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keith hamer
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:43 am    Post subject: Derek Bennet Mk2 Reply with quote

I have just been reading the Derek Bennet story and it would appear this well known racing car designer/manufacturer had a close connection with Rochdale motor panels in period.

Derek's early racing career was with the 750 motor club (as many were) and Derek built and raced what appears to be a Rochdale Mk2 in 750 formula and later 1172 formula trim.

Interestingly he also built an Olympic lightweight which unfortunately was destroyed at Oulton Park during its first test session.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:29 am    Post subject: MkII Reply with quote

I am led to believe that Derek Bennet,s 750 Formula car was purchased from Joe Fray in 1957 and unfortunately it is not a Rochdale Mk II.

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In 1961 Derek Bennet was involved in building a Racing Olympic for Derek Alderson. This car is known as the "Olympic that flew" after its accident testing at Oulton Park.
The "History Archive" has no record/evidence of this Olympic been a "Lightweight". Any information/evidence on this Olympic been a "Lightweight" would be most welcome.
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