|Hardy Hall Restorations
is the company that are re-building my Nike Formula Ford.
Run by Jonathan Hall on the borders of England and Wales,
Jonathan has a long history of working on race cars,
starting with Chamberlain Engineering as far back as 1983.
1985 saw him working for West Surrey Racing where he was
mechanic for Mauricio Gugelmin in Formula 3. At Macau
that year he had the dubious pleasure of being doused
with a fire extinguisher by one Ayrton Senna, just for
fun! Senna was sharing a house with Gugelmin at the time.
||Jonathan works on the
installation of the engine in my Formula Ford.
|By 1989 he was working
for P.C. Automotive looking after an Argo JM19-C, a March
871 Can-Am car and also a Theodore F1 car. From 1990 to
1999 he worked for historic racer Martin Stretton and
while there looked after a myriad of cars; from a BRM P48
to a Lagonda LG45 and an Alvis 16/20. Ferraris were there
too; 250GTs, 275 GTCs and a 312 PB. Carrying on the
Italian theme, Maseratis were worked on;a 300S, a couple
of 250Fs and a 4CLT. Also during this time he worked
closely with Tyrrell designer Derek Gardner on the
restoration of Simon Bull's ex-Jackie Stewart Tyrrell 005
and also the ex-Ronnie Peterson P34 six wheeler. Both of
these cars won the FIA Cup for Thoroughbred Grand Prix
Cars with Stretton at the wheel.
You couldn't get much more diverse than
From a 1923 Humber on
the right being made ready for trial competitions, to the
MG Special in the foreground and the FFord in the
|In June of 1999 he set
up Hardy Hall Restorations primarily to restore and
prepare historic racing cars. Over the years he has
gained considerable fabrication and welding skills, and
can do all but lengthy machining work in-house. With all
this experience, he is adept at designing parts (witness
a couple of things on my FFord!) and can supply full
drawings for parts if he has to farm them out. He also
does most of his own gearbox work and can also facilitate
the re-build of race engines.
||Offering up part of the front
suspension on the Nike.
|Since going 'solo', he
has worked on a pre-war MG Special, which consisted of an
MG PB Midget chassis and running gear with a Riley 12/4
motor. The car was just amazing to look at when finished,
especially when you realise that Jonathan was given the
car in boxes to start with!
||Jonathan (right) works on the P34 Tyrrell
prior to its' first run in twenty one years, at Donington
Park in March 1999.
|Another car has been a
Frazer Nash TT Replica, along with a Humber 8/18. He has
worked on four Lotus Elans, three of which race with the
Historic Sports Car Club. He currently has another that
is under going restoration to road spec. Obviously he has
done all the re-assembly work on my Formula Ford too.
||Sorting out the steering
position in the Nike.
|If you think that this
is a thinly-veiled advert, then you'd be right! Jonathan
can be contacted at the address and numbers below. If you
have any race car needs, please feel free to give him a
call, you'll be sure of a warm welcome, and be sure to
mention Yesterday's Racers!
Jaguar E-types too!
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