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Ron Rogers Replica


One of the most famous and successful cars in F1 stock car history, Mike Shirley from Meriden near Coventry, spent five years collecting parts to recreate the iconic Ron Rogers 152. Originally built by Nev Hughes in 1963, this amazing car was bought by Ron in 1966 and went on to win dozens of races including the 1966 British & National Points titles alongside three World Championship podium finishes.


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Built on an Austin K2 chassis (which Mike found being used as a farm trailer), this totally authentic replica took over a year to build and has a 364 ci Buick V8 motor with LD rear axle and Ford ‘Model A’ beam unit up front. The beautiful stock body is from a 1930’s Fiat Topolino which took Mike over two months to fabricate into the correct shape. This is handsomely topped off with an Alvis front grille, although the original car featured a Dellahaye grille from a 1928 fire engine – a tough item to find, even for the most ardent of vintage parts collectors!


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The car is dear to Ex BriSCA F1 racer Mike’s heart and his childhood memories as Ron would often park the car on the Shirley family farm overnight after a Coventry meeting or en route to Northampton or Cadwell Park. It is therefore fitting to know that the 156 has been demonstrated at Cadwell twice, and was also recently requested to be on display for a wedding at Goodwood House …. Yes, the same Goodwood where they host the famous Festival of Speed!


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Mike also has the Ellis Ford and Jack Crawley Heritage F1’s cars in his stable, and was one of the first to get involved with BriSCA F1 Heritage when it began in 2004. In his long BriSCA F1 racing career, Mike won 22 races, and will be at the Yorkshire Motor Sports Festival with two cars -  including the 152!


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Photo credits

Ben Shirley - Goodwood Wedding

James Bowles - Close Up at Buxton

Colin Casserley - Stoke Parade Lap

Ant Jenkins - Side on speed Shot

John Rigg - Cadwell Park Display

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