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Please phone 07956451470 to order any of these kits, the reason for this is that all parts are numbered and hrdc registered, as soon as you buy your first kit you and your car will be registered on our ledger so we can verify the purchase of all parts required to complete an Academy car

Academy control engine: £POA Please contact CMES for current price. All Academy engines will come fully dressed with Carb, inlet manifold, exhaust manifold and distributor, they are also fully dyno run and supplied with power graph and installation and running instructions.
Available only from:
Classic and Modern Engine Services, 18-20 Great Hollands Square, Bracknell, RG12 8UX.
Phone 01344488853, email:

Academy 6 point roll cage and fittings
Available only from:
Caged Laser Engineering, Ash Farm Business Park, Holcome, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5EX
Phone 01373452866 email:

    Kit B  - Transmission - £1990 ex vat
  • Fully rebuilt genuine 1275 A series gearbox with all new uprated bearings, new synchro rings, laygear, seals etc. this is an outright buy, no exchange is necessary, these gearboxes are security sealed and may not be altered in any way from that supplied. Includes competition gear lever, clutch slave cylinder and pipework and clutch release fork.

  • gearbox
  • competition half shafts
  • rebuilt and balanced propshaft (exchange)
  • clutch slave cylinder
  • flexible clutch pipe
  • gear lever
  • anti rattle kit for gear lever
  • new clutch fork
  • new clutch rod
  • roller release bearing

    gearbox monting
    gear lever kit

Academy specification 3.9 to 1 Limited Slip Differential £1350 ex vat
    diff casing
  • (exchange differential casing required)

      Kit C  - Front Suspension - £1390 ex vat
    • Front uprated shock absorbers (brand new units) x 2
    • Front race springs x 2
    • Anti roll bar assembly with mounting kit
    • Wishbone pans strengthened x 2
    • Wishbone bush set uprated
    • Top trunnions negative camber x 2

      Kit D  - Rear suspension / Back axle - £940 ex vat
    • 2 x rear shock absorbers with link arms (brand new units)
    • 2 x new rear springs with nylatron bushes
    • Rear axle location system

      Kit E  - Brake parts and installation kit - £1350 ex vat
    • 2 x Front brake discs
    • 2 x Front brake calipers
    • Competition front brake linings
    • Brake and clutch hydraulic pedal box
    • 2 x Master cylinders (brake and clutch)
    • Stainless braided brake hose set
    • Copper brake pipe set
    • Rear axle backplates
    • Rear wheel cylinders
    • Rear brake drums
    • Brake shoe fitting kit
    • Rear brake shoes
    • Clutch and brake master cylinders

      Kit F wheels, set of 4 with nuts £240 ex vat
      (can also be bought individually from our website in A35 listings)

      Minilite style 5" x 13" silver lightweight competition wheels each HRDC stamped and numbered

      Kit G Fuel system and supply £460 ex vat

      6 Gallon competition race tank,
      plus electronic fuel pump and safety upside down air valve

    The above is a list of the parts that are compulsory for an Academy car to achieve it's log book, we also have many parts in the Austin A35 listing on our website to help you complete your project, such as lightweight bumpers, exchange large vent front grille, auxiliary dashboard and instruments, seat mounting brackets, louvred bonnet, race battery, battery cut out switch, wheels etc.

    Below read all about HRDC Academy

    The HRDC Academy, so what is this all about?

    Historic car racing is one of the few flourishing categories of motorsport in the UK today. However such popularity usually breeds a level of competitiveness, which in itself brings added expense that invariably partners the desire to improve and push the boundaries of any competitor's chosen vehicle, often far beyond the financial reach of those wishing to enter the sport.

    A tried and trusted formula in motor sport that 'levels the playing field' both competitively and financially - is a one-make race Series, where all cars are expected to be equal and thus results rely solely on the ability of the driver to shines through, not the car! Whilst this approach has been a most successful mainstay of contemporary motorsport, it has not been taken on by the historic racing community until now. If such a concept was to be launched, the over-riding question would then be what car would be chosen that could provide all the qualities of historic racing, prove sustainable through easy access and parts supply, yet prove aspirational to would-be historic racers? The answer is obvious the ubiquitous and yet charismatic Austin A35!

    So why the A35?
    Over and above its quintessential cheeky character, the Austin A35 is readily available to buy in the classic car marketplace at sensible prices. 3k to 4k will buy a sound, well-presented road car if you buy wisely. The best advice is to buy as good as you can because restoring a 'barn-find' car will not only cost more than you expect, it will also take far longer than you would envisage, damping one's enthusiasm for the project long before you can possibly hit

    Mechanically the A35 is tried and tested, simple yet effective. Properly thought through, a race version can not only be reliable, it will provide all the elements of 'proper' historic racing: Iconic looks, sideways handling and 'seat of your pants' thrills! Most importantly, the HRDC Academy specification has been specifically designed, not only to be reliable and competitive, but fundamentally to be safe. This carefully thought through package therefore offers a rewarding, truly historic driving experience; but not at any cost.

    So you have bought your A35, what happens now?
    Yourfirst point of contact will be the HRDC, where you can register with the Academy. Once signed up to the Academy and duly equipped with the specific Regulations Book to the HRDC Academy Series, your second port of call will be to the main suppliers - as listed and approved by the HRDC, where you will be able to tailor the purchase of the race kit to your budget / build-schedule requirements.

    The key elements of the package are:
    Race Engine:
    This is a pre-tested and sealed unit, available only to buy outright from Classic and Modern Engine Services, in Bracknell.

    Roll Cage:
    This is a specially designed 6 point bolt-in type with weld-in strengthening plates, available solely through Caged Laser in Somerset.

    Chassis kit:
    This kit incorporates the suspension, brakes, auxiliary engine parts, interior and body accessories, all of which are available exclusively through Moto-Build Racing in Sutton.

    The concept is simple:

  • You buy the parts from the HRDC suppliers as and when it is convenient to you.
  • Then assemble the car.
  • There are a certain amount of parts that are mandatory to buy via the HRDC suppliers, but there are many other parts that are required to complete the car that you can source yourself or via the official HRDC supplier, if required. (If you do source certain items yourself, you must ensure they are suitable for inclusion in your build.

  • So you have built the car, what happens now?
    In order to race the car, it must first pass an eligibility inspection by the HRDC.

    Once passed, the HRDC will issue the car with its own, unique chassis plate, serial number and racing 'log book'. This process ensures that all cars competing are known to have been built to the correct standard.

    If during the build, you are in any doubt about how to do something or wish to determine whether a specific part is compatible / acceptable, there will always be someone available at the end of the phone or approachable via email to assist and advise you.

    Once your newly-built HRDC Academy racer has its passport and chassis plate that's it - you'll be off to the first available race with the HRDC! You'll be joining one of the most sociable and fun-loving group of racers, who will give you a warm welcome to the world of historic motorsport.

    Hopefully this brief resume will give you an insight into what we are all aiming for with the HRDC Academy. My name is Darryl Davis, I own Moto-Build Racing and have been drawing on my past 25-years of motorsport experience in helping to develop this dynamic and accessible approach to true historic racing. I see a terrific future for this Series as it embodies all the attributes that make historic motorsport so appealing.
    I can be contacted by phone on 07956451470 or by email:

    Please feel free to contact me for a chat to find out more, and answer any queries you may have regarding the cars, the conversion and the HRDC Academy Series.

    DarrylDavis M.I.M.I.

    Projects In Progress

    580 UYL - Six Week Build
    A very sound 1958 A35 as we bought it at the beginning of August 2015, the advantage we had with this car was that it already had many parts on it that we could rebuild and use again, such as the A+ engine, 1275 gearbox, front and rear midget brakes and handbrake, plus many little bits like negative earth wiring, electric fan and it even had fibreglass front wings
    Into the workshop on the 22nd August and all the mechanical components were stripped off it, the engine went straight to CMES and the gearbox to Heathrow Transmissions, everything else was handled in house
    First job was to install the roll cage, which requires the mounting blocks to be sized and welded into place, from there, the floors were cleaned up and fully painted in satin black, we also installed ally floor plates to tidy the floor up, the gearbox tunnel had previously been modified to accept a Toyota gearbox so we manufactured quilted tunnel covers to improve the appearance, the 1275 gearbox has more than enough clearance now!
    We did have to do some remedial paintwork to the rear arches and sills where they had been stretched to accommodate the wider Academy wheels, after re spraying green the shell was masked up for it's official Academy colour scheme of Old English White on the roof and side moulding lines
    The painted shell out of the paint booth and ready for the big refit, note the Academy spec air vent in the front panel (the one on the wing was already there when we bought the car)
    (pictured above and below) Front and rear suspension and brakes having been installed, this side of things is relatively straightforward
    (pictured above and below)The competition fuel tank fitted, along with electric fuel pump, also note rear high intensity red light and fibreglass bumpers front and rear and the de-slatted front grille also in white to match the roof
    The fully rebuilt Academy spec engine as it arrived on the 24th September
    The new engine installed, note the race battery, the wiring has yet to be tidied up and a few details to be completed
    (pictured above and below) The interior fully fitted up, retrimmed in cream with green piping to contrast the exterior, the driver's seat also matches the rest of the interior, a 5 point TRS harness also matches
    Testing at Brands on the 7th of October, 10 days before the first race for the car and 6 weeks after getting the car in the workshop to start
    (pictured above and below) The finished car ready for HRDC Donington 17th October 2015, our Driver's first ever race meeting, where everything ran like clockwork, finished practice and finished the race 29th out of 38 starters, -not bad for a first attempt! will you be next?

    Academy conversion on historic rally car

    We are starting work in late October 2014 on our next Academy conversion, this car has quite an interesting history, the car having been built as a latter day Historic Rally car and campaigned by renowned continental rally master 'Roberto Fennio' at present we are checking the history, but we know it competed in the Rome-Liege-Rome rally, also the Tulip Rally, possibly the Acropolis but not the Monte Carlo. We repainted the outside of the car for Roberto a few years back and it still looks pretty slick, we need to freshen the interior and underbonnet though, and also remove the current roll cage and fit the genuine Academy one.

    The little A35 has come out of storage and will now see a different competition life as a circuit racing car

    Old roll cage, dashboard and clocks still in place
    Old roll cage now removed, dashboard and clocks still in place

    Roll cage mounting blocks welded in and dash and clocks and all wiring now removed
    The new Academy roll cage being installed

    Mid November and the goalposts have been moved.. the customer has decided to go for the fibreglass bonnet, boot and wings, so at this stage it was considered a complete colour change was in order, something more in keeping with the fun and cheekiness of these little cars, wait till you see the colour! it is fabulous and this will possibly be the best Academy car yet! stay tuned for more updates...

    As the car is being completely resprayed we took this opportunity to tidy up the rear end by welding plates over the fuel filler holes and filling to hide any evidence, also you will see the spare wheel well has been removed by simply drilling out the original spotwelds, this needs to be removed to give clearance for the exhaust silencer, we normally then attach an aluminium plate over the hole

    Now we are down to a bare shell, everything was intensely steam cleaned,
    to remove all grease and grime from the underside, so when it is sprayed it will look great

    They say the Devil is in the detail and to get these cars looking at their best it is necessary to remove all the horrible underseal and loose paint with a hot air gun, scraper and wire brush, then everything is painted in 2 coats of 2 pack primer to seal it all, I actually used the polishing mop with a large rotary wire brush to get the bare metal shining!

    This is the bodyshell painted inside and out, the colour is a special mix from a 1960 Ford Galaxie called Aquamarine,
    The pictures here do not do the colour justice, it looks fabulous in the flesh!

    Pic 1: Fibreglass wings offered onto car to make sure all holes are in the correct places before preparation and painting. Pic 2: Fibreglass panels painted and resting on shell prior to final fix. Pic 3: We have fitted a cloth headlining to this car, as the inner roof was quite scruffy and this gives a great finish, this car will look very special...

    New race type wiring loom being installed
    Roll cage being re installed, dashboard refitted and windscreen in

    Roll cage in, rear and side windows also now fitted
    Rear seats and parcel shelf ready to be installed

    The seats and parcel shelf just installed
    Removeable steering wheel boss fitted and Nardi suede wheel

    Front view with new halogen headlamps fitted and cold air intake
    Back axle installed and awaiting build up of brakes

    Grey wheels with polished rims should set the car off
    Grille badge hand prepared and painted to match the car

    Very special narrow shouldered seat retrimmed to match the rest of the interior
    and check out that Academy embroidery on the cover!

    The sealed Academy engine, mated to the gearbox awaiting installation
    Front end nearly finished, awaiting anti roll bar and brake hoses

    The handbrake can be clearly seen here and also the
    alloy floor plates there is still some wiring left to sort out
    Simple fuel tank and system neatly installed in the boot

    The passenger seat is cut and shut to make narrower to clear
    the rollcage and handbrake, this is the frame untrimmed
    The auxiliary dash fitted with Smiths Magnolia faced gauges
    The steering wheel is Nardi suede dished with removeable boss

    The finished interior fully trimmed in turquoise with white piping
    This is the best trimmed historic car on the grid!

    Engine fully installed just awaiting the air filter kit
    Note the spare coil, alloy radiator, race battery etc
    On the grid at Goodwood for a photo call

    We think we may have to change the colour of the race numbers
    As you may have noticed the race numbers are a bit hard to see

    Look out for photos of this car out on track soon

    We were given the job of completing this white Academy car that had been previously restored and the cage had been fitted, we had to stretch the rear wheel arches and repaint the rear wings, plus paint the interior, before getting involved in the full Academy build and conversion, new wiring loom, new suspension, new engine and gearbox, all new engine ancillaries, plus lights safety equipment interior etc. there is a lot more to building one of these cars than you might at first think.

    This car features all steel panels inc bonnet and boot
    New Academy spec springs, wishbones and bushes, plus disc brake conversion
    Steering idler and all joints stripped and rebuilt or replaced
    Academy roll cage and new red trim panels installed
    On display at Goodwood Revival showing an in progress car
    Dashboard wiring in progress
    Moto-Lita wheel, Stack rev counter and our special A35 dash with vital switchgear
    6 gallon race fuel tank, high capacity fuel pump,
    note blanking plate where spare wheel well normally is
    Back axle installed, note the competition half shafts and rose jointed shock link arms
    The Academy A+ sealed engine
    Engine installed and all underbonnet ancillaries fitted, inc race battery
    Almost finished and ready for road testing

    The finishing touches, Kirkey race seat, and Academy spec interior and seats

    On track at Donington on 19th October 2014, finished 2nd in class first time out

    1st HRDC Academy Car Takes To The Track!
    Goodwood 14th December 2013

    HRDC Academy Car at Goodwood 1

    HRDC Academy Car at Goodwood 2

    HRDC Academy Car at Goodwood 3

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