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Hi All,

The AC Owners' Club Sprint is fast approaching on 11th Sept to be held at Goodwood.

All members, friends, sons, daughters, wives, girlfriends and boyfriends are welcome to attend as spectators. There tends to be a good turnout of members at the Sprint so we would love to see you there.

The ACOC Sprint is the perfect introduction to competitive motorsport if you have not competed previously. For the seasoned campaigners, there is some very attractive glassware on offer for the fastest times in each class! We also have an award for the fastest Lady on the day (in an AC if applicable).

Although we would love more ACs to take part, pretty much any car is eligible to enter the competition providing it meets the Motorsport UK safety regulations. We have an increased capacity this year with the longer daylight hours so if you are interested in competing, please do get in touch.

John Abel is the secretary of the meeting and will process your entry form. He can be contacted here:

As John tends to get inundated with emails, if you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with me directly:

All the best everyone


I assume Nigel Hulme is still the owner as I have not seen it advertised since I saw him with the car at Goodwood in 2019.

Some great images on the website.

Vintage, PVT & 2 Litre Forum / Re: AC Buckland Restoration - Started
« on: January 25, 2021, 12:27:00 »
Richard, please keep the club at large updated with your Buckland restoration project. The BEST way to do this is to email the editor (contact details in ACtion) with some images and words (doesn't have to be much) and he will include them when/where there is room in the mag. We need more 2ltr / Buckland content generally so anything will be welcome. The club has been accused of "under-valuing" these cars (personally, I'm not sure how this conclusion can be made), but the main content of the magazine is generated by owners/drivers so it's up to all of us to write in with our adventures in our ACs. Good luck and I look forward to hopefully meeting you at an ACOC event in the future.

Ted Shepherd
AC Owners' Club Awards and Trophies

General Forum / Re: Nice little AC for sale,
« on: December 09, 2020, 16:21:58 »
I saw this Gary - well spotted.

They have quite the following now. The auction ended at just over £2k which I actually think was quite good value for the buyer especially as it was a "project" car plus a "parts" car. Pandemic and Christmas season probably suppressed bidding somewhat. I have toyed with the idea of starting a register for AC built invalid carriages but there is already the RUM (Register of Unusual Micro Cars) and the ICR (Invalid Carriage Register). We don't seem to attract the owners of the small ACs (petite, Sociable, Invalid carriage etc) which is a great shame.

ACOC News and Events / Re: Goodwood Sprint - 31 October 2020
« on: November 02, 2020, 20:05:31 »
A real shame that the event was called off early for the second year in a row. Every competitor had the opportunity for a practice and a timed run so the competition did at least have some results.

Track conditions were challenging but not outrageous. Two separate competitors collecting the scenery (neither of them ACOC members) seemed to force the officials into their decision.

Full results will be published in ACtion but here are the main ones:

F.T.D overall: Patrick Blakeney Edwards (Frazer Nash)
F.T.D in an AC: Murray Shepherd (Ace Bristol)
Fastest Lady: Sue Darbyshire (Morgan)

Some fantastic photos shot by Peter De RH will be accompanying the results.

Massive thanks to John Abel, Mike Smith, John Spencer, Mike Berrisford, Bruce Claassen, Bob Langley and all the competitors, officials and marshalls that helped make it happen.

Goodwood have been making some positive noises about getting us an earlier date for 2021 to decrease the chance of such extreme weather!

Recent ACs / Another new model - Electric Le Mans Coupe Cobra
« on: November 02, 2020, 11:15:30 »
Just received from Sports Car Digest (worthwhile subscribing if you don't already)

And a new page appeared on the AC Cars website:

£600,000 for an electric version of 39PH or 645CGT. Interesting to see the planned chassis numbers for these cars and the reasons why.

"The cars will have chassis numbers based on the originals and listed in the ‘AC Bible’, a historical listing that secures their future valuation."

Clearly aiming at the market of people to buy, put away for 5 years add 50% to price and sell to next. Rinse and repeat until someone realises these cars carry none of the historical value of the originals. 

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: 2.6 Ace or Early Cobra?
« on: October 21, 2020, 13:58:24 »
Good work finding those images of BE1199 Nick, the exhaust on the mystery car is definitely out the back rather than the side exit from the Bristol. I asked Tim about his car and he was fairly certain it wasn't his so happy to rule out 6018.

6025 does look very likely with the tall over riders and the full rear bumper as seen in the article you posted Nick.

General Forum / Re: Body shop required any references
« on: October 19, 2020, 18:11:04 »
Another vote for Lawrence and the guys at G&A fabrications at Walton on Thames. They know their way round ACs.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / 2.6 Ace or Early Cobra?
« on: October 15, 2020, 16:09:06 »

Very distinctive wing mirrors. Parked outside Robert Patrick and Partner's garage.

Any ideas as to the identity of the car?

ACOC News and Events / Re: AC Sprint Goodwood
« on: August 02, 2020, 17:41:45 »
BHMC eagle Sprint seemed to be a success so all being well, we will be at Goodwood for 31st October.

General Forum / AC Cobra New Models
« on: July 01, 2020, 10:45:16 »
I note AC Cars has published details of 2 new models on their website alongside the AC Cobra 378  which has been available for a while now.

AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition - Powered by 2.3L Ford Ecoboost 4 pot - claiming 350bhp and 325ftlb of torque. SRP £85k.

AC Cobra Series 1 Electric - 54kWh battery, 230kw (~ 308bhp) claiming 150mile range. SRP £138k

Specs are a bit light on detail (considering deliveries are expected in the next 6 months) but I personally welcome an electric AC. With Jag and Aston already offering "factory" electric conversions, it's the sensible way to go to get new bods into ACs.

The body will be "High-grade composite" not sure what this means.

58 examples of each model available with deposits now being accepted.

Deliveries expected last quarter of 2020 - Will be interesting to see if this comes to pass.

All 3 AC models being marketed use the Cobra name. I'm not up-to-date on the ownership of the Cobra name but I guess it has been settled or licensed appropriately.

ACOC News and Events / Re: Goodwood
« on: October 23, 2019, 18:01:43 »
Sorry to see nobody replied. It seems the forum is a bit dead these days.

I hope you had a great time at Goodwood?

Vintage, PVT & 2 Litre Forum / Re: Mystery car.
« on: October 23, 2019, 17:59:22 »
Looks like something to be sent to Terry and published in ACtion to see if any of the readership could shed any light. What an interesting find!

General Forum / Re: Cobras at Prescott
« on: September 06, 2019, 14:08:29 »
Hi Michael,

This sounds like a great event to be invited to. Unfortunately with the low traffic of the forum these days I'm guessing you didn't receive much interest? I would have suggested getting the ad in ACtion as soon as the invite was extended to the club but it is a bit late for that now.

Unfortunately, the Saturday clashes with the Castle Combe Autumn Classic which rules us out. The Sunday may still be a possibility. I will email you directly.

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