‘HODDO’ MK2 IS NEARLY BACK AFTER 50 YEARS

Chris and David Bowden, Kevin Bartlett – and THE CAR.

It is a thrill to publish these images of the Ron Hodgson racing Mk2 which finished 3rd in the 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship (behind two other Jaguars), because after more than 50 years in hiding the same car is about to reappear.

It is 95% ready to go and one of the key men advising and working on the car is legendary driver Kevin ‘KB’ Bartlett – who showed us over the Mk2 in detail.  He worked on it when it was new so knows everything about it.

The Hoddo Mk2, his replica and his ‘Grey Pussy’ – with David Bowden and ‘KB’.

We are going to follow this up once the car complete, and knowing the it from when it was a bare shell owned by the late-Paul Cotter, right through the rebuild and to this – is going to make a unique feature.

Hoddo in the Mk2 leads Bill Pitt in the works-built 1959 racer at the 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship race at Lowood. Hoddo was third and Bill first.

To make it even more intriguing, the Bowdens also own the Mk2 clone which Hoddo built right before he died, and the incredibly historic ‘Grey Pussy’ works-built McKay/Hoddo/Geoghegan ‘Mk1’ which started Australia’s love affair with touring cars!!!

Well done to the Bowdens and all who have worked to revive this precious historic Jaguar.

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