Holmes Racing - MGB MGC classic car racing

UPDATES  15th Sept

All cars below are for sale along with our White race MGC.

Two cars on Rolling Road.

Interesting to see difference in the Alloy head against another standard car.

Sorry cannot rotate pic in the site.  The 
curves are showing some feeling issues with the white car.

18hp Difference for the head 

As the XLB had a standard head, carbs and a tubular manifold and CBJ (alloy head) had a standard cast iron manifold I would say the head alone is worth 20hp.

Our MGC Roadster Race car

is up for sale sadly we need to get used more and we are not at home or fit enough at present.

AS you can see she has been very well kept and little raced. a bonus issue is a early roadster chassis 0155 so first fifty odd off the line.

MGC 50 at the Chateaux.
Great event great people.

Both cars ready for the drive to MGC 50.

The MGC alloy head updated casting has now been heat treated and is on its way to the machine shop. Plan is to machine on the new CNC unit and this should be the final form for all following heads. 
The main problem was wall thickness around the plug, the walls are thin even on the cast Iron head so for the first test head I used a 10mm plug. We have increased the wall thickness to the maximum without spoiling cooling round the plug. 
We intend to continue to use the 10mm plug which comes in all heat ranges as required for longevity of the casting this is the way to go. I am sure that at some stage someone will over torque a plug and will need to repair, the extra meat around the plug will allow this.
A new set of valves has been made for us to use which will be a nice improvement in flow. 
The amount of effort involved in bringing a alloy head to the C community has been huge on all parties from Steve and I to our caster, machinist and finisher. In taking our time to get it right we will ensure that the C will have a replacement cylinder head for many years to come.

Vernier Cam gearfor the C a must for getting cam timing correct. New small batch has arrived in stock.
£156 +pp

A mock up of Wilwood callipers and vented discs is in progress new discs  made in NI for us. Hope this will replace the Jag callipers and rusty redrilled discs on the Yellow car.
Steve Curtis has rebuilt the king pin/stub axle for me and next stop is replace the torsion bar bushes. 

The Alloy head is running well no issues and with over 1500miles now. The pattern has been adjusted to allow some more material in certain areas that we thought was needed. Casting will take place of one head and machined on a new 5 axis CNC which is now installed at 
Final finishing will be done by Darren at 

The head has been fitted with no issues, great work from the machine shop to scan the head and machine it to such tolerances that every bolt fitted first time.
We have done a couple of hundred miles so far with revs and driving over a range of town and dual carriageway work, raving up to 5000 rpm +
We have fitted a modified Dizzy to help use the head to its full potential on a standard car, a upgrade I can throughly recommend. Supplied by Steve Curtis.

A short Video of the head running.

Spares News

A new batch of alloy Inlets for webers has been machined and two sets gone one to USA and another to Classic car garage for a customer fitting 45DCOE's .
Included is throttle arm and BSPP vac hose adaptor.
£619 These are gas flowed to weber 45's or 48's if needed. 
This set we just supplied complete with carbs jetted to suit base set up for a C for a hill climb car.

Alloy Hubs 

One set left. Fitted with studs 50% weight saving.

£480 including new bearings.
The hubs are made mainly for racing guys with the weight saving on the front suspension but as the original hubs are becoming harder to find in good condition this gives an alternative to replacing those wires with Minilites (less maintenance). Weight is 1.296kg compared with 3kg .

Alloy Back plates.

£306 another few kilos off.
Only two left as of March 17.

Something a bit different from SC a twin cam Mini 1380cc

Very nice 150hp available with compressor or turbo 

Drop us a mail for information or goto Specialist components .in our links.

Snetterton Weekend Racing in the Rain.

Connor's second ever race outing once again in the wet, in a strange car to him. he has changed from  a FIA B to the MGC. With car not really set up for wet and some dodgy Steering geometry (went round right handers ok , not left ones)

Nice drifting by many, in the PBIC I think all came away scratch free even Jonesy! who I think retired early to preserve his P38 (plastic padding or bondo.)

One less fortunate in another series suffered no one hurt though.

.Another MGCGT has joined the collection. 
1968 steel wheel car restored a few years ago and still very nice in its blue coat.

This one of the cars for MGC 50 we will be taking along and hopefully two more.

MGC 50th Anniversary 2017
Time and spaces are running out fast, so if you want to take part in this Amazing Event you will have to Book your place as soon as possible.
The Event has been organised by Barrie & Ginny Cartmell and will give all MG C members a fantastic four days of activities.

New batch of Alloy radiators have arrived in stock I have a couple of black sprayed ones if anyone wants one not so shiny. £187 + pp 

Steve has a number of half engines/blocks which he is contemplating weighting in at the scrap merchant, most can be cleaned and would be usable. Make him an offer if you need a spare. He has some complete ones but will only part with for a pot of gold etc.
At present no spare cast iron heads available.

Weber inlets and alloy hubs are cast and the hubs machined ready for final finishing and anodising.
Alloy Front hubs

The hubs are made mainly for racing guys with the weight saving on the front suspension but as the original hubs are becoming harder to find in good condition this gives an alternative to replacing those wires with Minilites (less maintenance). Weight is 1.296kg compared with 3kg .

Steve Platers MGC is now in the shop.
 remarkable condition just a few battle scars, patina they say! Engine and box are out and will be overhauled or rebuilt. King pins to be rebushed and new bushes on the torsion bars.

Spares News
A new batch of alloy Inlets for webers is being cast be ready for machining to order.

Looks like the Holmes Racing household will get another MGC race car. In a deal with our MGB going to a good home to be raced seriously.

Another MGC awaiting it ride back home , what 

Great cct if a bit short for a C, several crashes made it a expensive weekend thankfully all drivers were ok , Paul Eales was taken to hospital for concussion but later released and excused work for a while.
Silverstone Race Meeting MGlive. June 4th5th
Not a good meeting car wise lost all oil pressure in race one so a premature end to the weekend. Car is now ready for a engine rebuild and some touchups to the engine bay. not clean enough now.
We stayed and watched for a while Sunday before heading off home, great weekend with some nice people. 
Donnington Race Meeting . 4th April.
First Race of the season and a wet start to the day, not good for the C and V8 . None the less a good turn out for the first one. Some retirements due to failures , head gasket on Allans Metro, and Peter threw a piston thro the block.
Some links to footage from different cars. Click on picture . Pictures by PETER FRENCH great Trackside photographer please support his work on Facebook.

New crate engine complete with spark plugs hanging in a bag..

Sunbeam Alpine in for some Chrome powder coated wires.

The Alloy Heads being machined.

New addition to the family 1967 Lhd Sold to France very sadly missed.
All new carpets recent seats, suspension overhauled undersealed , engine pulls very nicely suspect it has been rebuilt.
It will be for sale if someone offers a fair price.



Some of the parts we have made so far, Steve Curtis has these in stock.

Engine restraints £42 pair +pp
Exhaust hanger
Gearbox splash /stone guard


MGCGT at Silverstone. in the SR and GT challenge.
Peter Best Challenge Snetterton Oct 4-5th.



Alloy again UK made, Swan neck header complete with O ring'd plug, replace that old cap with a professional item. £85 each, have come down due to bigger order from us . They may look similar to those advertised elsewhere but our quality surpasses anything on the market now.

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