Did you know the famous Race Proven Workshop and shop are still standing?
If you look under the bonnet of any converted vehicle it should have at least
one red information disc with "Race Proven Ltd, 177 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell
Most people have never heard of Hanwell; it is a small town in the London Borough of Ealing situated in West London Between the A40 and A4.
We ourselves live in Hanwell, Which in the 60's & 70's was the home of Race Proven and its owner Jeff Uren. One of his many conversations was the SAVAGE CORTINA, which included the Mk II and MK III models. Race Proven Also converted V6 Transits, Escorts and V8 Capri's.
After several visits to the local libraries and a little help form the Librarians, we have manage to locate the shop at 117 Uxbridge Road Which, Unfortunately, is now the local Perfect Pizza. However, we have dicovered that the workshop is situated off the road some 200 yards from the main shop. This has kept its shape and is still being used as a workshop for car repairs and MOT's, In its 60's 70's haydays the workshop was also used as a makeshift studio for pactice sessions by Geoff's son and his band.
As you can see by the pictures we have been able to obtain a print of the shop during its days of glory and also current day. The Bank, Pub and Restaurant are still standing with the restaurant devoted to Thai cooking.
THIS CAR COULD KICK SOME REAL CLASS
Although clumsy but well mannered in town it certainly stretches its legs on the open road, with the V6 swell the fragrance of this car.
"In terms of bare figures, the SAVAGE is 1.5sec faster to 50 m.p.h than the Cortina-Lotus and takes 2.8m.p.h fewer than its "parent" Executive Zodiac, with auto Transmission"
This car kicks out a Hugh 136b.h.p with a top speed of just over 100m.p.h.
This car has been much pubilcised and articals can be found in a resent addition on Classic Ford and past books such as "CORTINA 1600E & GT 1967 - 1970. by Brooklands Books.
After meeting up with Jeff at Symonds Yat 1998 he confirmed that the current pictures are of his workshop and the spares shop. He also revealed that he owned a shop further up Hanwell Broadway that he later sold to an Italian Furniture and Lamp company.
To meets these cars there will be a one of event on the 20th October 2002 at the original work shop in Hanwell, London organised by your very own BuySellCortina crew. Click here to view event details.
Jonathan Hurst & Leo Mahoney
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