLORY PARK BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R5? 15 Q7 ?
JULY 8th OULTON PARK BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R6? 7 ?
JULY 23rd CADWELL PARK BRSCC-N NORTHERN SAL 112 7th ( 2nd in class )
JULY 30th BRANDS HATCH BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R7 11 Q5 DNF
JULY 30th BRANDS HATCH BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R7 11 4th ( 2nd in class )
AUGUST 5th OULTON PARK BRSCC-NW RIVET SUPPLY R8? 7 3rd ( 2nd in class )
AUGUST 6th DONINGTON PARK BRDC SUPERSALOONS 51 Q8 9th ( 5th in class )
AUGUST 13th MALLORY PARK BRDC SUPERSALOONS 89 Q14 5th ( 3rd in class )
AUGUST 27th SNETTERTON NOTTM SCC RIVET SUPPLY R9? 8 Q4 5th ( 3rd in class )
AUGUST 28th CROFT SALOON RACE 4 DNF 0 laps
SEPTEMBER 3rd DONINGTON PARK DRC SALOON RACE 11 Q5 6th ( 3rd in class )
OCTOBER 15th BRANDS HATCH BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R 11 Q4 4th ( 2nd in class )
OCTOBER 22nd MALLORY PARK BRSCC RIVET SUPPLY R 8 3rd ( 2nd in class )
OCTOBER 28th DONINGTON PARK DRC DONINGTON GT 11 Q5 6th ( 4th in class )
OCTOBER 29th THRUXTON BARC WENDY WOOLS R 2 Q3 3rd ( 3rd in class )

Class winner : BRSCC 'Rivet Supply' championship

Mike Kettlewell's guide says ' won 4 races , 9 seconds and 11 thirds . 1 pole ' which would relate to class finishes not overall. The singe outright win and suprisingly only pole position were both in the 2nd outing of the season ,the first Wendy Wools round at Thruxton. This was also the only outright fastest race lap . The other 2 listed were fastes class race laps.

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April 22nd 1978 - Oulton Park : round 3 of the BARC Wendy Wools at Oiulton Park. Tony finished 4th.

Photographer not known.

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