This is a car I photographed at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2002. It took part in the Coys Race for Pre-1959 Drum Brake Sports Cars.
In the 1950s Cliff Davies, a London car dealer and enthusiastic club racing driver, asked John Tojeiro to provide him with a chassis into which he could fit a 2 litre Bristol engine. This chassis was given an aluminium body which was very similar in style to the 'Barchetta' bodies which had been popularised by Ferrari, and the car pictured above was the result. It's the 1953 Tojeiro Bristol which was raced in the Oulton Park meeting by Nick Wigley.
This is the car that John Tojeiro showed to the directors of AC Cars Ltd in Thames Ditton who were so impressed that they used the design as the basis for the AC Ace, which later evolved into the AC Cobra.