The most historic and original of all seven TWR XJ-Ss, the car which took line honours at the 1984 Spa 24 Hour and 1985 endure classics, has been owned by Mike Roddy in Melbourne for many years. It has never been damaged since it finished its last race in New Zealand in 1987 and was taken back to TWR HQ in Kidlington.
It was sold to a collector in Scotland, from whom Mike acquired it – which knowing anything about its racing history.
He and son Jordan dote on the car, respect it enormously – and bring it out on the track occasionally.
This weekend is one of those rare occasions, as it fronts at the huge historic meeting held at Sandown Park to the east of the Melbourne city.
If you can get there to see and hear it, do. Otherwise it will be featuring, and the meeting, in our coming edition.
Go well Mike, and be careful!
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