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Top Hat Classic, Donnington Park 29 April to 1 May 2009 
 
A great weekend of historic racing was enjoyed by all over the bank holiday weekend with the RW Racing Services prepared cars of Chris Phillips and Grahame & Olly Bryant enjoying great sucess. 
 
The Lotus 15 of Grahame & Olly qualified on pole in the Coys 50's Sports Car Race. Olly, however, had to start from the pit lane due to a problem with another of their cars in the previous race. Showing great determination however, he managed to regain the lead by lap 5, where he stayed for the remainder of the race. His father, Grahame, was due to be the second driver in the event, but decided that as Olly was going so well, he could continue for the duration. To comply with the event regulations, Olly came in for the "driver change", got out of the car, ran round and got back in to continue to take the chequered flag in front of the Lotus 17 of Peter Horsman. 
 
The Shelby-Tojeiro Celebration Trophy for AC Sports cars saw Chris Phillips and Barrie (Whizzo) Williams on the front row of the grid in Chris's beautiful AC Cobra. A good race followed with Chris and Barrie holding their position and going on to finish 2nd overall, behind Grahame & Olly Bryant in their Cobra. Another RW car, the AC Cobra of Kevin Kivlochan, finished 3rd. Kevin shared his drive with another racing legend, Dickie Attwood. 
Goodwood Revival report 
 
The beautiful AC Cobra of Miguel Amaral attended the meeting, being driven by our regular driving professional, Barrie Williams and seasoned racer, Nick Wigley. Mr Amaral was unable to attend the meeting due to prior commitements, but was happy for Barrie and Nick to show the car in the prestigious TT race. 
 
The car qualified well, in 6th position, leaving the prospect of a good race wide open. Unfortunately, at some point another vehicle appears to have deposited an amount of oil on the track at Madgwick corner, which, as warning flags were sadly lacking, caught Barrie unawares, causing the Cobra to spin and crash spectacularly into the tyres wall. 
 
The car had only recently undergone substantial repairs after hitting the wall head on at Spa the previous year. Now it faces another major repair as damage is quite significant. 
 
 
2005 Goodwood Revival 
 
RW Racing Services took 4 cars to the famous meeting this year. The newly restored AC Cobra of Chris Phillips which ran in the TT race co driven by local driver Barrie "Whizzo" Williams (see below). The AC Cobra of Kevin Kivlochan, again driven in the TT race, this was co driven with Tony Jardine of F1 commentry fame. The Cooper King Cobra again belonging to Chris Phillips which ran in The Whitsun Trophy, and finally, the beautiful, if temperamental, Ferrrari 625 GP of Alex Boswell, which ran in the Brooklands Trophy. 
 
After the bad weather of Thursday, the weekend weather improved greatly, and allowed the racing to go ahead in glorious sunshine. The Ferrari, after a troublesome year involving numerous engine problems, finished the race creditably and we now look forward to taking it to Estoril at the beginning of October, followed by Mugello. The Whitsun Trophy began with Chris qualifying 18th on the grid, and after a missed gear at the start and a spin during the race, he fought back admirably to finish 19th. 
 
The TT race, the highlight of the weekend, started well with the Phillips AC qualifiying 9th on the grid. Chris started the race and handed to Barrie after 25 minutes. Barrie, unfortunately had to re-pit after one lap due to a throttle problem, which was fixed in the pit lane. This however, meant that we were two laps down on the overall race, but the car did finish well. Kevin Kivolchan's Cobra had a good race, with Tony Jardine as co-driver. Both were delighted to finish well, having had problems in previous years. 
 
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