This is the website of Rotor Racing, a Motorsport team founded in 1982 by Graham Millar, a motorsport junkie for 40 years, to race Rotor Racing cars. Rotor Racing has always been a group of unpaid amateurs keen on motorsport of all varieties and over the years the group have had a go at most things. You can read about the past activities of Graham and his group in our archive section and keep up to date with recent developments here. Graham has had plenty of helpers over the years and collectively they are called "Rotor Racing." But why "Rotor?" Well the dictionary defines rotor as;
In his early racing days, Graham found that he did rather a lot of spinning. Hence, Rotor Racing. Progress is being made on the hillclimb/sprint car but a lot of the teams enthusiasm for the project has gone because we in found out in June that there has been a bit of lobbying going on to ban such vehicles. There is now a proposal in front of the speed committee suggesting that from the first of January 2017 the rules include a minimum cockpit width. As far back as 2006 "thin" cars have competed in the sportslibre class and in the 2011 rules and regulations, all reference to minimum cockpit widths was removed. There is a suggestion that this was a mistake but why does it take the governing body 4 years to find that out? Not the first time that a Rotor car has seen a change in rules cause the team grief.The plan is to get it finished as soon as we can so that we can compete in 2016 before the rules are changed.
Talking of grief. We are all still down at the loss of Tommy Donachie. Tommy was Grahams mechanic when he raced in Formula Ford. One of the worlds good guys and Mr 100%. When the decision was made to build a Rotor FF Tommy was in his element. His skills as a joiner, or wood artisan as he called it, helped making the buck for the bodywork but it was his desire for knowledge that really helped with the design. All the books were read, sketches made and when we came to doing the engineering drawings and started working things out, the side of his office was converted into a massive string computer so that we could explore roll centres and the difference they made to the grip of a car. That was the nature of the man, if you were going to do something you did it well or not at all and if we needed a drawing board 40ft wide so be it, Tommy would find a way. It was the same with fags and red wine,no point in half measures, you either did it or you did not. He had suffered ill health for years and despite suffering numerous heart attacks and strokes was always the same lovely guy.
RoToR starting to look the part.
Here we have a very rare sight, four Clans and one Imp in the workshop at the same time. Sadly this get together was to show prospective buyers the cars and to say our last goodbyes. The team have decided that restoring old cars is not for us. The Clan project was good fun but old age has caught up with us and we realised it was no longer an attractive proposition because there are plenty of oldies in the workshop as it is.Three Clans and the Imp have been sold. We are left with our race Clan. I was promised by a third party that it too was going but the deal fell through at the last minute. Perhaps this is an omen and we are destined to use it but as things stand that seems unlikely.
Our priority for 2015 is to finish the build of the new Rotor hillclimb car. Progress recently has been very slow. When we showed the MSA (the governing body of motorsport ) our plans at the recent Autosport show we were surprised at their response. It became obvious that innovation was not to be encouraged and the technical people we spoke with were quoting rules that did not apply to a car of the sort we are building. Sadly it appears that if you are in the sport for fun as we are you are seen as a liability when it comes to trying new ideas. We took all that they said on board but got the feeling that those the license holders employ had never played with Lego never mind designed and build a race car. A very disappointing experience all in.
We also got a shock recently when our landlord decided that putting our rent up by 25% seemed a good idea. Sadly it backfired because it made us think and when we opened our eyes we discovered that we were paying too much for what we get compared to other Industrial estates. The upshot is that we are actively looking for another unit with a bit more space to expand into so other projects that we have in mind can go ahead.