Circuit racing profiles - Ben Gough

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Circuit racing profiles - Ben Gough

Post by BigBobPilot » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:21 am

NAME: Ben Gough


LOCATION: Warwichshire

AGE: 42 (Depending on when last updated)

Sprinting & Hill climbing (Championship campaigns): 2001 – 2009
Sprinting & Hill climbing (Invitational guest drives): 2009 - Present
Circuit racing: 2008 – present
2008 – Scimitar SE5a “British Racing Mustard”
2009 – Present: Marcos 3 litre GT (shared with Iain Daniels)
2017 (planned) SS1 Turbo CA18 DET

2001 – 2004: Modified in SE5 YYX 697H
2007: Modified in SE5a OEL 603M
2005 – 2006 & 2008 – 2009: Competition in SE5a “Big Bob”

CSCC (Classic Sports Car Club) CLASS: Swinging 60’s 2 – 3 litre

CAR: Currently Campaigning a Marcos 3 litre

I started Sprinting & hillclimbing in a 1969 SE5 in the old Modified class
I was lucky enough to get a drive in Iain Daniels’ Supercharged SE5a (AKA “Big Bob”) – but damaged the body front & back at the end of 2006
2007 I bought John Milligan’s old car (British racing Mustard) to keep my Speed Championship fix going
2008 saw a re-bodied Big Bob back out on the hills. After winning the championship in 2009. I retired from the championship to concentrate on circuit racing.
2008 saw the the British Racing Mustard SE5a converted to circuit racing
2009 Marco 3l GT


YYX 697H
Warmed up engine ~180bhp
4 speed gearbox (non-overdrive) with 3.31:1 standard diff
Suspension stiffened a bit & lowered a bit
Avo adjustable dampers with adjustable spring seats
Poly bushed suspension
Stiffer shorter springs
Wolfrace 7x15 “Slot” alloy wheels, with Yokohama A539 205/50 VR15 tyres
Stripped interior with Sparco bucket seat & 4-point harness

Best Curborough single lap time 38.1 (2004)
Best Curborough Double lapper 68.96 (2004)

OEL 603M ex-John Milligan car
Similar to YYX 697H, but with:
3.56:1 Quaife differential
Protech dampers
4-point roll cage

Best Curborough single lap time 38.26 (2007)

For racing:
Upgraded to 6-point roll cage
Wolfrace 14 x 6 wheels with Yokohama A048 195/60 x 60 tyres (Medium compound)
Bigger fuel tank

Big Bob
275 bhp supercharged Essex V6 John Wade with Vortech centrifugal supercharger
Borg Warner T5 gearbox
3.56:1 LSD (plated) differential
Split rim Image wheels with 11” wide Rear, 10” wide front hillclimb slicks
Wilwood front brake calipers with vented discs
Rear brake disc conversion
Flat bottomed
Modified suspension pick-up points, with Pro-tech adjustable dampers
Modified watts linkage
Rose -jointed rear suspension
Nylon bushed front suspension
Big front anti-roll bar
Lightened body with big box wheel arches

Best Curborough Double lapper 61.13 (2008)

Marcos #75

255 bhp Ric Wood Essex V6 with triple Webers, forged pistons
Borg Warner T5 gearbox
3.71:1 LSD Capri mk2 Atlas axle
Wilwood front brake calipers with vented discs
Rear disc brake conversion
Weight loss programme – light weight bonnet
Minilite wheels with Yokohama A048 205/60 x 13 tyres (Medium)
Bespoke front wishbones & rear suspension links all rose jointed.
Rose joint conversion to remove lower trunnions (Truimph GT6 based uprights)

SS1 Turbo CA18 DET
Still in build - see "551 A race oddity" here: ... 20&t=32061

2009 – RSSOC Champion (driving Iain Daniels’ “Big Bob”
2011, 2014, 2015 Swinging 60’s race series winners (series 2) with Iain Daniels

I did a brief stint as RSSOC Comp Sec.

Iain Daniels & Anne Hunka for letting me drive Big Bob & being two thirds of our Marcos racing team
Craig Hughes for trusting me to guest drive his Sabre Turbo at numerous Speed events

My original Scimitar YYX 697H braking late at Loton Park
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Big Bob 2005
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Big Bob 2009
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Removing the novice cross from OEL 603M
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My shared Marcos, with my old car, OEL 603M behind (repainted yellow - owned & raced by Colin Swinerton)
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SS1 CA18DET race car in build
Latest owner of V6 coupe SRE 353G
SSSC Champion 2009, driving "Big Bob"
CSCC "Swinging 60s" race series winner in 2011, 2014 & 2015 (Group 2) sharing a Marcos with Iain Daniels

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