Double HSCC Formula Ford champion Callum Grant will get his first taste of more modern machinery at the Walter Hayes Trophy in November.
Grant will race a Van Diemen RF91 which belongs to fellow HSCC Historic Formula Ford competitor Roger Arnold. Nigel Grant Motor Engineers, the Grant family firm, was entrusted the car to overhaul and Arnold offered to lend Grant junior the car for the Walter Hayes Trophy if it was finished in time.
The Bolton driver has been campaigning his distinctive orange Merlyn Mk20 in the HSCC series since 2011. Despite his young age, he has never driven a car this modern on a circuit before.
“It will be a big learning curve in a short period of time,” is how he described the task of getting to know the Van Diemen. The build was also something achieved in a brief timeframe; Nigel Grant only took delivery of the chassis at the end of September.
The 1990s machine will carry a custom paint job in the navy and cream livery of Arnold’s A&R haulage firm.
The car is eligible for James Beckett’s Heritage Formula Ford series but Grant is still planning to race the Merlyn in 2019.