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If you have a Rochdale car and are a member of the club, please send a small photograph and a brief description of the car to the webmaster at keith@scholar-racing96.com who will add it to this section of the site. We are interested in allcars, even if they are currently being restored or languishing in the back garden!

 

If you own a Rochdale car and are not a member of the club, please consider joining. An application form is available here and the benefits the club offers are detailed here. Even if you do not want to join the club we would be grateful if you would send details of the car to the Club Secretary.

 

 

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RMG 5F: Olympic Phase 2

RMG5F

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic phase 2, RMG 5F. This one is a long term project being done at Scholar racing, the intention is to reinstate the floor and to build up the car into a rolling chassis with all the body repaired and painted in primer. Once complete (which will take some time) it will be offered for sale so that it can once again be used on the road.

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926 FWR: Olympic Phase 1

857 JGO

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic phase 1, 926 FWR is about to undergo a major body repair, te car has had a pretty hard life, the repair will include a new front sub frame and re fitting of the door hinges which were removed and re fitted with Mini hinges way back in the 1970's, it will then get a body prep and be painted in primer for the new owner to continue the build.

 

 

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857 JGO: Olympic Phase 1

857 JGO

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic phase 1, we think this may be the one sold on e/bay in early April. If it is and the new owner would like to make use of the vast depth of knowledge available through the owners club why not contact us.

 

 

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BTC 231A: Olympic Phase 1

BTC 231A

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic phase 1 originally registered as ??? BHP. This picture was taken at Donnington Park kit car rally in the early 1980's. The car now lives in Germany and as far as we know is undergoing full restoration.

 

 

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1 DNM: Olympic Phase 2

1 DNM

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic phase 2 originally registered as BYA 213B the conversion to the rear of this car is quite interesting and was done by Julian Booty of Lenham Motor Company who converted AH Sprites to Lenham GTs. On the Rochdale Facebook page a little time back there was a query about the whereabouts of a Red Phase Two with Cosmic wheels. When I went with Mike Bott to look at the car he was thinking of buying somewhere in the Midlands it was a Red Phase Two with Cosmics.

 

 

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OBN 391D: Olympic Phase 1

Lost

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic phase 1 OBN 391D. Originaly restored by Keith Hamer in 1979 to original specification with a Riley 1.5 'B' series engine and 4 speed gearbox. The car was sold to Steve Carr in the early 1980's. The story is that Steve crashed the car and it was subsequently sold, we last saw this car in the Middlesborough area in the early 2000's. This car is quite recognisable as the rear wings were widened by Keith as part of the original restoration. The car has now been bought and the new owner is about to start the mammoth task of restoring it.

 

 

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886 WTF: Rochdale Olympic Phase I

Olympic phase 1

Left is an Olympic phase 1. This is a very rare "Pre-Fire" car. Car number 14 of 14 made and only 4 survive. Totally rebuilt and just returned to the road after a 35 year rest in dry storage. The car has an MGA 1622cc engine, including polished head, special alloy pushrods and a new camshaft and followers. Gearbox is Riley 1.5 casing with MGA internals. Vauxhall VX 490 rear axle with LSD. Marina Front Discs and Callipers.


 

 

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DA 03 YG: Rochdale Olympic Phase I

Olympic phase 1

Left is an Olympic phase 1 which is residing in France.


 

 

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Olympic Phase 2 : BNC 849B

Rochdale Olympic phase 2

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic phase 2 BNC 849B. This car was extensively re built by Alan Farrer and features many changes from the original specification.

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AFM 550A: Rochdale Olympic Phase I

Olympic phase 1

Left is an Olympic phase 1 which used to belong to Alex Scott. The car was rebuilt for Alex who used it for a short time before selling it on. The car ran a MGB engine and gearbox at the time. When it was sold the car started a remarkable journey, arriving first in Japan, then subsequently finding its way to Australia where (we believe) it still is. I have been told that the current owner is about to start on its restoration.


 

 

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Robert Harrison : Olympic phase 1

Robert Harrison

Left is a photo of Robert Harrison's Rochdale Olympic phase 1 CNM 982C. Robert has completely re built this car following an accident which did considerable damage to the front end. As you can see from the picture Robert deserves a big round of applause for a job well done.

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VDK 147 : Rochdale Olympic Phase I

Olympic phase 1

Left is an Olympic phase 1. This car is the original factory demonstration Phase 1, pictured here outside the Rochdale Motor Panels factory in the early 1960's.


 

 

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XYJ 204A: Rochdale Olympic Phase 2

, Olympic phase 2

Left is an Olympic phase 2 in race trim, pictured here at the Goodwood members meeting which was held earlier this year at the historic Goodwood circuit. This phase 2 was originally race prepared and campaigned by Mike Youles, recently changing hands to its current owner. The car is powered by an 'A' series engine and is capable of giving much more exotic machinery a good run.


 

 

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MYG 393D: Rochdale Olympic Phase I

, Olympic phase 1

Left is an Olympic phase 1 first restored in the early 1980's by Andy Heaton of Hengoed, nr Oswestry. At the time Andy fitted a Fiat twin cam engine and front disc conversion. Andy used the car regularly for owners club events as well as everyday transport. In the early 2000's the car was given a spruce up at Scholar racing before being sold on.


 

 

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Alistair Banks : Rochdale Olympic Phase I

Alistair Banks, Olympic phase 1

Left is an Olympic phase 1 belonging to Alistair Banks. Pictured here at the Oulton Park Gold cup meeting shortly after being finished. The car is running a 'K' series engine from a Lotus Exige, and Ford type 9, 5 speed gearbox.


 

 

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Gary Pearce : Rochdale Olympic Phase I

Gary Pearce, Olympic phase 1

Left is an Olympic phase 1 belonging to Gary Pearce. This car is a very standard example of a Phase 1, running a 1600cc MGA engine and gearbox.


 

 

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Paul Gething : Rochdale Olympic Phase I

Paul Gething, Olympic phase 1

Left is an Olympic phase 1 belonging to Paul Gething. This car has been owned by Paul for many years and has been extensively campaigned in sprint and hillclimb events throughout Pauls ownership.


 

 

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Paul Bendslow : Rochdale Olympic Phase II

Left is an Olympic phase 2 belonging to Paul Bendslow. Specification ???


 

 

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Tony Clough : Rochdale Olympic Phase II

Left is the Olympic belonging to Tony Clough. Specification ???


 

 

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Paul Michelmore: Olympic Phase II (Autocross racer)

Left is the Olympic Phase II, FRU 12 D belonging to Paul Michelmore. This car is the one Keith Ross used to race in the Players No6 Autocross National Championship. Keith used to hold his competition number via clips on the door;. His wife's number was on the back of his plaque and they turned it over when she was driving. Note that the swage line on the door has been cut back to facilitate this. Origionally the car had a trick Hewland Differential unit in it, but this and the Broadspeed engine were sold on by a Mr Ball, who subsequently changed his name to Ballentyne. There is evidence on the bodyshell where a new wing section was fitted, presumably after a "racing incident" !  What is not shown is the bonnet, which is inside the car. This shows evidence of a bonnet scoop which has been removed.


 

 

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Mike Holder : Olympic Phase 1

Left is the Olympic Phase 1 belonging to Mike Holder. Specification ???


 

 

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Olympic phase 2: 291 FLM

Left is the heavily modified Olympic Phase II.


 

 

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Olympic phase 2: 966 SJH

Left is the heavily modified Olympic Phase II.


 

 

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Derek Bently (Olympic Registrar) : Olympic Phase I

Left is one of the most travelled Olympics with well over 100,000 miles under its wheels... Specification:...???????????


 

 

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Olympic phase 2: FNN 600C

Left is the Olympic Phase II, Reg No. FNN 600C which did belong to Bill Kirkman. It is fitted with an MGB engine and O/D gearbox and Phase 1 front suspension (Morris Minor/Rily/Wolsey torsion bars).  Bill rebuilt the car about 10 years ago.


 

 

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John Reid : Olympic Convertible

Left is an Olympic convertible belonging to John Reid in the final stages of restoration. There was no convertible version of the Olympic produced by the factory, this one was modified in the early 1980's by its then owner.


 

 

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Olympic Phase 1: 104 WPK

Left is an Olympic Phase I, Reg No. 104 WPK, which was originally built by Scholar racing for Robin Stretton. Fitted with an MGB engine and O/D gearbox and is equipped for historic rallying. The car is now owned by Mike Peck.

 

 

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Olympic Phase 2: ex 5348 DK

For sale in USA

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic Phase 2, 5348 DK. This car is currently for sale in the USA. The Olympic was ordered in 1963 by an English man named Robin Rackman who lived in Chicago, Illinor and he was an Airline Pilot who flew Jumbo Jets. He flew with his wife over to England in July 1963 to collect the Olympic.

 

 

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Keith Hamer: Olympic Phase 1

Keith Hamer

Left is a photo of Rochdale Olympic phase 1 WFV 812. This is the 4th Rochdale restored by Keith Hamer in 1983 and was used as daily transport until 2000. The original front subframe was rusted extensively (as many phase 1's are) and at the time replacements were not available, the solution was to fit a Vauxhall Magnum front suspension set, which has the advantage of having the same 4 stud PCD as the original Riley, and disc brakes as standard. At the same time a rear hatch was cut into the shell to make the car more usable for daily transport. The engine was a breathed on 1380cc 'A' series engine producing 80+ BHP at the wheels, and a top speed of well over 100 MPH timed at Bruntingthorpe proving ground. The car is now undergoing further restoration and it is hoped that it will be re commissioned for next years AGM.

 

 

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Keith Hamer: Olympic Phase 1 lightweight

Keith Hamer

Left is a photo of the ex John Anstice-brown lightweight Rochdale Olympic phase 1 JJH 20g. I bought this car after many years of searching for it. It was first registered in 1968 having been built in 1961, during the first few years of its life it was raced extensively by John. This car ran a 1100cc Cosworth blackhead engine and a Hewland 5 speed gearbox, which was based on the standard Ford gearbox casing with Hewlands own gearset fitted. The car has many features which differentiate it from a standard Olympic, the most notable of which is the bodyshell, which is bordering on transparent and weighed only 179lb. Other features include Lola front hubs with Formula Ford disc brakes, 13" magnesium alloy wheels all round, the fronts being Lola and the rears were Brabham, fully adjustable suspension all round, and now a full roll structure. This car is one of 4 lightweights built and is the only known survivor.

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Roger Coupe: Olympic Phase 2

Roger Coupe

Left is a photo of Roger Coupes Phase 2. I acquired this car in 1980 which got me involved with the Rochdale Owners Club. Specification :-Ford 1500cc.GT(Pre Crossflow) Engine 4 speed C/R Gears. Ford Capri 3.09 Ratio Axle. Date First Registered September 1966. I became its 2nd owner in May 1980 to present. The car served me as an every day work horse for over 20 years then it underwent its third restoration in time for the Olympic Torch event at Rochdale on 24th June 2012.

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Jason Hoffman: Olympic Phase 2

Jason Hoffman

Left is a photo of Jason Hoffmans Phase 2. The picture shows Jason Hoffman's Riley based Phase 2 at speed on a test day at the Anglesey circuit in Wales. Jason restored the car himself and has incorporated a few of his own modifications to the suspension which gives this little car very good poise and track manners. The slightly breathed on BMC 'A' series engine giving a good combination of performance and economy, and yes it was as quick as the white car behind it.

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Alan Farrer: Olympic Phase 1

Alan Farrer

Left is a photo of Alan Farrer's Phase 1 "KERMIT". No prizes for guessing where his name came from. Kermit is, in fact very near to the original specification with an "A" series engine now of 1275cc. This engine is a very happy combination with the Olympic.

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Wilber McKee: Olympic Phase 2

Wilber McKee

Left is a picture of Wilber McKee's Phase 2. The club is very fortunate to have "Wilber" McKee, one of the great characters of Motor Sport, as a member, and he is seen here showing Roger some of the finer points of his almost finished Phase II. "I like an honest car" said Wilber.

 

 

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Nigel Whittaker: Olympic Phase 1

Nigel Whittaker

Left is a photo of Nigel Whittaker's Olympic Phase 1. For many years fitted with an A series engine, this beautiful car now has a 1290cc Alfa Romeo engine under its bonnet - all in period, Rochdales were fitted with this engine in the 1960s.

 

 

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Howard Evans: Olympic Phase 2

Howard Evans

Left is a picture of Howard Evan's Phase 2. Howard is responsible for the electrical system on the latest Bentleys, and some hi-tech parts have found there way onto this car. A regular sight in the Bentley car park.

 

 

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Pierrs Sheddon: Olympic Phase 2

Pierrs Sheddon

Left is a photo of Olympic phase 2 taken outside Keith Hamer's workshop on the Wirral, This is possibly the last body shell to leave Rochdale Motor Panels, the original car was written off and the new shell was used to rebuild the damaged original car some years ago. The car is now undergoing a complete body restoration and paint job.

 

 

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Keith Hamer: Olympic Phase 1

Keith Hamer

Left is a photo of Olympic MFO 123 taken outside Keith's workshop on the Wirral, Keith bought this car as a runner as a result of not being able to restore his own car due to pressure of customer work, it has however received a paint job and some mechanical restoration including a disc brake conversion. It is used on a daily basis and is affectionately known as 'the works van'.

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Keith Nicholson: Olympic Phase 2

Keith Nicholson

Left is a photo of Olympic ESU815 taken at the Burwood Classic Car show, Sydney, Australia in 1998 shortly after Keith bought it. It is now undergoing a slow restoration as time+ $$ permit. It is one of 2 Olympics in Australia both phase 2 with phase 1 front suspension, Neil Roshier owns the other one. Indeed, it is also one of only 3 Rochdales including a GT in South Australia (unless you know otherwise!). Keith has re-engined ESU816 with a 1500 GT Cortina engine in place of the Fiat Twincam fitted when he bought the car, whist Neil's is still Fiat powered.

 

 

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Tony Stanton: Olympic Phase 2

Tony Stanton

Left is a photo of 902 DUF a Rochdale Olympic P2, affectionately known "DUFFY". Originally a one owner car dating from 1963, the car was subsequently bought in 1994 as a 60th Birthday present for the original designer of the Olympic Richard Parker. In 1996 Richard engineered modern running gear into a car he designed 37 years earlier in 1959 and the car returned to the road in 1998. It is now a comfortable road car with an easy ride, effortless performance, exceptional brakes and handling and good noise insulation. Both Tony and this beautiful one-off version of the Olympic can be seen at various shows throughout the season.

 

 

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Xavier de Vauplanc: Rochdale Olympic Phase 2

Xavier de Vaublanc

Left is a photo of Phase 2 EKF 818L now owned by Xavier de Vaublanc and is now resident in France. The engine is a Toyota Celica 1600 OHV engine and 5 speed gearbox of the same era (early 1970s).  As with most later engines the induction is on the driver's side, which means no space for the original twin choke downdraught carbs, so these were replaced by a single 44mm SU on a custom manifold.  After a disasterous "professionally" made exhaust system, Alan Farrer refitted the original cast manifold fitted with self-made down pipes and exhaust. Apart from a new front subframe of Alan's own design (Ackermann anyone?) and nine or ten minor things the car is standard. By the way, the wheels are Fiesta/Escort, but are seldom recognised as such as they have been powder coated in silver.

 

 

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Markus Tanner : Rochdale Olympic Phase 1

Markus Tanner

Left is a picture of Olympic BPL 125 which is now owned by Markus Tanner in Switzerland. First registered on 1st January 1962 to Boon and Porter Ltd. The original colour was British Racing Green (current colour Lotus Racing Yellow). The car was built for Penelope Porter, daughter of Bob Porter, one of the directors of Boon and Porter Ltd. It was hill climbed and sprinted by Penelope in the mid sixties. The car was quite quick, recording a best time of 32.16 sec. for the standing kilometre the average speed over the last 44 yards was 96 m.p.h. (Brighton Speed trials). Bob Porter had a very good relationship with the BMC Special Tuning Department, which probably accounts for the odd engine number on the original block and on some of the parts which, records indicate, were for works competition use only.

The engine is MGA 1588c.c. with Westlake modified big valve head, ported and gas flowed, gearbox: MGA close ratio whilst the main running gear and suspension is Riley 1.5 with Morris Minor steering arms and tie rods.

 

 

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Brian Easton: Rochdale Olympic Phase 2

Brian Easton

Left is Brian Easton's Rochdale Olympic Phase 2, reg. no. RMG 5F. The picture shows the car 'as found'. As can be seen, it requires extensive renovation. Brian owned a phase 1 Olympic in the 1970's (more anon) so is no stranger to ownership. He intends to modify the car to include: Vauxhall 2.0 Litre 16v engine, Jaguar differential with inboard brakes, a De Dion rear axle and venturis (down force)!

 

 

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Phillippe Ritter : Rochdale Olympic Phase 2

Phillippe Ritter

Left is Olympic BJX 510C which is now owned by Phillippe Ritter in France. The car has a Ford engine (pre-crossflow), four speed Ford gearbox and an Escort back axle.

 

 

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If you have a Rochdale car and are a member of the club, please send a small photograph and a brief description of the car to the webmaster at keith@scholar-racing96.com who will add it to this section of the site. We are interested in allcars, even if they are currently being restored or languishing in the back garden!

 

If you own a Rochdale car and are not a member of the club, please consider joining. An application form is available here and the benefits the club offers are detailed here. Even if you do not want to join the club we would be grateful if you would send details of the car to the Club Secretary.

 

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