Modus M1 (Clarke and Horsfield)

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Modus M1
Engine: 1600cc
Configuration: mid-engine
Driver: Pete Clark
Class: Formula 3
Date taken: October 1975 at Main Straight, Croft
Pete built and raced his own Kart at the age of 14, later taking race lessons to hone his skills for track racing. His first race was at Rufforth in 1968 in an 850cc Mini Special Saloon, winning his class in the 1969 Northern Saloon Championship. In 1971 he won the Yorkshire Post Northern Sport GT Championship in a Chevron B8. Next was a move to Formula Ford, acquiring a Crossle 25F in 1972 he came second in the Tate Trophy, winning the title the following year. Then on to the Modus M1 Formula 3 seen here in ’75, but with little success due to financial restraints. 1976 saw Pete racing a 3000cc Ford Capri Group 1 car in The British Saloon Car Championship and long distance races. He won his class in the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone, and the Francorchamps 24-hours. Similar success followed when he won his class in the Silverstone 6-hour and the Spa 600km in ‘77, and the Francorchamps 24-hours and the Tourist Trophy in ‘78
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modusm1.jpg (13917 bytes)Modus M1
Engine: Ford 1998cc
Configuration: mid-engine
Driver: Eric Horsfield
Class: Formula Ford 2000
Date taken: April 1978 at Main Straight, Croft
During 1970, age of 14, Eric started racing Karts. In 1972, at the age of 17, he won the Motor Racing Stables/ Stars of Tomorrow championship, and was taken under the wing of MRS’s top instructors, Tony Lanfranchi. He joined Tony as his teammate in 1973, driving Moskvich’s in the Castrol and Britax Production Saloon Championships. At his first race, at Silverstone, he won his class and broke the lap record. He finished the year second in class to Tony’s first in both Championships. Eric raced on a tight budget over the next few years, coming up through the ranks of Formula Ford 1600 in an Alexis 23B before moving onto a Modus M1 in Formula Ford 2000. He also had the occasional early-season shakedown races in Libre events at seen here. On this particular day, Croft lived up to its reputation for poor weather; the mist was so bad at the beginning of the day, it was thought racing might not have taken place. As usual, the Libre race was the last on the programme, and by this time Sunny Corner was starting to faded into the mist when viewed from the chicane. Eric determination paid-of and he was given a semi-works drive in a Tiga 79 for the 1980 season. Despite the lack of finance, he managed 15 wins, 16 pole positions and to take the Bernard Hunter Championship. See Modus M3.
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