Rob Halls family have been involved with motor sport for many years.
The five cars below were used for hill-climbing and sprinting in the 1960’s by Rob's Great uncle Mike Wright .
Mike Wright, Jaguar XK120.jpg
Jaguar XK 120 Reg MYD 337
Not only was it one of the best known racing XK120s throughout the 1950s and 1960s, but it was also one of a handful of cars that was prepared by 'Dick' Protheroe, he himself probably the most successful exponent of the model. MYD 337 was tuned by him for Flight Lieutenant J.A.Mays and later purchased by Mike who ran it with the D Type dry-sump engine. Mike eventually swapped the XK120 less engine with Jim Diggory for the ex works Lister Jaguar TUN 708.
Mike Wright, Lister Jaguar Prescote 1962 (Magnesium Alloy Body).jpg
TUN 708 (the third work lister Jaguar)
This was the only works Lister to survive 1958-59 with the original magnesium-panelled body. It was sold to Jim Diggory and re-registered TUN 708. Diggory eventually swapped it with Mike for his old XK120 with Mike retaining the XK’s D type dry sump engine to use in the Lister. Unfortunately Mike wrote this car of on the road. He sold all the bits and burnt the Mag Alloy body behind the garage!!!!.
Mike Wright, Low Drag E Type Prescot 16 june 1968.jpg
Low-Drag Lightweight E-Type 'CUT 7'
Registration 738 EUT, was registered CUT 7 and has subsequently reverted to this registration number. Chassis number EC1001, was the only true full Low Drag Coupe produced by Jaguar Cars. This Jaguar was intended to be the first of a team of cars built by the factory, to compete in International GT races. Dick Protheroe rescued the car from an uncertain future as Jaguar concentrated on the 12 lightweight non low drag cars. Present owner is Viscount Cowdray.
Mike Wright HWM Jaguar Shelsley Walsh (owned at this time by Charles Lampton).jp
This car we think is the 1957 Graze car built up by River-Fletcher and later owned by Majors Lambton and Chichester the owners of Wiscombe Park hill-climb but we are not certain.
Ford GT40 serial number 1073 driven in sprints and hill-climbs by Michael Wright 1970-71