VW Beetle, 5000cc V8 (Hill and Wilson)

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vwbeetle_hill.jpg (8151 bytes)VW Beetle 5000cc V8
Manufactured: 1976
Engine: Chevrolet V8 5000cc
Configuration: mid-engined
Driver: Mick Hill
vw_hill2.jpg (14170 bytes)Class: Special Saloons over 2500cc and Super Saloons
Date taken: October 1976, Silverstone (top)
Date taken: May 1977, Chicane, Croft (bottom)
Image Copyright: Robert Brown (top)
Mick was an amateur builder in the true sense of the word, being a telephone engineer for the Post Office. He started off racing in the late sixties in a J’Anglia, a Jaguar engined Ford Anglia. His tastes for speed led to the construction of his first Boss Capri, helped by two other Post Office employees, Dave Steeples and Trev Henshaw. Later came another Boss Capri, this time a MkII with which he broke Croft’s outright saloon record, a feat also achieved by its next owner, Doug Niven. Next was the awesome 5000cc VW Beetle Super Saloon featured here, it was capable of reaching over 150mph (241kph) on the long Railway Straight. Under its lightweight, Beetle shaped skin was chassis and engine based on a Trojan Formula 5000 car. Mick never broke Croft’s lap record in this car but its later owners did; Doug Niven held the outright saloon car recorded at 92.38mph (148.7kph) until 1980 when Jeff Wilson upped it to 94.17mph (151.5kph) which remained until Croft’s closure.
The rest of Mick’s racing career is described by one of his mechanic’s sons, Tony Harris.

My father, Charles Harris worked for Mick during the late 70s and through to the end of his racing career. I used to spend quite a bit of time at Mick’s house and workshop as a kid during the school holidays. As l remember, after the beetle there was a Jaguar XJ6 that my dad managed to destroy in a workshop fire - leading to the creation of Team Phoenix. Then there was a car based around a Skoda (Estelle I think), It had a 7.6 litre engine and was a monster of a car. Though l was a kid l did help my dad with a few things, cleaning the alloys was a job for which l got the princely sum of 10p a wheel! After the Skoda came a BMW M1, l can’t remember where the car came from, but l went with my dad to pick it up from where my uncle Alan Harris worked - he was a former F1 mechanic, working for Vauxhall I think.

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vw_wilson.jpg (21348 bytes) VW Beetle 5000cc V8
Manufactured: 1976
Engine: Chevrolet V8 5000cc
Configuration: mid-engined
Driver: Jeff Wilson
Class: Special Saloons over 2500cc and Super Saloons
Date taken: April 1979 at entering pits, Croft
Jeff race in the 2CV Cross championships for two years, coming second in the British Championship both years. He became Doug Niven’s mechanic and was rewarded for his work with his first circuit race at Croft in 1979, in Doug’s 500bhp VW Beetle. He shared the car with Doug that year, taking 3 class wins. He continued to share the car in 1980, and scored 3 wins, 10 fastest laps and took Doug’s lap record away from him at Croft at a speed of 94.2mph (151.5kph). Jeff took over the car in 1981 and raced it well into the 1980s. This awesome 5000cc VW Beetle Super Saloon, was capable of reaching over 150mph (241kph) on the long Railway Straight. Under its lightweight, Beetle shaped skin was chassis based on a Trojan Formula 5000 car.
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