John Chatham`s MGC GT Lightweights - source Mike McCarthy -Classic + Sportscar 1983
`VHY 5H`- 1st Modsport car ( 7 class wins 1970 ),Targa Florio car ,sold to Tony Kember 1971
`unregistered` - 2nd Modsport car ( oct 1970 onwards ) ,owned by Chatham until 2004
`VHW 330H` - Road car built for Alan Zafer ,later in Sid Beer collection.
`EHW 441K` - Road car built for Bill Gardner ,later sold to Ed Kirkland.
MGC-Chatham

CAR : MGC

REG : `VHY 5H`
ENGINE : BMC in-line 6 cylinder 2912cc
POWER : AROUND 200 bhp in race trim
MODSPORT CAREER : March 1970 - April 1970
KNOWN MODSPORTS RACES : 6
CLASS WINS : 6
BEST FINISH : 4th overall Thruxton ,March 8th

"Chatham had the MG really screwed up into all sorts of inspiring angles" -

Autosport ,Castle Combe 1970

Chatham was a vastly succesful pre-Modsport era racer with his wide arched Healey 3000 and returned to that 3000cc class for the new era with his first MGC lightweight at the start of the 1970 season. Racing against his old friends and rivals still in Healeys Chatham raced in 6 modsport championship rounds that spring winning his class at each one ,including 2 on the easter weekend. During this time the car was advertised for sale for £2000 ( about £30,000 in todays money ).
On May 3rd Chatham and co-driver Alan Harvey raced the car in the world famous Targa Florio round of the world sportscar championship in the mountain roads of Sicily . Not homolgated as a GT car the pair had to mix it in the 3-litre Prototype class along with the winning Porsche 908-3s. They did finish though ,in 39th place 3 laps behind the winner. Whilst never likely to win outright the venture marked one of the last races for a BMC car in the world championship after a long history of competing at the highest level with production-based cars.
In April 1971 John advertised the car in Autosport stating 'regretfully I am offering for sale the only full works spec car available in the country...' for a reduced £1795 ono ,the car went to Bill Kember. It remains a famous MG to this day.

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Chatham returned to racing late in 1970 with his second Modsport lightweight MGC . This was the only one of the 4 he built not to be road registered and turned out to be his long term racer and he owned it until 2004. 5 class wins in Modsports ,mostly at Castle Combe.

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